Brita Roy, MD, MPH, specializes in hospital-based medicine and in population health, an approach that aims to improve the health for a specific group of individuals. As a part of that, Dr. Roy makes it a point to understand environmental, medical, and social influences on a patient’s health and how they relate to each other. “I enjoy thinking about the whole patient, knowing where they live, work and play, and how those things play a role in promoting health and in managing chronic disease,” she says. “I think about the patient in the context of their life outside of the hospital—in the community, with their family.”
When a patient is facing a new diagnosis, Dr. Roy puts them at ease by engaging in partnership with them, telling them, “It sounds scary. But let's talk about what this means for you and your family, and how we can work together so you can continue to live the life you enjoy.”
Dr. Roy is an assistant professor of medicine (general internal medicine) at Yale School of Medicine and the director of population health for Yale Medicine.