At Brookings, Kavita leads research on delivery system reforms, healthcare cost, physician payment and healthcare workforce productivity. She is also a practicing primary care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine and a clinical instructor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine.


Kavita was previously a Director of Policy for The White House under President Obama and a senior advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Her prior research in healthcare quality and community approaches to mental illness have earned national recognition. She has testified before Congress several times and is a frequent guest expert on CBS, NBC and MSNBC as well as serving on the editorial board of the journal Health Affairs.


Fellow and Managing Director

Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution

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