Krisda H. Chaiyachati, MD, MPH, MSHP is the Medical Director for Penn Medicine's FirstCall Virtual Care, a VA Advanced Fellow, and Associate Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chaiyachati studies and designs innovative strategies for improving healthcare accessibility and patient engagement, experimenting with initiatives that remove barriers to care by studying opportunities to reduce the influence of social barriers or make care more accessible through telemedicine-based strategies. For example, he studies health outcome for low-income and minority populations who gain access to social services and the impact of transportation availability on the utilization of ambulatory care services. He studies these strategies with a lens on return on investment opportunities for payers and health systems that lower overall health care spending or increased use of high value services. He has an array of methodologies at his disposal: mathematical modelling, qualitative evaluations, implementation science, time-motion studies, network analyses, and geographic information systems. Moreover, he has experience in developing, managing, and steering new ventures from pilot to scaling across the health system enterprise.
In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Chaiyachati received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and MSc in Health Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internal medicine training with Yale's Primary Care Program and continued on as a Chief Resident. In addition to research, he volunteers as a coach for Primary Care Progress’ Catalyst Project, a national leadership training nonprofit for young health professionals. Clinically, he is a board certified general internist and primary care provider.