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A champion for quality

On a mission to improve health care for the most vulnerable

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Ali Khan, M'10, represented the VCU Honors College at the 2019 Alumni Stars ceremony. Photography by Jud Froelich

Ali Khan, M'10, is on a mission to improve health care access and service for vulnerable populations.

For the past nine years, he has worked in health care organizations across the U.S. to change health care delivery through policy and clinical program design. A highly driven professional, Khan graduated in 2010 from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a Harvard Public Service fellow — the same year he received a Doctor of Medicine degree from VCU.

A board-certified internist, Khan joined CareMore Health in Northern California in 2016 as a regional medical officer. Two years later, he was appointed clinical design officer, where he directed program design, implementation and innovation. He currently serves as associate chief medical officer at Oak Street Health in Chicago, where he oversees 25 value-based primary care centers, which champion quality of care over volume and fees.

Khan serves on several national boards. In 2008 and 2012 he served on the National Health Policy Advisory Committee for Obama for America where he trained physicians in political organizing and health policy education, messaging strategy and media cultivation.

The National Minority Quality Forum honored Khan as a 2019 40 Under 40 Leader in Health. Khan lives in Chicago with his wife, Asima Ahmad, M.D., M.P.H. Together with their three children — Arya, 6, Feras, 4, and Nafisa, 2 — they explore adventure wherever it may be.                                    

Khan recently returned to Richmond, Virginia, to be honored at the 2019 Alumni Stars ceremony, a biennial event that celebrates alumni from across the university's academic units for their extraordinary personal and professional achievements.

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