Meet UNMC New Investigator Awardee Ashish Joshi, M.D.

April 11, 2013

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Ashish Joshi, M.D.
NOTE: This profile is part of a series to highlight the 16 researchers who will be honored April 30 at a ceremony for UNMC's 2012 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

Name: Ashish Joshi, M.D.
Title: Assistant professor, Center for Global Health and Development and Department of Health Services Research Administration, College of Public Health
Joined UNMC: November 2010
Hometown: Punjab, India

Describe your research briefly in layman's terms.
My research focuses on designing and developing innovative, accessible and affordable heath technologies to improve access, alleviate health literacy, reduce health disparities and enhance population outcomes among individuals living in diverse global settings. Lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes and hypertension are an increasing burden worldwide. I utilize information and communication technologies such as Internet, cell phone and electronic health kiosks to prevent and manage the increasing disease burden among individuals living in urban and resource-poor settings. I combine interactive media such as audio, video, images and animations with public health evidence to develop informatics tools that can effectively communicate risk to an individual in an easy-to-understand format so that appropriate recommendations can be given.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?
The research aims to use innovative informatics approaches to translate research into practice for improving population outcomes.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?
My late father always told me to be humble in life and to try not only to fulfill my dreams but help others achieve them too.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I had limited knowledge of computers and the Internet until I came to the U.S. in 2002.
  • I did my Ph.D. public health informatics work in Brazil with almost no knowledge of Portuguese.
  • I was captain of the state cricket team in India.

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