Jay Bhatt DO, MPH, FACP

Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, American Hospital Association, AHA Center for Health Innovation

Jay Bhatt, D.O., is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of the American Hospital Association, an AHA Center for Health Innovation leader and president of the Health Research & Educational Trust.

Jay and his teams develop strategies and solutions to advance performance improvement, population health and health equity. His work includes government-funded projects, including the nation’s largest Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN, A CMS initiative), Age Friendly Health Systems, advancing important issues through the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, innovation and helping physicians lead well, be well, and care well for the AHA Physician Alliance.

Prior to joining AHA, Jay was the first chief health officer at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. There he led large-scale quality improvement projects, including the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN). He launched a physician leadership academy and led a statewide, high-reliability initiative and regional patient safety organization.

As managing deputy commissioner and chief innovation officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Jay led the implementation of Healthy Chicago, the city’s public health agenda, and innovations in cross-sector partnerships, predictive analytics, informatics and health system partnerships. Under his guidance, the department was recognized both nationally and internationally for predictive analytics and machine learning to improve data-driven inspections, reduce chronic disease and strengthen the innovation ecosystem.

In Chicago, Jay continues to practice internal medicine in community health centers serving vulnerable populations. He is a faculty member at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Jay regularly shares expert commentary on the biggest challenges and opportunities in health care through speaking engagements and the media. He has engaged large audiences of health care leaders, clinicians and change agents at a wide range of meetings and conferences, from AHA’s

Jay regularly shares expert commentary on the biggest challenges and opportunities in health care.  Speaking engagements include South by Southwest, HLTH and Aspen Institute. Media appearances include USA Today, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Hospital Review, Huffington Post, and HealthLeaders Media. His articles have been published in prominent medical journals, including Academic Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and JAMA.

Jay earned a B.S. from the University of Chicago; D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; M.A. in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and M.A. in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman and Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellow.

Jay was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar, Aspen Health Innovator Fellow, Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 Under 40, and Becker’s Healthcare Rising Star.

Outside of work, Jay spends time with family, teaches dance, participates in a wide range of fitness programs and checks out Chicago’s hottest restaurants. He enjoys listening to podcasts and reading the latest nonfiction in leadership and autobiographies.

Follow him on Twitter @bhangrajay, Instagram at drjaybhatt and LinkedIn.

To request a speaking appearance or media interview, contact Jonathan McKinney at jmckinney@aha.org.

Posted February 2020
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