A 2012 graduate from Canton, Ohio, Braveen Ragunanthan arrived on campus interested in international affairs. As a freshman, he worked as a research assistant in the Program on Global Health and Technology Access, helping Robert Malkincreate guidelines for medical equipment donated to the World Health Organization.
For three years, Ragunanthan chaired Duke’s Global Health Week planning committee, bringing to campus global health leaders such as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health Dr. Julio Frenk, AIDS activist Dr. Peter Mugyenyi of Uganda and journalist Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also founded the Duke chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign.
In 2010, Ragunanthan spent the summer in rural South Africa, working in a pharmacy and shadowing physicians in an infectious disease ward. He is now attending medical school at the Medical College of Virginia and plans to practice medicine in underserved communities.
Ragunanthan received the 2012 Terry Sanford Leadership Award in recognition of his impact on campus. He is also widely known as a dedicated Cameron Crazie, showing his loyalty by wearing a piece of Duke regalia, such as one of his 73 Duke shirts, every day he was on campus.