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Kavitha Kolappa

Dr. Kavitha Kolappa is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry and a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Her academic interests include global mental health policy, access to medicines, and conflict of interest with industry in the public sector.

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Kavitha Kolappa, MD, MPH, completed her psychiatry residency at the Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals. Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Kolappa was a Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a BA in International Studies. She subsequently received her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.


She has previously worked with the Global Health Council, International Rescue Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. She has lived and worked abroad in several contexts including Cuba, India, Tanzania, and South Africa. In 2013, she and her colleagues successfully petitioned the WHO Expert Committee on the Selection & Use of Essential Medicines to include risperidone on the Model List of Essential Medicines.  Her work has been published in the Bulletin of the WHO, Huffington Post blog, and Lancet Psychiatry.