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                     consultations with Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD
... because GOOD medicine   works ....!

about Dr. Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya  (<--click for .pdf of CV)
history of Good Medicine Works.

GMW was started as the solo practice of Dr. Bhattacharya in 2001. Over the past 18 years, she has fused into clinical practice her experience internationally on medical missions, through grant-funded community outreach, and health services research, medical education, hospital-based and clinic-based experience, holistic health counseling, laboratory research, policy development and traditional apprenticeship in learning the practice of true healing medicine.

Through her studies and work, she has learned that medicine is only medicine when it WORKS....
Trained as a biomedical scientist, international public health specialist, and primary care physician before gaining skills as a holistic healer, Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya now practices and teaches Ayurveda and holistic family medicine in Manhattan and in India. Bhaswati became interested in holistic & alternative medicines from her family ancestry of Ayurvedic and Sanskrit scholars: a biomedically-trained father, who was a clinical infertility specialist, a recognized and awarded scientist, and a veterinarian specializing in cows; and an herbalist mother who still maintains a routine of Sanskrit chants, reading the Gita, and daily puja while working for the State Department of Health.


Bhaswati has been working in complementary medical education since 1989. As a licensed primary care physician practicing both in inner-city Brooklyn and Manhattan, she is board-certified in holistic medicine and preventive medicine. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Bhaswati serves as Director of The Dinacharya Institute in New York, teaching workshops, seminars, and directing a training programs for Ayurvedic Health Coaches. She is former Director of Research and the former Director of the Division of Complementary & Alternative Medicines (CAM) at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where she worked from 2001 until 2011. 


Her academic training includes a baccalaureate (BA) in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania; a masters degree in pharmacology and neuroscience (MA) from Columbia University with 6 years of graduate work in biotechnology, biomedical sciences and laboratory work toward a PhD; a masters degree in international public health (MPH) from Harvard University; and a medical doctorate (MD) from Rush Medical College in Chicago. Her residency trainings in family practice at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and in community & preventive medicine at Mount Sinai provided skillsets to work fluently with the underserved in Spanish, Bengali and Hindi. In addition, she has several certifications in holistic healing arts. She has completed a mid-career PhD from the department of Rasa Shastra & Bhaisajya Kalpana in the Faculty of Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, UP, India, specializing in ancient chemistry, pharmaceutics and polyherbal and herbomineral formulations. Published research from her thesis has won a national award. She continues formal study of Sanskṛt with an Indian full professor specializing in vyakarana, Sanskṛt grammar.


Bhaswati’s holistic training comes both through numerous formal courses and through traditional apprenticeship known as gurukula still practiced by traditional healers. She has worked in Tibet, India, China, Nepal, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa, El Salvador, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, and Ireland.  Before medical school, she was engaged in ten years of biomedical research, active international public health work and consulting projects in medical education, biotechnology, medical publishing, and medical advertising. She also spent a year in management on Wall Street in investment banking and maintained part-time consulting jobs throughout her schooling to pay heavy school tuitions & fees.


Alongside formal schooling, Bhaswati has maintained an ongoing pursuit of knowledge in traditional medicines, studying formally under Drs. Ted Kaptchuk, David Eisenberg, Rachel Naomi Remen, Ben Kligler, Ellen Tattelman, Jeffrey Bland, Norman Farnsworth, Deepak Chopra, PR Krishnakumar, V Vasudevan, Biswajit Mukherjee, Joseph Helms, Vivek Shanbhag, Aparna Bapat, Vasudha Gupta, and her academic mentors Iain Aitken, Chandra Bhushan Jha and the late human rights activist Jonathan Mann. Bhaswati accepted the vows of vidyaarambham, the traditional entrance into ayurvedic apprenticeship from the late PadmaBhushan Vaidya Raghavan Thirumulpad in 2001. She goes to India annually to study and then incorporates traditional medical systems directly into her clinical practices, where she provides holistic medical care for the underserved as well as for insured patients, using herbs, nutrition, exercise counseling, Ayurveda, energywork, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, yoga, and aromatherapy.


