Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH

Dr. Rishi Manchanda is a physician and leader in public health activism who joined PSR-LA as a member of the Board of Directors in 2012. As an internist, pediatrician and HIV specialist well-versed in both local and international health issues, he is making bold moves to improve the health of underserved communities by placing a focus on human rights, the social and environmental conditions that make people sick, and improvements to primary care. Dr. Manchanda is the President and Founder of HealthBegins, a startup that provides training and tools to help clinics address patients’ social needs and community factors that drive disease, and is the author of 2013 released TEDbook, “The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to its Source.” He currently serves as the medical director in a clinic for high-utilizing homeless veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and also as Director for Health System Transformation at Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Manchanda traces his roots in activism to his undergraduate participation in a Peace and Justice Studies program and his days interning at the Lincoln Filene Center, where he explored concepts of civic engagement regarding vulnerable populations. He received his M.D. and M.P.H from Tufts University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA, where he later served on the program’s advisory board. In addition to his roles at UCLA and with PSR-LA, Dr. Manchanda serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance, is a founding member of the South LA Health and Human Rights Collaborative, and is founder of the Rx Vote Campaign, a nationwide nonpartisan effort to promote civic engagement in health care.