Ruma Rajbhandari MD, MPH is the Associate Faculty Director for the Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality at the Harvard Global Health Institute. She leads efforts to promote a new area of intellectual activity: global health quality. With broad policy focus on Universal Health Coverage, there is an increasing need to ensure that as the world’s population accesses greater levels of healthcare services, those services are safe, effective, and centered on the needs of the patient.
She is also a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity. Her clinical practice is in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where her primary interest is viral hepatitis and general gastroenterology.
Ruma graduated from Yale University, received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed the Howard Hiatt Global Health Equity Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she divided her time between Boston and rural clinics and small district hospitals in some of the most impoverished areas of Lesotho, Rwanda and Nepal. She worked with the Nick Simons Institute and Possible Health in Nepal and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. She has also completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and has received a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Lima Peru.