Dr. Veena Lanka is a senior director within the Advisory Board’s Research and Insights division, leading strategic research on care variation reduction across healthcare systems.
Across her tenure at the Advisory Board, Dr. Lanka has partnered closely with several healthcare organizations and provided data-driven guidance to improve their physician performance, patient outcomes, care coordination and network integrity. She has led value delivery and training divisions of a suite of Crimson technology solutions for population health, real-time risk management, in-network referral management and physician performance improvement.
Dr. Lanka is a physician with over 10 years of health care experience. Prior to joining the firm, she managed multi-national Phase III clinical trials for ALS and stroke with more than 60 participating sites for Massachusetts General Hospital and published peer-reviewed articles. She has extensive experience in health care program planning, design, and evaluation in clinical, community, and academic settings.
Dr. Lanka also consulted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rebuild the childhood lead poisoning prevention program in New Orleans post-Katrina and designed a primary school health program composed of health services and health curriculum for international non-profit organization India School Fund. While working for the World Health Organization, Dr. Lanka evaluated and redesigned community health programs for infectious disease patients in rural India, evaluated compliance failure with disease regimens, and established protocols for newborn care. Prior to her work in public health, she practiced emergency medicine in India.
Dr. Lanka earned a master’s in public health from Harvard University in Boston with a focus on global health and applied research methods. She earned her bachelor’s in medicine and surgery from Christian Medical College in India.