Atul Nakhasi currently resides in Los Angeles, California and is a primary care physician for the underserved communities of Watts/Compton at a government-run public clinic. He also advises the Office of Government Affairs and Policy for the LA County Department of Health Services, the nation's second largest municipal health system, on legislative matters relating to Medicaid and health coverage for low-income and disabled populations.
Originally from Iowa, Atul helped lead the movement to triple the youth vote from 21,000 in 2004 to 63,000 in 2008 during the historic Iowa Caucuses of the US Presidential Election. He was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as Iowa's Campus Kingmaker and ABC World News as The Most-Sought After Young Man in Iowa and appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, CNN's American Morning, NPR's Weekend Edition, and BBC's The World Today.
Subsequently, Atul completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his public policy training at Harvard University. He was named a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership while at Harvard University, one of sixteen students nationally to receive such a distinction for his leadership ability and commitment to public services. He also previously completed a term as the National Chair for the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association, representing nearly 50,000 medical students across the country.
Atul is committed to closing the health gap for the communities of Watts/Compton and mentoring future generations of aspiring physicians toward this mission.