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Rena Xu | Education

Undergraduate School

Harvard College

2007, Cambridge, MA

Graduate School

Harvard Business School

2014, Boston, MA

Medical School

Harvard Medical School

2014, Boston, MA


Department of Surgery

Massachusetts General Hospital

2015, Boston, MA


Department of Urology

Massachusetts General Hospital

2019, Boston, MA


Department of Urology

Boston Children's Hospital

2022, Boston, MA

Rena Xu | Professional History

Dr. Rena Xu is the Advisor to Health Affairs at Boston Children's Hospital and an Affiliate Faculty Member in the BCH Computational Health Informatics Program. She earned her MD degree from Harvard Medical School and her MBA degree from Harvard Business School. She completed residency training in urology at Massachusetts General Hospital and fellowship training in pediatric urology at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Xu is a former Blavatnik Fellow in Life Science Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. She has written about health care for the New England Journal of Medicine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Dr. Xu’s research focuses on characterizing and improving patient care pathways and advancing health equity.

Rena Xu | Publications

My greatest priority is providing high-quality, compassionate care to patients & their families. The health care system is capable of incredible things but can also be daunting for patients and loved ones to navigate. As a surgeon and researcher, I am committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for patients and to making their care journeys as smooth, efficient, and humane as possible.