MPH, MD…MSLIS? (Let’s talk about the NAHSL 2015 Keynote Speakers – Pt 2)

September 15, 2015 at 9:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Dipesh and a fan Photo Credit: Parker Hoerz CC-BY-NC-SA LICENSED 2013

Dipesh and a fan
Photo Credit: Parker Hoerz

It’s not uncommon for someone to do an MPH before continuing on to medical school. It’s not even particularly uncommon for a medical student to take a break from medical school to pursue research or to take care of a newborn. But to get an MPH, go on to an MD, and take a break from the MD to take care of a newborn—and then decide go to library school while he’s on break? I only know of one person who’s done that: our 2nd plenary speaker, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria.

Dipesh describes himself as a siruclast: one who breaks down silos. As a pediatrician and a librarian, he quickly became interested in the connection between literacy and early education to developing brains and overall health. That interest led him to become involved in Reach Out and Read, an organization of medical providers who “promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits.” (

Dipesh became the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin, and is also the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin.  He has spoken at several MLA chapter meetings and is an occasional contributor to the commentary pages of the Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, as well as a strong proponent of the role of librarians as advocates. He also is an avid runner and cyclist! You can follow him at and

Stay tuned for information on how you can help NAHSL make a difference to early literacy!


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