Dr. Amitha Kalaichandran, M.D., M.H.S., C.P.H., is an epidemiologist, physician, writer, and health-tech consultant (currently working with Twitter). Amitha is a proud alumna of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Master of Health Science/M.H.S. in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control; Certificate in Vaccine Science & Policy), the University of Toronto (M.D.), the University of Arizona (Fellowship in Integrative Medicine), and the Munk School of Global Affairs (Journalism Fellowship). She has additional certifications in public health (C.P.H.) from the National Board of Public Health Examiners, humanitarian assistance (through the Harvard Humanitarian Institute), lifestyle/wellness/health coaching (York University), psychotherapy (in progress), and entrepreneurship (through The Founder Institute).
As a speaker, Amitha has been invited to present for wide-ranging audiences, from Stanford University's MedX in Palo Alto, California to South by SouthWest in Austin, Texas. She has been invited to lecture for groups such as the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation and the City of New York Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Her research interests are primarily focused on the use of complementary health approaches in children (and the perceptions of efficacy and risk), pediatric food intolerance and allergy, and the role of hospital organizational culture as a determinant of well-being and productivity among trainee and early-career physicians. As a contributor to the New York Times since 2017, Amitha covers a diverse range of topics, from health and wellness to medical education. In addition to the New York Times (Well, Styles, and Opinion), her award-winning writing has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Wired, The Boston Globe/STATNews, The Atlantic, The Atavist (which was optioned for film), Fast Company, ABC News, ThriveGlobal, The Walrus (Canada), CBC (Canada), Toronto Star (Canada), Globe and Mail (Canada), BMJ Opinion (U.K.), New Scientist (U.K.) among other places (full portfolio link here).
Amitha is a mentor-editor for the OpEd Project and serves on the advisory board for Artists Becoming (an initiative to improve mental well-being among professional dancers, musicians and other performing artists in New York City).
Born in London (United Kingdom), at the age of 7 her family moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada. Amitha was also raised just outside Montreal and in North Toronto, and now divides her time between New York City and Toronto. She is a 200-hr registered yoga teacher (adults and children), and mindfulness facilitator. Amitha enjoys adventure, mentorship, recipe experimentation, practicing yoga and mindfulness, voraciously reading, and advocating for a better world. Her first book, On Healing (Random House), which will be published in the Fall of 2022.