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Kavita Patel

Managing Director of Clinical Transformation , Brookings

Kavita Patel is a Fellow and Managing Director of Delivery System Reform and Clinical Transformation at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform in the Department of Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, one of the nation’s premier research and thought leadership organizations. At the Institution, Dr. Patel is specifically working on helping health care systems understand how to transform their clinical environments to become more accountable for the care they provide as well as other aspects of health reform implementation. She is also still a practicing primary care physician at the Johns Hopkins Community Physician Practice located at Sibley Hospital in Washington D.C.

Her research and reports focused on patient-centered care, payment and delivery system reform, workforce issues, and health reform implementation. Her expertise earned her a regular expert commentary spot on radio and in print media, including National Public Radio, CBS, Newsweek, and Marketwatch.

Dr. Patel also served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House, where she played a key role in the design of health care reform legislation.

Dr. Patel also has a deep understanding of Capitol Hill from her time spent on the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff. As deputy staff director on health, she served as a policy analyst and trusted aide to the Senator and was part of the senior staff of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee under Senator Kennedy’s Leadership.

In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Patel serves on the board of several organizations including Dignity Health, Community Catalyst and the National Initiative for Childrens Healthcare Quality. She is also an advisor to HealthLoop, an emerging mobile technology company as well as founding advisor of AVIA, a venture accelerator based in Chicago. She is also World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.