A practicing physician, Ashish K. Jha,  M.D., M.P.H., is recognized globally as an expert on pandemic preparedness and response as well as on health policy research and practice. He has led groundbreaking research around Ebola and is now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, leading national and international analysis of key issues and advising state and federal policy makers.

Dr. Jha has published more than two hundred original research publications in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the BMJ, and is a frequent contributor to a range of public media. He has extensively researched how to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care, focusing on the impact of public health policy nationally and around the globe.

On September 1, Dr. Jha started his role as the Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University. Before that, Dr. Jha was a faculty member at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health since 2004  and Harvard Medical School since 2005. He was the Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute from 2014 until September 2020. From 2018 to 2020, he served as the Dean for Global Strategy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A general internist previously with the West Roxbury VA in Massachusetts, Dr. Jha will continue his practice at the Providence VA Medical Center.

Dr. Jha was born in Pursaulia, Bihar, India in 1970. He moved to Toronto, Canada in 1979 and then to the United States in 1983. In 1992, Dr. Jha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in economics. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1997 and then trained as a resident in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He returned to Boston to complete his fellowship in General Medicine from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 2004, he completed his Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Ashish Jha spoke to our group today about the pandemic generally and specifically about vaccines. The preparation for the session was smooth. Dr. Jha made himself available and helped think through the organization and flow. The presentation itself went without a hitch. Dr. Jha presented some prepared remarks and then took about 20 minutes of questions. Throughout the presentation, Dr. Jha was profoundly knowledgeable, spoke about current (i.e. yesterday) information with comfort and command of the topic, was flexible to adapt to the questions, and most importantly, had a kind of humanity and approachability with his style that made the content attractive and digestible. He personalized some of his remarks and made the topic easier for folks to understand. In short, Dr. Jha did a great job and we are supremely grateful. For what it's worth, his role in promoting public health understanding may be among the most important roles for public health people. We need more people like Dr. Jha.
– Dr. Joshua Newman, SVP, Strategic Customer Advisor, Salesforce
I wanted to send our enormous thanks for being our honored guest on our Wednesdays with Woodward webinar yesterday. The conversation came at such a pivotal time in the pandemic, and your vast knowledge and approachable style certainly helped inspire confidence in the vaccines, provide clarity about the current situation and give hope for the country – not an easy thing to do these days! We appreciate your willingness to share your public health expertise with our attendees, and believe the number of audience questions we received was testament to what a trusted voice you are during this pandemic. We have received such positive feedback already about the program, and are so thankful for your time.
– Joan Woodward, President, The Travelers Institute
A note of gratitude for joining our @Work Summit today. What a gift to see what previously only existed in my head and on paper brought to (virtual) life. That you made quick room in your schedule to share your insights and advice with our audience is truly appreciated by me personally and all of us at CNBC Events.
– CNBC Events
The program went extremely well yesterday --- Dr. Jha was engaged and his expertise led for an insightful and educational conversation.

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