Indian American Dr. Dipesh Navsaria on Wisconsin Gov.-elect Evers’ health policy advisory council

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Dr. Dipesh Navsaria is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Indian American physician Dr. Dipesh Navsaria has been named to the Health Policy Advisory Council of the Wisconsin Governor-elect Tony Evers.

Navsaria, a pediatrician, is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Democrat Evers was elected 46th governor of Wisconsin on November 6. He narrowly defeated the incumbent Scott Walker.

“Expanding access to affordable health care for Wisconsin residents is a top priority for our administration,” the governor-elect said, announcing the advisory council on Tuesday. “Our Health Policy Advisory Council will help our transition team put together a comprehensive health care plan that takes steps to increase access to health care coverage, like taking the Medicaid expansion dollars, while bringing down costs.”

The 12-member council will advise the governor’s transition team on healthcare policy matters relating to the state’s Department of Health Services, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and the Department of Employee Trust Funds, among other agencies and departments.

Navsaria, a Madison resident, also serves as the medical director of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s physician assistant program.

According to his website, Navsaria, who was born in London, was raised in New York City, where he attended the Bronx High School of Science. He earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University, majoring in Biology and English Literature. After doing a master’s in Public Health from Boston University, he did Physician Assistant training at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Navsaria completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

The pediatrician writes on his website that he is committed to “understanding how basic science can translate into busy primary-care settings via population health concepts and policy initiatives” and  “aims to educate the next generation of those who work with children and families in realizing how their professional roles include being involved in larger concepts of social policy and how they may affect the cognitive and socioemotional development of children for their future benefit.”

A prolific writer with a big social media presence, Navsaria also writes a column for local Wisconsin publication.

In a recent column, just before the midterm, he urged readers to “care for people you may never meet.”

“We’ll only see the problems inside the walled garden, and not even fathom the existence of those beyond,” he wrote. “Stand on a ladder every so often and look outside the walled garden of your life. Open a gate and take a stroll out there, even if it makes you uncomfortable. Invite others to sit with you in your garden and share a cup of tea. Then, ask yourself how you together can improve not only the garden, but also the world beyond and the world to come.”

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