Inspired by Family – Dr. Ashu Dhanjal Focuses on Preventative Cardiac Care

Ashu Dhanjal, M.D., FACC, knew from the age of five that she wanted to be a doctor. She also has a couple of uncles who practice medicine, inspiring her to enter that career field as well.

“They were my mentors,” she said.

Years later, Dr. Dhanjal’s father passed away from a heart attack. This loss shifted Dr. Dhanjal’s focus to preventative care for cardiology patients.

Dr. Dhanjal is a board certified non-invasive cardiologist, who recently joined the active medical staff of Northwest Health, practicing at Northwest Cardiology – Fayetteville at 1695 E Rainforest Drive, Suite 4.

Dr. Dhanjal moved to the U.S. from India about 10 years ago. She said she can help patients more in the U.S. because the medicine and technology in the U.S. is more up to date than in India. The U.S. also has a better working environment for medical professionals.

Dr. Dhanjal volunteered for three to four years with an organization called Impact India before she moved to the U.S. She was a volunteer surgeon on a mobile hospital train for one week each year. The train moved locations every one to two months to different rural parts of India, while the volunteer doctors provided free care for needy patients.

“That was so much fun,” she said.

Dr. Dhanjal received her medical education at Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi, India. She then completed an internal medicine residency and a clinical fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

While at Marshall University, Dr. Dhanjal was involved with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women program. She explained that women’s cardiac health is a very important subject to her, and the program helped her to get in touch with the community. She hopes to be involved in the program in Northwest Arkansas.

Dr. Dhanjal lives with her husband and two daughters. Outside of work, she likes to travel and enjoys art and music.

Dr. Dhanjal is currently accepting new patients. Visit NW-Physicians.com or call 479-757-5200 to schedule an appointment.

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