Nishi Rawat, MD, MBA, began her healthcare career in 2002 as an emergency medicine and critical care physician, treating a significant number of patients suffering from substance use disorder (SUD). As a healthcare faculty member and researcher, she led quality measure development and implementation at Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.
Using her previous years of frontline medical care experience and passion to improve care delivery, in 2015, Dr. Rawat founded and served as lead technologist for OpenBeds®, a company dedicated to improving access to mental health and SUD treatment. Following the company’s acquisition by Appriss Health (now Bamboo Health), a healthcare technology solutions company focused on fostering care collaboration and providing information and actionable insights across the entire continuum of care, Dr. Rawat continues to lead the OpenBeds® solution and behavioral health strategy as Chief Clinical Officer at Bamboo Health.
Through her work setting up OpenBeds® networks in 9 states to improve access to behavioral health treatment, she is intimately familiar with the challenges faced by various stakeholders, including the public, hospitals, health systems, health plans, treatment providers, and county and state governments.
Dr. Rawat has developed metrics, standards, and guidelines with treatment providers and state governments around the OpenBeds® system to evaluate and improve access to treatment. She has been a partner of the National Institute on Drug Abuse to improve access to care and worked with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Shatterproof to create an Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment which is embedded in Treatment Connection, a public-facing tool that allows users to take the assessment and, in states where OpenBeds® is live, search for available treatment spots.
Dr. Rawat completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School. She holds a medical degree from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from McGill University, and an MBA from Georgetown University.