May 27, 2024

Jay Bhatt

Jay BhattACU Member Becomes Zuckerman Fellow

June 2009

Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, an ACU member since 2006, was recently selected for the Harvard University Zuckerman Fellowship program, which is designed to equip individuals in the fields of medicine, law and business with the tools to provide leadership for the common good. He is currently a resident in internal medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and serves as relationship manager for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School, which engages students in the health professions in dialogue around the issues of quality improvement and patient safety.

Bhatt said he has adopted Gandhi’s mantra “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Serving as national president of the American Medical Student Association in 2006 was a particularly transformative experience for Bhatt, providing him with a better understanding of leadership and the responsibility that comes with positions of influence.

He will use the fellowship to pursue a master’s degree in public administration focusing on health policy, strategic leadership of public organizations and messaging/communications. Bhatt says he “looks forward to being part of a community of people who are devoted to breaking down barriers, changing paradigms and fighting for the public good.”

Following the fellowship year, Bhatt hopes to work in leadership roles at community health centers with opportunities for teaching, contributing to health policy and research. Bhatt is the first osteopathic physician to be awarded the fellowship; he was also honored this month by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.