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  • Peter is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Minnesota and one of the Clinical Innovation Fellows at Primary Care Progress. He recently earned an MPH degree from the University of Minnesota (between his third and fourth year) focused on health policy. His MPH thesis project surveyed MN physician's opinion on the value of public health education, aiming to help medical students make decisions about whether the MPH degree is appropriate for their career aspirations. Peter is interested in the role primary care physicians play in creating, analyzing, and promoting patient-centered health policies at the state and federal level. (Primarily at the state level.) Peter believes Primary Care Progress' Clinical Innovation Network is the organization's most exciting element and looks forward to helping further its growth and development. On a lighter note, Peter is a fan of ping pong, primary care, old furniture, photography, Minnesota, and The Hold Steady.
    • Primary Care
    4th year Harvard medical student, co-leader of Harvard Primary Care Student Leadership Committee, Primary Care Progress liaison
    Janine Kudsen is a 2015 MD Candidate at Harvard Medicine School where she has held multiple leadership positions, including Co-chair of the Center for Primary Care Student Leadership Committee, Co-leader of the Primary Care Interest Group, Co-leader of the Students for Environmental Awareness in Medicine, and a Participant in the Primary Care Innovation Collaborative. Currently, Janine is also the Harvard Chapter Co-Leader of Primary Care Progress.
    • Business Development
    • Health Policy
    Wash U. MS2, President of Wash. U's AMA Chapter, Health Policy Advocate, Entrepreneur
    Ramin Lalezari is currently a second year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Mr. Lalezari grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California – Los Angeles, majoring in business economics. His senior thesis investigated the workers’ compensation overhaul of the 1980s. He has a strong interest in health policy and often advocates in Jefferson City (Mo.) and Washington, D.C. He is currently the president of his medical school’s chapter of the American Medical Association, and served as a voting delegate to the Medical Student Section’s annual meeting. Mr. Lalezari is passionate about incorporating issues of health economics into medical education and helped construct a case-based elective course for his medical school’s fourth year class called “The Business of Medicine.” As a project manager for Washington University’s homegrown incubator, IDEA Labs, he led a group constructing a device to quantify blood pressure noninvasively and continuously. He is currently a Writing Fellow at The American Resident Project. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and listening to music.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    • Health Policy Evidence Based Public Health
    • Health Policy
    • Health Services Research
    • Global Health
    • Health Economics
    VA Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Fellow
    • VA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania at Veterans Health Administration
    Krisda Chaiyachati, MD is VA RWJ Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Chaiyachati is a general internist interested in primary care delivery models and increasing access to essential care, health outcomes research, implementing primary care in resource limited settings, and improving patient engagement through innovations for alleviating poverty. He is a native of Georgia where he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia. He matriculated from the University of Michigan of Medical School and received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow. His internal medicine residency was through the Yale Primary Care Program where he stayed on as a Chief Resident for the Yale Primary Care Program. Additionally, he spends his time as a Coach for the National Primary Care Progress Organization, working with health professionals as they develop organizational and leadership strategies for growing a primary care movement at their local institution. Currently, Dr. Chaiyachati lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his growing family.
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