Curiosity and learning fuel my fire. Music and laughter energize my spirit. Nature soothes my soul. The ocean provides perspective. The hope that something I say or do might help just one person in some way - that is what drives me.
The best advice I have received
“Let it be a discovery.” Those 5 words spoken by the painter Hank Virgona during our 5 minute encounter in his New York City atelier have redefined my entire outlook.
When it comes to a career path, I don’t believe in rules. With a constantly evolving professional career that spans from music to medicine and media, I do believe anything is possible!
Sapna Parikh,MD,MPH is an award winning New York City based multimedia journalist. She began her career as a television reporter for CBS New York and continued as a full time health and fitness reporter for the FOX and ABC News stations in New York City. As the new Assistant Director of Visual Storytelling for New York University, Sapna hosts NYU News and creates multimedia stories for all digital platforms featuring faculty and students through the use of photography and video.
She is also a freelance anchor for Sirius XM/FOX News Headlines 24/7 covering national and world news, a guest host and writer at Seeker (Discovery Digital Networks), a teaching assistant at the International Center of Photography, and a photographer for Discover Outdoors. Prior to her work in medicine, journalism, photography and video production, Sapna was a professional singer.
Her notable reports include an exclusive interview with NASA astronauts during a training mission inside Aquarius, the only underwater laboratory in the world, located at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and accessible only by scuba diving. Her in depth reports after Hurricane Sandy revealed the devastating impact on area hospitals and patient care. Sapna was the only television reporter invited to travel with First Lady Laura Bush on a humanitarian mission to Haiti and Mexico City. The mission's purpose was to visit US-funded HIV clinics and launch an international breast cancer partnership.
Sapna earned a medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University, and completed her internship in general surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. She obtained a Master's of Public Health in community health education and health policy through Hunter College of New York City, and focused her capstone project on the issue of childhood obesity. As part of her field experience, Sapna worked with the New York City Health Department to implement nutrition and fitness programs in New York City public schools, and served as a Wellness Facilitator for the "I Have a Dream Foundation," helping to educate teenagers on health and fitness. She studied documentary and digital photography at the International Center of Photography and School of Visual Arts, and performed on board Royal Caribbean Cruiselines as a singer and dancer.
Sapna is a NOLS Certified Wilderness Emergency Responder and Advanced PADI Certified Scuba Diver. During her medical training, she traveled to Brazil where the medical team lived on boats and provided care to remote villages along the shores of the Amazon River. She is the recipient of the National Harvard Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in Academics and the Arts, and two Humanitarian Awards for her reports on breast cancer, and for serving as a role model to young women.