Kalpana was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the age of four. She subsequently spent most of her life in the US except for yearly summer visits to India. Kalpana attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Biochemistry and then went to SUNY Stonybrook to complete her medical training. Her internship and residency years were spent in Manhattan at the St. Lukes'-Roosevelt medical center. Although tempted by fellowships in Cardiology and Neurology, Kalpana found that her true interest and love for medicine was Infectious Diseases. She did her fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center. During her fellowship, Kalpana explored laboratory bench work with research looking at the Shigella pathogenesis. While she enjoyed this, Kalpana realized that her place was with patients and not in the lab. Because of her fascination with sepsis and the nature of severe infections, she subsequently went on to do a Critical Care fellowship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Kalpana joined the Infectious Diseases division at Nassau University Medical Center where she enjoyed clinical work, administrative challenges, teaching and collaborating with the intensivist on various research projects.
getting married, Kalpana relocated to Baltimore where she now resides with her
husband and son. She briefly worked in
private practice but missed the teaching and research aspects of academic
medicine and subsequently joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at
University of Maryland. Kalpana’s
interest in Integrative Medicine stems from her experiences with yoga, meditation and energy. Her specific interest is
finding and studying ways to use integrative modalities for patients with
chronic infections and immune related diseases. In her free time, Kalpana enjoys the
innumerable delights of motherhood and the ancient practice of Vedic chant.