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Published on January 31, 2017

Tidelands Health Physician Selected For Prestigious Presidential Leadership Program

A Tidelands Health physician is one of 60 leaders from around the country selected for the 2017 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a national leadership development program coordinated by the Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton and George W. Bush presidential centers.

Dr. Brintha Vasagar, associate program director for the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, was selected from hundreds of applicants across the nation. She is a survivor of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Dr. Brintha VasagarSouth Asia and has spoken before members of Congress and the United Nations about international health issues and disaster preparedness.

“The scholars program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in our country,” Dr. Vasagar said. “I look forward to leveraging this incredible experience to benefit Tidelands Health, our residency program and the broader community as we work to engage the public and policy makers on issues of national health policy.”

The scholars program features more than 120 hours of on-location instruction spread over six months. Scholars travel to each of the presidential centers to learn about leadership from former administration officials, presidential scholars, leading academics and one another, according to program organizers. The program stresses the importance of cooperation and collaboration and is meant to create a network of diverse leaders who can help create solutions to pressing national problems. Participants develop skills in vision and communications, decision making and building strategic partnerships.

Dr. Vasagar joined Tidelands Health in July 2016 to help lead the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, which will provide hands-on training in family medicine for doctors who have completed their medical degrees. She also is an assistant professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and actively sees patients at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Care in Socastee.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine, completed her residency at Spartanburg Regional Health Care System and earned a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


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