Rishi Wadhera
Secondary Faculty

Rishi Wadhera

Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management

Health Policy and Management

Other Positions

Associate Professor of Medicine

;Medicine-Beth Israel Deaconess

Harvard Medical School


Rishi K. Wadhera, M.D., M.P.P., M.Phil. is a cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship. He is also the Associate Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Wadhera received his M.D. from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine as well as a Masters (M.Phil.) in Public Health as a Gates Cambridge Scholar from the University of Cambridge. He completed both his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he received the Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Excellence Award. During this time, he also received a Master’s in Public Policy (M.P.P.) as a Jerome H. Grossman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on health policy.

Dr. Wadhera's research combines the use of real-world data with advanced statistical, econometric, and epidemiological methods to answer questions related to healthcare access, quality and value, and population health, with a focus on cardiovascular outcomes. His work has explored how state and federal health policies - particularly those enacted under the Affordable Care Act - impact care delivery, clinical outcomes, and health equity. Dr. Wadhera's research program is funded by by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other extramural grants. He is the PI of an R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and is also a co-investigator on several other R01s. Dr. Wadhera has authored >160 peer-reviewed publications, many of which have appeared in leading medical journals (New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal). He has also mentored numerous medical students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty across the Harvard system and nationally, and is a recipient of the Harvard Medical School Excellence in Mentoring Award (2023). Dr. Wadhera serves as Senior Associate Editor for Health Services Research Journal and is on the Editorial Board of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

M.D., 05/2011, Medicine
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

M.P.P., 5/2018, Healthy Policy
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

M.Phil., 6/2009, Public Health
University of Cambridge

6/2014, Internal Medicine Residency
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

6/2019, Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School Excellence in Mentoring Award2023
Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring2022
Harvard Medical School

Harvard Kennedy School Jerome Grossman Health Policy Fellowship2016
Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Excellence Award2014
Harvard Medical School

Gates Cambridge Scholarship2008
University of Cambridge

Mayo Clinic Merit Scholarship2006
Mayo Clinic