From boots on the battleground to scrubs in the emergency room, Manan Trivedi’s life’s story and life’s work have prepared him to confront the pressing challenges Congress faces today.
A son of immigrants, Manan was born and raised with his brother in Fleetwood, Berks County. His parents worked at the old Red Cheek apple juice factory. He attended public schools and graduated from Fleetwood High School. He went on to college and medical school before embarking on a Naval career that took him to the frontlines of the War in Iraq.
Manan’s passion for community service began at a very early age. As a young boy, he won a national contest for launching a healthy eating initiative in schools. In college, he received community service awards for his work with HIV/AIDS patients. As a physician, he has treated the poor and uninsured in inner city and rural areas.
As a Battalion Surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment Marine Corps Infantry, Manan was among the first US ground forces to enter Iraq. He served on the frontlines of battle, commanding a medical team that cared for over 1,200 of our troops and hundreds of Iraqi civilians. For his service, Lt. Commander Trivedi earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
After his service in Iraq, Manan received a Masters degree in Health Policy. He drew on his experience with combat medicine to become one of the early researchers to investigate the unique mental health issues affecting our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Manan went on to serve as health policy advisor to the Navy Surgeon General and was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
Manan now works as a health policy consultant and a part-time primary care physician at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. He and his wife, Surekha, live in Birdsboro with their two young daughters Sonia and Ashmi. They enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking in nearby French Creek State Park and are avid Philadelphia sports fans.