Meet Dr. Puja Uppal, DO, MA
Dr. Puja Uppal is a board certified family medicine physician. Dr. Uppal serves as Founder & Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Think Healthy.
Dr. Puja’s varied medical experiences within the clinical, academic, & research realm bring real-world leadership to ThinkHealthy.Doctor
Among her responsibilities at Think Healthy Doctor, she is the publisher of our newsletter Health Stuff TO Know and our NewsFeed Desk. She ensures that all information published is evidence-based & meets the current guidelines of standard practice of care.
Puja received her Master of Arts (MA) in biotechnology from Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Puja Uppal received her Medical Doctorate, DO, from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Puja Uppal is certified in Family Medicine/OMT (Osteopathic Medicine Treatment) from the American College of Family Medicine and American College of Osteopathic Medicine (AOA).
Dr. Uppal began practicing medicine with the St. Joseph Mercy Health System in an outpatient clinic for over 5 years. She was recognized for her outstanding clinical skills including the utilization of Osteopathic Medicine Treatment. Uppal was a member of the Referral Committee and Diabetes Collaborative.
In her outpatient clinic, she was passionate about providing evidence-based medical education in the context of patient-centric care. Her clinical passions were osteopathic manipulative medicine, mental health conditions, cardiovascular metabolic disease, and asthma/COPD.
Doctor Puja Uppal’s medical philosophy is rooted in providing quality patient-centric care while limiting the cost of care. This helped her develop her passion for addressing social determinants of health in patient care at the local and population level.
Her training experience was heavily rooted in outpatient medicine with a heavy emphasis on clinical skills and patient outcomes. Through her residency, Dr. Uppal gained an appreciation for nonclinical factors that affect patient outcomes. As such, policy and patient empowerment have become a cornerstone of her thinking.
And these concepts, such as social determinants of health, challenges with access to care, cost of medications, and health literacy, served as foundational philosophies for ThinkHealthy.Doctor
Dr. Uppal also was recognized as an excellent medical and physician’s assistant clinical educator for the St. Joseph Mercy Health System’s Family Medicine Residency, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) medical students, and Eastern University’s Physician Assistant students.
Dr. Uppal has given talks on multiple medical and policy topics at various medical schools and symposia.
Dr. Uppal completed her residency from the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Health System in 2013, during which she served as chief resident for her graduating class.
Her unopposed residency provided exceptional leadership and clinical skills opportunities for family medicine residents.
In medical school, Doctor Puja Uppal was a member of her local chapter of Sigma Sigma Pi, an academic fraternity open to only select medical students. Dr. Uppal was Diversity Chair of Sigma Sigma Pi, and this experience helped to develop her passion for primary care and health equity.