Sharmin, Kaylin, and Jane are joined by Dr. Risheen Reejhsinghani, cardiologist extraordinaire, Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford, and Associate Program Director of the cardiology fellowship. They discuss her journey through medical training as an international medical graduate, how her love for cardiology developed, and how her career has evolved to allow her to combine her passions for medical education and mentoring into her daily work.
Dr. Risheen Reejhsinghani is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of CardiovascularMedicine at Stanford. She was born in Mumbai, India, where she attended medical college, after spending her early school years in Sydney, Australia. Risheen moved to Boston for residency atSt. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and completed a cardiology fellowship at Baystate Medical Center, the western campus of Tufts University. She then completed an advanced echocardiography fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.During fellowship, under combined cardiology and rheumatology mentorship, Risheen developed a clinical focus in cardio-rheumatology. This led to the creation of the StanfordCardio-Rheumatology Program, to provide specialized care to patients with cardiac pathology as a direct consequence of autoimmune disease. Risheen cares deeply about medical education and mentorship, and is an Associate Program Director for the CardiovascularMedicine Fellowship, where working closely with fellows is the absolute best part of her role. In the School of Medicine, she serves as an Associate Course Director for the pre-clerkshipPractice of Medicine Course, and is faculty co-lead for the cardiopulmonary block. Her scholarly work addresses curricular interventions and novel methods of teaching to improve education delivery, with the ultimate goal of increasing global access to education for medical trainees.Outside of medicine, Risheen enjoys writing and used to freelance for a newspaper in India.Along with her husband, she tries to travel as frequently as possible and loves learning about local cultures and traditions in the US and internationally. An ardent enthusiast of the alternative rock scene, Risheen has been an unwavering fan of the band Nirvana since well before she could read an EKG.