Leadership

Turja Chakrabarti, MD
President & Founder

Turja Chakrabarti began Pratit as a simple way to better the dire situation he saw in his hometown but knew plagued the world. At the age of fifteen, he began aiding as an English tutor. However, his passion and natural desire to help others led him quickly to become a medical assistant. After these experiences, he founded Pratit in 2007, leading annual missions to Kolkata and it’s surroundings. He reached out to local organizations and hospitals, sharing his dream. That dream slowly became what Pratit is today, bridging the gap in medical care for multiple communities and operating regular primary care clinics in Kolkata. As President of Pratit International, Turja’s focus is on maintaining a sustainable health care service for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. To achieve this, he is working to develop a world class network of health clinics that cater to all sections of society and generate a revenue that can help sustain Pratit’s welfare projects. Simultaneously, Turja works to develop strong partnerships with multiple academic medical institutions around the globe to ensure that Pratit’s mission is research driven, educational, and provides the best practices for our target communities.

Turja graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Health & Societies, with a concentration in Global Health. He went on to earn his Master of Sciences (M.S.) degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. Subsequently, Turja graduated with his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Today, Turja is a Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Turja was born in Kolkata, India and resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Pallabi.


 

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Ritwik Bhatia

Vice President

Ritwik Bhatia brings over seven years of field experience managing the operations of Pratit International. Before joining his position on the board of directors, Ritwik served as an integral leader of Pratit’s mission on the University of Pennsylvania campus. His pioneering efforts led to the emergence of a viable organization of students that uniquely engaged in direct and sustainable development projects half a globe away. Moreover, he has worked to incorporate a diverse faculty board of advisors from various institutions that consult on the mission and vision of Pratit International. Ritwik has led multiple student trips to Pratit’s project sites in Kolkata, where he has played a critical role in forging relationships with local organizations, health care providers, and civic institutions. In his current role as Vice President, Ritwik guides the organization in building sustainability initiatives, social impact marketing, and developing partnerships with NGOs, corporate sponsors, and academia.

Ritwik holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a Post-Baccalaureate Researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Currently, Ritwik studies as a candidate for the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from where he continues his leadership with Pratit International.


 

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Kalyan Tripathy

Director of Health Programs

Kalyan Tripathy has managed critical components Pratit’s health programs since the organization’s founding. ┬áHis efforts have helped refine Pratit International’s outpatient clinics and primary care outreach. Kalyan has worked tirelessly with local community organizations and health providers in planning and implementing regular clinics. Moreover, he has been integral in designing an effective patient follow-up system as well as a patient history database. These programs have proven essential in ensuring that all of our patients receive care that goes beyond simple one-time examinations to a comprehensive circuit of treatment. A Kolkata native, Kalyan brings key local knowledge, which ensures that Pratit’s programs remain culturally sensitive and tailored to fit community needs. Prior to his position on the board, Kalyan served as the managing director of Pratit International’s branch at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, his responsibilities involve direct oversight of outpatient services that aim to provide medical treatment t across five communities in Kolkata. In addition, he works to ensure that critically and chronically ill patients receive advanced treatment options such as surgical procedures and essential medicines.

Kalyan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Neuroscience. Subsequently, he worked as a Research Specialist at the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Today, Kalyan is a candidate for the combined Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (M.D/PhD) degrees at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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