Sarita Satpathy, MD, MPH, CPE
Hospitalist and Outpatient Internal Medicine
Dr. Sarita Satpathy was born in Orissa, India but has lived in many states within the U.S, as well as Spain, England and the West Indies. She studied Biological Psychology and Zoology as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She then received her Master's in Public Health with a focus on Community Health Education at San Jose State Uinverisity. She went to medical school at St George's University in Grenada, WI. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St Michael's Medical Center/Seton Hall in Newark, New Jersey. She has been working both as a Hospitalist and in the outpatient setting in the Bay Area since completing her residency. She has held leadership roles as both a medical director and a regional medical director in the Hospitalist setting. Her interests include medical volunteering work, international travel, cycling and yoga.
1. Why are you a SFMMS member?
Dr. Harvey, Chief of Staff at Saint Francis, told me about SFMMS at a medical staff meeting. To me, it makes sense to be a part of a group of physicians – to connect with one another and gain a better understanding of health policy. I’ve brought up membership to other medical staff too because I think it’s so beneficial to be a part of SFMMS.
2. Which SFMMS member resource is most helpful to you?
The journal is really good, and so are the people! Being a part of the SFMMS affords me the opportunity to connect with other physicians outside of my work setting.
3. What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love international travel and fortunately, I have flexibility in my schedule to be able to travel often. I recently came back from Sardinia, and have visited Germany, Austria, England, and Australia this year. I also enjoy hiking, yoga, and the culinary arts.
4. What is the most important thing you learned in medical school or residency?
With each rotation during my training, I really got into each one so I could explore and engage as if I was practicing in that area of medicine. It helps to build a foundation for continued learning throughout your career.
5. What are some of the biggest opportunities or challenges you see in health care within the next five years?
There is so much more we can do in terms of prevention efforts, and working to improve health outcomes while simultaneously decreasing the cost of care.
6. What do you love most about practicing Internal Medicine?
Providing care in the outpatient setting, I really enjoy focusing on prevention and integrative medicine. In the inpatient setting, I feel we are champions of providing the best care possible from the minute the patient enters the hospital, throughout their stay, and ensuring a good transition to the outpatient setting.
7. What is the best piece of advice you have been given throughout your career so far?
My father encouraged me and said medicine is one of the noblest professions and to be passionate about it. I’m intellectually curious and collaborative by nature, so it has been a good path for me.
8. Who’s your favorite music artist/band?
I really like reggae, jazz, rock and world music. I’ve been enjoying fado, a Portuguese genre.
9. What is your favorite local restaurant?
Coquetta – it’s a Spanish restaurant on the Embarcadero. I also really like Sushi Ran in Sausalito.
10. If you weren’t a physician, what profession would you like to try?
I love fashion design, textiles and color. I’d also enjoy something in the area of international business or marketing since I love languages and learning about other cultures.