Rishi K. Wadhera, M.D., M.P.P., M.Phil. is a cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship. He is also the Section Head of Health Policy and Equity at the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research and the Clinical Lead of High Value Care at the Center for Health Care Delivery Science at BIDMC.
Dr. Wadhera received his M.D. from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine as well as a Masters (M.Phil.) in Public Health as a Gates Cambridge Scholar from the University of Cambridge. He completed both his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he received the Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Excellence Award. During this time, he also received a Master’s in Public Policy (M.P.P.) as a Jerome H. Grossman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on health policy.
Dr. Wadhera's research combines the use of real-world data with advanced statistical, econometric, and epidemiological methods to answer questions related to healthcare access, quality and value, and population health, with a focus on cardiovascular outcomes. His work has explored how state and federal health policies - particularly those enacted under the Affordable Care Act - impact care delivery, clinical outcomes, and health equity. Dr. Wadhera's research program is funded by by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other extramural grants. He is the PI of an R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and is also a co-investigator on several other R01s. Dr. Wadhera has authored >150 peer-reviewed publications, many of which have appeared in leading medical journals (New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal). He has also mentored numerous medical students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty across the Harvard system and nationally, and is a recipient of the Harvard Medical School Excellence in Mentoring Award (2023). Dr. Wadhera serves as Senior Associate Editor for Health Services Research Journal and is on the Editorial Board of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.