He entered medical school in Pune when he was 17 and studied the mysteries of the body—and then the mysteries of the mind as a psychiatry resident in Mumbai. He viewed the United States, through books and movies, as a mecca, but this vision was tempered by the reality of his first assignment in Newark, New Jersey, a challenging and stressful environment in a less than welcoming culture, clearly a different and less romantic picture than West Side Story. He went on to residency at Cornell, training in neurology at George Washington, and a neuroscience research fellowship at NIH. His New York and NIH mentors and colleagues were a “who’s who” of psychiatric leaders. His wife Sonali completed training and work in child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, while Dilip drove between Rockville and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, taking their daughters (Shafali and Neelum) to school and activities. But Washington could not compete with the research opportunities offered by Lew Judd at UCSD. There, Dilip has multiple leadership roles: an endowed chair, Distinguished Professor, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, director of an institute for research on aging, and director of an innovation center.