A Personal Message from Eshani Karu MD
I was born in Sri Lanka and came to the United States at an early age as an immigrant of Southeast Asian descent. We always spoke English in my home with my mother and father and so the English language has never been an issue with me. The biggest area of cultural conflict growing up was as a teenager. In the Sri Lankan culture teen girls at not permitted to go on dates until they are eighteen years old. I had a 10 PM curfew that was strictly adhered to and forget going to girl-boy parties. I didn't even think about smoking or drinking until I was out of the house living on my own. You can imagine the verbal ridicule I received from my Caucasian friends, such as "You can't stay out later than 10 PM? You're kidding me, right?"
I think of this experience daily in my work as a physician and try to understand how the cultural beliefs of a patient may affect their ability to adhere to medication regimens. For example, my Hispanic patients often tell me that in their culture, they do not like to take medications, so I always try to keep that in mind when treating them, and where possible, choose alternative methods of treatment. When I see a Hispanic diabetic, I start off with modifications to diet and exercise, and then go to medication when that fails, which makes my Hispanic patients feel happy that I am making an attempt to bridge the cultural divide. I have also retained Spanish speaking staff, for the comfort of my Hispanic patients, so I can ensure that a language barrier does not prevent my ability to understand and address the concerns of my Hispanic patients.
Eshani Karu MD / Pomona, California
Today Eshani Karu is a practicing family physician in Pomona, California seeing patients for everyday high temperatures, coughs and flu, as well as serious issues that patients of all ages face, especially issues that are difficult to discuss. Dr. Karu is concerned about her patients physical and mental well-being and spends time with her patients discussing both.
As an undergraduate student at Pomona College, Dr. Eshani Karu studied both English Literature and Pre-Medical Studies while preparing for her future in medicine. She studied to be a doctor and earn her M.D. (medical doctorate) from the Creighton School of Medicine. Dr. Eshani Karu graduated with Honors in Research in Psychiatry, as well as Honors in Psychopharmacology. In addition to becoming a medical doctor, Eshani Karu, MD pursued a Masters in Health Administration at the University of La Verne with a Concentration in Management and Leadership.
During the pandemic period of Covid-19 in the United States, and especially in her practice in Pomona, California, Eshani Karu, M.D. has been very diligent in her patient preparation and she has generously shared her experiences with both patients and the public. She has written extensively on Covid-19 publishing more than eight articles on Medium.com, as well as over 14 updates on the home page of this website as of today, June 19, 2020. Eshani Karu, MD will continue to update the public on the latest events surrounding Covid-19 and the best way for her patients and the public to remain safe and healthy. The one best method of protection when going outside today is to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.