Raj Ratwani, PhD, serves as the Vice President of Scientific Affairs for MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and the director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. He is also an associate professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
As vice president, Dr. Ratwani contributes to the strategy, growth and administration of research across MedStar Health, with a focus on working closely with organizational leaders and investigators to translate research results into practice. He supervises and mentors investigators to support research activities, identify new areas of research funding and enhance MHRI’s reputation as a leading research organization. Dr. Ratwani leads strategy development for MHRI to support effective dissemination of research outputs.
As director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, Dr. Ratwani oversees the Center’s vision and strategy and has overall responsibility for Center activities. He is also an active applied researcher serving as principal investigator on numerous grants and contracts, including two research project grant (R01) awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which are among the most prestigious grants. Raj has expertise in health information technology, usability and safety, interruptions and workflow, data visualization, and modeling.
Dr. Ratwani’s research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Pew Charitable Trusts, and industry partners. His work has been published in high-impact journals such as The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Health Affairs and has influenced both policy and frontline clinical practice. His research has been featured by Politico, Fortune, Kaiser Health News, National Public Radio (NPR), and many other media outlets. He serves on the federal 21st Century Cures Act Health Information Technology Advisory Committee and has testified to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
He holds a doctorate in human factors and applied cognition and was a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, distance running, and tennis.