Bhaswati is the recipient of the 1998 American Holistic Medical Association national award. Bhaswati worked at the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine in 1994, now known as NCCIH. She was selected to the NIH Advisory Panel of the Complementary Medical Education Task Force in 1996. From 1995 until 1998, she served as the National Coordinator of the Humanistic Medicine Task Force of AMSA. She was selected from over 4000 graduates as the Commencement Graduate Orator at Harvard University in 1993, the only Indian and the second woman in history, where she received international coverage for her outspoken views alongside then Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell in a speech on blind traditions and the need for insightful healing as we shape policies. She received the 2004 AMA Leadership Award for her work in holistic medicine and international health. In 2008, she received the award for Outstanding Global Service to Ayurveda from the Arogyadham Foundation in Uttar Pradesh, India. In 2010, she received the Kiran Lifetime Award for her work in Ayurveda from the Womens International Network. She was selected in 2013 as a senior Fulbright scholar to research the concept of Ojas and to teach Ayurveda in India, at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. In 2014, she was nominated as one of the top 50 Thinkers in India by MTC Global. In 2018, she has been appointed after peer-review as a Fulbright Specialist 2018-2021 in Global Public Health, specializing in Integrative Medicine and Ayurveda. In 2019, NAMA has awarded her Ayurvedic Doctor (AD).


Bhaswati has written several creative and technical works in textbooks and journals and magazines focusing on educating and healing the healers. She served as the founding medical director of InnerDoorway, the premier publishing company for peer-reviewed medical journals in alternative medicines, now known as InnoVision Communications. She served as author and founding co-Principal Investigator and co-author of EDCAM, a NIH-funded grant to AMSA that successfully created a curriculum with 96 experts integrating holistic medicine into medical schools in the US from 2002 to 2007. Bhaswati served for 5 years on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association. She has served as the CAM expert as a contributor to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary and as the chair of the CAM Advisory Council of the Elsevier medical publishing group. She wrote a newspaper column for The Indian Express NA newspaper for several years and was medical editor for two years. Bhaswati also served terms on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Public Health Association (www.sapha.net), Sakhi for South Asian Women, an organization working to end violence against women, and on the Asian American Advisory Council of then New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Since 2006, Bhaswati has focused her energies on the development of Ayurveda in the USA and worldwide. Bhaswati was the Education Director at Kerala Ayurveda Academy from 2006 to 2007. She has served full terms on the Board of Directors of NAMA (USA) 2008-2011, and the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (www.aapna.org). She also served on the Steering Committee of the International Working Groups on Ayurveda supported from 2009 to 2011, by the Government of India, Department of AYUSH under the Ministry of Health. She was the chair of the AUSAC, Ayurved-US Advisory Council, sponsored by the Embassy of India in Washington DC, under the auspices of the Department of AYUSH, which worked on a paper on the Status of Ayurveda in the USA. She served on the Board of Advisors of The Emami/Zandu Group from 2009 to 2011. Bhaswati is currently creating a visual journey in Ayurvedic medicine through her filmmaking company, Betel Nut Productions. Her work has been featured in a documentary called Healers: Journey into Ayurveda, that premiered worldwide in July 2003 on The Discovery Channel and is now available on Amazon.com. In November 2011, she founded a movement for competency standards worldwide in Ayurveda called the Council for Ayurvedic Credentialing (www.cayurvedac.com), with a mission to create and disseminate documents to assist Ayurvedic education worldwide; the first set of documents offer Ayurvedic teaching standards, well-defined scopes of practice, and tools for the various levels of education and educators of Ayurveda in the USA. Published by Penguin Random House in late 2015, her book Everyday Ayurveda is a national best-seller in India. She is working on a second book on Ayurveda for release in 2020.


Bhaswati continues to serve the holistic community by actively lecturing and providing workshops internationally. She continues to engage in medical education projects, public health consulting assignments, and service projects globally that focus on Ayurveda, in addition to the essential skill of clinical practice.
all rights reserved.  (c) 2001-2019, Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MPH MD PhD
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in the news

You can watch and/or read about Dr. Bhattacharya online, at 

1. IMOW - International Museum of Women
http://www.imow.org/community/directory/user/index?IOUserId=1021

2. Discussion at Asia Society, New York
http://asiasociety.org/policy/environment/water-and-food-security/feeding-ourselves?page=0,3

3. NRI Today magazine 
http://www.nritoday.net/profiles/250-mar-09-bhaswati-bhattacharya-committed-to-make-ayurveda

4. The DINacharya Institute 
http://www.dinacharya.org/Pages/aboutus.aspx

5. Ayurvedic practitioner listing
http://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/practitioner/Bhaswati-Bhattacharya/27275

