Dr. Manish Wani was born in Vadodara, India, in 1968. He and his family immigrated to Arlington, TX when he was 2 for his father to earn his post-doctoral degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. His father also ran a series of small businesses, including one Indian grocery store and two hotels. Dr. Wani became interested in the medical field in 11th grade and moved to Houston to study at Baylor College of Medicine. He is now an otolaryngologist practicing at Texas ENT Specialists in Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.
Dr. Wani is actively involved with community service; he is a board member of the Gandhi Library and is currently helping plan the construction of the Eternal Gandhi Museum. In addition, as a volunteer for Faith in Practice, he travels with a team of surgeons to Guatemala and performs free surgeries there for one week every year.
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