Before coming to WABC-TV, Dr. Parikh was a medical correspondent for FOX News in New York. She began her career in medical journalism as a reporter for CBS 2 News This Morning in New York.
In 2008, Dr. Parikh was the only television reporter invited by First Lady Laura Bush to accompany her on a humanitarian mission to Haiti and Mexico City. The mission's purpose was to launch an international breast cancer partnership and visit US-funded HIV clinics. Dr. Parikh's other notable reports include an exclusive interview with NASA astronauts during a training mission inside Aquarius, the only underwater laboratory in the world, located at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and accessible only by scuba diving. During her medical training, Dr. Parikh traveled to the Amazon region of Brazil where the medical team lived on boats and provided care to remote villages along the shores of the Amazon River.
Dr. Parikh completed her internship in general surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and earned her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She obtained a Master's of Public Health in community health education and health policy through Hunter College of New York City, and focused her efforts on the issue of childhood obesity. As part of her field experience, Dr. Parikh worked with the New York City Health Department to implement nutrition and fitness programs in New York City public schools, and served as a Building Wellness Facilitator for the "I Have a Dream Foundation," helping to educate teenagers on health and fitness.
Dr. Parikh is the recipient of a National Merit Scholarship, the National Xerox Award for the Humanities, the National Harvard Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in Academics and the Arts, and an Emmy nomination for her on-air reporting.
Currently a member of the New York City Medical Reserve Corps, the Public Health Association of New York City, and the Wilderness Medical Society, Dr. Parikh is licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York. When her busy schedule allows, she enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and scuba diving.