What is your home town?Yasthil Jaganath

I was born and raised in Durban, a beautiful coastal town in KwaZulu-Natal, also known as “The Playground of South Africa.”

Where did you attend medical school?

SSR Medical College, University of Mauritius.

What other educational credentials do you have?

M.P.H. and a post-graduate certificate in Gerontology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

What are your particular clinical interests?

Sports medicine, HIV/AIDS, pediatric drug-resistant tuberculosis, geriatrics, telemedicine, preventive medicine, humanitarian health.

Why did you choose Family Medicine?

Although prevention remains the cornerstone for the global response to optimizing health, at the individual level, Family Medicine doctors are the basis for both treatment and prevention. I also enjoy being at the forefront of primary care and forming long-lasting meaningful relationships with people of all ages from my community. Lastly, my dad is the best family practitioner in Durban and I’ve always aspired to be a caring, compassionate doctor like him.

Why did you choose the Little Rock Family Medicine residency program?

I felt a true connection with the staff and residents during our lunch at the 42 Bar and Table, which was reinforced by the Nelson Mandela exhibit of his “Journey to Ubuntu” at the Clinton museum. “Ubuntu” is a Zulu word meaning “kindness that binds the human spirit.” It was heart-warming to know that we all share a common belief that there is one humanity and that we can achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others and caring for those around us.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of medicine?

I have a thirst for adventure and love traveling, which has led me to go diving with the great white sharks in Cape Town, run with the bulls in Pamplona, white water rafting down the Ganges, horseback riding through the Himalayas, and helicopter flips over some of the most beautiful falls in the world. I’m an automobile enthusiast and technophile at heart, but also enjoy practicing yoga and meditation to center myself. You will most probably find me doing high intensity training at the gym across the street from the hospital after work or socializing and networking. I also love watching and attending live comedy shows, because laughter is the best medicine.