Stanford University radiologist Pat Basu has been named by the Obama administration as one of 13 White House Fellows for 2010-2011.
The highly competitive fellowships, aimed at giving future leaders "first-hand, high-level experience with the workings of the federal government," were awarded on the basis of professional achievement, leadership potential and commitment to public service, the White House said.
Basu is one of six physicians among the 13 fellows, who were named June 22. The fellowship class also includes three military officers, two lawyers, one electrical engineer and one defense consultant who is a former Army officer.
Of the 13, eight are men and five are women.
"This year's White House Fellows are comprised of some of the best and brightest leaders in our country," Michelle Obama said in a statement.
"I applaud their unyielding commitment to public service and dedication to serving their country."
Basu, who lists his hometown as Naperville, Ill., works as a radiologist at Stanford and the Palo Alto VA Hospital. At Stanford, he is Course Director of Health Policy, Finance and Economics and lectures nationally and internationally on those topics.
He was Chief Resident at Stanford in 2008, and earned the National Excellence in Medicine Award for Leadership from the American Medical Association in 2007.
Basu co-founded ExtendMD, a Web portal aimed at enhancing outpatient care. He serves as a business consultant to medical centers, Fortune 500 companies and venture capital firms.
He is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Illinois, and earned his MD and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago.
He serves on admissions committees both at Stanford and the University of Chicago.
Basu is one of two Indian-Americans to be picked this year, a fact that was noted extensively in the Indian press. The other is Navy physician Sunny Ramchandani of Rowland Heights.