I am a board-certified internal medicine attending physician offering preventive care, chronic and acute medical disease management, and health and lifestyle education. I currently care for long-COVID patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Post-COVID Recovery Program. I also specialize in gender-affirming and LGBTQIA+ care.
When patients come to see me, they can expect a comprehensive approach, tailored to their individual health goals, that fits into their spiritual, cultural and linguistic values. I believe in establishing and nurturing long-term relationships with my patients and working with them as a partner toward their health and wellness goals. I also coordinate care with other health care teams to ensure appropriate access to specialty care, hospital care and diagnostic tests for my patients.
My research interests are focused on minority health, health disparities, social determinants of health and COVID-19 clinical trials. I received the Center for Health Outcomes in Medicine Scholarship and Service (HOMES) microgrant to study COVID-19 outcome disparities in hospitalized patients at Ohio State. I also serve as a co-investigator in ongoing clinical trials related to treatment outcomes in post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients with neurocognitive impairment and the benefits of lipid-lowering in older adults.
I am passionate about my career because it allows me to connect and care for my community alongside a dream team here at The Ohio State University. In addition to offering equitable health care services for all patients, Ohio State actively enforces an environment of diversity and inclusion within its workforce and creates an environment of growth. It’s a privilege to be a member of this institution.
In addition to my clinical work, I am the director of the Language Concordant Care Program, which coordinates care for patients with limited English proficiency. We offer patients an option to match with a physician who speaks the patient’s native or preferred language. Through this program, we aim to enhance patient safety, improve patient-physician communication, and encourage patients to share in decision-making by removing communication barriers. I also serve on the Department of Internal Medicine’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council.
My role includes engaging with medical students. I participate in the longitudinal practice preceptorship program as well as serve as a mentor in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion pilot program. I also serve as part one director of Community Health Education and as a part of the Ohio State College of Medicine’s Lead.Serve.Inspire. (LSI) curriculum. This role allows me to work with medical students and community partners to identify a specific population’s needs and to develop, implement and evaluate a community health education project for that population.
I am also passionate about working with refugee populations, specifically with the large Bhutanese-Nepali population living in central Ohio. I am working to understand the health-related challenges for this population with the hope of reducing those barriers. I serve on the advisory board and as chair of Health and Wellness of Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio (BCCO), which is a refugee-led, nonprofit organization. I also volunteer and precept at the student-run Columbus Free Clinic and engage in other volunteer community activities.
When I’m not working, I enjoy relaxing with family and friends. I like traveling, writing and baking.
Additional Languages I Speak
Procedures and Conditions I Treat
- Primary Care
- Internal Medicine
- Preventive Medicine
- Health Services for Transgender Persons
Locations Where I Practice
543 Taylor Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203
6100 North Hamilton Road
Westerville, OH 43081
in Outpatient Care New Albany
6100 North Hamilton Road
4th Floor, Suite 4C
Westerville, OH 43081
Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.
Education and Training
Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu,
1/1/2000 - 1/1/2007
Tribhuvan University-Institute Of Medicine, Kathmandu,
2/1/2006 - 3/1/2007
Louisiana State University Medical Center-Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
7/1/2009 - 6/30/2012
General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
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Consulting and Related Relationships
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As of 09/29/2023, Dr. Saigal has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.
- Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio