Alumni Graduate Students

2017 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

Harry Lee, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Cost-Effectiveness of Pembrolizumab for Advanced NSCLC with Performance Based Risk Sharing Agreements”
Advisor: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD

Solomon Lubinga, MSc, PhD
Dissertation: “Demand for Voluntary Medical Male Cicumcision for HIV Prevention: the Influence of Economic and Psychological Factors, and Policy Implications”
Advisor: Anirban Basu and Joseph Babigumira

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

Sheila Shapouri, PharmD, MS
Thesis:“Predicting Hospitalizations Post-Discharge Among Patients with Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections (ABSSSIs)”
Advisor: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD

Lucille A. Sun, BA, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Risk of Depressive or Anxiety Disorders in Commerically Insured Patients with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) in the US: A retrospective Analysis”
Chair: Josh Carlson, PhD, MPH

Elisabeth Vodicka, MHA, PhD
Dissertation: “Cervical Cancer in Low-Income Settings: Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of Screening and Treatment”
Advisors: Joseph Babigumira and Brian Bresnahan

2016 Graduates

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

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

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, Sr., PhD

Catherine M. Lockhart, BFA, BS, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Value Assessment of Orphan Drugs and Treatments of Rare Diseases”
Chair: Ryan Hansen, PharmD, PhD

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

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

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

Marita Zimmermann, BS, MPH, PhD
Dissertation: “Evaluation and Potential Cost-Effectiveness of Active Surveillance Pharmacovigilance for First-Line HAART in Namibia”
Chair: Andy Stergachis, PhD

2015 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:

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: PCOR K-12 Scholar 2015-2017

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: Clinical Writer, Economic Modeler, Aventine Consulting, LLC

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: 2nd Year of Allergan Fellowship, Irvine, California

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: 2nd Year of Allergan Fellowship, Irvine, California

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: University of Washington Health Technology Fund Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacy, University of Washington

Justin Sammy Yu, PharmD, MS
Thesis: “Indirect Costs and Outcomes Associated with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma”
Chair: Josh Carlson, MPH, PhD
Current Position: 2nd Year of Bayer Fellowship, Whippany, New Jersey

2014 Graduates

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

Katherine Gries, PharmD, MS, PhD
Dissertation: Influence of Perspective on Preferences for Prostate Cancer Outcomes
Dissertation Chair: Donald Patrick, PhD
Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Evidera

Tracy Yep, PharmD, MS
Thesis: Total and Disease Specific Healthcare Cost and Utilization of Glaucoma Patients
Thesis Chair: Beth Devine, PhD, MBA, PharmD
Current Position: 2nd Year of Allergan Fellowship

2013 Graduates

Sara Forrester, PharmD, MS
Thesis: The Cost-Effectiveness of Oral Anti-Coagulants in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation
Thesis Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: PGY1 Managed Care Pharmacy Resident at Group Health Cooperative

Zsolt Hepp, PharmD, MS
Thesis: Adherence to Migraine Prophylactics: A Claims-Based Analysis of Chronic Migraine Patients
Thesis Chair: Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Current Position: Principal Research Associate, Allergan Pharmaceuticals

Nita Khandelwal, MD, MS
Thesis: Rescue Therapies for Refractory Hypoxemia: An Exploratory Analysis of Survival & Cost
Thesis 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: Principal Research Associate at Allergan Pharmaceuticals

2012 Graduates

Mindy Cheng, BS, MS, PhD
Dissertation Title: Oncology Orphan Drugs: An Evidence Review, Mixed Treatment Comparison,
and Cost-effectiveness Analysis
Dissertation Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Senior Manager Global HEOR, Abbott Vascular, Inc., Santa Clara, California

Ryan N. Hansen, BA, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation Title: The Association Between Sedative Hypnotic Insomnia Treatments and
Motor Vehicle Crashes
Dissertation Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Acting Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington
AHRQ/UW K12 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Scholar

