Dwiju Kumar, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine; Dwiju was born in Bangalore, India and moved to the US at the age of seven before eventually settling with her parents in Dubuque, Iowa. Her immigrant experience and exposure to starkly contrasted cultures planted seeds of curiosity to better understand the world around her. During her undergraduate experience in engineering and cultural studies at The University of Iowa, she developed a passion for global and public health and their connection to social justice. She channeled her passion and curiosity into multiple projects in rural and urban underserved communities in Bangalore, India. Her most recent project was her MPH practicum, which explored issues surrounding barriers to accessing prenatal care for women in tribal communities. In Iowa, she provided care for uninsured patients by volunteering with the Free Medical and Mobile Clinic and served as a leader for student groups such as Global Medicine Society and AMSA. During the fourth year of medical school, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford Medical University, which deepened her interest in health systems and policies. Through these experiences, she discovered that Family Medicine embodies the holistic approach to medicine and health she was always envisioning. In cultivating her other passions, Dwiju loves to unleash her creativity by cooking dishes from a variety of food traditions. She values life balance and pursues this by planning epic picnics, hiking, swimming, exploring new places, and hosting gatherings for family and friends.
Alumni Year: 2018