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Vidya Kaushik, MD
Vidya S. Kaushik, M.D. is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science. He graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1964. Following his Cardiology training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Dr. Kaushik joined the Drew medical faculty in 1975. He started as the Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and established the first cardiac catheterization program at King Drew Medical Center. He was a key player in initiating the Open Heart Surgery program in 1977. Over the past forty plus years he has served the South-central community with total dedication. As Chief of Cardiology and later Chair of Internal Medicine, Dr. Kaushik has trained hundreds of residents, fellows and taught the principles and practice of Internal Medicine to a multitude of medical students and physician assistants. Over the past three decades he has served on almost all the University committees including Undergraduate Selection Committee, Appointment & Promotions Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, EPCC, CME, Academic Senate, Budget & Finance Committee and Senior Management.
Dr. Kaushik has not only been the leader in direct patient care but also an avid advocate for patient rights and quality of care at KDMC. He is a past president of the Professional Staff Association as well as the King Drew Medical Foundation. Dr. Kaushik is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Chest Physicians.
A life long volunteer and philanthropist Dr. Kaushik has served on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations. He was the President of The American Heart Association Greater Los Angeles affiliate. He has received multiple awards including their highest honor "Heart of Gold" award in 1996. He was chosen Alumnus of the Year by AIIMSONIANS of America in 1995. He is a past President of Indian Medical Association of Greater Los Angeles. He is currently serving on the Peninsula Seniors Board of Directors
Dr. Kaushik received the Charles R. Drew University President's Medal in 2008 and Academic Senate's Outstanding Faculty Service award in 2009. Dr. Kaushik is married to his college sweetheart for past 47 years and has two children, one of whom is a Drew graduate and now a faculty in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco.