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Women in Business 2021: Dr. Madhavi Gorusu, Starling Physicians

Dr. Madhavi Gorusu Employer: Starling Physicians Title: Hematologist & Oncologist See all Women in Business 2021 honorees
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Dr. Madhavi Gorusu is a hematologist and oncologist who completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Connecticut and her executive MBA at the University of Connecticut School of Business. She served as vice president for the Connecticut Multispecialty Group (CMG) branch of Starling Physicians. Gorusu also served as president and is on the Board of Trustees for The Connecticut Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. She sits on the Board of Trustees for the Hartford Leukemia Lymphoma Society; is founder of the India-based nonprofit Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, serving the underprivileged; and is co-founder of

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far?

The pandemic brought out the best in me. I continued to provide compassionate care to my patients and spearheaded a convalescent plasma donation initiative. I adapted to the use of a virtual medium to educate the community with updates in healthcare through my online journal and webinars.

What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

To succeed as a strong physician leader, making a mark in contributing to the reduction in healthcare costs and bringing cutting-edge research to my patients. I believe virtual clinical trials are an impactful way to overcome geographical barriers of patient access to clinical trials.

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

Not letting existing norms in my professional, societal environment define my goals and path is a challenge I continue to work to overcome. This has been made possible by having belief in myself, great mentors, wonderful friends and a tremendously supportive family.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to adapt as a leader?

Embracing telehealth, supporting staff working remotely and being vigilant to new opportunities that became available with the flexibility of virtual health care have all helped me lead my patient-care team, be creative in going beyond the usual parameters of patient care, and coordinate multidisciplinary care with no geographic boundaries.

What legacy do you want to leave after your career is over?

The Sanskrit saying, “Krushi tho nasti durbhiksham” means that with hard work, there is nothing that is impossible. This is the principle I live by. I’d like to be remembered as a woman physician who was passionate about patient care, felt strongly about gender equality and lived as an example of her beliefs.

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