Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH is a board certified general internist and primary care provider who is a VA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He plans on practicing primary care and simultaneously create clinical and policy innovations that address the interface between health and the social needs of patients. His long-term career interests involve translating policy and clinical research into improved public health on the state and national level for low SES populations. During his fellowship he will be exploring the clinical and economic impact of chronic disease management strategies that address a patient's social needs - care coordination, accessing social services, community engagement, community health workers, transportation, food access, and patient navigators. Additionally, he is interested in factors that promote patients engaging with the health system and how patients define value from their clinical care. Ultimately, he hopes to create interventions that alleviate the limitations that poverty may have on patients with chronic diseases and keep them engaged in care.
During medical school he was a Doris Duke Fellow in Tugela Ferry, South Africa as a coordinator for a community-based treatment program for drug-resistant TB and HIV co-infected individuals and has conducted mHealth interventions for the healthcare workforce in South Africa. He received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. He completed his internal medicine residency training in the Yale Primary Care Program and continued on as a Chief Resident for one year.