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Ripal earned her B.S. in Economics and Chemistry from Duke University. She then completed an M.D. at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an M.P.H. in Healthcare Management at Harvard University. She is a Clinical Instructor at the Stanford School of Medicine and Medical Director of a community health center in Fremont, California. She is a former Chief Resident at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Throughout her education and career, Ripal has been recognized for her excellence and dedication to public service, receiving the Levinson Tuition Merit Scholarship, earning a Samuel Dubois Cook Society award, winning the Outstanding Service to the International Community award, and serving as an Expert Witness.
Throughout her training to become a physician, Ripal notes that she has had outstanding educators guide her toward thinking more critically about the human body and understanding science on a whole new level. From them, she has inherited a passion for instructing our next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and economists. Over the past decade, she has been exhilarated to work with students to help them land their dream job or get into their top choice medical school, all while learning and teaching every day. When Ripal is not in the hospital or classroom, she can often be found striking yoga poses in countries around the world.