Padmini (Mini) Murthy is a physician and an activist who did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has practiced medicine and public health for the past 28 years in various countries. She has been working in various arenas of the health care industry. She has a Master's in Public Health and a Masters in Management from New York University (NYU). Murthy has been on the Dean's list at NYU Steinhart School of Education and named Public service scholar at the Robert F Wagner Graduate School at New York University. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist .Murthy is the NGO Alt Representative of Medical Women International Association to the United Nations. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations and is on faculty at New York Medical College as Director of Global Health; currently Murthy also serves as the communications/ correspondence secretary the Executive Council of the NGO CSW Committee of NY at the United Nations. In this role she has met United Nations Ambassadors, high level UN personnel to discuss women’s health challenges. She has been at the fore front of organizing work- shops and seminars internationally on women’s health and the challenges faced. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Soujouner Truth Pin which is given to those women who excel in community service.
Murthy was awarded the National Council of Women USA Distinguished Leadership award on occasion of 100 years of International Women’s day in 2011 She was named Public Service Scholar by Robert F. Wagner school of Public service at New York University and also was award deans Certificate in Academic Excellence at New York University. She was named best physician at work place by the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia. Murthy is widely published and is the author and editor of Women's Global Health and Human Rights (Jones and Bartlett publisher) which is used as a text book worldwide and she serves as a peer reviewer for several publications.
Murthy has been appointed to 3 consecutive terms as the Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights of the American Public Health Association ( APHA) which is one of the largest professional organizations of health care professionals( physicians and public health professionals in the world) . Starting in November 2012 she began her term as member of Governing Council representing the International Health section at the APHA. As faculty at New York Medical College Murthy has been honored by her students as an outstanding teacher and inspiration to pursue to their global health education. Since March 2012 Murthy hosts and writes the script for a radio show sponsored by AV radio on the Millennium Development Goals which has a worldwide audience. Murthy has worked with the former first lady of Malawi , Permanent representative of El Salvador to the United Nations to promote safe mother hood in those countries.
In Dec 2012 she was invited to deliver the 16th Marie Catchatoor Oration Lecture in recognition of her work on women’s health by The Association of Medical women in India. She was named Women of the year for 2012-2013 by The National Association of Professional Women USA. In August 2013 she was the 1st American woman physician to receive the Jhirad Oration Award( in Seoul, Korea) conferred at an international conference in recognition of her service and work . She has presented at various conferences and has been invited to speak at diverse venues nationally and internationally. She has been invited to talk to students on various campuses. In 2013 she was invited to speak at the Ithaca College as a distinguished speaker , Columbia University and Presidential Forum on Diversity at Union College to name a few. The talks at Union and Ithaca colleges were well received by the students and motivated them to start the safe mother hood project. She donates proceeds from public speaking to fund the safe mother hood project as she believes strongly that safe motherhood is a human right which needs to be promoted universally and maternal mortality has no cure but is 99% preventable is her philosophy, which drives her to work on her passion which is helping women deliver safely.
She is married to a physician and is the mother of a daughter who has recently completed her graduate studies in International Development.