Rahul Vanjani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, as well as a physician at the Amos House, which serves the homeless, individuals struggling with substance use disorders, and those who are living in poverty. At Amos House, Dr. Vanjani runs an interprofessional clinic that integrates social care into the practice of medicine. His work focuses on interprofessional collaboration, such as the medical-criminal legal partnership, and implementation of practical, easy-to-use tools that empower health systems to address patients’ social challenges.
As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Vanjani will expand the existing Social Medicine elective, which he launched in 2021 at Brown University, to professions beyond medicine, including nursing, pharmacy, social work, and law. The Social Medicine elective asks learners to see the value in partnering, cooperating, and learning with patients to tackle seemingly insurmountable challenges, such as gaining access to housing, pursuing medical treatment in lieu of incarceration, and securing reliable transportation.
James Ryczek, MSW, LICSW, Director of the Rhode Island Collaborative for Interprofessional Education and Practice, serves as Dr. Vanjani’s primary mentor. He will also be mentored by Helena Hansen, MD, PhD, Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Interim Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.