Alumni Graduate Students & Fellows

Alumni Graduate Students

2020 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Elizabeth Brouwer
BA 2011, MPH 2013, University of Michigan
Dissertation: “Exploring the uptake of value-based formulary strategies and their application to specialty drugs”
Chair: Ryan Hansen, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Research Associate in HEOR, Curta Consulting

Nathaniel Hendrix
BA 2004, Southwest Texas State University; PharmD 2015, University of Washington
Dissertation: “Using Health Economics Tools to Enhance the Clinical Utility of Artificial Intelligence-Based Diagnostics: A Case Study in Breast Cancer Screening”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Wei-Jhih Wang
BS 2006, Chang-Gung University Taiwan; MS 2008 National Taiwan University; MS 2015, University of Washington
Dissertation: “Mimicking Clinical Trials Using Real-World Data – A Novel Method and Applications”
Chair: Anirban Basu, PhD

Master of Science Graduates:

Brennan Beal
BS 2015, North Carolina State University; PharmD 2019, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thesis: “Comparing healthcare resource use and costs for patients with Normal Tension Glaucoma across levels of severity: a nationally representative sample of commercially insured US adults age 40 and older”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Year 2 of UW/AbbVie Postdoctoral Fellowship

Ashley Cha
BA 2015, PharmD 2019, University of Illinois at Chicago
Thesis: “Annual Out-of-Pocket Costs and Productivity Loss Among Patients with Diabetic Kidney Disease Compared to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”
Chair: Ryan Hansen, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Year 2 of UW/Bayer Postdoctoral Fellowship

David Fox
BS, San Francisco State University; PharmD 2019, University of Washington
Thesis: “Nusinersen Treatment and Healthcare Costs in Spinal Muscular Atrophy”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Year 2 of UW/Genentech Postdoctoral Fellowship

Samuel Hong
BS 2013, University of California, San Diego; PharmD, 2019, University of Illinois at Chicago
Thesis: “The impact of cost sharing on adherence to ibrutinib for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Year 2 of UW/Genentech Postdoctoral Fellowship

Jae Hyun Lee
BS 2013, University of California, San Diego; PharmD, 2019, University of Illinois at Chicago
Thesis: “Geographic Variation in the Use of Triptans and Opioids for the Acute Treatment of Migraine Attacks”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Year 2 of UW/AbbVie Postdoctoral Fellowship

Phoebe Wright
BS 2010, University of Tennessee Knoxville; PharmD 2019, University of Washington
Thesis: “Indirect Costs Associated with Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Positive (HER2+) Metastatic Breast Cancer”
Chair: Josh Carlson, PhD
Current Position: Year 2 of Seattle Genetics Postdoctoral Fellowship

2019 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Kangho Suh
PharmD 2011, Rutgers University;
MS 2013, University of Texas Austin
Dissertation: “The comparative effectiveness, safety, value, and adherence of newer P2Y12 inhibitors versus clopidogrel in the context of heterogeneity”
Chair: Anirban Basu, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh

Simrun Grewal
MHS, 2013, Johns Hopkins University
Dissertation: “Biosimilar uptake in the United States: Examining state-level longitudinal trends in biosimilar filgrastim use and their association with biosimilar substitution policies”
Chair: Josh Carlson, PhD
Current Position: Manager, Global Value, Access, and Pricing, Seattle Genetics

Master of Science Graduates:

Shalak Gunjal
BPharm 2011, University of Pune, India;
MS 2014, University of Houston.
Thesis: “Healthcare Utilization and Costs associated with Sickle-cell disease in the United States: A Retrospective Claims Analysis”
Chair: Anirban Basu, PhD
Current Position: Manager, Global Patient Access Solutions, Novartis

Thomas Hopkins
BS 2014, Loyola University of Chicago;
PharmD 2018, University of Illinois Chicago
Thesis: “Surgical Costs Associated with the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids”
Chair: Ryan Hansen, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Year 2 of UW/Bayer Postdoctoral Fellowship

