Ms. Farah Noorani
Specialization: Public Health
Home institution in US: Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Host Institution in India: King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra  
Start date/Month in India: September 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Farah Noorani earned a B.A. summa cum laude in biological sciences from the Drexel University Pennoni Honors College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2010. She is currently a second year medical student in the seven-year, accelerated B.S./M.D. program at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. This past year, she served as a co-president of the College’s Internal Medicine Interest Group, which helps students form professional relationships with physicians in cardiology and other internal medicine sub-specialties. She also completed a one-year term as secretary of the College’s Student Government Association.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Noorani gained a foundation in medical research as an independent research investigator for Dr. Aristotelis Astrinidis in Drexel University’s Department of Molecular Biology. After finishing her first-year medical school courses, Ms. Noorani served as a cardiology clinical research coordinator at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Ann McLaughlin, Ms. Noorani engaged with cardiology-specific clinical research patients, a formative experience which inspired her Fulbright-Nehru research proposal. In the future, Ms. Noorani wishes to apply her Fulbright experience, engaging with Indian patients who do not have regular access to cardiology and internal medicine care, and her American medical training to serving as an international medical relief worker. She also aspires to a dual career in cardiology medical practice and clinical research.

During her Fulbright fellowship, Ms. Noorani will work with Dr. Prafulla Kerkar and his team at the King Edward Memorial Hospital to characterize the specific reasons for pre-hospital delay by Mumbai acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. Coronary heart disease (CHD) and ACS, an often fatal heart disease complication, are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in both urban India and the U.S. Shorter delays in hospital admission after chest pain onset correlate with better ACS patient prognosis. Ms. Noorani’s Fulbright research project, “Understanding Delay to Hospital Admission by Heart Disease Patients in Urban India,” will collect data that could guide ongoing public health efforts towards minimizing pre-hospital delay in urban India and the U.S.