Dr. Murthy is a physician and an activist who did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has practiced medicine and public health for the past 28 years in various countries. She has been working in various arenas of the health care industry. And workded as consultant for UNFPA. She has a MPH and a MS in Management from New York University. Dr. Murthy serves as the Medical Women’s International Association NGO representative to the United Nations.
Dr. Murthy is widely published and is the author and editor of Women’s Global Health and Human Rights (Jones and Bartlett publisher) which is used as a text book worldwide and she serves as a peer reviewer for several publications. Her poetry book Mini’s Musings was published in 2012.Her 3rd Book Technology and Global Health was published in October 2020 by Springer .She has made over 150 presentations on women’s and children’s health nationally and internationally in scientific conferences and in the United Nations and countries where she has been invited to.
Dr Murthy’s research interests focus on womens health and human rights , social determinants of health global health diplomacy and promotion of global health. She is a sought after motivational speaker and has been invited to speak nationaly and internationally on womnes health and emergening public health issues.
She has been working to promote safe motherhood and other health initiatives focused on women in India, Malawi and Grenada. Dr. Murthy has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards. She was the 1st American woman physician to receive the Jhirad Oration Award (in Seoul, Korea) conferred at an international conference in recognition of her service and work to MWIA. She has also been the recipient of the Soujouner Truth Pin which is given to those women who excel in community service. In June 2015, she was presented Millennium Milestone Maker Award at the 9th Annual Women’s Symposium at Sias University, China. In 2016 She was the first Indian born American in over 70 years to receive the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal from American Medical Women’s Association for her work in promoting womens health globally. She is the recipient of the Lalita Pawar memorial award in 2016 confered by the Association of Medical Women in India Nagpur for her work in promoting women’s health and human rights.
In 2017 Murthy was conferred the prestigious Dr Homi Colabawall Oration in Mumbai India for her work on promoting women’s health. In 2018 she received a mentor ship award from the Australian medical students and Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award at the Women economic Forum in New Delhi and award for promoting human rights of women from Taiwanese Medical association at Health Literacy conference . In March 2019 Murthy received afor a second consecutive year a mentorship award for mentoring Australian medical students from the Notre Dame University in Sydney Australia.
She is also the 2019 recepient of the Human Spirit and Cultural Harmony award from African Views and the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Tradidtional rulers of Africa of Nigeria. In September 2019 Murthy received an award for outstanding contribution to women’s health from Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria .In November 2019 Murthy received an award in recognition of her service to promote womes health and well being from the Kenyan Medical Women’s Association. In July 2020 Murthy was the recipient of the Iconic Women Creating abEtter world for all from Women Economic Forum India. In September 2020 Murthy it was announced by AMWA that Murthy will be the 2010 recepient of The Berta Van Hoosen Award ( founder of AMWA) given to women physicians who have demonstrated excellent leadership.
Murthy serves as International Health Section of the American Public Health Association which is one of the largest associations of public health professionals in the world. She been elected as as Secretary General of Medical Women’s Interntional Association a 100 year old professional organization in July 2019.
She has also been elected as 1st Vice Chair of the Global NGO Executive Committee since August 2019. Murthy is the mother of a daughter who is a pursuing her doctoral studies in international development.