Dr. Baligh Yehia is Senior Medical Director at Johns Hopkins Medicine, an integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care systems in the United States. Committed to improving individual and community health, Dr. Yehia drives initiatives focused on clinical integration, quality improvement, and system redesign.
Dr. Yehia is the former Deputy Under Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the nation’s largest integrated health care system caring for over 8.5 million Veterans at 1,700+ sites across the country. At VA, he led the Department in its transformational journey to provide Veterans with easy access to personalized care from a network of VA and community providers. Dr. Yehia oversaw VA’s Community Care Network, which includes over 550,000 federal, academic, and private partners who deliver outpatient, inpatient, extended care, teleheath, and home care services to over 2 million Veterans annually. Over the course of his tenure, VA increased access to community care, expanded the number of network providers and eHealth exchange partners, and introduced new programs emphasizing quality improvement and clinical integration.
A nationally recognized expert in HIV medicine and health equality, Dr. Yehia has published over 150 articles, abstracts, chapters, and white papers in leading journals. He has made important contributions to the understanding of patient engagement in healthcare, and individual and environmental factors influencing access to and participation in care.
Dr. Yehia is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare delivery, and has served in top leadership positions on numerous boards and councils. He is a former member of the Center for Medical Interoperability Board of Directors, American College of Physicians Board of Regents, American Medical Association Council on Medical Education, and the Maryland State Medical Society Board of Trustees.
Nationally recognized as a leader in healthcare, Dr. Yehia has received the John D. Chase Award for Executive Excellence, Walter J. McDonald Award for Outstanding Achievement from the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award, Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Microbiology, Robert Austrian Award in Infectious Diseases from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from his alma mater. In 2017, Becker’s Healthcare named him as a Top Healthcare Leaders Under 40 and Modern Healthcare recognized him as one of fifteen “Up and Comers” for his innovative approach to patient care and health system redesign.
Dr. Yehia is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He received his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Florida, completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and infectious diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University and Masters of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania.