Krisda H. Chaiyachati, MD, MPH, MSHP is an Assistant Professor Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, a Clinical Innovation Manager at Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Care Innovation, Medical Director for Penn Medicine OnDemand Virtual Care, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Chaiyachati designs, studies, and implements innovative strategies for addressing social barriers to care, improving the accessibility of health care, and managing population health goals. A major theme of his research is understanding how health outcome for low-income and minority populations are affected by improving access to social services, like transportation availability, or redesigning how health care is delivered so that patients can access high value care irrespective of their socioeconomic status.
Similarly, he fundamentally believes that health care systems delivering care solely through conventional face-to-face encounters will continue to create barriers for patients and providers are doomed to face capacity constraints and cost challenges especially as population health efforts and value-based payment models grow. As the director of OnDemand and a Clinical Innovation Manager, he has an operational and implementation role within Penn Medicine – developing, managing, and steering delivery innovations from pilot to scale. His current projects are focused on reimagining clinician-patient interactions with the support of artificial intelligence and facilitated self-service pathways for conditions, such as hypertension and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), with evidence-to-practice gaps.
Finally, he guides clinical and programmatic strategies for improving the health of Penn Medicine's employees (>40,000 individuals) as a primary care provider for an on-site employee clinic and advising Penn Medicine’s Human Resources on how employee benefits can be restructured to create a healthier workforce.
In addition to his medical degree from the University of Michigan, Dr. Chaiyachati received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and MSPH in Health Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internal medicine training within Yale's Primary Care Program and continued on as a Chief Resident before coming to Penn as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.