​6. Healthy.net : Healthy People, Healthy Planet
http://www.healthy.net/scr/Column.aspx?Id=1013

​7. The NY Wellness Guide
http://www.nywellnessguide.com/content/good-medicine-works

8. The Urban Zen Initiative - 2007 Conference
www.youtube.com/watch?v=okxZR3lB2gw

9. Harvard Commencement Exercises
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdEawXyyho4&t=4s

10. Healers: Journey into Ayurveda  (on The Discovery Channel)
clip in English - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcL6_uH1DiA&t=61s
full documentary in Spanish - 

11. The Grin - podcast with Hindol SenGupta
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf7SdO9ItLg

12. try! Swift - ending Keynote Address to iOS computer programmers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulFFTBGOpl0&t=251s

13. Biohack the World - presentation: East meets West - The Science of QI
https://www.facebook.com/biohacktheworld.nyc/videos/953441518341917/



Find additional videos on www.youtube.com. 
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World Doctorates Day speaker, JNU campus, Delhi

World Congress on Professional Beauty          CIDESCO, Bombay  

National Ayurveda Day Conference, Toronto        ayurvedaassociation.ca

workshop on Ayurveda, Andrea Olivera Centre for Ayurveda Rituals, Toronto

workshop on Women and Ayurveda, North York, Toronto 

patient consultations, New York, New York

Journey to India - Panchakarma retreat, AVP, Coimbatore

patient consultations, New York, New York

Rasa-chikitsa - clinical conference on Bhasmas, Bellary, Karnataka, India

lectures/consultations on Assamese Herb Projects, Guwahati/Shillong/Tripura

patient consultations, Benaras, India 

lectures/workshops/book launch, Cape Town, South Africa

finalize Hindi & Marathi editions of EveryDay Ayurveda, Penguin RH Books, Delhi

PhD thesis defense & paperwork

NEXUS-Integrative Medicine course lecture at Mt Sinai School of Medicine, NYC

DIN Los Angeles training begins at PranaMandir Yoga begins, Pasadena

​patient consultations on Wednesdays in New York, New York

DIN102 - DIN Los Angeles training, PranaMandir Yoga, Pasadena, California

NAMA conference & meetings, Plano, Texas

Boston Ayurveda Conference, Harvard Medical School conference center, Boston

MIT Media Center discussions on Ayurveda, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ayurveda Retreat, Cultivating Self, San Francisco Bay Area Nurses, Woodside, California

DIN 105 - - DIN Los Angeles training, PranaMandir Yoga, Pasadena, California

lecture on Ayurveda to HHS officials, FDA Headquarters, Silver Spring, Maryland

keynote speaker, CAMA-Canadian Ayurveda Members Alliance, Toronto, Canada

workshop on Ayurveda, Andrea Olivera Centre for Ayurveda Rituals, Toronto

teaching Ayurveda at ANACT-Ayurvedic Nutrition and Culinary Trainingy, NYC

facilitating Ayurveda at ANACT-Ayurvedic Nutrition and Culinary Trainingy, NYC 

Ayurveda Retreat, Cultivating Self, San Francisco Bay Area Nurses, Napa Valley, CA

​AAC - National Ayurveda Day Conference, Toronto ayurvedaassociation.ca

On Ritucharya, Secrets of the Seasons, All-India Radio interview, Varanasi, India

BHU convocation, Banaras India, where PhD will be awarded  www.bhu.ac.in

World Ayurveda Congress (WAC8), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Dhanvantari Center for Healing Remedies, Pancakarma retreat with DIN faculty, Udupi

Center for Soft Power, Delhi, India (cancelled)

​meetings on Ayurveda research at SVYASA University campus, Bangalore

patient consultations, Benaras, India

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Lalpur-Benaras, India

Rasa-chikitsa - clinical conference on Bhasmas, Bellary, Karnataka, India

patient consultations, Delhi, India

conference on Ayurveda Research Methodology, Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad, Delhi

meetings with publishers Penguin Random House for next book, Gurgaon, India

arth - A Culture Fest Rediscovering India, Delhi, India

gala dinner - Wellesley College and Ashoka University celebration, Taj Mansingh, Delhi

lecture-Ayurveda as Intangible Knowledge, INTACH-India Trust Arts & Cultural Heritage

lecture at Kurukshetra Panorama & Science Centre, Haryana, India  http://ncsm.gov.in

lecture at National Science Museum, Pragati Maidan, Delhi, India

International AYUSH Conclave, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

lecture - Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Varanasi

Udayan Care 25th anniversary celebration & Shalini program, IIC, Delhi

CCIM conference for ISM/Ayurveda Practitioners abroad, Janakpuri, Delhi

lecture - Udayan Care, Shalini Program, Kolkata

keynote lecture, 25th jubilee, National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata

keynote+plenary panel, World Congress of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

patient consultations, Benaras, India

patient consultations, New York, NY

Grand Rounds speaker, Dept of Family Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

