Graduate Studies Faculty
Somnath Saha, MD MPH
Programs:Public Health and Preventative Medicine
Research Interests:Racial disparities in health care Access to care Health policy Oregon Health Plan
Preceptor RotationsDr. Saha has not indicated availability for preceptor rotations at this time.
Faculty MentorshipDr. Saha has not indicated availability as a mentor at this time.
Somnath Saha is Professor of Medicine, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and is a staff physician at the Portland VA Medical Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University and received his medical degree and post-graduate training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington, where he obtained a masters degree in public health.
Dr. Saha’s research focuses on the influence of race and ethnicity in the patient-physician relationship, and its relation to racial disparities in the quality of health care. This work spans a variety of content and methodological areas, including health literacy, language barriers, communication analysis, social psychology, and health services research. His current projects involve both quantitative and qualitative research methods and are sponsored by the NIH, VA, and AHRQ. He is a member of the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, where he has conducted technology assessments and syntheses of evidence on cost-effectiveness. He serves on the Oregon Health Services Commission, a group charged with prioritizing health services to enable the creation of a rational and cost-effective benefits package for Medicaid beneficiaries. He also serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.