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Akin Fireside Chat with Dr. Devika Bhushan

Akin Fireside Chat with Dr. Devika Bhushan

Devika Bhushan, MD, is a pediatrician and public health leader on a mission to drive health innovation, resilience, and equity.

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Date and Time

Wednesday, December 13 · 6 - 7am PST


1 hour



About the Event

We'r thrilled to host an intimate discussion with Dr. Devika Bhushan touching on both her personal journey living with bipolar disorder as well as her deep policy and advocacy expertise in mental health.

Devika Bhushan, MD, is a pediatrician, public health leader, and writer on a mission to drive health innovation, equity, and resilience. Previously, as California’s Acting Surgeon General and the office’s inaugural Chief Health Officer, Dr. Bhushan was a key public health spokesperson, advisor to the California Governor, and led policy and practice innovation at a statewide level. Dr. Bhushan’s policy, research, and clinical expertise spans trauma-informed systems, stress and resilience, mental health, and gender and health equity. Her work has been featured in The Lancet, Pediatrics, National Public Radio (NPR), and The Los Angeles Times. She has served on Stanford’s faculty and trained at Harvard Medical School (MD, Cum Laude), Johns Hopkins (pediatrics residency), and Columbia (BA in Neuroscience and Behavior, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

She serves as a senior advisor to entities that aim to advance health, innovation, and equity, including GreyMatter, a venture capital fund dedicated to mental health innovation; the California Council of County Behavioral Health Agencies, advocating for improved behavioral health; and Health Management Associates, focused on health policy and strategy. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI, focused on national mental health advocacy) and the California Partners Projects (focused on gender equity and child well-being).

Dr. Bhushan is deeply committed to destigmatizing living with mental illness and to promoting healing and well-being; to this end, she has shared her own journey with bipolar disorder publicly and launched a vibrant storytelling and well-being platform through a newsletter and YouTube channel/podcast.

Having spent her early years between the Philippines, India, and the United States, Dr. Bhushan is an immigrant and a first-generation American. She lives in San Francisco with her long-time partner and their son.

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