2019 Top Doctors: Namita Sachdeva & Ashish Sachdeva

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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine, respectively

Med School/Year Graduated: Maulana Azad Medical College, 1991; Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, 1988

Years in Practice: 18 and 19

Namita
What inspired you to pursue geriatric medicine?

As our population in the [United States] continues to age, so also do the needs for excellence in geriatric health care rise. No other age group has more challenges, nor more exciting new approaches to health care, pharmacology and the science of new developments. I’m grateful to be part of this exciting field.

What is the single most promising or exciting area of research in geriatric medicine right now?

There are so many exciting areas in geriatric health care medicine that it is hard to choose just one area of progress. Having said that, I find that memory enhancement, alternatives to traditional health care, and longevity/quality of life standards are very exciting.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

I enjoy spending time with my twin sons and my daughter who’s currently in med school. Lately, I have also started making time to nurture relationships with my girlfriends and I find that this sharing of feelings with other women in my life enhances my sense of well-being.

You graduated from the University of Delhi and the Maulana Azad Medical College. Where do you get good Indian food when you’re missing Delhi?

Without a doubt my mom’s kitchen. She lives in the neighborhood and I’m truly blessed to have her around. I also enjoy butter chicken and naan at Tandoori Times when I’m craving some creamy, greasy, artery-clogging food!

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

A soldier. Having been a military brat, with my dad retiring as a full colonel in the armored corps, I have immense respect for the men and women in uniform.

 

Ashish
How has your practice affected your own plans for your golden years?

As I see the needs of so many individuals, I’ve come to embrace and plan for volunteer work to be foremost in my own golden years. “Giving back” is what lies in my heart, and I hope to be able to care for others selflessly.

Why is internal medicine a good jumping-off point for geriatric medicine?

I believe internal medicine is at the very heart and core of quality geriatric medicine. [It] allows for emphasis and expertise in treating the whole person under the sub-specialty of geriatric medicine.

What are the pluses and minuses of running a practice with your spouse?

As the husband of my physician partner, the best part for me is that I get to see my wife personally and professionally every day! But, yes, I believe our collaboration on patient care, as well as administrative issues, results in the very best care we can offer our patients. It’s been 27 years of practicing medicine, mostly together, I only see positives in this partnership!

What are you watching on Netflix these days?

As a couple, we enjoyed the Netflix series House of Cards and Sacred Games, and as a father, I enjoy the NBA on Netflix with my 14-year-old twin sons.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

I think I’d gravitate to the arts. I enjoy singing and look forward to those occasions when the singing group to which I belong performs, as well as singing at parties!

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