Dr. Komal Bajaj appointed to national advisory body on health research

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Dr. Komal Bajaj. Photo: courtesy NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

Dr. Komal Bajaj, Jacobi’s Chief Quality Officer, has been appointed to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Advisory Council.

The announcement of Dr. Bajaj’s appointment was made by NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Chief Executive Officer Christopher Mastromano July 25, 2022.  Dr. Bajaj’s term will run until May 2025.

The AHRQ National Advisory Council is a 21-member panel of healthcare experts who contribute a varied perspective on the health care system and the most important questions that AHRQ’s research should address to promote improvements in the quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of clinical practice.

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They provide advice to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the agency.

Dr. Bajaj is the lone representative the NYC Health + Hospitals health system as well as the lone representative from New York City on this national advisory council.

Dr. Bajaj is an innovator and advocate in the Bronx, NY, credited with catalyzing quality and safety transformation across all facets of healthcare delivery in her current position as Chief Quality Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi.

Dr. Bajaj also serves as Clinical Director for the NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center, which delivers more than 10,000 interprofessional participant encounters annually.

“Joining the National Advisory Council is a true honor and I am delighted to serve,” Dr. Bajaj is quoted saying in the press release.

“Joining the council allows me to advocate for research and implementation tools related to issues that directly impact the health of our communities,” she added, saying she saw it as an opportunity to advance the AHRQ’s mission to make healthcare more accessible, equitable, safer, and higher quality nationally.

CEO Mastromano said, “Dr. Bajaj is a dedicated clinician who has committed her professional career to keeping patients safe.” “It’s an honor that one of our providers will be in a position to advise national leaders on healthcare delivery and safety,” he added.

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