Celina Gounder is an American infectious diseases specialist, filmmaker, medical journalist, epidemiologist, and internal medicine physician. As of 2021, she is working at the New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and has global experience related to HIV epidemics. Dr. Gounder is also elected as the third Indian-American member of the US President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board.
Gounder was born in America in 1977 (age 43 years; as in 2020) to a French mother from Normandy and a Tamil Indian father hailing from a small village Erode in Tamil Nadu. Celine Gounder graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and later completed her master of science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2000. She studied Tuberculosis (TB) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in various countries including South Africa, Lesotho, Ethiopia, and Brazil between 1998 and 2012. In 2004, she received her Doctorate degree in medicine from the University of Washington School of Medicine. While pursuing her doctorate, she co-founded the International Health Group with Vivek Murthy (Karnataka origin nineteenth Surgeon General of the United States), which helps the doctors in training to establish their careers while helping people around the world. She worked as an intern at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Family & Ethnicity
Celine Gounder was born to a French mother from Normandy and a Tamil Indian father hailing from a small village Erode in Tamil Nadu. Her father moved to the states in the late 1960s and worked as an aerospace engineer at the Boeing Company.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Dr. Raj Nagarajan Gounder, was an aerospace engineer in the USA. He added Gounder to his name in the early 70s’ before Celine was born.
Celine Gounder with her husband and family at her native village in Tamil Nadu
Husband & Children
She is married to a popular American sports journalist Grant Wahl.
Celine Gounder with her husband in 2002
Celine Gounder with her husband Grant Wahl
Her first post was as a postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she researched Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. She also worked as Director of Delivery in a consortium to tackle AIDS and TB, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Later, she also joined the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and worked on controlling tuberculosis in the city. She also worked as a medical journalist on the editorial board of TEDMED to address public health issues. One of the biggest achievements of her career came on November 9, 2020, when she was named a member of the COVID-19 Advisory Board of the U.S. president Joe Biden.
Dr. Celine Gounder
In 2017, she was included in the list of 25 Women Changing The World by People Magazine.
In 2018, she established the Raj Gounder Foundation, named after her father, to promote education in her ancestral village, Thangavelu.
Dr. Gounder is often invited to TV news media programs to talk about health and medicine.