Dr Vasan is a primary care physician and public health expert with more than 15 years of experience working to improve health and social welfare for vulnerable populations in the world's most challenging settings. In late 2016 he was appointed as founding Executive Director of the Health Access Equity Unit at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, a first of its kind public sector health program that leverages the Department's historical assets in surveillance, research, program design, implementation science, and policy development, to improve community-based health and human services for the most vulnerable populations in the City, including people involved in the criminal justice system, refugees/asylees, undocumented, and chronically homeless, who share disproportionate medical and social burdens as well as histories of complex trauma, adversity, and resilience. This role builds off of Dr Vasan's decade 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 Uganda and Geneva (under current World Bank President Jim Yong Kim). At Mailman, Dr Vasan leads a graduate seminar in Implementation Science and Global Health, while continuing to see patients and mentor trainees as a primary care internist in the Division of General Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Previously, Dr Vasan was the Deputy Director of ARCHeS, a $17M Doris Duke Charitable Foundation-funded program of health systems development and research in Ghana and Tanzania. Dr Vasan also holds non-clinical appointments as an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
MD, University of Michigan
MSc, Harvard School of Public Health
PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Faculty Affiliate, Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC)
Assistant Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Division of General Medicine, College of Physicians & Surgeons