California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University - Scholars Bios

Barsam Kasravi, MD, MPH


Manager Medical Director, Division of State Sponsored Programs,
Wellpoint, Los Angeles, CA




Barsam Kasravi, M.D., M.P.H. is a medial director in the area of Clinical Quality and Innovation at Blue Cross of California. Prior to his current position, Barsam was a family physician at the Martha Eliot Health Center, Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a full time Associate Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Dr. Kasravi is interested in areas of minority health policy and reducing health disparities based on race and ethnicity. He has conducted research on New England Philanthropy and how they address racial and ethnic disparities in their grantmaking. He has also worked with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation in their recent grant initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in Massachusetts.

He graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine, where he was chief of the Los Angeles/Salvation Army Homeless Clinic. He completed his residency as Chief Resident at the UCLA/Kaiser Woodland Hills Family Medicine Program. He has also volunteered nationally and internationally in South Africa, South America, and in Louisiana with the disaster of Katrina, providing medical care to underserved populations. He has worked with the Massachusetts Commission to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities in drafting their final recommendations and specifically with the Health Care Service Delivery sub-committee.

Dr. Kasravi recently received the AMA Foundation Leadership Award and the Family Medicine Educational Consortium’s Emerging Leaders Award. He continues to work with various state and national organizations in addressing issues of minority health. Dr. Kasravi received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001. As Chief Resident, he completed his residency in Family Practice at UCLA-Kaiser Woodland Hills, in Woodland Hills, CA in 2004. He received a Master's in Public Health from Harvard School Public Health in 2005 as a California Endowment Scholar.