About Us

Director

Dr. Sunanda Gaur, Director Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) in New Brunswick, one of the largest Pediatric HIV Programs in New Jersey. She also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Statewide Family Centered HIV Care Network. Dr. Gaur is he founding director of SATHI,and also serves as the Director of both Adult and pediatric Clinical Research centers.  at RWJMS. Her research interest includes pediatric HIV, CMV, South Asian and Global health

Advisory Members

Kitaw Dimisse, MD, PhD. is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and serves as the Director of the Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities Rutgers School of Public Health. Dr. Demissie has a strong track record of NIH-funded research in the areas of social and biological determinants of perinatal, respiratory and cancer outcomes .Dr. Demissie has lead courses at the national level and was a recipient of several excellence teaching awards and was a member of the Stuart D. Cook, MD Master Educator’s Guild. Dr. Demissie is a recognized investigator in molecular epidemiology, cancer disparities, cancer prevention and control and population sciences with diverse funding portfolio, including NIH/NCI, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen foundations and others.   

Sneha Jacob, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor of Medicine at RWJMS and also serves as Director of HIV Clinical Services at the Eric B Chandler Health Center at RWJMS. She completed a primary care internal medicine program at Johns Hopkins and an HIV clinical fellowship as well as an M.S. in Epidemiology at Columbia University. In 2013 she developed the SATHI- IDO (Infectious Disease Outreach) project for SATHI. In recognition of her work with SATHI the U.S. Office of Minority Health funded her proposal for SATHI-IDO to lead a health information campaign to increase HIV awareness among Asians in Central New Jersey.   

Pravien Khanna MD, MPH is an Interventional Cardiologist practicing at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas health in New Brunswick, NJ and St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Khanna received his medical and public health degrees from Columbia University in New York, NY. He completed his post-graduate residency in Internal Medicine & fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He then received additional fellowship training in Interventional Cardiology from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY. Dr. Khanna specializes in cardiac and peripheral interventions. He has published in areas interventional cardiology, heart failure and nuclear cardiology. His current research interest includes the prevention and management of coronary artery disease in South Asians.   

Dr. Robert Like, is the Professor and Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity at Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is a board certified Family Physician with a background in medical anthropology. He is actively involved in funded research and provides training and technical assistance related to the delivery of patient - and family centered, culturally responsive care to diverse populations by clinicians, health care organizations, and academic medical centers. Visit site   

Shailja Mathur, M.S., M. Ed., RDN, has been in the field of dietetics for over two decades. Shailja has provided leadership to nutrition education outreach projects on behalf of Rutgers Cooperative Extension at the national, state and county level since 2001. She served as the Division Chair for the Social Marketing Division of the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) for several years. On the national front, she served as the Co-Chair of the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) from 2013-2015. Shailja teaches online leadership classes and also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Sodexo Internship Program.   

Usha Ramachandran, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at RWJMS. Her lifelong interest in providing compassionate and high quality care to underserved communities motivates her work at the Eric B Chandler Health Center and through teaching medical students, pediatric and family medicine residents, as well as mentoring undergraduate students in public health. Dr. Ramachandran’s areas of interest include health disparities, community health, South Asian health, pediatric nutrition, literacy promotion, and developmental disabilities. She has been invited to speak in both professional and community settings on these areas and is currently engaged in NIH funded research on infant feeding practices in South Asian families.

Ranita Sharma, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers-RWJMS. She is also the Chief of the Division of Education and Director of the Medicine Residency Program. She serves on the NJ ACP Governor's Council and served as Governor for Northern NJ. She received her training in internal medicine at RWJMS and served as the program's chief resident at Princeton. She practices hospital medicine at RWJUH. Ranita is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and was inducted into the Gold Humanism and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Societies in 2005.

Varsha Singh MSN, APN, an Advance Practice Nurse and health care leader is associated with SATHI since 2009. At present, she is President of NJ Stroke Coordinators Consortium, a member of Stroke Advisory Panel and President-Elect for Nurse practitioner’s forum in NJ. She was the recipient of March of the Dimes Advance Practice nurse of the year 2015 and JONAS scholar for her doctoral studies at Seton Hall University. She has presented at many local, state and national conferences about stroke, chronic diseases, and wellness. She advises her patients on care coordination and navigation through the complex healthcare system.