Ms. Amisha Patel   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: “Evaluating Pre-hospital Systems of Care for Patients with Heart Attacks in India”
Field of Study: Medical Sciences
Home Institution in the U.S.: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Host Institution in India: Centre for Chronic Disease Control, Delhi  
Start Date/Month in India: August 2014
Duration of Grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Amisha Patel is a second-year cardiology fellow at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has a BA in anthropology at Columbia University and an MD from the University of Michigan, and completed aninternal medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. She has a keen interest in global health and has spent two months in residency as a Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholar in rural South Africa. She has published several journal articles in peer-reviewed publications relating to cardiovascular disease.

Though ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in India, little is known about pre-hospital care of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Ms. Patel is conducting a mixed methods project to evaluate facilitators and barriers to optimal pre-hospital systems of care through the use of focus group discussions and in-depth interviews; analyze baseline patient-level and emergency care–level characteristics; and conduct a systematic review of policy documents addressing pre-hospital ACS care at local, state, and national levels. This work will identify areas for future interventions and result in the bidirectional transfer of novel interventions for ACS care between India and the U.S.

Patel Amisha