When the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D., turned his attention to the epidemiology of the virus and the effects of lockdown policies. In recognition of his consequential research focusing on the economics of health care around the world with a particular emphasis on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, Loyola Marymount University will present the Stanford University professor with the 16th Doshi Bridgebuilder Award.
Named for benefactors Navin and Pratima Doshi, the award is given annually to individuals or organizations dedicated to fostering understanding between cultures, peoples and disciplines. Battacharya will be honored on Sept. 13, 2022, in the Featherston Life Sciences Building Auditorium, where he will also give a lecture exploring “The Economic and Human Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses.” Register for the celebration here.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone on the planet,” said Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D., Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies. “This special event will explore how we could have done better, whether in the U.S., India, China, or elsewhere in the world. What lessons can be learned to help public policy in the future?”
Bhattacharya is professor of health policy at Stanford and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Bhattacharya’s recent research focuses on the epidemiology of COVID-19, including the lethality of COVID-19 infection and effects of lockdown policies. He has published more than 160 articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals in medicine, economics, health policy, epidemiology, statistics, law, and public health, among other fields. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in economics at Stanford.
“The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award event is one of the highlights every year at LMU and the caliber of awardees/speakers has been truly world class. A list of those individuals reads like a ‘who’s who’ of thinkers and innovators worldwide, whose collective impact has been immeasurable,” says Robbin D. Crabtree, dean of LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. “This year’s event will continue in the same vein, and the topic is as current as it is urgent. We are grateful to the Doshi family for their vision in creating this award, and their steadfast commitment to liberal arts education and its impact.”
The award ceremony is jointly sponsored by Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Theological Studies, and the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professorship of Indic and Comparative Theology, which is held by Chapple.
Previous award recipients include Deepak Chopra, Zubin Mehta, Huston Smith, Vedana Shiva, Pratapaditya Pal, Tulsi Gabbard, Rev. James Lawson, among others.