Ashley Kim
BS 2012, University of California Los Angeles;
PharmD 2018, University of San Francisco
Thesis: “Characterizing the Healthcare Resource Utilization and Costs By Disease Severity Among Patients with Geographic Atrophy Secondary to Age-Related Macular Degeneration”
Chair: Aasthaa Bansal, PhD
Current Position: Year 2 of UW/Allergan Postdoctoral Fellowship

Eddie Neuberger
BS 2013, University of Maryland; PharmD 2017, University of Maryland; MBA, 2018, University of Baltimore.
Thesis: “Evaluating Methods to Estimate United States Multiple Sclerosis Prevalence from Administrative Health Claims Data”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Associate Health Economist, Genentech

Jamie Ta
BS 2013, PharmD 2018, University of California San Diego
Thesis: “Healthcare Resource Utilization and Costs Associated with Non-Adherence to Pharmacotherapy for Major Depressive Disorder”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Associate Health Economist, Genentech

2018 Graduates
Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Blythe Adamson
MPH, 2009, University of Washington; BS, 2006, University of Washington.
Dissertation: “Mathematical Models to Evaluate the Clinical and Economic Impact of Biomedical HIV Prevention Strategies in the United States”
Chair: Louis Garrison, PhD
Current Position: Senior Quantitative Scientist, Flatiron Health, New York, NY

Mark Bounthavong
PharmD, 2004, Western University; MPH, 2013, Emory University.
Dissertation:“Evaluation of the impact of the Veterans Affairs National Academic Detailing on naloxone prescribed”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position(s): Health Economist, VA Health Economics Resource Center (HERC), Menlo Park, CA; Data Pharmacist Program Manager, PBM VA Academic Detailing Services, San Diego, CA; Research Affiliate, Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Devender S. Dhanda
BS, 1999, GJ Univeristy Hisar, India; MBA, 2001 Panjab University Chandigarh, India;
MS, 2007, University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha.
Dissertation: “Innovation, Value, and Uncertainty in Oncology Precision Medicine”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Worldwide HEOR Associate Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb, New Brunswick, NJ

Meng Li
BS in Pharmaceutical Science, 2011, Sun Yat-sen University, China; MS, 2013, Johns Hopkins University.
Dissertation: “The Real Option Value of Life and Innovation”
Chair: Louis Garrison, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Health Services, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Master of Science Graduates:

Lauren Chin
BS, 2012 , University of Southern California; PharmD, 2017, University of Washington
Thesis: “Factors Associated With Direct Health Care Costs among Commercially-Insured Patients With Metastatic Ovarian Cancer: A Retrospective Analysis”
Chair: Josh Carlson, MPH, PhD
Current Position: Pharmacist, Formulary Resources

Horacio Duarte
BA, 2006, Harvard College; MD, 2011, University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
Thesis: “Cost-effectiveness analysis of pre-ART HIV drug resistance testing in Kenya”
Chair: Joseph Babigumira, MBChB, MS, PhD
Current Position: Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Sara Higa
BS, 2012, Georgetown University; MS, 2013, Georgetown University;
PharmD, 2017, University of Maryland Baltimore.
Thesis: “Psoriasis Treatment Patterns: A Retrospective Claims Study”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Senior Manager, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Allergan, Irvine, CA

Chiemeka Ike
BS, 2009, Morgan State University; MPH, 2011, George Washington University;
PharmD, 2017, University of Houston.
Thesis: “Treatment Patterns, Switching, and Cycling of Acute Medications for Migraine: A Cross-Sectional Survey”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD

2017 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Elisabeth Vodicka, MHA, PhD
Dissertation: “Cervical Cancer in Low- Income Settings: Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of Screening and Treatment”
Chair: Joseph Babigumira, MBChB, MS, PhD
Current Position: Health Economist, PATH, Seattle, WA

Master of Science Graduates:

Laura A. Hart, BS, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Evaluating the Association Between Central Nervous System(CNS)-Active Medications and Falls in Older Adults with Dementia”
Chair: Zachary Marcum, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California San Diego

