Kishan Bhatt ’17 MPA '21, of Edison, New Jersey, graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in Global Health and Health Studies as well as American Studies. Bhatt was awarded The Myron T. Herrick Prize –the highest thesis honor for an undergraduate at the Wilson School for his thesis, “Safeguarding American Patients: A National Regression Analysis and State-Focused Case Study of Health Insurance Coverage and Medical Bankruptcy.” He also shared the Global Health and Health Policy Senior Thesis Prize, awarded in recognition of the most outstanding thesis written by a student earning a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. After graduation, Bhatt attended the Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp and received the Camp Director’s Award. His essay was selected as one of the top 100 global submissions for the 30th St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award in 2018.
As an undergraduate, Bhatt was a U.S. health policy scholar at Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing, with a particular interest in medical innovation, disease prevention and value-based health care delivery. During summer 2016, Bhatt analyzed clinical cost and outcomes data for Remedy Partners, a technology start-up that serves 1,300 hospitals participating in Medicare’s $12 billion Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program. Previously, he researched counter-bioterrorism strategy at the Federation of American Scientists, publishing a report for federal officials on the legal and biological tools to deter and detect potential disease threats.
Bhatt has studied abroad in Spain and directed an international exchange program connecting 80 high school students from Japan and the United States. He served as a four-year senator for the Undergraduate Student Government, a Nassoons a cappela singer, a peer career adviser, an Orange Key tour guide and a fellow with the Human Values Forum.
Bhatt started his first fellowship rotation at the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Policy (OSP) in June 2018. Kishan then went to the Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Economics and then to the Office of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. As of January 2020, Kishan is in London working at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).