The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee helps us better serve communities of color, Native communities, individuals living with complex and rare epilepsies, and communities marginalized through social, economic, and political barriers as well as health care providers working most directly with these populations. Dr. Nitin Agarwal is the Medical Director, Pediatric Epilepsy at Minnesota Epilepsy Group, was named Top Doctors Rising Star in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and is a member of the EFMN DEI Committee.
Q: Why do you serve on the DEI Committee?
NA: As a foreign-born physician and having lived outside the U.S, I have a unique outlook on the health care services and its delivery in the society. I have had the opportunity to closely witness social disparities affecting community health. Serving on the DEI Committee enables me to bring a voice to the table for those who see themselves as a minority, whether it’s based-on color, national origin, socio-economically or otherwise.
Q: What do you want people to know about epilepsy?
NA: Epilepsy and seizures are more common than you think. There are various causes of epilepsy and in many situations, you can live a seizure free life after treatment. Epilepsy should not stop you from pursuing your life goals. EFMN can help and guide you finding the right resources to meet your goals.
Q: What EFMN program or service do you want to highlight to someone who is new to the organization? Why?
NA: I would like you to know about the Camp Oz. This is a summer camp that provides a fun filled and safe camping experience to children with epilepsy 8-17 years of age. Medical staff is available on the site 24/7 to meet your child’s needs. It is a great opportunity to meet other children living with epilepsy and make new friends all while enjoying great outdoor summer activities.
Q: Tell us something about yourself that others may find interesting – either personal or professional, something that shows the audience who you are.
NA: My hobbies include amateur photography and numismatics- collection of coins and paper currency, though now I try to spend as much time as I can outside work with my kids.