Professional experience & accomplishments
Dr. Mallika Govindan is a political organizer, physician, and resident of the Bronx. Not only does medicine give her practical skills with which to address individual health needs, but it also provides her with the unique opportunity to build joyful, lasting relationships with patients and families on a daily basis. Dr. Govindan especially loves working with children of all ages, young adults, and women. Her practice of medicine is greatly informed by prior experiences assistant-teaching in urban public schools; organizing against police brutality and for peoples’ housing in Baltimore and the Bronx; working with incarcerated men in Washington Heights; and providing medical relief to survivors during the 2020 anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi. Dr. Govindan believes that medicine cannot eradicate suffering at its roots, and it is through sociopolitical education, agitation, and struggle that we are able to address oppression at its core. She believes in political struggle for self-determination as critical to the health and healing of communities around the world.