- Iraqi-war veteran Manan Trivedi is running for Congress
in Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District. That's the competitive
district currently held by Republican Congressman James Gerlach
who is stepping down to run for Governor.
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 from India, Manan Trivedi 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. Now, he’s a primary
care physician in Reading, board certified in internal medicine.
Manan Trivedi’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 college, he received a community
service award for his work with HIV/AIDS patients. As a physician,
he has treated the poor and uninsured in the inner city.
From 2001 to 2003, Trivedi served as the Battalion Surgeon for
the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment Marine Corps Infantry Battalion.
His battalion was among the first US ground forces to enter Iraq.
Trivedi 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, Trivedi 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.
Trivedi 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.
After leaving the Navy, Trivedi is now a primary care physician
at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. An expert on public health
and Veteran’s health care, Trivedi served as health policy
advisor to Barack Obama’s campaign for President. He met his
wife Surekha while they were in college together. They live in Reading
where they enjoy outdoor activities and are avid Philadelphia sports