Bina Valsangkar is an undergraduate capstone instructor at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs (2021-2022). 

Dr. Bina Valsangkar is a pediatrician and public health professional committed to giving children the best possible start in life. As an advisor at Save the Children, she worked with the Ministries of Health in several African and Asian countries to draft policy, conduct research, and develop programs to reduce newborn deaths. She also led a partnership of UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions to improve care for premature infants.  

Dr. Valsangkar has worked on newborn and child health in over 20 countries, presented extensively on newborn health domestically and internationally, and has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including work in The Lancet and Academic Medicine, and has been featured in the mainstream radio and print media, including NPR, CBS, Bloomberg news, Kaiser Family Foundation, Devex and local Washington, DC news stations.

Dr. Valsangkar is board-certified in pediatrics and obesity medicine and received her medical training at the University of Michigan Medical School and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She cares for newborns, children, and adolescents in general pediatric practice and has a Master of Public Health from Harvard, where she was a fellow at the Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three children.