Sahana Kiron Magal, MD, MA
PACE-Department of Gerontology
San Francisco State University

Dr. Sahana Kiron Magal is both a physician and a gerontologist with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Doctor of Medicine in Internal Medicine from the University of Mysore, India, as well as a Master of Arts in gerontology from SFSU. Dr. Magal has worked as a physician with the geriatric population for many years. She founded a free clinic to dispense critical medicines for low-income elders in India and has been active as a consultant in general medicine, infectious diseases, and tropical diseases as well as a specialist in gestational diabetes and diabetes management.

Dr. Magal is a proud recipient of the California Assisted Living Association Scholarship and the Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Achievement in Gerontology at San Francisco State University where she continues her effective efforts as a research associate. Her current research study focuses on raising awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease among Asian Indian immigrants and their caregivers. This research is an important extension of her earlier service with the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California/Northern Nevada Chapter, where she successfully developed and implemented a culturally sensitive education brochure on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for the Asian Indian population. This research (unique in that the brochure was in Hindi for the first time ever) was accepted for presentation at professional conferences of the Gerontological Society of America, IAGG 2017 World Congress on Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the 5th Asian Health Literacy Association International Health Literacy Conference.

Dr. Magal has completed professional certification and advanced training including: California State Certified Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Administrator; Mental Health Fundamentals in Spiritual Care, California State University; Geriatric Care Series: Hospital Care of Older Adults, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics; Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates; Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics; Training in Clinical Research, University of California–San Francisco; and Clinical Research Monitoring and Coordination, Michigan State University.

Dr. Magal has been a productive volunteer at a senior retirement community in Santa Clara, California, as well as for the Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, Healthy Silicon Valley, and South Asian Heart Center. She is highly regarded as a top fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Magal currently lives with her family in the city of Mountain View, California, where she serves as the city’s Family Ambassador. She has traveled and lived across various parts of the world, and she speaks five different Indian languages (Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali).