Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA, FACP


Aspen Institute Health Fellow; Principal, JDB Strategies, LLC; Chicago, IL

Dr. Jay Bhatt serves as the first ever Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). His vision is to bring the health department together with health systems, community-based organizations, and the private sector to advance population health using big data, multi-sector and agency collaborations, predictive analytics, and upstream solutions.

Dr. Jay Bhatt is a National Health Service Corps Scholar and a Geriatrician from University of Michigan. He completed an internal medicine residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School where he was a clinical fellow. In 2012 Dr. Bhatt was a Senior Fellow with NEHI, a health policy Institute in Cambridge, MA focusing on health IT and strengthening primary care. During 2005-2006, he was a Legislative Fellow for Congresswoman Donna Christensen.

In 2006-07 he served as the National President of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) where he led advocacy efforts around the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Bhatt led the development of the AMSA PharmFree Scorecard in 2007 helping change the culture of conflict of interest in academic medical centers. The scorecard has evolved and is now in its seventh year. He has served on the Governing Council of American Public Health Association, the leadership team of Doctors for America and as a Senior Advisor for Primary Care Progress. He was Chair of the American College of Physicians Council of Associates representing 23,000 residents and fellows focusing on educational innovation and high value care. He has been appointed by Governor Patrick and Secretary Sebelius to serve on state and national committees. He was a National Finalist for the White House Fellows program in 2013. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine in Chicago.

In addition to his work at the Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Bhatt sees patients at Erie Family Health Center and teaches residents. He was honored with the 2013-2014 Erie Internal Medicine Preceptor of the Year Award. He also teaches medical students and residents at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Bhatt graduated from the University of Chicago in 1999 with a degree in Economics. In 2008, Dr. Bhatt received both his medical degree from the PCOM, and his Master in Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. In 2012 he received his Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Leadership Fellow and as a Mongan Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy.

May 21, 2021 | Harvard Kennedy School
July 8, 2016 | American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association (AHA) named Jay Bhatt, D.O., chief medical officer and president of the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) of the AHA. Bhatt will join the AHA in September 2016.

November 5, 2012

Jay Bhatt, D.O., M.P.H., Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy (2012), has been recently appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on The National Health Service Corps of the Health Resources and Services Administration