Kalamazoo Physician Named Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year

July 24, 2021—With 600-plus resident members of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, our state boasts many stellar family medicine resident physicians. This year MAFP was honored to present the 2021 Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award to Srvanai Alluri, MBBS, for her exemplary patient care, effective leadership, commitment to the community, contributions to scholarly activity, and dedication to the specialty of family medicine.

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the state, representing and led by family physicians.

In June, Dr. Alluri completed residency at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency program in Kalamazoo. Here she was recognized by her program director, Dr. Kristi VanDerKolk, as demonstrating a commitment to family medicine, research, and empathy for the underserved.

“It took me a long time to figure out where I fit in as a physician, and it wasn't until these last 6 months that I finally found my niche in medicine, as a general practitioner and, more importantly, as a patient advocate,” she said.

Dr. Alluri has always had a humanitarian vision at heart, seeking to work in areas of the world in critical need of medical services. With this goal, she completed a pre-residency fellowship in disaster medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Alluri volunteered extra time on the toughest assignments, not only to be on the frontline but also to spare her colleagues as she was able. She is currently working on starting Disaster Docs, a physician-run organization that provides emergency preparedness services and deploys medical personnel to disasters.

Within WMed’s residency program, Dr. Alluri has been a strong proponent of utilizing home visits in service to patients of the local federally qualified health center. She has been relentless in spearheading a street medicine program for the homeless in the “Tent City” of Kalamazoo, partnering with local outreach organizations to provide healthcare services and coordinate care for the unsheltered homeless. Dr. Alluri is currently working on setting up a street medicine clinic, as well as making treatment for substance use and hepatitis C more accessible to the homeless population. She also serves as the resident advisor for Western’s Street Medicine Interest Group.

Always mindful of providing whole-person care, Dr. Alluri embodies the patient-centered model of care during every patient interaction. She stands out amongst her residency peers in her drive to understand and address health equity and social determinants of health. Based on experience from her research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, she uses a data-driven approach to develop research studies to answer questions where literature is absent. This, said WMed’s program chair, Dr. Lisa Graves, makes Dr. Alluri unique among her fellow residents.

In the words of Dr. Graves and Dr. VanDerKolk, “Dr. Alluri is an example of excellence in family medicine residency, and we have no doubt that she will do great things in this world.”