Sanjay Shewakramani, MD, medical director of the Emergency Department at UC Health’s West Chester Hospital and associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, was born in Mumbai, India, and immigrated with his sister and parents to Boston, Massachusetts, when he was just 2 years old. After graduating from high school, he attended Boston University where he pursued a combined seven-year BA/MD program, and then went on to complete his residency in emergency medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program. After he graduated in 2007, he went on to practice medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Washington, DC, before he finally landed in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2014.
Since 2014, Dr. Shewakramani, or “Dr. Sanjay” as he is called by his patients and colleagues, has been caring for patients at their most vulnerable state in the West Chester Hospital Emergency Department.
Pursuit of Happiness
The average day for an emergency medicine physician is anything but slow — and Dr. Sanjay’s life outside of the emergency room isn’t either.
He keeps himself busy by learning different languages (currently Spanish), reflective writing on topics such as medicine and healthcare, developing leadership skills, foreign travel and spirituality.
In 2017, he was looking for something more. In a pursuit of self-improvement, he wanted to achieve happiness. That’s when he began his fitness journey.
“That’s what led me to by fitness coach — Luke Cousineau,” Dr. Sanjay explained. “Together, we founded Revive Strength & Wellness in 2020, a personal fitness coaching center located in Oakley, a neighborhood just north of downtown Cincinnati.”
Dr. Sanjay had never been particularly interested in business before, but through his reading and networking with other business owners, he wanted to create a place where others could also grow and achieve happiness.
“I’m proud to say that we’ve been successful in achieving that,” Dr. Sanjay said.
Toes Pointing to Three O’clock
Earlier this year, Dr. Sanjay’s life as an emergency medicine physician, administrator, faculty member at the UC College of Medicine and an entrepreneur came to a roaring halt.
In March 2021, he took a small getaway trip with some friends to New Orleans, Louisiana. After enjoying an evening in the hot tub, he climbed out and stepped onto the slick pavement.
“When my leg slipped, I fell down,” Dr. Sanjay recalled. “It happened really quickly, and I initially thought I sprained my ankle, until I looked down and noticed that my toes were pointing to three o’clock.”
He knew his injury was significant.