Dr Vasan was recently appointed as Executive Director of the Health Access Equity Unit at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. This Unit - the first of its kind in the nation - will be built into a full scale Bureau targeted at improving primary care delivery for vulnerable populations in the city, including the justice-involved in the community, refugees, and specific immigrant groups with complex comorbidities and needs. This new role builds off of Dr Vasan's 15 years of experience at the intersection of global health and primary care working with Partners In Health in Rwanda, Lesotho, and Boston, and the WHO in Geneva (under current World Bank President Jim Yong Kim) and in Uganda. Dr Vasan's methodological expertise involves implementation science, quality and performance improvement studies, and evaluations of large-scale clinical and public health interventions. At Mailman he was the Deputy Director of ARCHeS, a $17M DDCF-funded, program of health systems development and research in Ghana and Tanzania. He continues to teach a seminar in Implementation Science and Global Health, and is the Faculty Co-Lead of the Globalization and Global Health Track in the MPH Core Curriculum. Dr Vasan is a practicing Internist in the Division of General Medicine at Columbia and holds non-clinical appointments as an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and as a Faculty Affiliate of the HMS Center for Primary Care and the Program in Global Primary Care & Social Change at Harvard Medical School.
MD, University of Michigan
MSc, Harvard School of Public Health
PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Faculty Member, Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC)
Assistant Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center