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Akileswaran, Chitra, MD, MBA
Chitra Akileswaran, MD, MBA
Hospitalist – Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA; Medical Co-founder, Instacare, Inc
Lecturer at Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital


Research/Clinical Interests:  Global maternal health, value-based ob/gyn care, healthcare management, process improvement, cost-conscious practices



Institution Degree Field of Study
2015 University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2011 Harvard Business School MBA Business Administration
2011 Harvard Medical School MD Medicine
2004 Brown University BA Community Health


Research & Professional Experience

2011 Partners in Health-Finance Volunteer, constructed cost model for Mirebalais Teaching Hospital in Haiti
2010 Southern Sudan Medical Education Collaborative-Visiting Instructor, taught at University of Juba College of Medicine (Juba, South Sudan)
2009 McKinsey & Company-Summer Associate (Washington, DC)
2007 Center for Development Finance-Intern, worked on a maternity financing product (Chennai, India)
2006 Batey Relief Alliance-Volunteer, administered healthcare in a Haitian migrant community (Monte Plata, Dominican Republic)
2004-2005 J. William Fulbright Program-Grantee, studied female migrants' sexual networks (Rustenburg, South Africa)

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2012 Finalist, Gates Foundation's Saving Lives at Birth Competition
2009 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
2004 Fulbright Grantee, South Africa


"Novel Clinical Tool to Predict Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD) The Leading Mechanism of Obstructed Labor." Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. Finalist


Akileswaran CP, Hutchison MS. Making Room at the Table for Obstetrics, Midwifery, and a Culture of Normalcy Within Maternity Care. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jul;128(1):176-80. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001493.

Reddi A, Thyssen A, Smith D, Lange JH, Akileswaran C. Human capital contracts for global health: a plan to increase the number of physicians in resource limited settings. AIDS. 2012 Sep 24;26(15):1979-80. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32835857d4. No abstract available. PMID: 22992581

Shields HM, Nambudiri VE, Leffler DA, Akileswaran C, Gurrola ER, Jimenez R, Saltzman A, Samuel PA, Wong K, White Iii AA, Hafler JP, Hayward JN, Pelletier SR, O'Farrell RP, Blanco PG, Kappler SM, Llerena-Quinn R. Using medical students to enhance curricular integration of cross-cultural content. Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2009 Sep;25(9):493-502. PMID: 19717368

Akileswaran C, Lurie MN, Flanigan TP, Mayer KH. Lessons learned from use of highly active antiretroviral therapy in Africa. Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Aug 1;41(3):376-85. Epub 2005 Jun 30. Review. PMID: 1600753

Lurie MN, Akileswaran C, Mayer KH. Opportunities for preventing HIV in treatment settings in developing countries. Lancet Infect Dis. 2005 Feb;5(2):66-8. No abstract available. PMID: 15680769