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Anita Vashi, MD, MPH, MHS

Anita Vashi, MD, MPH, MHS, is a physician investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSF and Stanford University (affiliated). Dr. Vashi received her MD and MPH from the University of Michigan and completed a health policy and research fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.

Dr. Vashi’s background in public health, clinical training in a safety net hospital, and policy experience exposed her to the pressing gaps in emergency care and fueled her interest in conducting, implementing and disseminating research aimed at improving our understanding of acute care utilization, delivery and outcomes. Her work features utilizing partnerships between policymakers, clinical operation leaders, and researchers to formulate, implement, and evaluate projects that deliver timely information to decision-makers. Dr. Vashi has experience in mixed-method research, multi-site evaluations, and partnered research. Recent projects include directing a national, multi-site evaluation of VA’s Lean Enterprise Transformation (LET) program; evaluating VA’s Innovator’s Network (iNET) program; studying Veteran access to acute care in VA and the community; and assessing the impact of COVID-19 on Veteran outcomes. Her work has been funded by the VA's Health Services Research and Development Service and VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative.  

In addition to research, Dr. Vashi works clinically in the emergency department at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the VA Palo Alto HCS. She also is actively involved in teaching and mentoring students, residents, and fellows at VA, Stanford, and UCSF.