The meaning of the name “Gowri” is a manifestation of the Hindu goddess Parvati. Living up to my namesake, who symbolizes power and strength, my passion for global health is truly ingrained in my upbringing. I was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in 8 different towns before enrolling in NEOMED’s 6-year BS/MD program. I have lived in Japan, Germany, Hawaii, Texas, Maryland, and Ohio! As a world-traveler in the medical field, I’ve immersed myself in a variety of cultures and have fallen in love with learning how to address health disparities. In my spare time, my hobbies include exploring, reading books, painting, and snowboarding. As a daughter of active duty military, it’s been an honor travelling the world. After working in the OB/GYN department in inner city Akron, I saw the vast diversity of patients in just one hospital. I’m looking forward to coalescing my passions for medicine and global health in order to truly make an impact on an international scale.