Dr. S.V. Mahadevan was born in Oakland and raised in southern California. He attended UCLA Medical School before heading north to Stanford in 1999.
When he isn't managing Stanford's Level 1 Trauma Center/Emergency Department, Dr. Maha, as he is known, is often traveling the world advising developing countries about how they can launch emergency medical services -- or improve upon their existing programs.
Thus far, he has aided efforts in India, Nepal, Iraq, Egypt, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia, among others. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife, a family practice physician with Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Fremont, and their two children.
Dr. Mahadevan is associate chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine, associate professor of surgery at Stanford Medical School and director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI).
Interview by Lisa Van Dusen. Video by Rachel Hatch.