Michael Serbin, BS, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Assessing the Societal Burden of Glaucoma Patience Not Suitable for Topical Medication Therapy”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Manager, Medical Affairs, HEOR, Neurocrine Biosciences, San Diego, CA

Sheila Shapouri, BA, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Predicting Hospitalizations and Returns to the Emergency Department 30-Days Post Emergency Department Discharge Among Patients with Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Health Economist, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA

Lucille A. Sun, BA, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Risk of Depressive or Anxiety Disorders in Commercially Insured Patients with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) in the US: A retrospective Analysis”
Chair: Josh Carlson, PhD, MPH
Current Position: Health Economics & Outcomes Manager, MedImpact Healthcare Systems, San Diego, CA

2016 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

William J. Canestaro, AB, MSc, PhD
Dissertation: “Publication Bias: Development and Assessment of Methods for Adjustment and Quantification of Impact”
Chair: Josh Carlson, PhD, MPH
Current Position: Managing Director, Washington Research Foundation (WRF), Seattle, WA

Amy Morgan Cizik, BA, MPH, PhD
Dissertation: “Variations in Surgeon Treatment Preferences and the Impact on the Cost-Utility of Surgery for Soft Tissue Sarcoma”
Chair: Lou Garrison, PhD
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Utah Health

Cara Lyn McDermott, BA, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation: “The Impact of Pre-existing Depression on Patient Outcomes among Older Adults with Non-small Cell Lung Cancer”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Senior Fellow, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Marita Zimmermann (Mann), BS, MPH, PhD
Dissertation: “Evaluation and Potential Cost-Effectiveness of Active Surveillance Pharmacovigilance for First-Line HAART in Namibia”
Chair: Andy Stergachis, PhD
Current Position: Research Economist, Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM), Seattle, WA

Master of Science

Sarah Baradaran, BS, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “The Identification, Characterization, and Costs of Adverse Outcomes associated with Systemic Colistin in the Management of Severe MDR Gram Negative Infections”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Senior Manager, Global Health Economics Outcomes Research (GHEOR), Allergan, Irvine, CA

Catherine M. Lockhart, BFA, BS, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Value Assessment of Orphan Drugs and Treatments of Rare Diseases”
Chair: Ryan Hansen, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Program Director, Biologics and Biosimilars Collective Intelligence Consortium, Alexandria, VA

Jean Malacan, PharmD, EM, MS
Thesis: “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Addition of Bevacizumab to a Standard Chemotherapy Doublet in Patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma”
Chair: Josh Carlson, PhD, MPH
Current Position: Global HEOR Project Leader, Oncology, Bayer, Switzerland

Amy Tung, BA, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Characterizing Healthcare Utilization, Direct Costs, and Comorbidities Associated with Interstitial Cystitis: A Retrospective Claims Analysis”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD

2015 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Maria Agapova, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “A Decision Framework for Quantifying Benefits and Harms of Diagnostic Imaging Tests”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Senior Medical Outcomes Liaison, Teva Pharmaceuticals, San Francisco, CA

Preeti S. Bajaj, BS, PhD
Dissertation: “Assessing the Impact of Health Economics and Outcomes Research Evidence on Reimbursement Decisions in the United States”
Chair: Lou Garrison, PhD
Current Position: Senior Health Economist, Genentech, San Francisco, CA

Caroline (Carrie) Bennette, MPH, PhD
Dissertation: “Prioritizing Research: The Use of Risk Prediction, Value of Information Analyses, and Portfolio Evaluation to Improve Public Investments in Cancer Clinical Trials”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM)

Elizabeth James, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation: “Evaluation of a Prescription Drug Pay-for-Performance Program: Impact on Prescribing Trends, Budget and Patient Outcomes”
Chair: Tom Hazlet, Dr P.H., PhD
Current Position: Director, Health Outcomes, Aventine Consulting, LLC

Norio Kasahara, BS, MPH, PhD
Dissertation: “Assessing the Availability, Service Quality, and Price of Essential Medicines in Private Pharmacies in Afghanistan”
Chair: Lou Garrison, PhD
Current Position: Independent Consultant, Chiba, Japan

