Dr. Nilima Sabharwal


Dr. Nilima Singh Sabharwal was born and educated in India, earning her medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in 1977. Two years later, she came to the United States and trained to become a pathologist at the University of California in San Francisco.

Since 1991, Dr. Sabharwal has been practising Pathology at the Kaiser Permanente – Santa Teresa branch in San Jose. Her medical accomplishments and humanitarian outreach goals demonstrate her lifelong commitment to service, knowing that it takes a lot more than a wish to change the world for children in need.

From her heart, she recognizes that what is required is a 100% belief in positive energy to carry one through an idea, and in 1999, based on her dream and determined will, Home of Hope, Inc. (HOH) began. Along with her professional life and the responsibilities of Home of Hope, Nilima is also a Board Member of the Independent Development Coalition of America and DesiYou, a Global Indian Content Distribution Network.

Nilima is married to Dr. Umesh Sabharwal, a practising allergist and rheumatologist in the Bay area, and has two adult children, Sonia and Shiv.

Dr. Sabharwal has been recognized for her work and received several humanitarian awards. These include:
  1. Chief Minister Sheila Dixit recognizes HOH’s work in Udyan Ghar, New Delhi
  2. The Sidney R Garfield Award from Kaiser Permanente for Outstanding Humanitarian Service
  3. Recognized with the Indian Community Center Award for Community Service – 2009
  4. Invited to speak at the 7th International Conference of the ‘India Development Coalition of America’ in 2009, receiving a standing ovation for the accomplishments of Home of Hope, Inc.
  5. Recognized as the SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR – 2009 from ‘Indians for Collective Action
  6. Acknowledged for her work with children – 2010 Kaiser Permanente Asian Association Award
  7. At the 2010 Women’s International Network – an organization established in over 30 countries – the 2010 Nav Kiran Achievement Award – an acknowledgement of selfless service for children
  8. The first International Award presented by the David Lawrence Community Service Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Service in 2011
  9. Glory Of India Award from India International Friendship Society
  10. KQED Bay Area Hero