Hetal Verma, MD | Women in Medicine Month

Each September, the American Medical Association celebrates Women in Medicine Month, which promotes healthy living for physicians and patients and to honor physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women in medicine. As part of the celebration we will be recognizing some outstanding physicians right here at CHA.

Hetal Verma, MDHetal Verma, MD, joined CHA's radiology team as the director of breast imaging three years ago. Prior to coming to CHA, Hetal worked as a breast imager at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. She is a Massachusetts native and has completed all of her training locally. She earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and biology at Tufts University after which she went to the University of Massachusetts for her medical degree. Hetal then completed radiology residency at UMass Memorial and a fellowship in breast imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Hetal's interests in medicine include women's health with a particular interest in the differences associated with women of different cultures. Hetal volunteers for Rad-Aid International, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase and improve radiology resources in developing and impoverished countries. She hopes to travel with this organization to India within the next year to volunteer in a mobile mammography truck providing mammograms and biopsies to women in rural villages of northern India.

In addition to clinical medicine, Hetal enjoys teaching and is the co-director for the radiology Cambridge Integrated Clerkship. She has also participated in various speaking engagements in the area, with an upcoming talk on the controversies of screening mammography at the Women's Health Forum sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Hetal is truly enjoying her experience with the Breast Imaging department and feels that she has really been able to make a difference in many of her patients' lives. She has also learned a lot from her patients about cultural values, endurance, tolerance and strength in times of hardship.

Outside of work, Hetal spends much of her time with her two young children and family. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and reading.