Prem Sagar Reddy is a prominent cardiologist and a successful health care entrepreneur based in California. He donated a million dollars to a local community college to bolster its health programs.
Underlying the presentation was to prove a point that the American dream is still alive for immigrants. He founded the Desert Valley Hospital, Medical Group and Charitable Foundation.
He had a humble beginning. For the first 15 years of his life in his tiny home village, Nidiguntapalam in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, he didn’t know what electricity was. However, he belonged to the rural privileged. His Reddy family had provided the village heads for the past four generations. After he finished his high school, studying under a kerosene lamp, he was sent to study college in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.
Reddy studied at the Christian Medical School, fell in love with his fellow intern Venkamma Reddy and later married her. In 1976, Prem Reddy immigrated to the United States to undergo residency training in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease at the State University of New York in Brooklyn. Soon after the internship, they moved to the High Desert area in California in 1981 and started their medical practice.