vishal khetpal, writer, medical student

Thanks for visiting my page! My name is Vishal Khetpal – I'm a writer and medical student at Brown University. I'm originally from Oklahoma. I've also lived across the United States and abroad over the past seven years. In 2016, I graduated with a master's degree in global health from the London School of Economics; in 2015, I earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. 

My writing, on politics and health, takes a particular interest in stories flying under the radar, left un- (or under-) examined. This past summer, I drove over 2,000 miles across Oklahoma – among other places, to an organ transplant center, an HIV clinic, a cash-only doctor's office, and a rural hospital staffed by only two doctors since 1950 (!) – to better understand how we ration healthcare in our country. 

Most recently, my freelance work has featured in Slate, Tonic (the health vertical at VICE), STAT, and the Huffington Post. I hope to pursue a career involving medical practice, public policy, and writing for general audiences about meaningful health issues. I'm currently based in Providence, Rhode Island.