Darshak Sanghavi, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer at OptumLabs. Previously, he was the senior health official in the Obama administration, where he created large pilot programs aimed at improving the nation’s healthcare costs and quality, including the $157 million Accountable Health Communities model, the three-million-patient Million Hearts
Cardiovascular Risk Reduction model, and the $1 billion Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.
He was a Fellow and Managing Director of the Brookings Institution and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the former Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Sanghavi is an award-winning medical educator who has worked in medical settings around the world and published dozens of scientific papers on topics from the molecular biology of cell death to tuberculosis transmission in Peruvian slums.
A frequent guest on NBC’s Today show and past commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, Sanghavi is also contributing editor to Parents' magazine, a columnist with Slate, and writes about healthcare for the New York
Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post. His bestseller, A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician's Tour of the Body, was named a best health book of the year by The Wall Street Journal.