Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH has been making his mark as a socially responsible physician. Well-versed in both local and international health issues, he is making bold moves to improve the health of underserved communities through local and international advocacy.
Dr. Manchanda is a primary care physician in south central Los Angeles. He is an internist, pediatrician, HIV specialist and member of the National Health Service Corps. As the current Director of Social Medicine and Health Equity at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Dr. Manchanda coordinates the clinic’s work in addressing the upstream determinants of health and advancing a human rights approach to health. He previously worked at Venice Family Clinic, the nation’s largest free clinic. As an architect of the South Los Angeles Declaration of Health and Human Rights, Dr. Manchanda coordinates with a local grassroots network of health clinics, affordable housing developers, health promoters and community organizers. He is also the primary organizer of the First Annual Health and Human Rights conference on June 5, 2009, which PSR-LA is co-convening.
After receiving his M.D. and M.P.H. from Tufts University, Dr. Manchanda trained at UCLA in the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program, which specialized in community health and advocacy. During his time there, he served as chief resident and now serves on the program’s advisory board.