In Conversation with White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha

For the past few months, Ashish Jha, former medicine resident and chief resident at UCSF and dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, has served as the coordinator of the White House COVID-19 response. Ashish returns to Medicine Grand Rounds to share insights from his new role. We’ll review the state of the pandemic, mandates, variants, Paxlovid, vaccines and boosters, funding challenges, and other topical issues. Before and after Ashish's remarks, a panel of UCSF experts (Peter Chin-Hong, Monica Gandhi, and George Rutherford) offer their thoughts and reactions.

A practicing physician, Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, was appointed as coordinator of the COVID-19 response by President Biden. Prior to assuming this role, he served as dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University. He is recognized globally as an expert on pandemic preparedness and response as well as on domestic and global health policy. Ashish has led groundbreaking research around Ebola and has been a trusted voice on the COVID-19 response, leading national and international analysis of key issues and advising state and federal policy makers.

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Bob Wachter: Introduction
00:02:04-00:20:02 – Opening panel discussion with Peter Chin-Hong, MD (professor, Division of Infectious Diseases at UCSF Health), Monica Gandhi, MD (professor and associate division chief, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF/ San Francisco General Hospital), and George Rutherford, MD (professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
00:20:02-00:52:58 – Ashish Jha, MD, MPH (White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator)
00:53:23-01:09:10 – Panel reaction from Peter Chin-Hong, Monica Gandhi, and George Rutherford
Bob Wachter: Closing

See previous Medical Grand Rounds:

• May 26: Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: The Good, the Bad, and the Emerging Field of Cardio-Oncology
• May 19: Healthcare for the Underserved — What’s Roe Got to Do with It?
• May 12: Respiratory Health after Military Service in Southwest Asia and Afghanistan:
Insights for Clinicians
• May 5: Covid-19: Vaccines, Boosters, and Outpatient Therapies
• April 28: Clinical Problem Solving with Gurpreet Dhaliwal

See all UCSF Covid-19 grand rounds, which have been viewed over 3M times, here:
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