Kiran Kakarala, MD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University. Kakarala also serves as Course Director of Comprehensive Care of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient at the Ohio State University School of Medicine. Previously, he was Co-Founder and Director of ImproveHealthCare.org, a group aimed to integrate clinical problem-solving with policy and managerial questions, supported by the Commonwealth Foundation. He was awarded the 2011 Chief Resident Teaching Award from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School. Kakarala received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, his master's degree in health care ethics and law from the University of Manchester and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.