Balkrishnan, Rajesh, Ph.D.

Protrait photo of Rajesh BalkrishnanDr. Balkrishnan’s research and teaching program focuses on health services research and epidemiology related to medical care access, particularly on essential prolonged pharmacological treatments. In particular, Dr. Balkrishnan has been recently focused on exploring issues related to quality of care in oncology, diabetes, and kidney disease in under-served populations in the United States. For nearly two decades Dr. Balkrishnan, a social epidemiologist, has worked with State Medicaid programs in the United States to understand issues of access to essential pharmacotherapies in low income populations. Dr. Balkrishnan is a part of a research group that is exploring issues related to oncology care in rural Appalachia. In addition he has served as key co-investigator on large national studies such as the United States Renal Data System. Dr. Balkrishnan combines his expertise in health informatics, pharmacy, health services research and biostatistics to create and analyze large data repositories which enable “real world” evaluations of the effectiveness of medical care. He is also involved in the development of several registries for non-communicable chronic diseases globally. He has performed several comparative effectiveness evaluations of technologies and treatments. Dr. Balkrishnan has published over 350 papers, books and book chapters and has been recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in effectiveness research and evaluation as well as development of disease registries. Nearly two dozen students have received their PhD degrees under his guidance. Dr. Balkrishnan has also served as a consultant for numerous national and international agencies including the World Health Organization and the ministries of health for several countries in Asia.

At the University of Virginia, Dr. Balkrishnan is a member of the Cancer Population Health Sciences Program at the UVA Cancer Center, and Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing. He teaches Policy Analysis and Advocacy in the MPH program, and coordinates the Public Health Grand Rounds.

Professor of Public Health Sciences

Clinical Professor of Nursing

PhD, Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999

Tel: 1-434-243-7022
Fax: 1-434-297-6485
P.O. Box 800765, Charlottesville, VA 22908
3882 Old Medical School Building

Teaching Responsibilities:
PHS 7051 ­ Policy Analysis, Advocacy and Evaluation
PHS Grand Rounds


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Specialties: Pharmacoepidemiology and Health Services Research, Social Epidemiology, Healthcare Outcomes Research, Global Health, all with a focus on Health Disparities