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Kavita Patel

Kavita Patel M.D., M.S.

Kavita Patel, M.D., M.S., is vice president of provider/payer transformation for the Johns Hopkins Health System. In this role, Dr. Patel collaborates with health system leadership and the provider community to facilitate strategic responses to matters related to the payer market.

Her extensive leadership background bridges health care administration, research, clinical work, policy development and advocacy. Prior roles include four years as a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles,’ and two years as an associate natural scientist for RAND Health Care, working on projects with a focus on health care economics and community-based participatory research. For two years, she was the deputy staff director for health for Sen. Edward Kennedy, providing insight as a senior policy analyst and trusted aide while developing important legislative strategies. In 2009, she became a senior aide to Valerie Jarrett, who was a senior adviser to President Barack Obama. In that role, Dr. Patel worked on development, implementation and evaluation of policy initiatives that included health care reform, financial regulatory reform and economic recovery. Previously she was a managing director and fellow at the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution, one of the nation’s premier policy think tanks. Most recently, at Johns Hopkins she served as associate chief medical officer and medical director for Sibley Primary Care from January 2011–March 2018 while caring for patients as a primary care provider in a community-based setting.

In 2016, after being nominated by Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Committee on Finance Chair Orrin Hatch, the Government Accountability Office appointed her to one of 11 positions on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. She is currently serving a three-year appointment on the committee, the responsibilities of which include development of criteria for national alternative payer models.

Dr. Patel has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree in health policy and management from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center.