Dr. Anita Makkenchery

Dr. Anita Makkenchery is a Research Associate in the Quality Improvement and Innovation Division at IMPAQ International.


Dr. Makkenchery is a public health professional with a diverse background in health and social sciences. Her nearly 20 years of experience includes technical assistance in the areas of population health, quality assurance and improvement, program management, research and analysis, change and logistics management, and process improvement. Additionally, she has developed digital communications highlighting performance measurement improvements, best practices in patient safety, and outlining emergency preparedness plans.


Dr. Anita Makkenchery led a work stream in support of change management in the Office of Community Care (OCC) within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In OCC, she developed and deployed an organizational change management plan with recommendations and strategies for implementing internal controls and audits. Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Makkenchery managed two contracts at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Survey and Certification Group focusing on quality improvement efforts and provider compliance with Medicare accreditation standards. Dr. Makkenchery created communications and media materials for the CMS Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) centered on improving patient safety through harm reduction for hospitals participating in the Medicare program. She also managed an interagency project at the Department of State focusing on crisis and re-stabilization operations, developing health policies, advising the development of health care programs, and leading development and review of Standard Operating Procedures. She formerly supported the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness at Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and worked as a physician providing health care in primary and tertiary health care centers in Chennai, India. 


Dr. Makkenchery earned her MPH from Yale University in 2006 and her medical degree from Sri Ramachandra Medical College in Chennai, India. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Previous Publications and Presentations

CMS Guide for Consideration of Mitigating Factors: ationofmitigatingfactors.pdf;. Posted: March 2016.

Kimmons, J, Makkenchery A. “Addressing Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain Integrity Risks: Building Towards a Metrics-based Approach,” HIMSS Conference Magazine. White Paper. February 2014.

(Edited Publication) Hartwig, K, Kissioki, S, Hartwig, C. “Church leaders confront HIV/AIDS and stigma: A case study from Tanzania.” Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. 16(6):492-7. October 2006.

O’Malley D, Makkenchery A, Tangir J, Kelly M, Azodi M, Chambers S, Schwartz P, Rutherford T. Retrospective Analysis of topotecan administered weekly in heavily pretreated recurrent epithelial ovarian carcinoma patients. Gynecologic Oncology. 98(2):242-8, August 2005.

O’Malley D, Mor G, Makkenchery A, Baker L, Azodi M, Chambers SK, Schwartz PE, Rutherford TJ. “Phenoxodiol phase Ib/II study in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer that are resistant to second line chemotherapy” American Association for Cancer Research. Volume 45, March 2004.

“Systems Improvement Agreements in Long Term Care Facilities” Survey Executives Training Institute, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. Towson, MD. April 2014.

“A General View of the Regulatory Evolution Related to Clinical Engineering - A Quality Driven Improvement” General Electric National (China) Healthcare Conference, Sanya, China. December 2010