Dr. Priya Agrawal is an obstetrician/gynecologist, women’s health expert and executive director of Merck for Mothers – Merck’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality.


Before joining Merck for Mothers, Dr. Agrawal served as Director of Research and Development for the Women and Health Initiative at Harvard, where she led the implementation research agenda and supported the development and evaluation of healthcare innovations. She worked closely with Dr. Atul Gawande as the Obstetric Lead on the World Health Organization’s Safe Childbirth Checklist Program and was Medical Director of Jacaranda Health – a maternal and child health social enterprise in Kenya. She has worked and traveled in more than 45 countries.


After receiving her degrees in medicine from the University of Cambridge and Oxford, she graduated with a master’s from the Harvard School of Public Health on a Fulbright Scholarship, and is finishing her Ph.D. at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Recent Posts by Priya Agrawal

States Taking Action To Break The Link Between Chronic Disease And Maternal Death

Maternal deaths in the U.S. are on the rise, even as they have declined nearly everywhere else in the world. Women who die from pregnancy or childbirth complications have disproportionately high rates of chronic disease.

Same Care No Matter Where She Gives Birth: Addressing Variation In Obstetric Care Through Standardization

In August, Health Affairs published a study highlighting an alarming fact in maternal health: The incidence of childbirth complications varies significantly from hospital to hospital across the United States. The study – led by Laurent Glance and colleagues at the University of Rochester –...

September 12, 2014Health Equity, Hospitals, Public Health