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Dr. Chacko specializes in healthcare innovation and leadership. He teaches clinicians and engineers how to become design thinkers and leaders in healthcare. He draws extensively on his medical knowledge, his training and work as a designer and innovator, and his career-long focus on leadership established by his service as a Naval Officer. He has taught workshops in design thinking across the continuum of learners, from high school students to graduate engineers and seasoned clinicians.
He serves as the attending Psychiatrist for the VA's San Bruno outpatient clinic, a teaching arm of UCSF.
He is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, studying Physics and French, and served 12 years in the Navy before he completed his post-baccalaureate studies through Harvard. He earned his graduate degree at Stanford, studying both Mechanical Engineering and Art in the Joint Program in Design (now part of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, “d.school”), with an extra year focusing on Robotics. He earned his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at Tripler Army Medical Center and was the only civilian selected for a military psychiatry program, gaining special expertise in post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.