Leela has a background in astronomy and physics and had a prior career as a software engineer.
Lela has done research about cancer screening practices in rural communities; was the head of the Hematology/Oncology Interest Group at her medical school; and was the vice president of the American Medical Student Association during her second year of medical school. She has a identical twin sister who is also an internal medicine physician.
Leela speaks French and Telugu.
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Graduate: University of Wisconsin at Madison, Astronomy
Undergraduate: Wellesley College, Physics