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Rishi Wadhera MD, MPP, MPhil

Rishi K. Wadhera MD, MPP, MPhil

Section Head, Health Policy and Equity, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Rishi K. Wadhera, MD, MPP, MPhil, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at BIDMC. He is also the Section Head of Health Policy and Equity Research at the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at BIDMC.

Dr. Wadhera received his medical degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine as well as an M.Phil. in Public Health as a Gates Cambridge Scholar from the University of Cambridge. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was awarded the Harvard Medical School Teaching Award, and continued his Cardiovascular Medicine training as a fellow at the Brigham. During this time, he also received a Master’s in Public Policy (M.P.P.) as a Jerome Grossman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on health policy.

Dr. Wadhera’s research spans questions related to healthcare access, quality, and outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations. His research also aims to understand how state and federal health policies, including those implemented under the Affordable Care Act, impact care delivery, health equity, and population health. Dr. Wadhera has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles to date, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Circulation, and JACC. He has also served as an ad-hoc health policy advisor at the US Department of Health and Human services and is a writing member of the America Heart Association’s Policy Statements on Value in Healthcare and Value-Based Care Models. He currently receives research support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NHLBI).

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Dr. Wadhera has no relevant disclosures.