Satchit Balsari (Class of 2010)
Dr. Satchit Balsari is an assistant professor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As a Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights fellow, his research contributes to advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. He also directs the Indian Digital Health Network, at the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, a policy-research group whose products have shaped the digital health information architecture in India.
Satchit’s research has resulted in innovative applications of mobile, cloud-based technology to address public health challenges in mass gatherings, disasters, and humanitarian crises. In March 2017, he was awarded the Dr. B.C. Roy National Award by the President of India, for “outstanding services in the field of sociomedical relief.”
In response to Covid-19, Dr. Balsari co-founded the Covid-19 Mobility Data Network (CMDN), a voluntary network of 100+ scientists that served as research intermediaries between tech companies and city and state governments around the world. CDMN is now being transitioned to CrisisReady, a response-research platform co-directed by Dr. Balsari, to promote data-driven analysis to policy makers responding to disasters and public health emergencies.