MIIS - Interpreting and Translating the Body: Medical and Intercultural Views
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 8:00am
MIIS presents Interpreting and Translating the Body: Medical and Intercultural Views, a talk by Dr. Shruthi Mahalingaiah on Friday, April 21, 8am-10am in Irvine Auditorium in the McCone Building.
In this talk, Dr. Shruthi Mahalingaiah illustrates the multilingual challenges of working with medical patients, relying on interpreters (often by phone) to convey body sensations, physical symptoms, and choices about medical procedures within intercultural contexts. Her journey as an Indian-born American, a Watson Fellow studying indigenous healing in Ecuador and Bali, and her medical career at Harvard and Boston Universities inform the presentation.
Shruthi Mahalingaiah was born in India and immigrated to Connecticut with her family at an early age. She continued her learning at Middlebury College in Vermont. Prior to medical school, supported by a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, she lived in Bali and the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin studying the role of ritual in the healing process. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in the OB/GYN Combined Program at Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine, where she is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is currently funded on the Reproductive Scientist Training Program and was previously supported as a Scholar on the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health program to study air pollution and risk of gynecologic disease incidence. Her current research focuses on environmental exposure and polycystic ovary syndrome. She was awarded the Endocrine Society’s Early Investigator Award 2016 for her contributions to date. Dr. Mahalingaiah has three daughters, two of which are identical twins.