Kai Yeung, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation: “Impact of a Value Based Formulary on Health Services Utilization and Costs”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, BScPharm, MS, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Scientific Investigator, Kaiser Permanente, Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA

Master of Science Graduates:

Katelyn Keyloun, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Adherence Outcomes to Antidepressant Medication Therapy in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Associate Director, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Allergan, Irvine, CA

Ryan Pistoresi, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Cost-Utility Analysis of Medications for Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis from a United States Third Party Payer Perspective”
Chair: Louis Garrison, Jr., PhD
Current Position: Assistant Chief Pharmacy Officer, Washington State Health Care Authority

Vanessa Shih, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Assessing the Burden of Worsening Self-Reported Vision in Older Americans”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Manager, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Allergan, Irvine, CA

Justin Sammy Yu, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Indirect Costs and Outcomes Associated with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma”
Chair: Josh Carlson, MPH, PhD
Current Position: Associate Director, US Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Ophthalmology, Novartis, East Hanover, NJ

2014 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Katherine Gries, PharmD, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “Influence of Perspective on Preferences for Prostate Cancer Outcomes”
Chair: Donald Patrick, PhD
Current Position: Associate Director, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Patient Reported Outcomes

Master of Science Graduates:

Richard Kim, MD, MS
Thesis: “A Cost Minimization Analysis of Home versus Lab-based Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea”
Chair: Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD
Current Position: Medical Doctor, UW Medicine-Valley Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center; CHOICE PhD Student.

Carlos Gallego, MD, MS
Thesis: “Next Generation Sequencing Panels for the Evaluation of Colorectal Cancer and Polyposis Syndromes: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Senior Fellow, Acting Instructor, Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, University of Washington

Tracy Yep, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Total and Disease Specific Healthcare Cost and Utilization of Glaucoma Patients”
Chair: Beth Devine, PhD, MBA, PharmD
Current Position: Utilization Management and Specialty Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente WA

2013 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Rafael Alfonso Cristancho, MD, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “Bariatric Surgery for Severe Obesity: Determinants of Use and Economic Impact”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Senior Director Value Evidence and Outcomes, GSK Pharmaceuticals

Master of Science Graduates:

Sara Forrester, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “The Cost-Effectiveness of Oral Anti-Coagulants in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation”
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Products and Decision Support, Kaiser Permanente of Washington, Seattle, WA

Zsolt Hepp, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Adherence to Migraine Prophylactics: A Claims-Based Analysis of Chronic Migraine Patients
Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Associate Director of HEOR, Seattle Genetics, Seattle, WA

Nita Khandelwal, MD, MS
Thesis: “Rescue Therapies for Refractory Hypoxemia: An Exploratory Analysis of Survival & Cost”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Acting Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Harborview Medical Center

Christopher Wallick, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Classifying the Burden of Disease for Diabetic Macular Edema Patients Related to other Diabetic Patients in Regard to Health Care Utilization using the MarketScan Database”
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Senior Health Economist, Genentech, San Francisco, CA

2012 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Mindy Cheng, BS, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “Oncology Orphan Drugs: An Evidence Review, Mixed Treatment Comparison,
and Cost-effectiveness Analysis”

Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Senior Manager Global HEOR, Abbott Vascular, Inc., Santa Clara, California

Ryan N. Hansen, BA, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation: “The Association Between Sedative Hypnotic Insomnia Treatments and
Motor Vehicle Crashes”

Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington

Joshua A. Roth, BS, MHA, PhD
Dissertation: “Comparative Effectiveness Approaches to Evaluate Pharmacogenomic Technology”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Jonathan H. Watanabe, BS, PharmD, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “Implications and Investigations of Pharmacy Benefit in the United States”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, La Jolla, CA

Heidi Wirtz, BS, MS, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation: “Second Breast Cancer Events in Relation to Frequent Antibiotic Use:
An Assessment of Risk and the Development of a Framework to Evaluate Detection Bias in
Breast Cancer Pharmacoepidemiology Studies”

