Sanjiv Chopra, MD, is Professor of Medicine and served as Faculty Dean for Continu-ing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School for 12 years. He serves as a Marshall Wolf Master Clinician Educator Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Chopra has more than 150 publications and nine books to his credit. Dr. Chopra is Editor-in-Chief of the Hepatology Section of UpToDate, the most widely used electronic textbook in the world subscribed to by more than 1.2 million physicians in 195 countries. He is a sought after inspirational speaker across the United States and abroad, addressing diverse audiences on topics related to medicine, leadership, happiness, and living with purpose. He has received numerous rewards, including: In 2003, The American Gastroenterological Association Distinguished Educator Award was bestowed upon him. In 2009 he was elected as a Master of the American College of Physicians, a sin¬gular honor bestowed to only a select few individuals for being “citizen physicians, educational innovators, scientific thinkers and humanists who inspire those around him or her and sets the standards for quality in medicine.”
What do I do best?
I believe I am a very good story teller. My talks inform and inspire people. I feel that the stories embedded tug at the heart and become memorable and inspire people to do their best.
What makes me the best version of myself?
It is undoubtedly, the regular twice daily practice of meditation that I have done for the last, almost four decades.
What are my aspirations?
To live my Purpose in Life which is to fulfill my Dharma to teach Medicine, Leadership, Happiness. To do it grounded in humility and with an ardent desire to learn every single day. To celebrate with gratitude my family, friends, colleagues, patients and students who inspire me in countless ways, and in some small measure, inspire everyone that I encounter during this most amazing lifetime journey.
My Biggest Success?
The reach of my talks and books.
Number of accolades and prestigious awards bestowed upon me.
My Most Challenging Moment?
Not necessarily a difficult personal decision but clearly a very decisive one…learning and practicing meditation, writing my lifelong goals and then an action plan to achieve them. I did both of these more than three decades ago.
Happiness is more than the sum total of happy moments.
Be kind whenever possible, because everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
The Two Most Important Days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you found out why. (Mark Twain)
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My father. Dr. K.L. Chopra
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Himalayas, Kerala Backwaters, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland…too many to mention
I have been fortunate to have travelled to more than 105 countries
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Coffee and Coffee Bars and the friendships that emerge from meeting total strangers.
The same with Airports, Airplanes, and Golf outings.
My Current Passions?
Living my Purpose in Life to the Fullest.