Chethan Bachireddy is the inaugural Chief Clinical Innovation Officer for Virginia’s Medicaid Program. He is a physician, economist, and social entrepreneur dedicated to improving health for vulnerable populations. In his new role, he will be leading efforts related to the opioid epidemic, behavioral health, and health-related social needs.
Prior to coming to Virginia, he was a National Clinician Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where his work focused on two areas: 1) improving health for populations with high rates of HIV infection, substance use disorders, mental illness, and justice involvement and 2) applying insights from behavioral economics and clinical trial design to test strategies and technologies to help form healthy habits.
He has a track record of collaborating across sectors to improve health for vulnerable populations. He has worked with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative to deliver life-saving medications in resource-poor settings; founded the Health Advocacy Program, an after-school program to empower students to become health advocates for themselves and their communities; led a team of researchers and policymakers in a multi-site study of integrated health services for individuals with HIV, substance use disorder, and mental illness in Ukraine; collaborated with prison and jail officials to initiate and improve addiction treatment services; and partnered with behavioral scientists and technology companies to develop mobile-based smoking cessation and physical activity programs.
In his new role with Virginia's Medicaid Program, he is excited to learn and collaborate with individuals and organizations around the country to find solutions to improve the health and well-being of the individuals, families, and communities who call Virginia home.
He was born and raised in Deep East Texas, studied economics at Harvard, attended medical school at Yale, trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and completed a Masters in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.