Chair: Denise Boudreau, PhD
Current Position: Research Scientist, Amgen Pharmaceuticals, Seattle, Washington

Master of Science Graduates:

Cara McDermott, BS, PharmD, MS, PhD
Thesis: “The Impact of Adherence and an Intervention Program on Patient Outcomes and
Costs in Chronic Hepatitis C Infection”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Senior Fellow, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Joanna Sanderson, BA, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Migraine-Specific Health Resource Utilization in Chronic and Episodic Migraine Across
Six Countries”

Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Consultant, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Seattle, WA

Veena Shankaran, BA, MD, MS
Thesis: “Adverse Events Associated with Bevacizumab and Chemotherapy in Older Patients
with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer”

Chair: Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD
Current Position(s): Co-Director, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), Fred Hutch; Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Washington; Assistant Member, Fred Hutch Clinical Research Division, Seattle, Washington

2011 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Joseph Babigumira, MBChB, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “Costs of Induced Abortion and Cost-Effectiveness of Universal Access to Modern Contraception in Uganda”
Chair: Louis Garrison, PhD
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Washington

Catherine Corbell, BSc, MSc, PhD
Dissertation: “An Epidemiologic Study Examining the Risk of Anemia Associated with Zidovudine-Based Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy in Namibia”
Chair: Andy Stergachis, PhD
Current Position: Sr Manager, Health Economics, Cardiac Rhythm Device Management Team, Medtronic, Santa Ana, California

Master of Science Graduates:

Vincent Lin, BS, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Health Care Utilization and Health Related Quality of Life for Patients After Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding Surgery”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Associate Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Kite Pharma, Santa Monica, CA

Justin Robertson, BS, MA, MS
Thesis: “An Economic Analysis of Everolimus for Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma”
Chair: Louis Garrison, Jr., PhD
Current Position: Economist, Amazon, Seattle, WA

William Wong, BA, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Cost-Effectiveness Assessment and Value of Research Analysis of Oncotype DX Testing to Guide Adjuvant Chemotherapy Treatment Decisions in Hormone Receptor-(+), Node-(+) Early Stage Breast Cancer”
Chair: David Veenstra, PhD
Current Position: Principal Health Economist, Health Policy and Systems Research, Genentech, San Francisco, CA

2010 Graduates

Master of Science Graduates:

Lisa Bloudek, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “CDR State Transition Probabilities in Alzheimer’s Disease with and without Cholinesterase Inhibitor Intervention in an Observational Cohort of AD Patients in the NACC-UDS Database”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Staff Scientist, The CHOICE Institute, University of Washington; Founder and President, Curta Consulting Group, Seattle, WA

Patrick Gillard, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Mapping From Disease-Specific Measures to Health-State Utility Values in Migraineurs”
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position(s): Executive Director, General Medicine, Global Value and Evidence, Allergan, Irvine, CA; Director, Infectious Disease & Women’s Health, Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Allergan, Irvine, CA

Bernardo Goulart, MD, MS
Thesis: “Newer Agents for Advanced Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): Evidence from the NCI Patterns of Care Study”
Chair: Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD
Current Position(s): Attending Physician, Medical Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Affiliate Investigator, Hutchinson Institute of Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR); Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA; Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Katherine Gries, PharmD, MS, PhD
Thesis: Validity and Reliability of the Visual Function Questionnaire Utility Index in Individuals with Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Associate Director, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Patient Reported Outcomes

2009 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Deborah Atherly, MPH, PhD
Dissertation: “Preventing Congenital Syphilis in Mozambique: Assessment of the Health and Economic Impact of Syphilis Diagnostic Tests in Antenatal Screening Programs”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Global Head, Policy Access and Introduction, Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access at PATH, Seattle, WA

Jamie Cross, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “Case Study and Policy Analysis of Novel Quantitative Methods for Drug Benefit-Risk Assessment in Regulatory Decision-Making”
Chair: Louis Garrison, PhD
Current Position: Founder and Principal Consultant, Cross BioStrategies, LLC

