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Dr. Sunil Budhrani to address Class of 2022

Dr. Sunil Budhrani to address Class of 2022

Dr. Sunil Budhrani (C `95) has been selected to address the College of Liberal and Professional Studies Class of 2022 at the graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 15. Dr. Budhrani is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and clinical associate professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He serves on the Employer Advisory Board for Penn LPS Online and has been a guest lecturer for classes at the Wharton School and Perelman School of Medicine. “My passions are healthcare and education,” says Dr. Budhrani of his continued involvement at Penn. “I value all those places that gave me tools to be successful going forward. Penn had a profound impact on my trajectory.”

Dr. Budhrani graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological basis of behavior and double minors in English and chemistry. He credits his interdisciplinary undergraduate studies and extracurricular activities, such as lacrosse and serving as a resident assistant, with developing the leadership and problem-solving skills that have benefited his career. “Studying English made me better able to think outside of the box and look at viewpoints in a different way,” reflects Dr. Budhrani. “It also made me a better communicator. I have been able to translate difficult subjects in science and medicine into something people can better understand.”

Dr. Budhrani recently served as the chief executive officer of Innovation Health, a first of its kind payer-provider partnership between CVS-Aetna and one of the largest health systems in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, INOVA Health System. In addition to his roles in the hospital settings, Dr. Budhrani also founded one of the first national end-to-end telemedicine solutions companies, CareClix Telemedicine, and prior to that, a regional urgent care system, PrimeMed Urgent Care Systems, which operated urgent care facilities throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area. He also served as the first Chief Medical Officer of the Affordable Care Act health plan, Evergreen Health Care, for the State of Maryland. His medical degree and Master of Public Health are from The George Washington University, where he was a 2021 recipient of the School’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his exemplary service during the pandemic. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.