Balkrishnan, Rajesh, Ph.D.

Protrait photo of Rajesh BalkrishnanDr. Balkrishnan is a social epidemiologist whose research program focuses on medical care access, especially focused on long term pharmacological treatment of medical conditions. In particular, Dr. Balkrishnan has been recently focused on exploring issues related to adherence and quality of care in oncology, diabetes, and kidney disease in underserved populations. For over two decades Dr. Balkrishnan has worked with the Medicaid program 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 USRDS. 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 research papers (2020 H-index: 64) , books and book chapters and has been recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in effectiveness research and evaluation. Dr. Balkrishnan was recently recognized in a list of Top 2 percent of scientists in the world based on impact of published research.

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 two courses in Health Policy in the UVA MPH program, and coordinates the Public Health Grand Rounds.

Professor of Public Health Sciences and Clinical Professor of Nursing

BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Mumbai, 1995

MS, Pharmaceutical Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

PhD, Public Health (Health Services and Epidemiology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999

Tel: 1-832-452-6580
Fax: 1-434-297-6485
Mail: P.O. Box 800765, Charlottesville, VA 22908 (Currently suspended due to Covid)
Office: 3882 Old Medical School Building (Currently only virtual office hours)

Teaching Responsibilities:

Spring Semester

PHS 7051 ­ Policy Analysis, Advocacy and Evaluation

PHS 5100 Introduction to Health Care Policy, Management and Systems

Both Semesters

PHS 8881 Integrative Learning in Health Policy

Coordinator, PHS Grand Rounds

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