Emory University recognizes three South Asian outstanding alumni

Munir Meghjani

They’re healers and thinkers, builders and shapers, game changers and champions, says Emory University, recognizing 40 alumni for their achievements in its first-ever class of ’40 Under Forty’ and that includes Dr. Purvi Parikh, an allergist and immunologist with Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill in New York.

Dr. Purvi Parikh

Describing them as a selected group of ‘outstanding young alumni with impressive track records and sparkling futures,’ the August issue of Emory Magazine calls them the ‘go-to leaders’ in their fields. All of them are recent graduates of Emory University and all are in their 20s and 30s.

Along with her practice, Parikh is also a spokesperson for shot@life, the vaccine initiative for the UN Foundation; she founded the Share and Care Foundation’s Young Professional Committee, which raises money for women and children in India. Parikh also is a faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine and a medical news correspondent on behalf of the allergy and asthma network who has been featured on CBS, NBC, Fox, and CNN. Dr. Purvi Parikh is the daughter of News India Times publisher and Padma Shri recipient Dr. Sudhir Parikh.

Two others of South Asian origin are among

Anjli Hinman

the forty alumni – Munir Meghjani, an Atlanta-based real estate broker, who is also the executive director of the nonprofit HOPE, which connects young adults with nonprofits, and is chair of the Rialto Center for the Arts; and Anjli Hinman, co-founder of Atlanta Birth Center.

The other 37 candidates who made it to the list include Candis Hunter, environmental health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Zachary Suchin, founding partner and CEO of Brand Knew, a creative agency in Los Angeles; Kevin Gooch, an Atlanta-based partner in the finance group of the global law firm DLA Piper; Eden Chen, founding partner of Fishermen Labs, a Los Angeles-based studio that designs, develops, and markets websites and apps for major brands and startups; Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, CEO of the Future Foundation, Atlanta; Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center and an instructor in medicine and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; Sarah Serene Arison, president of the Arison Arts Foundation, a private grant-making organization; Nate Gross, cofounder of Doximity, the online network used by over 70 percent of U.S. physicians; Andrew Cooper , n Atlanta intellectual property litigator; Will Evans, founder of Deep Vellum Publishing – a literary arts nonprofit created to introduce foreign literature and authors; Melinda Maris, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and associate professor of biology at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont; Yoran Grant-Greene, associate director for West Africa in the Centers for Diseases Control’s Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis; Adrian Tonge, vice president and head of enterprise data and strategic analytics at Mylan; Michael Dubin, CEO and founder of Dollar Shave Club, the second-largest men’s razor seller in the U.S.; Meg Aronowitz, ESPN coordinating producer; Chris Arrendale, CEO of InboxPros, an email consulting firm; Samuel Jackson, founder of the Economic Empowerment Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to helping students and families; Amanda Edwards, member-at-large of the Houston City Council; Hilal Koc, product marketing manager for emerging markets at Facebook; Dion Benetatos, a contracted communications consultant with the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank; Kwadwo Sarpong , CEO of the non-profit African Research Academies for Women; Nicholas Pyenson, curator of Fossil Marine Mammals, Smithsonian Institution; Rebecca Vallas, managing director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.; Gerald Griggs, owner of Gerald A. Griggs law firm in Atlanta; Reed Baker, founder and CEO of Sophist, which created the Text-to-Pledge platform for nonprofits that facilitates giving to charity via SMS; Cassidy Logan Rist, assistant professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine; Jeania Ree Moore, director of civil and human rights at the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church; Zwade Marshall, director of Medical Outcomes, Alliance Spine and Pain; Carlyn Burton, partner with the Osha Liang law firm in Houston, Texas; Perry Rahbar, founder and CEO of dv01, a reporting and analytics platform created to bring transparency to lending markets; J. B. Tarter, assistant general counsel for operations for the National Defense Intelligence Agency; Christen Lee, member and co-head, Real Estate Credit at KKR, NYC; Dion Short Metzger, a nationally recognized board-certified psychiatrist, author, and health media expert; David Hwang, assistant professor of neurology at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut; Maria Town directs the Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; and Cassandra Quave, an Emory assistant professor of dermatology and human health and curator of the Emory Herbarium.



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