Dr. Kavita K. Patel, who joined the Canyon Ranch Institute Board of Directors in 2011, is a board-certified internal medicine physician who has dedicated her life to bringing the stories and lessons learned from her clinical experiences to policymakers and the people working on shaping the future of our health care system. Her expertise spans a number of sectors including delivery system reform and equipping clinical teams with the skills necessary to respond to our changing health care system.
Dr. Patel is director of policy for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to that, she was the deputy staff director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee under the leadership of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Dr. Patel helped to develop the health reform legislation that was signed into law in March 2010. Canyon Ranch Institute was also engaged in aspects of that health reform through our partnerships with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services’ STOP Obesity Alliance.
During her visit, Dr. Patel participated in several group discussions and led a one-day workshop with the Canyon Ranch Institute team. Dr. Patel also met with Iman Hakim, MBBCh, Ph.D., M.P.H., dean of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health (MEZCOPH) at the University of Arizona. Dr. Patel then delivered a college-wide seminar, “Health Reform: Perspectives on Future Directions and Implications.”