Dr. Shelly Batra
President and Co-Founder of Operation ASHA
Shelly is a renowned gyne & obs surgeon in New Delhi. For the past two decades, she has been providing consultations and carrying out free surgeries for the needy. She is the President and co-founder of Operation ASHA, which has now become one of India’s largest nonprofits in TB control, serving a population of many million in urban slums. It is respected worldwide for its performance. Shelly has appeared frequently on radio and television both in USA and India. Her interview on Chicago Public Radio’s Global Activism Series was adjudged one of the top programs of 2007 and was aired a second time. She was interviewed a second time on Chicago Public Radio in 2008. She is the most popular guest on Satellite Radio ReachMD, having appeared six times in one and a half years. She has also appeared many times on TV ASIA. In India, she has appeared on almost every TV channel including BBC, Star and DoorDarshan. Shelly is the author of two books published by Penguin India. Her first book The Intimate Self reached the bestseller list in the non-fiction category. The second book, 20 minutes to Total Fitness, has been translated into many Indian languages. She has written hundreds of articles on health topics for leading newspapers such as Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Deccan, Sahara, Navbharat Times (Hindi), and magazines such as Health and Longevity and Kadambini (in Hindi). She also wrote an Award winning poem for Times of India Shelly has lectured at many leading institutions including the University of Chicago and Harvard University in the US. She is also Fellow Guide and Professor for DNB and MD students in the gyne department at Batra Hospital, the largest private hospital in New Delhi, India. Shelly obtained MD and MBBS degrees from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, India. She won Abdullah Haji Omar Trophy for the best all-rounder student, University Book Prize for best academic performance, Dr SS Khan Gold Medal for the best student and many other laurels. She did her schooling from La Martiniere, Lucknow and won many awards.
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