Gita Kavala_Natural Disasters
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Location: New York, NY, USA
School: NYU
Major: Public Health

Gita Kavala_Natural Disasters

GITA KAVALA, MBBS, MPH
280 Marin Blvd. #19D │ Jersey City, NJ 07302 │------------ │ ------------

PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL
Clinical Research Coordination | Public Health Practice | Health Care/Research Administration

Objective: Highly motivated and results-oriented Master of Public Health Graduate with extensive training in various aspects of family/general practice and clinical trial development. Seeks to benefit top organization as a Disaster Response Specialist through application of clinical skills, attention-to-detail, organizational abilities, and familiarity with natural disasters, particularly hurricanes and tropical storms.

 Healthcare/Public Health
 Basic Biostatistics & Epidemiology
 Literature Review
 Health Education  Administrative Support
 Organization
 Office Management
 QualityAssurance
& Improvement  Research
 Microsoft Office
 SPSS Statistical Software
 EndnoteReferencing Manager

EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, & MEMBERSHIP

Master of Public Health (MPH), New York University College of Global Public Health, New York, NY, 2015
Concentration: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, & Human Migration

Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates Certification, Philadelphia, PA, 2007

Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Medicine, Karnataka, India, 2003

Member – American Public Health Association

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


JERSEY CITY MEDICAL CENTER (Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health) – Jersey City, NJ 2016-‘17
Intern – Departments of Performance Improvement, Information Technology & Pharmacy
 Entered NDNQI data into Excel, created Power Point presentations and flowcharts, efficient note-taking at meetings increasing productivity in the Performance Improvement Department.
 Managed data and analyzed Continuum of Care quality measures using Excel at the hospital IT department. Created reports of analyzed data by way of charts for visual control of improvements in quality measures and patient care.
 Using Excel, tracked metrics such as patient length of stay, infection and readmission rates and studied the impact of health care disparities in urban communities by focusing on social determinants of health and diversity. Created reports of tracked metrics which resulted in continuous improvements in the hospital operation.
 Tracked provider controlled substance prescription use with CDS certification, for easy identification of providers who needed to be certified or re-certified.
 Validated purchases assigned to the wholesale acquisition cost account (most expensive, least desirable) that were mapped in the Sentry 340B software.
 Time-Sensitive Medication Administration Compliance Audit:
- Compiled reports on nursing compliance with time-sensitive medication administration time by reviewing the electronic medication administration record for key medications. Patients were then administered medication on a timelier basis and medication wastage or inappropriate use was accounted for by the Pharmacy Department.
FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC – Ozone Park, NY 2015-2016 Office Coordinator
 Verified insurance eligibility, filed claims, attained authorization for medical procedures, and authorization of consultations and radiology referrals for insurance companies.
 Received patients and carried outpatient intake (demographics, height and weight measurements, recorded chief complaints and vital signs).
 Conducted general administrative duties -- answering phone calls, filing and retrieving charts and scheduling appointments.
 As a result of the above, the Family Medicine Clinic is more efficient following the streamlined approach that I incorporated into the practice.

NYU COLLEGE OF GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH, New York, NY 2014-2015
Capstone:
 Accessed leading social determinants of health faced by Gouverneur Hospital’s Pediatric Clinic and developed strategies for addressing those issues detected.
 Facilitated referrals to Early Childhood Education (ECE) which has a direct impact on Early Childhood Development in New York City.
 Formulated recommendations that strengthened links between the pediatric clinic and community-based ECE resources, allowing the Gouverneur pediatric team to make effective ECE referrals for their young patients.
 Compiled an ECE resource guide and developed an intervention that promoted ECE enrollment in Gouverneur pediatric patients.
 Delivered effective healthcare to at-risk children whose basic social needs were identified and addressed.
*Gouverneur Hospital is located in the low income sector of the Lower East Side in New York City.
NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, New York, NY 2014
Intern – Department of Population Health, Biostatistics, & Epidemiology
 Analyzed National Health & Nutrition Survey III data using multivariate mixed effects linear regression to estimate the association between atmospheric particulate matter and circulating lipids.
 Wrote abstract on behalf of the Department of the effect of genetic susceptibility on association of airborne particulate matter and lipid levels.

MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER, New York, NY 2013 – 2014
Intern – Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities
 Authored working group summaries for South Asian Health Initiative (SAHI) conference on effects of lifestyle behaviors, mental health, stress, and cardiovascular health on cancer risk of South Asians which was then published in the conference manual.
 Supported operation by compiling literature reviews, carrying out qualitative research, and provision of administrative assistance.

BROOKLYN HOSPITAL FAMILY PRACTICE CENTER, Brooklyn, NY 2009
Volunteer Intern
 Managed data in Excel for a physician referral database marketing tool.
 Coded medical diagnoses which identified the illnesses and diseases that were carrying a significant burden on the community and hospital.
 Provided administrative support (received patients, answered phone calls, verified insurance eligibility and scheduled appointments) resulting in efficient operation at the front office.

