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I am a board certified infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. My research involves the control of tuberculosis in resource-limited conditions with a focus on drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and airborne transmission.
Dr. Ruvandhi Nathavitharana is an infectious diseases physician and research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Imperial College Medical School in London with honors and subsequently obtained her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health as a UK Kennedy Scholar. Ruvandhi completed her internal medicine residency at New York University/Bellevue Hospital and trained in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston. Her research interests center around optimizing diagnostic strategies to decrease TB transmission, with a particular emphasis on evaluating not only the clinical efficacy of novel diagnostic tests but also their cost-effectiveness and implementation. Her clinical work is focused on the care of patients with TB and non- tuberculous mycobacterial infections. Ruvandhi is also an active member of TB Proof, an advocacy organization that seeks to destigmatize occupational TB and decrease TB transmission.