After both of his grandmothers were diagnosed with breast cancer, Dr Sai Pillarisetti spearheaded the development of South Asia’s very first mobile app on breast health, available in English and 11 regional Indian Languages aimed at providing accurate information related to breast health to the Indian population in a language they are familiar with. The app recorded 9000+ downloads within the first month and aims to empower women all over India with accurate information about breast health.
He has since been actively involved in several global health campaigns to promote this message, most notably the ‘Health Legends’ campaign by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where his work was highlighted internationally and he was further invited to lead their campaign in Lancashire. More recently he was invited to the UK Houses of Parliament as 1 of 4 UK ‘Health Heroes’ to interact with MPs on his Breast Health App and the importance of vaccine equity during the pandemic. He is now working with the Royal College of Surgeons of England and other stakeholders to expand the use of the app in other countries and languages.
Sai is also passionate about advocating for equality and diversity in medicine and currently serves as the Postgraduate Doctor Chairman of the British International Doctors Association (BIDA). He has led several national initiatives to support IMGs and international medical students and has been vocal on issues surrounding differential attainment and the importance of unconscious bias training in medicine.
Sai also previously Founded the BIDA Student Wing, the very first organisation dedicated to supporting International Medical Students studying in the UK, which now has a membership that represents over 40 different nationalities.
Through these roles, Sai has led on several national campaigns and initiatives to support international students and doctors alike and he is keen to use his wealth of experience to deliver a UK leading strategy for the Induction & Integration of International Medical Students at the University of Bolton Institute of Medicine.