Dilini Daswatta, MD is a second-year nephrology fellow from Rome, Italy. Dilini’s interest in medicine was evident at a young age, and, after moving to the United States in 1994, this interest continued to grow. After graduating cum laude from the University of Florida with degrees in microbiology and cell science, she attended medical school at Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine, where her passion for nephrology was cultivated.
“I wanted to live in a city with a high burden of renal disease, so I completed my internal medicine residency at Detroit Medical Center,” she said. “In Detroit, I not only learned textbook medicine, but also witnessed a very underserved patient population. Lack of access to proper medical education and follow-up care often led to uncontrolled disease processes. Educating these patients and dispelling any negative connotations associated with kidney disease became a major goal of mine.”
When the time came to pursue her nephrology fellowship, Emory was Dilini’s No. 1 choice. “I wanted to live closer to my family, and Emory has a fantastic nephrology training program,” she said. “My horizons further expanded after my second month in training, during a transplant rotation. After witnessing the drastic improvement in several patients’ quality of life, I learned the significance of outreach to patients who might not have a lot of resources at their disposal. Additionally, I noticed the importance of altruistic donors and educating the population about the benefits of organ donation.”
Dilini will begin a transplant fellowship at Emory on July 1, 2017, with the main goal of raising awareness about renal transplantation options to the underserved, under-represented end-stage renal population.
In her spare time, Dilini enjoys spending time with her three dogs, rock-climbing, running, and trying out Atlanta’s restaurants.