Welcome TDI Graduate Student, Nirav Kapadia, MD

On September 12, 2013 by Grad Forum

nirav_thumbnailThe Graduate Forum would like to welcome Dr. Nirav Kapadia back to Dartmouth. Kapadia is now a month into classes as a part-time graduate student at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), where he is studying towards a Master of Science (MS) degree. Being in the Upper Valley is very familiar to Kapadia, who attended Dartmouth as an undergraduate. While at Dartmouth he earned a bachelor’s in biophysical chemistry in 2003.

After Dartmouth, Kapadia went on to attend medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he met his future wife, Alison; they were married in 2010. After medical school, Kapadia completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Kapadia graduated from residency at the end of June this year. Since then, life has been a bit of a whirlwind! He and his wife welcomed their first child, Indira, on July 4. “We were already going to nickname her ‘Indie’, but being born on Independence Day really makes that nickname perfect,” Kapadia remarked. In addition to residency graduation and Indira’s arrival, the Kapadias also moved to the Upper Valley in July from Michigan with their two dogs, Yoder and Ziggy, in tow. They are now settled in and renting a beautiful 1700s era farmhouse in Cornish, VT, surrounded by nature, outdoor opportunities, and plenty of space to host large parties.

When not in class, Kapadia commutes to St. Johnsbury, VT. There he works three days per week as a staff radiation oncologist and Director of Clinical Outreach at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (there are two NCCC locations; the other one is located at DHMC in Lebanon, NH). Alison, an emergency medicine physician, will also begin working this fall at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Keene, NH hospital. Kapadia, who has always “had an interest in health service research,” looks forward to continuing to explore this area of medical research in and outside the classroom while at TDI.

Aside from work, classes, and studying, Kapadia enjoys exploring the woods behind his house in Cornish; he and his wife have a goal of hiking to the top of the hillside overlooking their farmhouse with Indira on a daily basis (time permitting!). And, when the weather gets cold and the snow starts falling, Kapadia hopes to take up snowboarding this winter as well.

We welcome Dr. Kapadia and his family back to the Dartmouth community!

by Lisa Jackson

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