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Dr. Ashvin Vijayakumar, brother-in-law of alumnus Mike Jesionka ’16 and a population health expert and Center Medical Director for Oak Street Health in North Philadelphia, spoke to members of the Global Scholars Program, ninth graders interested in enrolling in the GSP, and Ms. Borzumato’s classes on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Ash is trained in internal medicine healthcare delivery leadership at Mount Sinai's School of Medicine in NYC.
During the COVID-19 crisis, his work is integral in keeping chronically ill patients safe in their communities and out of the hospital. Dr. Ash spoke about his experiences working with patients during the crisis. He spent over an hour on a Zoom webinar explaining the origins, spread and containment of COVID-19. He also answered several questions posed by students in attendance, providing thorough and thought provoking answers. Students and faculty who attended the session gained a wealth of information from his knowledge and experience.