“I love to eat,” proclaims Raksha Soora, OB-GYN and Assistant Professor with MUSC Women’s Health, which is why you can often find her “appetizer-hopping” down King Street in Charleston, along with fellow physician and husband, Brad. “As long as it’s not red meat, I enjoy eating any food, from just about any country or region,” added Raksha. Having been born, literally in small town America — Americus, Georgia to be exact — to Indian parents, Raksha grew up on the exotic flavors and aromas of curry, ginger, cumin, turmeric and other spices, thoroughly preparing her palate for a variety of food experiences In Charleston, Iceland, Bali and other favorite travel destinations.
While food is important, family and career has always been even more so. After her father graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in engineering, the family moved to Arkansas where she grew up in what she describes as “a very normal childhood.” “No one in my family was in medicine, everyone was in engineering,” laughs Raksha, “but even as a young child, I always wanted to be a doctor.” When asked where the desire to be a doctor came from, Raksha states, “I’ve always liked using my hands, and being a doctor gives me the ability to use my hands to care for people and solve mysteries at the same time. It’s a perfect balance between two interests.”
But using her hands to care for people is not her only talent. Her parents, her brother, her “double cousins,” and she are known for using both the left and right sides of their brains — all are musically inclined. Raksha learned to play the piano at age six and continues to play today. Eastern classical, western classical, Broadway, pop with a little contemporary Bollywood thrown in, Raksha can play the full spectrum when given the opportunity to sit at a keyboard. When her cousin’s wedding band, 919, comes to Charleston, don’t be surprised if you find Raksha at the microphone serenading the newly wedded couple as well. You see, she doesn’t just play an instrument-she also sings. Just visit ITunes and download the music of Dhamakapella – an Indian, co-ed, a cappella group, co-founded at Case Western Reserve University by none other than our very own, Dr. Soora.
While her musical career and talents are quietly tucked away until the next family holiday gathering, concert or wedding, Raksha truly enjoys her chosen and very important career in obstetrics and gynecology at MUSC. Spending her days in Summerville and North Charleston seeing women of all ages, for different reasons, she describes her work as almost like “hanging out with my friends.” She loves getting to know these women “in a conversational way” and learning about their lives and their families and just being there when they need help, or advice, or an expert to deliver their first, or last baby — this is where she likes using her hands the most. “Being an OB-GYN was the last specialty I thought I would choose, but this is where I belong,” states Raksha proudly.
For more information about Raksha Soora or to schedule an appointment, visit MUSC Women's Health online or call 843-876-0880. And, the next time you are on King Street, look for Raksha sharing an appetizer with hubby and friends, or sitting at a keyboard entertaining the crowd.