Arun Patel, MD, JD, MBE


Arun R. Patel, MD, JD, MBE, was a 2011‒2012 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. Since completing the fellowship, he has been the director for quality, patient safety, and risk management at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and is also currently the interim associate medical director at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center. In these positions, he works to develop innovative ways to improve safety and quality in the second largest municipal health system in the United States. During his fellowship, Patel completed two assignments, one with the minority staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives under Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), where he worked on the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, and the other with the Counselors of the Secretary in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he worked on a variety of policy issues, including those pertaining to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Patel received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, his law degree from Stanford University, and a master of bioethics (MBE) from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed residency in general pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is board certified in pediatrics, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Prior to joining the fellowship, Patel spent several years as a corporate and regulatory attorney working with large health care provider systems.