Nikhil actively contributes to projects that allow him to complement his clinical expertise in primary care with a growing knowledge of regulatory science and policy.
His interest areas are substance use disorders, social determinants of health and health equity, and LGBTQ+ health.
Before joining Avalere, Nikhil pursued a clinical career as an osteopathic physician. He also led a multidisciplinary research team of clinicians and academics to design a program to increase uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among injection drug users. While interning with the DC Department of Health, Nikhil defined policy goals for DC’s Healthy People 2030 initiative. In 2021, he constructed the curriculum for the department’s annual youth empowerment summit to prepare adolescents to become change agents in their neighborhoods. Nikhil has volunteered with the American Red Cross and Citizens’ Climate Lobby, as well as with many organizations serving his hometown in South Carolina. Nikhil is an ardent advocate for social justice, and authors op-eds related to his policy interests.
Nikhil has a BS in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master in Public Health from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.