Cara McDermott, BS, PharmD, MS
Thesis Title: The Impact of Adherence and an Intervention Program on Patient Outcomes and
Costs in Chronic Hepatitis C Infection
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: PhD Student, PORPP, University of Washington

Joshua A. Roth, BS, MHA, PhD
Dissertation Title: Comparative Effectiveness Approaches to Evaluate Pharmacogenomic
Technology
Dissertation Chair: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: AHRQ K12 Scholar, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington

Joanna Sanderson, BA, PharmD, MS
Thesis Title: Migraine-Specific Health Resource Utilization in Chronic and Episodic Migraine Across
Six Countries
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Consultant, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Seattle, WA

Veena Shankaran, BA, MD, MS
Thesis Title: Adverse Events Associated with Bevacizumab and Chemotherapy in Older Patients
with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Thesis Chair: Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of Washington
Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington

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

Heidi Wirtz, BS, MS, PharmD, PhD
Dissertation Title: 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
Dissertation Chair: Denise Boudreau, PhD
Current Position: Research Scientist, Amgen Pharmaceuticals, Seattle, Washington

2011 Graduates

Joseph Babigumira, MBChB, MS, PhD
Dissertation Title: Costs of Induced Abortion and Cost-Effectiveness of Universal Access to Modern Contraception in Uganda
Dissertation Chair: Louis Garrison, Jr., PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington

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

Vincent Lin, BS, PharmD, MS
Thesis Title: Health Care Utilization and Health Related Quality of Life for Patients After Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding Surgery
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Research Scientist, Amgen Pharmaceuticals, Westlake Village, California

Justin Robertson, BS, MA, MS
Thesis Title: An Economic Analysis of Everolimus for Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma
Thesis Chair: Louis Garrison, Jr., PhD
Current Position: PhD Student, Department of Economics, University of Washington

William Wong, BA, PharmD, MS
Thesis Title: 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
Thesis Chair: David Veenstra, PhD
Current Position: Scientific Research Associate, Allergan, Inc., Irvine, California

2010 Graduates

Lisa Bloudek, PharmD, MS
Thesis Title: 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
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Principle Research Associate, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, CA

Patrick Gillard, PharmD, MS
Thesis Title: Mapping From Disease-Specific Measures to Health-State Utility Values in Migraineurs
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: Scientific Research Associate, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, CA

Bernardo Goulart, MD, MS
Thesis Title: Newer Agents for Advanced Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): Evidence from the NCI Patterns of Care Study
Thesis Chair: Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD
Current Position: Fellow – Medical Oncology, Hematology/Oncology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Katie Gries, PharmD, MS
Thesis Title: Validity and Reliability of the Visual Function Questionnaire Utility Index in Individuals with Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Thesis Chair: Sean Sullivan, PhD
Current Position: PhD Graduate Student, PORPP, University of Washington

2009 Graduates

Deborah Atherly, MPH, PhD
Dissertation Title: Preventing Congenital Syphilis in Mozambique: Assessment of the Health and Economic Impact of Syphilis Diagnostic Tests in Antenatal Screening Programs
Doctoral Committee: Sean Sullivan, PhD, Chair, David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD, Tom Hazlet, PharmD, DrPH, Stephen Gloyd, MD, Carol Levin, PhD
Current Position: Research Scientist, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health-(PATH), Seattle, WA

James Cross, PhD
Dissertation Title: A Case Sudy and Policy Analysis of Novel Quantitative Methods for Drug Benefit-Risk Assessment in Regulatory Decision-Making
Doctoral Committee: Louis Garrison, Jr, PhD, Chair, Jacqueline Gardner, PhD, David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Program Director, Regulatory Affairs, Genentech Drug Safety, San Francisco, CA

D. Eldon Spackman, PhD
Dissertation Title: 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
Doctoral Committee: Sean Sullivan, PhD, Chair, David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD, Srikanth Kadiyala, PhD, Peter Neumann, ScD
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK

