Dr. Roopa Dhatt, MD, MPA is a passionate advocate for gender equality in global health and a leading voice in the movement to correct the gender imbalance in global health leadership. She is also a practicing internal medicine physician at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dhatt is particularly committed to addressing the issues of power, privilege, and intersectionality that keep many women from global health leadership roles and to opening up spaces for the voices of these women to be heard.
Determined to build a movement to transform women’s leadership opportunities in health, Dr. Dhatt co-founded Women in Global Health (WGH) in 2015. Today, WGH has nearly 24 chapters with more than 35,000 supporters in at least 90 countries, and it continues to grow. Dr. Dhatt, the Executive Director, and the global team work with a network of WGH chapters in every region to challenge power and privilege and work toward gender equity in health.
Dr. Dhatt has worked in global health for nearly 15 years, collaborating with more than 120 countries. She holds numerous advisory and board roles and advises the World Health Organization (WHO) on matters of health workforce, gender equity, and universal health coverage. She has published in the Lancet, BMJ, Devex, and Forbes, and the National Geographic, , NPR, EuroNews, and numerous other channels have interviewed her. Dr. Dhatt achieved a place in the 2019 Gender Equality Top 100, a list of the most influential people in global policy that year.