Dr. Anubodh ‘Sunny’ Varshney: Hemphill-Gojer Award

By Remekca Owens

Dr. Anubodh “Sunny” Varshney’s destiny as a physician was set in the summer of 2007, when he first attended UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Summer Research Program after his freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis. As a biomedical engineering major, he always had a love for science, but it was not clear that practicing medicine would be his ultimate career.

“My time at UT Southwestern during those summers is what inspired me to become a doctor,” said Dr. Varshney, recipient of the 2014 Hemphill-Gojer Award. “I also realized that I wanted to work in academic medicine, and have that balance of doing great research while also caring for patients. It’s nice to have come full circle.”

Dr. Anubodh
Dr. Anubodh "Sunny" Varshney

While in college, he completed two summers in the research program – both spent conducting research and assisting with hand and peripheral nerve surgeries in the Department of Plastic Surgery.

The 25-year-old will complete the next stage of his career in Boston, as an internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He later plans to complete a fellowship in cardiology. While his future as a physician-scientist is still being paved, Dr. Varshney’s mentors at UT Southwestern quickly took note of his character and work ethic.

"Sunny is one of the best students I have worked with in the many years that I have been at UT Southwestern,” said Dr. Hari Raja, Professor of Internal Medicine. “Every faculty member he’s worked with since the beginning of medical school noted that he had the full package of required traits to make a great physician – extremely intelligent, hardworking, respectful of everyone around him, and excellent interpersonal skills.”

The eldest of two children, Dr. Varshney was born in Bhopal, India, and spent his early childhood years in Saskatchewan, Canada, and Rochester, New York. His family later moved to Coppell, where he attended high school.

Outside of his coursework, Dr. Varshney spends his free time with friends and tutors middle school and high school students through local Kumon centers and Varsity Tutors. For the past year, he has also been a contributing writer for U.S. News & World Report, offering college students advice on preparing for the medical school admission process and the Medical College Admission Test.

Dr. Varshney hopes to have a career that blends patient care with writing, research, and public health administration. “I’m most interested in helping people get access to good health care, finding ways to help them increase the quality of the care that they receive, and teaching them how to keep a treatable condition from becoming a crisis,” he said.

The Hemphill-Gojer Award was established by Ross H. and Anne Seymour Hemphill in honor of their son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Hemphill; their daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Gojer; and Anne Hemphill’s parents, E. Clyde and Florine Allen Seymour. Dr. Hemphill and Dr. Gojer are both UT Southwestern Medical School alumni.