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At Stanford, I like the diverse atmosphere: I have found many opportunities to pursue interests I didn’t even know I had. In that sense, it’s been a very empowering and liberating experience for me.
Sumit Bhargava, MD
Pediatrics – Pulmonary Medicine
I am a pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine doctor. The majority of my work is clinical, but I spend part of my time as an educator for care at the School of Medicine. I help to teach the Practice of Medicine course and help mentor and guide medical students through their journey at our school.
Initially, I came to this country to pursue pediatric training. At first, I thought I would complete my training, go back to Delhi, and do pediatrics. When I was going through my pediatric training, however, I was exposed to specialty rotations, and I realized that I was very attracted to being a pediatric specialist. I went to the children’s hospital in St. Louis and did a pulmonary elective there. That’s how I stumbled on pediatric pulmonology.
Later, I went back to Delhi for two-and-a-half years and I was doing totally different work. I spent a year as a research officer on a World Health Organization research project looking at the efficacy of zinc in treating acute diarrhea. Next, I worked in pulmonary medicine at a large hospital that served the poor.
When I returned to the states, I held a faculty position at a comparable institution on the East Coast for eight years, working on a pediatric sleep program. Now, it’s been four years at Stanford following my bliss. Here, there exists an atmosphere that everything is possible. You see people do a lot with very little just because they have the brains and the will and the access to resources.
At Stanford, I like the diverse atmosphere: I have found many opportunities to pursue interests I didn’t even know I had. In that sense, it’s been a very empowering and liberating experience for me. I also appreciate that there are so many different people from all over the world—it was a shock and a pleasant surprise. Here, there are people like me, and that’s a great feeling. I left home when I was eighteen, and people ask me, “Where are you from?” Since I have gone to many different places, I never knew how to answer that. Now, I am from Palo Alto—that’s a big deal.