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Vinu Perinjelil



Trauma Research, Second-Year Fellow

Originally from:

Houston, Texas

Medical school:

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, which was a beautiful city to study medicine. I’ve worked in Houston prior to moving to Hurley to be a trauma research fellow.

What brought you to the United States?

I was born in Kuwait and moved to Houston right before I turned 4 years old. My family left the Middle East to work in Texas, and Houston is my wonderful hometown. While I am from the South, I love the Midwest and the beautiful Michigan scenery.

Why did you choose your specialty?

I am passionate about academic research and am excited to work in an exciting field like trauma surgery. I enjoy working in trauma because we get to help people in moments of crisis and need.


My family includes my loving parents, older sister and younger brother who all live and work in Houston. I have an adorable 3-year-old nephew and am about to be an aunt again to another one! I love dogs and help dog-sit my roommate’s dogs regularly.

When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?

I love to read, travel to new places, Zumba, and explore new restaurants!

What do love most about Hurley?

I love Hurley because the medical center feels like extended family, and everyone is friendly and helpful. The mid-Michigan area is a beautiful area filled with lakes and national parks, and I love visiting the various parks and orchards in the area. I love the atmosphere of the hospital and kindness of the leadership here.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by music, a pursuit of knowledge, and children for their outlook. Most of all, I am inspired by the compassion of Jesus and the way he healed the sick.

Toughest challenge:

It was challenging to move back to the U.S. from Europe and take all my board exams while working in research. Despite the obstacles, I persevered and have stayed focused on my endeavors. I was resilient and believed through hard work I can attain my goals.

What do you miss most about home?

I miss my nephew, family and friends at home but make an effort to keep in touch with friends through email, text and FaceTime! I miss the rodeo and the BBQ back home.


Books: I love the Chronicles of Narnia and the Hunger Games.
TV series: My current favorite TV series is Game of Thrones.
Music: I love to listen to Coldplay.
Food & beverage: I enjoy making chai and Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines.
Activities: I love to workout at the gym (Lifetime).
Beach: The most beautiful beach I have ever visited is Patong Beach in Phuket!

Favorite quote:

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi)

We all strive to improve the world, but this quote reinforces the idea that true reform starts with a single individual. Then the change is seen throughout the world. I like the belief that we can all make an impact, starting with our voice and life.

Top 5 favorite things about Flint and Michigan:

  1. People are friendly.
  2. Affordable.
  3. Numerous lakes and state parks.
  4. So many farmer’s markets!
  5. Cider doughnuts.

Biggest surprise about working at Hurley/Flint:

I have been surprised at the warm summer weather and how friendly the staff and leadership has been. The kindness of employees and the multiple outreach opportunities the hospital organizes shows how Hurley prioritizes community and relationships.

Special skills:

I bake and love to play basketball when I can!

Favorite ways to keep work-life balance manageable:

I FaceTime with my nephew and love to work out through dance. I enjoy de-stressing with Netflix or HBO and make time to pray daily.