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Focused on Women’s Health: Jagdip Powar

posted Oct 21, 2013, 10:23 AM by Diana Rohini LaVigne

    • By Diana Rohini LaVigne

Jagdip Powar, MD, Packard Children’s Healthcare Alliance (Palo Alto, CA)


    Focused on Women's Health

    Jagdip Powar

    MD, Packard Children’s Healthcare Alliance  (Palo Alto, CA) 


    Jagdip Powar, MD, FACOG, is a medical doctor practicing Obstetrics in Palo Alto, California and has over 35 years of experience and many accolades to his name.  He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Stanford University Medical School and Deputy Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
    Dr. Powar was born in 1951 to Indian parents in Burma where his father worked as an eye specialist in the army.  The family lived in Rangoon where he attended the Methodist School till 1963 when they moved to India where he completed high school.  He obtained his medical degree from The Armed Forces Medical College in Poona in 1974 and moved to Zambia to join his parents who were working in that country at the time.  During his time in Zambi, Dr. Powar worked as a medical officer at a government hospital providing first line care to patients in very challenging conditions in the fields of women’s health and Orthopedics.  He immigrated to the United States in 1974 and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut in 1980.
    After completing his residency, Dr. Powar initially worked for the Permanente Medical Group but felt that their model of medical practice did not suit him.  He began a private practice at Stanford Hospital in 1982 and turned it into one of the most successful practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He did this by emphasizing a personal approach, attention to detail and a relentless devotion to detail.  He has been repeatedly named to several “best of” lists, including Best Doctors of the Silicon Valley and Most Compassionate Doctors in America and gets the highest ratings from online reviewers.  Professionally, Dr. Powar has been honored by Stanford Residents as Best Professor in 1992 and 1996, was President of Medical Staff and Member of the Board of Directors at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford from 1995 to 1998 and was elected to the position of Deputy Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford in 2010, a position that he still holds.  He currently runs a much respected medical practice at Stanford as part of the Packard Children’s Healthcare Alliance and attracts patients from all over Northern California and abroad, including countries located in the Pacific Rim, the Middle East and Asia.
    One of his most treasures accomplishments was becoming President of Medical Staff and Member of the Board of Directors at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.  He notes that these are highly prestigious positions and have been historically unattainable to most American physicians; let aside a foreign medical graduate such as himself.
    But his accomplishments, he attributes to the main influence of one person. “I was greatly influenced by my father, who encouraged me to follow my dreams, regardless of how unattainable they seemed to be. I was also influenced by my teachers both in the U.S.A. and India, who taught me to never compromise on my beliefs and principles,” Dr. Powar shared.
    And perhaps it was in that spirit of following dreams that Dr. Powar didn’t just get a medical degree while in school, he became a glider pilot as well. While most medical students were probably struggling to keep up, he trained and received his pilot’s license in parallel with his medical degree.
    With such an amazing career that spans over 3 decades, Dr. Jagdip Powar is clearly soaring to legendary heights in helping others learn more about Obstetrics and Gynecology while helping women stay healthy.