New Prague ushers in new era of pediatric care

August 25, 2016

NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague recently announced the arrival of a new pediatric physician to its clinic. Foram Mankodi, M.D., joined the practice on Aug. 29 after six years at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, where she provided a full spectrum of pediatric care. Dr. Mankodi’s arrival marks the re-introduction of community-based pediatric services provided by Mayo Clinic Health System.

“We saw the need for access to quality pediatric care right in our community,” says Marty Herrmann, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. “We couldn’t be happier for local families who will have an experienced physician like Dr. Mankodi helping their children.”

Originally from India, Dr. Mankodi attended medical school at Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai and later completed residency at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dr. Mankodi credits her sister, also a physician, for introducing her to the world of medicine. “I knew from the age of five that I wanted to become a doctor,” says Dr. Mankodi. “I learned as I watched my sister interacting with people and it instilled the value of care in me.”

Beside general pediatrics, Dr. Mankodi also lists the care of premature newborn infants and children with asthma as special interests. “It’s wonderful to see kids become successful and mature individuals,” she says. “Having the opportunity to follow them from birth to adolescence and watch them grow into young adults is a rewarding experience.”

However, it’s a love for the pediatric specialty that continues to motivate Dr. Mankodi in her daily life. “First and foremost, my job is to educate and guide parents and children to help them make informed decisions about their health,” she says. “But, I also get to have the most amazing conversations with my little patients. The theme could revolve around dinosaurs, cars or princesses, and that just brightens my day.”

During her free time, Dr. Mankodi enjoys reading, travelling and painting.

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