October 16, 2017

Dr. Baligh Yehia, senior medical director at Johns Hopkins Medicine and former deputy under secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), discussed how to transform ideas into practice and shared lessons learned on creating change in complex health systems at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, in the Pugh Hall Ocora. 

Dr. Yehia is a change agent experienced in architecting and leading change in complex health systems and networks. Yehia is committed to improving the patient experience and drives initiatives focused on clinical integration, quality improvement and system redesign at Johns Hopkins Medicine. At VA, Dr. Yehia led the department in its transformational journey to provide veterans with easy access to personalized care from a network of VA and community providers. He oversaw VA’s Community Care Network, which includes over 550,000 federal, academic, and private partners who deliver outpatient, inpatient, extended care, telehealth, and home care services to over 1.5 million veterans annually.

A nationally recognized expert in HIV medicine and health equality, Yehia has published more than 150 articles, abstracts, chapters and white papers in leading journals. He has made important contributions to the understanding of patient engagement in health care, and individual and environmental factors influencing access to and participation in care. 

Yehia is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He received his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Florida, completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and infectious diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University and Masters of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania.