rahul guptaRahul Gupta, MD, MPH

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Health Officer at March of Dimes

Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Health Officer at March of Dimes, the nation’s leader in mom and baby health. Dr. Gupta provides strategic oversight for March of Dimes medical and public health efforts to improve the health of all moms and babies. Prior to joining March of Dimes, Dr. Gupta served as Commissioner and State Health Officer in West Virginia, where he led the state’s opioid crisis response and launched a number of pioneering public health initiatives, such as the Birthscore program to identify high-risk infants.
Dr. Gupta, a specialist in internal medicine and preventive medicine, served as an academic faculty in Tennessee and Alabama before going to West Virginia originally in 2009 to lead the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. Throughout his career, Dr. Gupta has served as an advisor to nonprofit organizations and task forces on local, national and international public health policy and programs. He has served as a peer reviewer and editorial board member for journals and for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles. He was named to “West Virginians of the Year” in 2017 by the Charleston Gazette-Mail, and has received numerous teaching and service awards and honors.

Dr. Gupta was born in India and grew up in Maryland and the suburbs of Washington, D.C., the son of an Indian diplomat. At age 21, he completed medical school at University of Delhi, and subsequently did his internship and residency at St. Joseph Hospital, Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a global master’s of business administration degree from the London School of Business and Finance.