D. Eldon Spackman, MA, PhD
Dissertation: “Health Economics Research in Alzheimer’s Disease: Support for Dependence as a Health Outcome and the Development of a Model Evaluation the Cost-Effectiveness of Screening”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Master of Science Graduates:

Jonathan Watanabe, PharmD, MS, PhD
Thesis Title: “Cost-Analysis of Interventions for Antimuscarinic Refractory Patients with Overactive Bladder”
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, La Jolla, CA

Jelena Zurovac, MS, PhD
Thesis: “The Determinants of Measles Vaccination Coverage in Resource-Poor Countries”
Chair: Louis Garrison, Jr, PhD
Current Position: Senior Health Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc, Boston, MA

2008 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Lisa Meckley, PhD
Dissertation: “Clinical Utility, Cost Effectiveness, and Provider Perceptions of CYP2C9 and VKORC1 Genotyping for Chronic Warfarin Therapy”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Director, Global Outcomes Research, Takeda, Cambridge, MA

2007 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Jennie Best, MA, PhD
Dissertation: “Preference Values for Health States Associated with Colon Cancer & Its Treatment”
Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Principal Health Economist, Genentech, San Diego, California

Jonathan Campbell, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “Health Economics Research in Asthma: The Assessment of Asthma Control and the Development of a Contemporary Asthma Policy Model”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Associate Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado, Denver, CO

Matthew C. Kerrigan, MSc, PhD
Dissertation: “Cost-Effectiveness of Adjuvant Treatment & Subsequent Surveillance of Non-Invasive Bladder Cancer”
Chair: Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD
Current Position: Principal Scientist, PHMR Associates, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sarika Ogale, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “Outcomes Associated with Medications Used in the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”
Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Principal Health Economist, Outcomes Research Department, Genentech

Master of Science Graduates:

Ronald Caldwell, MS, PhD
Thesis Title: “The Economics of Smoking Cessation: An Economic Simulation Model Comparing the Costs and Benefits Associated with Standard Cessation Methods”
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

2006 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy:

Thy Do, MPH, PhD
Dissertation: “Outpatient Discontinuation of Post-Myocardial Infarction beta-blocker therapy and Its Effect on Recurrent Coronary Events”
Chair: Jacqueline Gardner, PhD
Current Position: Group Head, RWD Oncology, Personalized Healthcare, Roche, Basel, Switzerland.

2005 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy:

Scott Strassels, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation: “The association of demographic and clinical characteristics with pain in persons who received hospice care in the United States”
Chair: Sean D. Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor & Scientific Director, Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

2004 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Nina Oestreicher, MS, PhD
Dissertation: “The Economic and Clinical Outcomes and Policy Implications of Gene Expression Profiling in Breast Cancer”
Current Position: Health Economist, Genentech, San Francisco, CA

Master of Science:

Dana L. Hurley, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Polypharmacy Education Program Outcomes Assessment”
Current Position: Biotechnology and Healthcare Consultant, HUTCH Global, LLC, Seattle, WA

2003 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Brian S. Custer, MPH, PhD
Dissertation: “Blood Safety and Resource Allocation: Economic analysis of donated blood safety initiatives”
Current Position: Investigator, Blood Systems Research Institute

Kristin D. Marciante, MPH, Ph.D.
Dissertation: “Modeling the Long-Term, Population-based Outcomes of Diabetic Retinopathy”
Current Position:

Master of Science:

Karen L. Smith, MS
Thesis: “Accuracy of pharmacy claims database ‘days supply’ measure and its effect on continuous medication adherence measures in type 2 diabetics”
Current Position:

2002 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy:

Denise M. Boudreau, MS, PhD.
Dissertation: “The Association between HMG-CoA Inhibitor Use and Breast Cancer: a Case-Control Study & A Comparison of Patient Interview Data and Pharmacy Records for Antihypertensive, Lipid Lowering, and Antidepressant Medication Use among Older Women”
Current Position: Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA

Master of Science:

