Leila Kahwati

Senior Research Scientist, Social and Health Organizational Research and Evaluation Program

Leila Kahwati


  • MD, University of Pittsburgh
  • MPH, University of North Carolina
  • BA, Cornell University

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Leila C. Kahwati, MD MPH, is a primary care physician with more than 20 years of experience focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating programs, interventions, and policies in healthcare settings to improve the delivery of care and patient health outcomes. She is board certified in family medicine and in general preventive medicine/public health and has additional training in epidemiology and health services research.

Dr. Kahwati has served in various project roles including project and associate project director, task lead, and senior scientific advisor on a number of projects for government clients including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in addition to private sector clients. She is a lead investigator with the RTI-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center and serves as co-director of the Consortium for Implementation Science, a collaboration between RTI and the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Previously, Dr. Kahwati served as the Deputy Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), where she led efforts to implement and evaluate comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention services throughout the VHA.