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Hemant Kairam Has Passed Away

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Information reaching our news desk has it that Hemant Kairam, MD, FAAP , pediatrician, medical professor, global health worker passed away at the age of 50. Hemant Kairam was reported to have died on November 29, 2020 at his home in Summit NJ leaving behind his wife Dr. Neeraja Kairam, 49, and their three children, Arin, 19, Devin, 17, and Elina, 14.

Hemant was born in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh India on July 25, 1970 to Rajbhushan and Bala Kairam. He spent the first three years of his life in Hyderabad, India.

They were the first of the Kairam and Gudivaka families to immigrate to the US and spent the next four years in Illinois. Hemant attended Head Start and made fast friends with the kids in his pre-school and amongst the community Raj and Bala developed. After a two-year stint in Houston, the family made its way to Pelham, NY in 1978 as one of the first Indian families in town and welcomed their second son, Jayant, in 1981.

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Alicia Tran Wrote – My heart truly hurts to hear that Dr. Hemant Kairam passed away. Dr. Kairam was a pediatrician I met during a @handsupforhaiti pediatric medical mission trip in 2018. Serving in Haiti is definitely a humbling experience and meeting experienced & inspiring HUFH staff made it even more humbling. In the one week I got to work alongside Dr. Kairam, he was so kind, encouraging and humble.

It was obvious he truly cared about serving the communities in Haiti and using his knowledge for good. He served in Haiti as early as 2010 post Haiti’s devastating earthquake. I still remember our conversations to this day where him and Dr. Alex encouraged me to apply for medical school since I didn’t know what to do with my possible pharmacy major change.

It’s still crazy to me to this day that someone could see so much potential in me. Although I won’t be applying to medical school, it’s people like Dr. Kairam that motivate me to use my future profession in public health to serve patients compassionately and globally. Thank you for being such a servant leader Dr. Kairam. Thank you for inspiring so many of us. The HUFH family will most definitely miss you. You will be missed greatly and I’m praying for you and your loved ones.

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