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MEET LOCAL LEGEND: Satty Keswani, M.D.

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Satty Keswani, M.D.

“It's easy to lose sight of the plight of women who can't have children, though they want them. My whole career is devoted to understanding infertility and helping women to achieve parenthood.”

NOMINATING CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Frank Pallone, Jr.

“PIONEER IN TREATING INFERTILITY...”

BIOGRAPHY

Originally intending a career in surgery, Satty Keswani arrived in the United States from New Delhi, India, in the late 1950s to find that no surgical residencies were available, and that women were not welcome in the field. Instead she chose obstetrics and gynecology as a specialty and after delivering over 1000 babies became intrigued by the problem of women who were unable to conceive. By 1967, she had found her life's work and had established a practice specializing in treating infertility. In private practice in Livingston, for over 35 years, she has successfully treated hundreds of couples for infertility while developing new methods to treat the problem.

In her work in infertility and reproductive endocrinology, Keswani specializes in diagnostic procedures that help women with a wide variety of reproductive disorders. She has also helped pioneer procedures that increase the likelihood of success for artificial insemination, and she continues to pursue several areas of research interest in the field of human reproduction including detecting and evaluating ovulation, and plastic surgery on fallopian tubes.

A strong advocate for women in medicine, she has served as a non-governmental organization delegate to the United Nations on population problems, and represents the American Medical Women's Association at the UN. She is a past president of the New Jersey Medical Women's Association and remains active in mentoring women in medicine.

Upon graduating from New Delhi's Lady Hardinge Medical College, she remained to intern there before going on to serve as a visiting physician at Philippines General Hospital, in Manila. From there she moved to Canada to complete an internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, and then emigrated to the United States, completing a residency at Margaret Hague Memorial Hospital in Jersey City, doing post-graduate training in infertility at New York Medical College, and working as a research scientist at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She then established her own gynecological practice, Livingston Fertility, which she continues to direct.

Keswani recalls that the early years were not easy, given the demands of her busy practice and a growing family. She'd open the clinic in the morning, leave it to pick up her children from school in mid-afternoon, and then reopen in the evening. "I was one of the few women in the field at the time," she recalls, "but I had good health and a supportive husband."

In addition to her practice, Keswani is on the attending staff at St. Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, and is a clinical instructor at New Jersey Medical College at Newark. She was nominated by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ-6) as a Local Legend of Medicine, who wrote in praise of her, "aside from her groundbreaking role in women's health, she is a beloved mentor and role model to her patients and to junior women physicians."

Keswani previously has been recognized for distinguished service, including being chosen Woman of the Year in Essex County, New Jersey by the John I. Crecco Foundation in 1986.

MILESTONES

1964

Appointed Research Fellow, Infertility and GYN Endocrinology, New York Medical Center, New York, NY

1972

Opened Private Practice-Director Livingston Fertility

1974-1976

President of the New Jersey Medical Women's Association

1986

Woman of the Year Award, John I. Crecco Foundation

BORN

1932

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Lady Hardinge Medical College, University of New Delhi, India

SPECIALTY

Obstetrics and Gynecology


Sub Specialty

Reproductive Endocrinology (Infertility Treatment)

LOCATION

New Jersey