From a young age, Dr. Sadhna Bhatia knew she wanted to be a doctor. Supported by Grandfather Bapaji and her family, she pursued a medical career in the United States after graduating from the prestigious Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, India. After beginning her medical residency in the U.S. in 1967, she became the first female doctor, and the first foreign resident on staff, at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, MA in 1973. Elected chairperson of the Anesthesia Department, she proudly worked in her chosen profession for forty years.

After her retirement in 2010, Dr. Bhatia added the title of author to her already impressive list of medical degrees, accolades, and accomplishments. In Bapaji and Me: A Memoir of India and Beyond, she shares her eight-decades-long journey of triumph and loss and how she used her grandfather’s teachings to overcome the many challenges that came with being a woman of Indian descent in the medical field. 

Sadhna Bhatia, MD
Grandfather Bapaji

Bapaji and Me: A Memoir of India and Beyond is also the true story of grandfatherly love and how his gifts of wisdom, willpower, guidance, and resilience continue to guide his loved ones long after his passing in 1956. 

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