A board-certified ophthalmologist and Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, Chandak Ghosh has served three Presidential administrations at Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His work led to the development of HRSA’s National Performance Review Protocol, utilized to improve all Federal health grantees, including hospitals, universities, and community health centers.
Dr. Ghosh, a nationally-recognized expert in minority health equity, stands committed to the health needs of underserved populations and keeps focus on the impact of economic downsizing on quality of care. He has authored numerous landmark publications and research presentations, including the recent, “A National Health Agenda for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” (JAMA), which has garnered national recognition. His research has been presented before Congress and the White House and has energized collaborations among foundations, community-based groups, government, and academia. Other areas of concentration include health communication and literacy, uninsured elderly, telemedicine, and quality measurement.
Dr. Ghosh was a board member of National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP), an organization devoted to achieving health equity for Asian Americans, and a member of the White House Initiative for AAPIs Federal Workgroup. He is co-chair of HHS’ Healthy People 2020 Section on Education and Community-based Programs. His ideas have been included in numerous national HHS plans and initiatives.
The U.S. Public Health Service has awarded Dr. Ghosh a rare three Outstanding Service Medals, among its highest honors, for “influencing progress towards health equity on a national scale.”
After his undergraduate studies at Yale, Dr. Ghosh received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed a chief residency in ophthalmology at Long Island Jewish Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He served as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy and received a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University, School of Public Health.
The combination of the Fellowship and the Health Policy and Management Department of the Harvard School of Public Health showed me the value of and gave me the tools to pursue a future molding America's health policy. They exposed me to the importance of networking with and learning from experts already established in high places. They made me understand what leadership entails and that there is a leader in me. This experience will remain invaluable throughout my life.