Kumara Sidhartha

MD, MPH, Medical Director, Cape Cod Healthcare Physician-Hospital Organization, Accountable Care Organization and Cape Cod Healthcare Employee Health Plan
Kumara Sidhartha

Dr. Sidhartha currently serves as the Medical Director for the Physician-Hospital Organization (PHO) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) of Cape Cod Healthcare. Additionally, he is also the Medical Director of the Cape Cod Healthcare Employee Health Plan. Although he is no longer actively seeing patients as a primary care physician, he continues to practice for Emerald Physicians one day a week, running the Shared Medical Appointment program and seeing patients who call with a medical need to be seen the same day for their illness.

Dr. Sidhartha completed medical school training at the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College in Salem, India. After moving to the U.S., he completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center – affiliated with Cornell University, New York. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Sidhartha is also a graduate of the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition program at the School of Public Health and Department of Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, and certified in Plant-Based Nutrition by eCornell University and Colin Campbell Foundation in New York. In order to seek the most effective and least toxic treatment for challenging conditions such as cancer and autoimmune disease, Dr. Sidhartha pursued biological medical training to become a diplomat of European Biological Medicine, a nutrition-centered natural therapeutic philosophy practiced at Paracelsus Klinik in Switzerland.

He is the founder and president of the Institute of Inter-connected Communities of India (IICC India), a not-for-profit organization with the mission to create role model communities that are healthy, sustainable, self-reliant and resilient.

He regularly speaks among the public and professional community on the subjects of nutrition, health, and environmental sustainability – both in the Northeast US and in India (http://vimeo.com/29747234). His interest in sustainable and ethical food production led him to study permaculture design under the Permaculture Institute of USA (New Mexico).

His interviews on plant-based nutrition and sustainable food production has been featured in the National Public Radio and the Cape Cod Times.

In 2009, he received the Fragile Earth Award given by Housing-for-All Corporation of Cape Cod, awarded in recognition of his ongoing efforts to educate the public about plant-based food and its inter-connectedness to human and planetary health. Dr. Sidhartha also teaches Plant-based Nutrition, and Anatomy at the Kind Yoga Teacher Training School, a yoga-alliance certified institute in Cape Cod, MA.

Dr. Sidhartha’s philosophy includes striving to create an informed, empowered and healthy population through evidence-based practice tools, such as nutritional and lifestyle approaches to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. His leadership role with Cape Cod Healthcare provides him with an opportunity to work at a system level in the areas of population health and coordinated care delivery.