Biography The Honourable Dr. Asha Seth was born in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, India and moved to Lucknow at a young age. She lived and studied in Lucknow until she moved to the United Kingdom and then to Canada. As a young student, Honourable Dr. Asha Seth was selected among over 15,000 applicants to attend the King Georges Medical College in Lucknow, where she earned her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Among other achievements at medical school, Dr. Seth was instrumental in organizing a blood donation clinic in service of the Indian Army during the Sino-Indian border conflict.
After graduating from Lucknow, the Honourable Dr. Asha Seth moved to the United Kingdom to continue her education. She first completed her resident training in obstetrics and gynecology at the renowned Queen Charlotte Hospital, and then moved on to complete similar training at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the University of London Hospital.
Upon her arrival in Canada in 1972, Dr. Seth finished her resident training in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She became a Canadian citizen in 1974.
She has dedicated her career and personal life to improving the health and life of others. Her philanthropic work has earned her the respect and recognition of her community and has inspired many to follow her example.
The trust and admiration of her country was crystallized in her appointment to the Senate of Canada, where she became the first woman of Indian origin to be a member. In this role, Senator Seth adopted humanitarian causes such as maternal, newborn, and child health and the welfare of disabled people. She has succeeded in bringing new attention to causes such as maternal and child mortality and her efforts are felt around the world by millions of people.
Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper and Senator Seth are partners in the fight to improve the health of mothers and children. Senator Seth created the government-endorsed the “International Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Week” campaign, as an important platform in the effort to decrease maternal and childhood mortality.
The Honourable Dr.Seth is an ambassador for Canada’s number one development priority through her professional and philanthropic works in maternal, newborn, and child health. She will continue working with civil society organizations to advance the reach of these efforts in places like India. Her goal is to eliminate preventable deaths in mothers and children, especially in vulnerable in populations.
The Honourable Dr. Asha Seth continues her work as an advocate of the blind and partially sighted as a key member of the National Board of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). National Vision Health Month will be celebrated for the second time in 2015 and it is expected that health outreach programs will be organized around the country. Because seventy five percent of vision loss and blindness can be prevented, Dr. Seth’s goal is to eliminate preventable vision loss and blindness through education and awareness.
Her role as a diplomatic link between Canada and India continues to remain a priority, and the Honourable Dr. Seth will continue to engage high-level stakeholders in India with the goal of expanding academic, cultural, and commercial exchange. She was selected as Non-Resident Indian representative for the state of Uttar Pradesh at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2015 conference in Gujarat due to her contributions to a new policy of economic and cultural openness in Uttar Pradesh. In the year to come, Dr. Seth will participate in multiple events devoted to the advancement of NRI relations including participation in the Uttar Pradesh NRI Day in Lucknow.
Since leaving the Senate, Dr. Seth remains active promoting recognition and educating on both her Senate motions in support of National Vision Health Month and Maternal and Newborn Health Month both in Canada and abroad. She has a seat on the national board of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Micronutrient Initiative.
The Honourable Dr. Asha Seth is a visionary leader that has trail blazed a path for many to emulate. Through it all, it is her commitment to helping others that shines brightest among her accomplishments. Dr. Asha Seth lives in Toronto with her loving husband, Dr. Arun Seth and she has two accomplished daughters.