Dr. Anita Ravi is a board-certified family physician, assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the founder and medical director of the PurpLE Clinic at the Institute for Family Health. Dr. Ravi’s vision for the PurpLE (Purpose: Listen and Engage) Clinic was simple but pioneering: a community health center-based clinic targeted to the needs of people who have experienced human trafficking and individuals impacted by other forms of trauma, including sexual assault and domestic violence. Today, PurpLE has served over 300 people and has been recognized as a Health Resources and Services Administration “Promising Practice” in the care of people who have experienced domestic violence and human trafficking. Dr. Ravi received the 2016 Family Medicine Education Consortium’s “Emerging Leader” Award and she regularly draws, writes and speaks at events across the country on how the health care system must radically adapt to meet the needs of survivors of trafficking and other forms of gender based violence.
Dr. Ravi’s advocacy work includes serving as an elected member of the American Medical Association’s Womens Physician Section Governing Council and as a board member of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. She also conducts forensic examinations for people seeking asylum and facilitates health education workshops in correctional settings and in collaboration with community based organizations for people who have experienced homelessness, incarceration and/or trafficking.
Dr. Ravi is a graduate of Washington University in St.Louis, received her Medical Degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, her Masters in Public Health from Yale University and her Masters in Health Policy research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.