As an Autry Fellow, Rishi is excited to further his understanding of the social determinants of health. He hopes to dedicate his professional career to serving as a physician for his community and believes his time at MDC will be critical for his growth into a compassionate and holistic healthcare provider.
Originally from Cary, N.C., Rishi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2017 with a degree in biology and a minor in education studies. His independent research project investigated changing school demographics and student performance outcomes following federal desegregation policies.
Throughout college, Rishi partnered with the Clinton Peabody housing development of downtown St. Louis through the youth-engagement program, City Faces. Beyond his continued commitment as a volunteer, Rishi served as the financial manager for two years. In this role, he worked closely with the fundraising team to raise over $25,000 a year and with the executive board to design programs and budgets for its youth engagement activities.
In his final year with the program, Rishi transitioned City Faces from a student group into a nonprofit entity under the St. Louis Housing Authority. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Rishi also sought out opportunities to combine his passions for medicine and education. During his internship at Children’s National Medical Center, Rishi collaborated with the Medical Education Department on projects designed to improve patient-provider relationships through the implementation of family-centered care practices.