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Two Indian American VA doctors feted by President Barack Obama at White
A pair of Indian-origin scientists has been feted by President Barack Obama’s Administration, which named each of them as
recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Dr. Karunesh Ganguly (courtesy of LinkedIn)
Dr. Karunesh Ganguly and Dr. Hardeep Singh were given the award at a lavish White House ceremony on April 14. The
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is “the highest honor bestowed by the United
States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers,”
said the White House, in a press release.
“The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater
successes ahead,” President Obama said, in a statement, at the time of PECASE announcement in December. “We are
grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America’s global
leadership for many years to come.”
In total, 102 individuals were awarded this year, and each awardee is named by a specific government bureau. Both
Ganguly and Singh were selected for the commendation by the Department of Veterans Affairs, as both of them are
employed by VA Medical Centers. Individuals are chosen for “their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of
science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership,
public education, or community outreach.”
Ganguly is a neurologist and research scientist at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco. He is also an assistant
professor in residence at the UCSF [University of California, San Francisco] School of Medicine and the UCSF Department
of Neurology. He earned his M.D. in 2004 from the UC San Diego School of Medicine,
Dr. Hardeep Singh (courtesy of University of Texas at Houston)