Christopher R. Flowers, MD, MS
Thesis: “The Cost Savings Associated with TPMT Genotype-Individualized Maintenance Therapy for Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”
Current Position: Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

2001 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation: “Meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness analyses of chlorhexidine gluconate and povidine iodine use for the prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infection”
Current Position: Professor of Health Economics, School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia; Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice,Naresuan University, Thailand

Mitchell Higashi, MBA, PhD
Dissertation: “Assessing the clinical and economic impact of genetic polymorphisms”
Current Position: Vice President, Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ

Todd Lee, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation: “Comparison of the cost-effectiveness of Triamcinolone Acetonide (Azmacort HFA) and Fluticasone Propionate (Flovent) in adult asthmatics in a randomized controlled equivalence trial”
Current Position: Professor and Head, Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Science:

Holly Trautman, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Judicious use of antibiotics in Otitis Media: analysis of antibiotic utilization patterns and guideline compliance”
Current Position: Chief Operating Officer, Aventine Consulting, LLC, Boston, MA

1999 Graduates

Master of Science:

Donna Sullivan, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Association between neuroleptic drug exposure and tardive dyskinesia”
Current Position: Chief Pharmacy Officer, Washington Health Care Authority, Olympia, WA

Sunshine D. Sommers, RPh, MS
Thesis: “The emergency contraception collaborative prescribing experience in Washington state: A program evaluation”
Current Position: Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR

1998 Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy Graduates:

David Smith, PhD, RPh, MHA
Dissertation: “Medication compliance and cost and utilization outcomes associated with pharmacist’s cognitive service interventions”
Current Position: Distinguished Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Former Post-PharmD & PhD Fellows

1994 - 1999
1994

Mary Helen Tran, PharmD
Funded by: GlaxoSmithKline

1995
Libby Black, PharmD
Funded by: GlaxoSmithKline

Essy Mozaffari, PharmD
Funded by: Roche

1996
Carmelina Battista, PharmD
Funded by: GlaxoSmithKline

1997
Scott Strassels, PharmD, PhD
Funded by: GlaxoSmithKline

1998
Dell Mather, PharmD
Funded by: GlaxoSmithKline

Darren Augenstein, PharmD, MBA
Funded by: Roche

1999
Welyn Chua Bui, PharmD
Funded by: GlaxoSmithKline

David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Funded by: Roche

2000 - 2010
2000
Doris Lew, PharmD
Funded by: Roche

2001
Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA
Funded by: Roche

2002
Joanna Huang, PharmD
Funded by: Roche

2003
Kavita Patel, PharmD, MBA
Funded by: Roche

2009
Jonathan Watanabe, PharmD, MS, PhD
Funded by: Allergan

2010
Katie Gries, PharmD, MS
Funded by: Allergan

Patrick Gillard, PharmD, MS
Funded by: Allergan

2011 - current
2011
Vincent Lin, PharmD, MS
Funded by: Allergan

2012
Joanna Sanderson, PharmD, MS
Funded by: Allergan

2013
Zsolt Hepp, PharmD, MS
Funded by: Allergan

Christopher Wallick, PharmD, MS
Funded by: Allergan

Rahber Thariani MS, PhD
Funded by: PhRMA Foundation

2014
Julia F. Slejko, PhD
Funded by: Pfizer

2015
Tracy Yep, PharmD
Funded by: Allergan

Katelyn Keyloun
Funded by: Allergan

Jean McDougall
Funded by: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Vanessa Shih
Funded by: Allergan

Justin Yu
Funded by: Bayer

Amy Tung
Funded by: Allergan

2016
Souvik Banerjee
Funded by: Pfizer

2017
Melissa Rosen
Funded by: Pfizer

Marita Zimmermann

2018
Lauren Chin
Funded by: Bayer

Sara Higa
Funded by: Allergan

Chiemeka Ike
Funded by: Allergan

2019

Thomas Hopkins
Funded by: Bayer

Ashley Kim
Funded by: Allergan

Eddie Neuberger
Funded by: Genentech

Jamie Ta
Funded by: Allergan