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Dr. Meera Narasimhan Receives SC Telehealth Community Innovator Award

Dr. Meera Narasimhan presents at the 2017 South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Summit

Dr. Meera Narasimhan, professor and chairwoman in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine and associate provost for health sciences at the University of South Carolina, received the South Carolina Community Innovator Award for Telehealth at the fifth annual South Carolina Telehealth Summit held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center last month.

She was lauded for her leadership efforts in telehealth at the SOM and throughout the state. As a trailblazer clinician, educator, researcher and administrator, she has been successful in translating the revolution in health care research into clinical applications for both patients and trainees.

“Dr. Narasimhan since 2008 has had an excellent track record of fostering public-private-academic partnerships and has demonstrated her ability to think outside the box of traditional approaches to address basic public health service needs of the community, and capture valuable data as it pertains to cost, quality and sustainability,” says Dr. Rick Foster of the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Her work as principal investigator for the statewide emergency department telepsychiatry initiative led by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) has been recognized with several regional and national honors, and recently received a grant award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Dr. Narasimhan has led rural telehealth efforts within primary care clinics and federally qualified health care clinics in partnership with state agencies including the SCDMH, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly. She has also effectively trained the next generation of physician leaders on telehealth platforms.

She serves on the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Advisory Committee and the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Telehealth and has also led global telehealth projects in India.

Dr. Narasimhan has received prestigious national and international awards from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Psychiatric Association, Mental Health America, SCDMH, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Yale University, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Indo American Psychiatric Association and the SOM. In 2014 she received the “Hind Rattan Award”, a diaspora award granted for global contributions in India.

In addition, she is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings. She is widely published and serves on editorial boards along with various statewide and national professional organizations.

Dr. Narasimhan received her medical degree at the Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal, India and completed her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in neuroscience at Yale University. In addition to her leadership roles at USC, she serves on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

April 5th, 2017