MOUNT SINAI BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER, New York, NY 2006 – 2008
Clinical Research Coordinator/ Co-Investigator – Manhattan Campus of Albert Einstein School of Medicine (2006-2008)
 Coordinated “Therapy to prevent contrast-induced nephropathy in high risk patients undergoing cardiac catheterization and intervention” trial single handedly, recruiting 120 patients in two years.
 Interviewed and enrolled patients, performed follow-ups, analyzed data, and assisted in abstract and manuscript writing for “cardiac catheterization” trial while at the same time presenting data to Cardiology department and training medical students in carrying out clinical research trial management.
 Managed “Heart fatty acid binding protein as a more sensitive marker in acute myocardial infarction” trial from the outset, recruiting patients and performing qualitative & quantitative assays of heart-fatty acid binding protein.
 Recruited 50 patients for “Heart fatty acid binding protein” trial from Emergency Room and Coronary Care Unit. From data collected and analyzed, three manuscripts were published in esteemed cardiology journals which contributed to excellence of the hospital in the local and nation-wide Cardiology community.
 Wrote IRB approval, screened/enrolled patients into trial, completed e-case report forms, conducted follow-ups, and completed site visits as leader of ASCEND-HF trial, which attained $7,500 for hospital per each participant.

Extern 2007-2008
 Attended daily rounds with the Chief of Cardiology focusing on chest pain admissions. Took patient history, completed cardiac physical exams, and read EKGs and echocardiograms. Discussed future medical course.
 Participated in congestive heart failure consults in collaboration with Director of Heart Failure Program, targeting emergency admissions and hospitalized patients.
 Encouraged patient wellbeing and improvement by conducting follow up of ambulatory and hospitalized patients placed on treatment for heart failure as part of the ASCEND-HF trial.

INTERNAL MEDICINE CLINIC – ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL, Rego Park, NY 2006
Extern
 Offered exceptional patient care by conducting health history and physical investigations, drawing blood for lab work, administering vaccines, and providing patient education.
 Optimized patients for long-term health improvement by contributing the formulation of diagnoses and directing future medical course for patients with a wide variety of conditions.

FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC – Ozone Park, NY 2005
Extern
 Provided quality hands on patient care including history taking and physical investigations, and providing patient education.
 Ensured health care quality measures were met by verifying appropriate childhood and adolescent immunizations, breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer screening, appropriate antibiotic use, cholesterol management, blood pressure management and medication reconciliation.


Additional Externship positons from 2003-2005 were held at Union Community Health Center at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY), and General Practice Clinic (Grand Bahama, Bahamas).

INTERNSHIPS & TRAINING

Course in Statistics, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2011
Internships, Sri Siddhartha Medical College & Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospitals, India, 2001-2002
Psychiatry Rotation, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College & Teaching Hospital, India, 2002
Primary Health Care for Underserved Population Training, Sri Siddhartha Medical College, India, 2001



AWARD

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Alumni Association Essay Contest – First Place
Rosman, J., Kavala, G., Obunai, K. & Bergmann, S.R. “Heart-Fatty Acid Binding Protein is a Sensitive Biomarker for Acute Myocardial Infarction”


ABSTRACTS, PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, & POSTERS

Jonathan Rosman, Gita Kavala, Kotoro Obunai, Steven R. Bergmann. The Role of Heart-Type Fatty Acid Binding Protein in the Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndromes. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2009; 53; A305-A354 1023-127.

Jonathan Rosman MD, Gita Kavala MBBS, Kotoro Obunai MD, Steven R Bergmann MD, PhD. The role of heart-type fatty acid-binding protein in the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome. International Journal of Angiology. 2009 Summer; 18(2): 79–81.

Rosman J, Kavala G, Obunai K, Bergmann SR. Heart-type Fatty Acid Binding Protein is less sensitive than troponin in detecting acute myocardial infarction. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. March 2009.

Justin A Ratcliffe, MD,1 Prashan Thiagarajah, MD,2 Jennifer Chen, MD,1 Gita Kavala, MBBS,2 Yumiko Kanei, MD,2 John Fox, MD,2 Ramesh Gowda, MD,2 Sabrina J Schmitz, MD, Patricia Friedman, MS,2 and Steven Bergmann, MD PhD2. Prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy: A randomized controlled trial of sodium bicarbonate and N-acetyl cysteine. International Journal of Angiology. 2009 Winter; 18(4): 193–197

Justin Ratcliffe, Prashan Thiagarajah, Jennifer Chen, Gita Kavala, John Fox, Ramesh Gowda, Yumiko Kanei, Patricia Friedman, Sabrina Schmitz, Philip Schatz, Hugo Rosero, Steven Bergmann. Prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy in high risk patients: A randomized controlled trial of the role of sodium bicarbonate and high dose N-acetyl cysteine (Poster). 3rd place MSSNY, Poster Symposium

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