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Allan Drash Clinical Fellowship 2019

Dr Sirisha Kusuma Boddu

was awarded the Allan Drash Clinical Fellowship for 2019

She currently practices at Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Hyderabad at consultant in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. Being an avid nature lover with a fascination for the intricate ways in which life systems including human body work, she chose medicine as her career. She completed her medical school from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, in Southern India, in 2002. She went on to secure an extremely competitive residency position in Pediatrics at PGIMER (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research), Chandigarh, where she completed her M.D. Pediatrics. She trained further in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, as a clinical fellow at Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, CA.

Upon return to Bangalore, India, she started practicing Pediatrics and pediatric emergency. It is during these years, she came across children with varieties of endocrine conditions including Diabetes. Drawn by the complex yet interesting field, and realizing the scarcity of expertise in pediatric endocrinology in her country, she pursued a career in this field, by doing a fellowship in Pediatric endocrinology and Diabetes at IGICH, Bangalore, and further fine-tuned it by an observership at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. During this period she took part in APEG-APPES combined fellow school held in Darwin.

She presented oral papers and posters in national conferences, has publications in peer reviewed journals, and contributed chapter to Indian Academy of Pediatrics textbook of Pediatric Endocrinology. She translated patient information material on Diabetes and Congenital Hypothyroidism into her regional language, Telugu.

She is instrumental in creating the teaching program, Pediatric Diabetes for Post Graduates (PDP), for practicing pediatricians and PG trainees, to make them confident enough to deal with children with diabetes. She is a strong proponent of Universal newborn screening, especially for Congenital Hypothyroidism, and is closely working with likeminded people to lobby with the state government officials to start a screening program.  

She believes her training at Cambridge will help in establishing comprehensive Childhood diabetes care center at her place. It would also give her the much needed exposure in establishing clinical research projects in Type 1 Diabetes. Using this experience she hopes to streamline PDP program as a standard teaching for all pediatric trainees.

She is indebted to Dr Carlo Acerini, without whose encouragement, guidance and support, she would not have had this wonderful opportunity. For the short time that she knew him, he made a big difference. May his soul rest in peace.

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