After earning bachelors degrees in business honors and finance, she worked in management consulting on high impact strategy projects across a variety of industries, an experience she credits for expanding her analytical skillset. During medical school, Dr. Atluru learned of fetal head impaction, a complication of delivery that can seriously harm both mother and baby, and was inspired to help develop and patent a medical device to alleviate fetal head impaction in emergent cesarean section deliveries. Exploring a number of surgical specialties, she ultimately found a home in emergency medicine, which she considers an extremely valuable skillset both in and out of the hospital.
Building on her varied experience, she has helped establish a formal biomedical innovation program for medical students, and is now helping to build out her residency’s innovation academy. Dr. Atluru is also passionate about innovation in medical education and has served in advisory roles in both the academic and entrepreneurial space. She enjoys authoring forward-looking perspectives at the intersection of medicine, technology, and education, and has published in a variety of academic and popular outlets including the Atlantic and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Though residency is time-consuming, Dr. Atluru continues to build on her work in medtech and meded, and loves being a part of anything requiring creativity. There is no stopping Dr. Atluru: she has dabbled in everything from fashion to stand-up comedy!
James Gardner, Pamela Bump, Olivia Tardif, Sarah Schroeder and Shreya Iyer all contributed to this year’s 40 Under 40. Learn more about their work in the “About the Authors” section!
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