On Tuesday, April 21st 2020, Dr. Kavita Patel, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, joined us for a informative conference call conversation on the coronavirus crisis and the pressing issues facing individuals around the world.
Dr. Kavita Patel served in the Obama White House focusing on health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery issues as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement and served as a senior advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. She is currently a primary care physician in Washington DC and a nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her prior research in healthcare quality and community approaches to mental illness have earned national recognition and she has published numerous papers and book chapters on healthcare reform and health policy. She has testified before Congress several times and she is a frequent guest expert on NPR, CBS, NBC and MSNBC as well as serving on the editorial board of the Journal Health Affairs.
Sidney Blumenthal is an acclaimed journalist and author of many books including A Self-Made Man, Wrestling with His Angel and All the Powers of Earth, the first three volumes in his five-volume biography series The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln that the New York Times book review has called “Magisterial…A vividly written, wide-ranging and often surprising account of the president-to-be.” He is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post and Washington editor and writer for The New Yorker. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and The Permanent Campaign. He was the executive producer of the documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2007.