Dr. Mark Kerner, medical director of Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, has pledged $250,000 to the Bon Secours Maryview Foundation to name the newest Hampton Roads Care-A-Van, a mobile healthcare service offering free medical services to adults and children without health insurance, and a future mammography room in memory of his wife, Dr. Anuradha Datyner Kerner.
Dr. Anuradha Datyner Kerner died of breast cancer February 25, 2009 at the age of 48. Dr. Kerner says, “Anu was a unique, warm, and caring person. I am always looking for ways to keep my wife’s memory alive. Like many families, our family knows the horrors of fighting cancer. However, we are blessed to have the financial resources to deal with cancer and many people do not. I knew my gift would be meaningful to Anu.”
Born in India, Anuradha graduated from high school at age 15 and earned a degree in physics at age 18. After moving to the United States, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in biophysics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook at age 23 and then earned her medical degree (MD) at age 27. She became a US citizen and eventually relocated to the Hampton Roads area to serve as director of the chronic pain program at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. She spent the remainder of her career at the Spine Center of Hampton Roads. She was loved by her patients, office and hospital staff, and colleagues for her expertise, empathy and care, as well as her good humor.
Dr. Anuradha Datyner Kerner life’s passion was caring for the couple’s three children, Emily, Bryan and Joshua. She chose a career in rehabilitation medicine because of the time it would allow her to spend with them. Dr. Mark Kerner says, “Anu would have asked that you maintain your health so that you can focus your energy on those you love.”