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 and improving the accessibility of health care to achieve population health goals. A major theme of his research is understanding how health outcomes for low-income and minority populations are affected by improving access to social services or redesigning more accessible health care. He fundamentally believes that health care systems delivering care solely through conventional face-to-face visits will continue to perpetuate barriers for patients.
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 portfolio of projects includes reimagining clinician-patient interactions through telemedicine, artificial intelligence, and facilitated self-service pathways. He believes that innovations if designed correctly and adequately evaluated, can reduce inequity in health care but run the risk of widening disparities if not carefully monitored and corrected.
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. He came to Penn as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar before joining the faculty.