An Indian-American was selected as part of the prestigious and highly competitive White House Fellows program, The highly regarded White House Fellowship provides professionals from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to engage in public service for one year by serving in various roles in the Federal Government.
The President’s Commission on White House Fellows announced Oct. 28, that Amit Sachdev of New York, New York, is one of just 15 awardees of the Fellowship which is considered a stepping stone for being recruited in positions in government and the private sector.
An interventional gastroenterologist and board certified internist by training, Sachdev is placed at the Department of Health and Human Services and will start his one -year tenure there Jan. 1, 2010.
He completed his training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Sachdev is focused on developing novel approaches to fight obesity, transforming healthcare delivery, and is passionate about healthcare innovation, the White House press release said.
He has led large-scale social media campaigns, and he has won numerous awards for his community outreach initiatives and research. His work has been published in peer-reviewed literature and presented both nationally and internationally.
His clinical experience includes working in large, diverse clinical settings, including Bellevue, Kings County, and Los Angeles County hospitals.
He also has clinical experience at leading academic centers including the New York University, Columbia University-New York Presbyterian, Harvard University, and several veterans’ hospitals. Those experiences have informed his unique perspective of the health system.
At the Rockefeller University, Sachdev had the privilege of studying cell signaling with Dr. Gunter Blobel, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Sachdev is committed to serving the underserved and has volunteered in many international settings, including missions in Tanzania and India. He has also provided strategic direction to several healthcare start-ups.
A Presidential Honors Scholar, Sachdev has a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Economics as well as his medical degree from New York University.
Selected Fellows spend a year working as a full-time, paid fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking government officials. Created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows Program was designed “to give the Fellows first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal Government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”