WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has applauded the role of an Indian-American doctor in researching the health impact of pollution and helping families whose lives are impacted by air pollution.
“Doctor, thank you,” Obama said as he hailed the contributions of Cleveland-based Dr Sumita Khatri, who was among the select few invited to be present at the White House on Monday when the US President announced an ambitious goal to cut pollution emitting from coal-fired power plants.
“Dr Sumita Khatri has spent her career researching the health impacts of pollution at the Cleveland Clinic, and helping families whose lives are impacted every single day,” Obama said.
Sumita B. Khatri, M.D. M.Sc. is an adult pulmonary and critical care physician with a specialized focus in asthma. She earned her medical degree at Ohio State University and trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Khatri’s clinical and research interests include the effects of air pollution and environmental triggers on asthma, evaluating biomarkers of asthma, and community engagement with respect to asthma and lung health. In this regard, she has been involved with the NIH-sponsored Severe Asthma Research Program, collaborative research with the USEPA, and medical industry-associated asthma therapy trials.
Dr. Khatri is a member of the American Thoracic Society and Fellow in The American College of Chest Physicians. She also Co-Chair of the Asthma/COPD Assembly of the Healthy Homes Advisory Council in Cuyahoga County.