1578-Kochhar, Komal

Komal Kochhar, MHA, MD

Director of Research in Medical Education (RIME)

410 W. 10th St
HS 2127

Indianapolis, IN 46202
Pubmed Logo


Dr. Kochhar is the Director of Educational Affairs Data Analytics and the Director of Research in Medical Education in the Dean’s Office of Educational Affairs.  She is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her MBBS (MD) degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, India in 1994. Upon completion of medical school, Dr. Kochhar served as a House Surgeon in Delhi until 1999. She obtained her master’s degree in Health Administration (MHA) from Indiana University in 2003.

Dr. Kochhar was selected as a Fellow in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program by the Association of American Medical Colleges. She has served in several leadership roles in national societies including, Program Planning Committee Member, International Committee Chair, and a 3-year term as President of the Society for Directors of Research in Medical Education; as well as the Program Co-Chair, Member-at-Large, and 3-year term as Chair of The Generalists in Medical Education.

Key Publications

  1. Fillmore EP, Brokaw JJ, Kochhar K, Nalin PM. “Understanding the Current Anatomical Competence Landscape: Comparing Perceptions of Program Directors, Residents and Fourth Year Medical Students.” Sci. Educ., 2016; 9(4):307-318. DOI: 10.1002/ase.1578
  1. Norwood CW, Maxey HL, Randolph C, Gano L, Kochhar K. “Administrative Challenges to the Integration of Oral Health with Primary Care: A SWOT Analysis of Health Care Executives at Federally Qualified Health Centers.” J Ambul Care Manage, 2017; 40(3):204-213. DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000151
  1. Wahle B, Meyer K, Faller M, Kochhar K, Sevilla-Martir J. “Assessment of Hypertension Management and Outcomes at an Indianapolis Student-Run Free Clinic.” J Health Care Poor Underserved, 2017; 28(2):694-706. DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0068
  1. Kochhar K, Fancher LM, Brokaw JJ, Wilson JS, Nalin PM. “Tracking Medical Students and Graduates from Hometown to Practice using Geographic Information Systems, 2011-2017.” J Reg Med Campuses, 2018; 1(3). DOI: https://doi.org/10.24926/jrmc.v1i3.1136
  1. Kochhar K, Fancher LM, Brokaw JJ, Nalin, PM. “Does Attending a Regional Medical Campus Influence the Training Outcomes of Family Medicine Residents?” J Reg Med Campuses, 2019; 2(2). DOI: https://doi.org/10.24926/jrmc.v2i2.1997
  1. Hammoud MM, Appelbaum N, Wallach PM, Burrows HL, Kochhar K, Hemphill RR, Daniel M, Clery MJ, Santen SA. “Incidence of Resident Mistreatment in the Learning Environment Across Three Institutions.” Medical Teacher, 2021; 43(3):334-340. DOI:1080/0142159X.2020.1845306
  1. Kochhar K, Longtin KJ, Wilson S, Ho M, Brokaw JJ, Wallach PM. “Implementation of Faculty Learning Communities to Support Medical Education Scholarship in a Regional Campus System.” J Reg Med Campuses, 2023 6(2). https://doi.org/10.24926/jrmc.v6i2.4886
  1. Kochhar K, Cico SJ, Whitaker NP, Pettit KP, Brokaw JJ, Nabhan ZM. “An Online Resident-as-Teacher Curriculum Improves First-Year Residents’ Self-Confidence Teaching in the Clinical Learning Environment.” Med Sci Educ, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-023-01832-w

Titles & Appointments

  • Director of Research in Medical Education (RIME)
  • Director of Data Analytics, Educational Affairs
  • Assistant Research Professor of Family Medicine
  • Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Education
    2003 MHA Indiana University
    1994 MBBS University of Delhi
  • Research

    Dr. Kochhar has 20+ years of experience successfully managing and directing projects in collaboration with clinical and basic science departments within the Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as the Indiana State Department of Health.  Her areas of expertise include educational research related to both UME and GME, physician workforce studies, health services research, program evaluations, assessment of educational outcomes data, community-based needs assessments, and faculty development educational research.

    She has received continuous funding to support health services research and medical educational research, garnering over $2.97M as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 63 funded grants and contracts.  She has authored or co-authored 375 technical reports and 22 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work at 119 local / regional, 43 national and 3 international professional conferences.

  • Professional Organizations
    AAMC - Central Group on Educational Affairs
    Medical Council of India
    Society for Directors of Research in Medical Education
    The Generalists in Medical Education

Research Labs

Faculty research at IU School of Medicine is transforming health. Details about the medical research being conducted in faculty labs throughout IU School of Medicine are available in the Research section of this site.

Faculty Labs