Dr. Shanti Perkins

Dr. Shanti Perkins

Class of ‘90
Internal Medicine


Q: What year did you graduate from Castilleja? 
A: 1990

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in East Palo Alto.

Q: Where did you continue your education after graduating from Castilleja?
A: I completed my undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and my medical degree and residency at the University of California San Francisco.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue medicine, and what made you choose internal medicine?
A: I decided to pursue medicine because of my love of science and biology – and because I love making connections with other people, working with others, and giving back to my community. I ultimately chose internal medicine because it gives me the opportunity to build long-term relationships with my patients.

Q: Can you tell us about some of your volunteer activities?
A: While I was a college student at Harvard, I volunteered at the Philips Brooks House – a student-run service organization – where I was a big sister for an 8-year-old girl from a marginalized community in the Boston suburbs. I continued mentoring after college and currently volunteer with the organization Girls to Women, an after school program for girls in East Palo Alto, raising funds for their annual 5K. Girls to Women is founded and led by my mother, Patricia Foster, and I’m happy to follow in her footsteps and continue this service to my community.

Q: What made you choose to come back and practice medicine in Palo Alto?
A: I had always planned to come back to Palo Alto so that I could serve my community and be close to my family.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us today?
A: Yes! I have two daughters – one is currently a 6th grade student at Castilleja and the other is a 4th grader who I hope will attend Castilleja in a few years. I want my daughters to receive the same educational foundation that I did, as well as the strong sense of confidence and service fostered by the entire Castilleja community.