​Ayurveda Retreat, Cultivating Self, San Francisco Bay Area Nurses, Woodside, California

NIH Conference on Interoception, Bethesda, MD

patient consultations, New York, NY

book event for Everyday Ayurveda, McNally Jackson bookstore, New York, NY

lecture at Unilever USA on Ayurveda, North Bergen, NJ

patient consultations, Paris, France

Paris Writers Retreat, Paris, France 

Paris Writers Conference, 10th anniversary party, Paris, France

patient consultations, Chantilly, France

​MResult reception, New York, NY

South Asian Artists of US/Canada  

American Vision television show, JusPunjabi 

American Vision television show, JusPunjabi 

Introducing Taza Ayurveda @ The Wing, SoHo, New York, NY

Interview on Ayurveda - businesstalkradio1.com 

podcast recording w Risa Morimoto for the Modern Aging channel

Try! swift app programmers international conference, closing keynote, New York

IIT- BHU Alumni Centenary Celebration Alumni Dinner, Princeton, NJ

patient consultations, Paris, France 

Colloque du Ayurveda, Tapovan, Normandy, France  

DIN Workshop on Oils in Ayurveda, Paris 

Workshop on Ayurveda, Turin, Italy

Biohack the World conference at The Assemblage: The Science of Qi, NYC

The Science of Human Optimization, keynote, New York, NY 

FICCI International Arogya Conference, Varanasi (cancelled) 

Panama Cancer Congress, Keynote Address, Panama City, South America




Dr. Bhattacharya's 2017-2020 Schedule

August 25, 2017       

September 17-18, 2017 

​October 20-22, 2017

October 23, 2017

​October 25, 2017

October 26-29, 2017

Nov 25 - Dec 26, 2017

January 8-19, 2018

January 20-25, 2018

January 26-Feb 1, 2018

February 2 - 14, 2018

Feb 14 - March 2, 2018

March 2 - 7, 2018

March 7 - 18, 2018

March 23 - 25, 2018

from April 4, 2018    

April 7-8, 2018

April 2018

April 20-23, 2018

June 22-24, 2018

June 24, 2018

August 4, 2018

August 11-12, 2018

August 16, 2018

August 17-19, 2018

August 20, 2018

October 13-14, 2018

October 27-28, 2018

​N​ovember 3-4, 2018

November 17-18, 2018

November 19, 2018

November 22, 2018

​December 13-17, 2018

Dec 18 - Jan 15, 2018

December 16-19, 2018

January 16, 2019

January 18-22, 2019

January 20-23, 2019 

January 23-27, 2019

Jan 30-Feb 14, 2019

February 3, 2019

February 8, 2019

​February 8-10, 2019

February 10, 2019

February 11, 2019

February 12, 2019

February 13, 2019

February 14-19, 2019

February 22, 2019

March 8-9, 2019

March 10-11, 2019

March 12, 2019

​March 13, 2019

March 14-16, 2019

March 14-27, 2019

April 8-12, 2019

April 10, 2019

April 12-15, 2019

April 16-17, 2019

April 18-May 22, 2019

April 22, 2019

May 21, 2019

May 22- June 4, 2019

May 27-31, 2019

May 31, 2019

June 5, 2019

June 18, 2019

June 19, 2019

June 21, 2019

August 2, 2019

August 19, 2019

August 20, 2019

August 26, 2019

​Sept 8-10, 2019

Sept 14, 2019

Sept 19-30, 2019

Sept 26-28, 2019

October 1-2, 2019

October 4-6, 2019

October 17, 2019

November 9, 2019

December 19-22, 2019

January 21-27, 2020






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1. Biographical Sketch with link to full CV
2. History of Good Medicine Works.
3. in the news
4. Dr. Bhattacharya's 2017-2020 Schedule