How did Obamacare try to Improve Healthcare Quality, and What Can We Learn?


My latest piece looks at how the ACA (Obamacare) tried to improve the quality of healthcare in our country, why this issue is so complex, and what we might learn from these efforts. This post was inspired by my health policy course at Harvard- many of the cited works are from professors in my department, Health Policy and Management.

The Global Health Watch–Let’s Tell the Story of Corruption

Corruption in global health has been noted as the single largest barrier to improving healthcare, yet we have almost no robust data on the scope of this problem.

I am starting a movement to use personal narrative to tell stories (anonymous) of corruption so we can initiate a much larger dialogue with actionable change to follow.

We are utilizing an anonymous survey tool, found here, and we are hoping for several hundred stories to be written over the next few months. This needs to happen, and it needs to start now. Please share this widely.

Here is the website URL for the project:

Here is a short op-ed I wrote about the project:


UCLA Medical School Graduation Speech Video

On one of the most memorable days of my life, I had the privilege of addressing my class as the President of the Student Body at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Our Commencement Speaker was Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

Here is the text of the speech (June 2016)

Good evening! On behalf of the Class of 2016, welcome to all of our family and friends—all of the people who love us, and who are here today to celebrate us. More importantly, you all are the very people who made it possible for us to be here in front of you, and so we are here, in many ways, to celebrate you. Continue reading

Returning to an Old Chapter


It has been 5 years since I was in India, beginning my fellowship to study prostitution, sex work, and everything in between in women specifically. I collected days worth of interviews; I learned immensely about how people conceptualize life, and their place in it; and I left for medical school. I tried intermittently to work on analyzing my data but was unable to complete the write-up of a manuscript to summarize my findings. I am finally back to working on this and hope to have it completed in the next few months. In the picture above, my students are caught mid-pose learning bhangra dance. Always brings a smile to my face.

FASPE 2016


I am so thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the FASPE family as a medical fellow this June. I will be traveling to Berlin, Krakow, and Auschwitz to engage in dialogue around one of humanity’s worst atrocities– the Holocaust– in order to better understand how to be a more ethically conscious physician, policy maker, and leader in healthcare and the government. Please read more about the program here.