Dr. Jay Bhatt is a highly regarded and widely quoted expert in public health, epidemics and preparedness, Medicare and Medicaid, social determinants, healthcare innovation and the applications of big data, analytics in public health and medicine.
Jay is a recognized thought leader on the biggest challenges and opportunities in health care. He’s spoken at South by Southwest, National Academy of Medicine, the Aspen Ideas Festival and been published in Academic Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He’s appeared in ABC News, USA Today, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Hospital Review and Huffington Post, Health Leaders Media.
Jay’s innovative programs have made hospitals deliver safer, smarter and better care, doctors more skilled and responsive to patients, and government more aware of the health impact of policing, housing and other social policies across sectors that can impact outcomes and health of communities.
Jay started out as a grassroots Chicago doctor working with underserved populations. Through a combination of hard work and fresh ideas he emerged as a trusted leader, eventually becoming the Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer at the American Hospital Association including leading several subsidiaries.
Before joining the AHA, Jay served as the first chief health officer of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, where he launched a Hospital Engagement Network that worked to improve quality and safety, tackled psychiatric and substance abuse, urban trauma centers and rural hospitals. He launched a physician leadership academy and led a statewide zero-harm initiative and a regional patient safety organization.
As chief innovation officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health, Jay implemented Healthy Chicago, the city’s public health agenda. Under his guidance, the department was recognized internationally for using predictive analytics and machine learning to target food-safety hotspots, improve approach to inspections, reduce lead exposure as well as reduce chronic disease and strengthen the culture of safety and continuous improvement
Over the years, Jay has received many honors, including Aspen Health Innovator Fellow, Crain’s Business 40 Under 40, Becker’s Healthcare Rising Star, and Presidential Leadership Scholar. Jay earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; M.P.H.A. in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and M.P.A. in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman and Commonwealth Fund Minority Health Policy Fellow.
Known to his patients as the “dancing doctor,” Jay teaches dance classes, participates in fitness programs and enjoys Chicago’s lively restaurant scene with his family. He enjoys podcasts, and nonfiction reading on leadership, and autobiographies.