Akshar Abbott, M.D.
2023 Entrepreneur in Residence Fellow
VISN 23 Clinical Resource Hub
Project: Intergovernmental Healthcare Innovation Acceleration and Exchange
Dr. Akshar Abbott is a physician-innovator who works with the Technology-based Eye Care Service to bring critical retina subspecialty services to Veterans across the rural Midwest. In addition to his primary clinical role, he is a VA-MIT Catalyst Fellow focused on healthcare innovation and a graduate student in Epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He works across the disciplines of telehealth, digital health innovation, and rural health to design and deploy high-quality ophthalmic subspecialty care programs in areas of critical need. For Dr. Abbott, this work centers the core aspiration of our democracy – the uncoupling of demographics and destiny, empowering all Americans to live their fullest lives independent of who they are or where they live.
Dr. Abbott is passionate about public-sector health technology innovation, especially in service of VA's 5th mission: building the future of healthcare for all Veterans and all Americans. For his VHA Innovation Fellowship year, he is analyzing areas of overlap between VA's mission-critical health innovation priorities and those of our federal healthcare innovation partners. From this research, he will build a comprehensive strategy for co-innovation across the federal healthcare ecosystem, as well as constructing public-private partnerships with our partners in academia and the private sector.
MIT Catalyst Program welcomes new VHA Innovation Ecosystem Fellows
The MIT Catalyst program, VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are collaborating to improve Veteran care through need-driven biomedical research and innovation initiatives.