Dr. Ravindranath Kolli, a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with specializations in Addiction, Geriatrics, and Forensic Psychiatry, serving as the Psychiatric Medical Director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. Dr. Kolli has over for decades of experience in the healthcare field. He graduated from Rangaraya Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences Medical School in 1981. He is affiliated with medical facilities at the Washington Health System Greene and Washington Hospital.
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Dr. Kolli’s association with AAPI began over two decades ago. He was involved with his Alumni Chapter of Rangaraya Medical College, which boasts of over 500 active members, and became its President. Later, he was elected as the President of the Telugu Medical Graduates of USA which represents over 15,000 Telugu origin Physicians in the USA.
Dr. Kolli has previously served as the Chair of IT committee of AAPI, Convention AV Co-Chair, a member of several Committees of AAPI including Endowment fundraising, Geriatric, IT, GME Liaison, South Asian CVD and Childhood obesity awareness and Obesity awareness programs and Adopt a Village Plan and more.
He had served as the Secretary, Vice President and eventually as the President of Pittsburgh TAPI in 2012-13. A Psychiatrist by profession and among the many goals Dr. Kolli has set for himself, something very dear to him, is to “focus on battling the stigma of mental illness and access to quality mental health care broadly and widely looking back to his childhood about, what inspired him to become a physician Dr. Kolli says, “I come from a family of physicians,” “Among my five brothers, 3 of us are physicians and I was the youngest. My father’s two brothers were physicians as well as their spouses. We have a long tradition of being a family of physicians. Counting all together, we have about 40 physicians and counting, among our cousins, nieces, and nephews in my family of three generations. So, it was a natural course for me to be a physician as well” Dr. Kolli explains.
Growing up in a family where his dad was a state government official in the Andhra Pradesh state transportation department, Dr. Kolli and his family traveled from place to place every three years with the transfer of his dad, which was a huge challenge. However, “That gave me a wider and unique perspective on life, with the opportunity to meet new people in new places and environments and it was a very enriching experience in a way, even though we didn’t have roots in one place, but we had a wide network of friends and associates around the state.”
Dr. Kolli and his siblings loved sports both indoor and outdoor, he explains, “All of us were very athletic. We played tennis and cricket and we were all good at it. We played for colleges, universities and one of my brothers played for the state. So, we were sought out to play for the local teams and clubs wherever we lived at.”
“Psychiatry was my passion from my medical college days. That was a profession by choice not by default. It was my chosen vocation.” says Dr. Kolli. “I had developed interest in psychology, behavioral health, and medicine right from the medical school. There were not very many opportunities back in India at that time for psychiatric training, which was my career goal.” And therefore, seeking educational and training opportunities, Dr. Kolli immigrated to the United States in 1983 following his elder brother who moved to the US in 1974.
Dr. Kolli’s Prescription for Success:
Number 1: We are more stronger than what we give ourselves credit for.
Number 2: Look for opportunities to serve.
Number 3: You have to follow before you become a leader.
Number 4: Every setback isn’t a failure, but is a stepping stone for the next level of success.
Number 5: You prepare to succeed by being an optimist.
Number 6: Nothing is personal.
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Notable quotes from Dr. Kolli’s interview:
1 in 7 patients have come across an Indian in their care.
Roughly 1/3rd of current physicians are of Indian origin.
We are more stronger than what we give ourselves credit.
You have to follow before you become a leader.
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