Physician Profile: Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H.
"For me, medicine is about more than just treating disease,” says Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., an avid believer in the power of prevention and the importance of providing healthcare to underserved populations around the world. “I make it a priority to counsel patients on the many benefits of plant-based diets and other lifestyle modifications. By giving them the right tools, I can help them prevent long-term complications of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.”
A vegetarian since high school, a staunch supporter of nonanimal research methods, and a human rights activist, Dr. Ferdowsian embodies the true meaning of the word compassion. She recently completed a preventive medicine residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where she worked with underserved populations. Now completing a second residency, this time in internal medicine at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ferdowsian continues to go the extra mile. Despite the demands of her continuing training, she somehow finds time to continue her work with marginalized populations. And, all the while, she has helped promote alternatives to the use of animals in medical schools.
Once finished with her training, Ferdowsian plans to get more involved in global public health issues. “I’m excited about the growing interest in diet as a tool for prevention and in the management of problems such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer,” she says. There are so many ways to help—both people and animals.”