Elkoustaf Rachid, MD, Area Research Chair for Riverside/Palm Springs

Rachid Elkoustaf, MD, MPH

Area Research Chair




Dr. Rachid Elkoustaf is a cardiologist at the Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center. He is area research chair for Riverside/Palm Springs on the Southern California Permanente Medical Group’s Regional Research Committee. He serves as director of the Graduate Medical Education Mentorship program and a physician champion for the Oral Anticoagulation Hospital Committee at Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center. Dr. Ekoustaf is a voting member of the Clinical Trials Oversight Board and a member of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Elkoustaf is passionate about the study of cardiovascular diseases in women, atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation, the interplay of digital medicine and cardiac care, and the prevention of heart disease. He has presented his research at scientific meetings of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and European Society of Cardiology.


Areas of Focus

  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Outcomes research: gender/ethnicity
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Home-based cardiac rehabilitation
  • Oral anticoagulation


University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Rochester, New York
Advanced Fellow, Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota
Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease
University of Connecticut
Hartford, Connecticut
Residency, Internal Medicine
University of Connecticut
Farmington, Connecticut

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine
  • Expert advisor, standard review panel for direct oral anticoagulants, The Joint Commission
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California Everyday Heroes Award
  • Outstanding Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration Physician Award/University of California, Riverside School of Medicine