Dr. Dandu is a Professor of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She completed her residency training in the Categorical Medicine Program at UCSF in 2003. Afterwards, Dr. Dandu attended the University of California, Berkeley and received a Masters in Public Health with a focus on international health and health and human rights.
Prior to returning to UCSF, Dr. Dandu spent two years back at the University of Michigan with the Department of Medicine in the hospitalist group providing inpatient clinical care to patients and teaching residents and medical students. At UCSF, Dr. Dandu spends time on the inpatient clinical services supervising and teaching medical students and residents.
Her main nonclinical areas of focus are in global health education, curriculum development, and mentorship especially in the areas of ethics and cultural humility. She is Director of the Master of Science in Global Health, a one-year program designed for students or practitioners in a health science profession or related field who wish to achieve mastery and leadership skills in the field of global health. She previously Directed the Global Health Pathway/Area of Distinction for the Internal Medicine Residency. In this capacity she coordinated international experiences of residents, assisted with their scholarly projects, and provides curriculum for those committed to careers in global health. She was also co-director of the Global Health Core for the Division of Hospital Medicine and a senior curriculum adviser for the HEAL Fellowship.
Dr. Dandu continues to pursue her research interests in human rights and global public health. She is collaborating with colleagues at UCSF and several community based organizations to create cultural humility training for contract tracers and case investigators responding the COVID-19 pandemic.