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

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

2008 Graduates

Lisa Meckley, PhD
Dissertation Title: Clinical Utility, Cost Effectiveness, and Provider Perceptions of CYP2C9 and VKORC1 Genotyping for Chronic Warfarin Therapy
Doctoral Committee: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD, Chair, Louis Garrison, Jr, PhD, Diane Martin, PhD, Ann Wittkowsky, PharmD
Current Position: Health Economist, Trinity Partners, Boston, MA

2007 Graduates

Jennie Best, MA, PhD
Dissertation Title: Preference Values for Health States Associated with Colon Cancer & Its Treatment
Doctoral Committee: David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD, Chair, Louis Garrison, PhD, William Hollingworth, PhD, Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD
Current Position: Principal Health Economist, Genentech, San Diego, California

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

Jonathan Campbell, MS, PhD
Dissertation Title: Health Economics Research in Asthma: The Assessment of Asthma Control and the Development of a Contemporary Asthma Policy Model
Doctoral Committee: Sean Sullivan, PhD, Chair, David Blough, PhD, Louis Garrison, PhD, David Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado, Denver

Matthew C. Kerrigan, MSc, PhD
Dissertation Title: Cost-Effectiveness of Adjuvant Treatment & Subsequent Surveillance of Non-Invasive Bladder Cancer
Doctoral Committee: Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD, Chair, David Blough, PhD, Louis Garrison, PhD, David Penson, MD, MPH
Current Position: Assistant Director, Global Health Outcomes, GlaxoSmithKline

Sarika Ogale, MS, PhD
Dissertation Title: Outcomes Associated with Medications Used in the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Doctoral Committee: Sean Sullivan, PhD, Chair, Kenneth Thummel, PhD, David Au, MD, Denise Boudreau, PhD, Louis Garrison, PhD, Todd Lee, PhD
Current Position: Health Economist, Outcomes Research Department, Genentech

2006 Graduates

Thy Do , MPH, PhD
Dissertation Title: Outpatient Discontinuation of Post-Myocardial Infarction beta-blocker therapy and Its Effect on Recurrent Coronary Events. Doctoral Committee: Jacqueline Gardner, PhD, (chair), David L. Blough, PhD, Susan Heckbert, PhD, Eric Johnson, PhD, Gerald van Gelle, PhD
Current Position: Research Scientist, Epidemiology Group, Amgen Pharmaceuticals

2005 Graduates

Scott Strassels, PharmD, PhD., BCPS
Dissertation Title: The association of demographic and clinical characteristics with pain in persons who received hospice care in the United States. Doctoral Committee: Sean D. Sullivan, PhD (chair), David L. Blough, PhD, Thomas K. Hazlet, PharmD, DrPH, David L. Veenstra, PharmD, PhD
Current Position: Health Outcomes Researcher, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Austin, Texas

2004 Graduates

Dana L. Hurley, PharmD, M.S.
Thesis Title: Polypharmacy Education Program Outcomes Assessment
Current Position: Math Tutor, Laurelhurst Elementary School, Seattle, WA

Nina Oestreicher Hill, M.S., PhD.
Dissertation Title: The Economic and Clinical Outcomes and Policy Implications of Gene Expression Profiling in Breast Cancer
Current Position: Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

2003 Graduates

Brian S. Custer, MPH, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Blood Safety and Resource Allocation: Economic analysis of donated blood safety initiatives.
Current Position: Research Scientist, Blood Centers of the Pacific

Kristin D. Marciante, MPH, Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Modeling the Long-Term, Population-based Outcomes of Diabetic Retinopathy.
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular Health Research Unit, UW/Group Health

Karen L. Smith, M.S.
Thesis Title: Accuracy of pharmacy claims database ‘days supply’ measure and its effect on continuous medication adherence measures in type 2 diabetics.
Current Position: Program Director, University of Arizona

2002 Graduates

Denise M. Boudreau, M.S., Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: 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: Research Scientist, Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound

Christopher R. Flowers, M.D., M.S
Thesis Title: The Cost Savings Associated with TPMT Genotype-Individualized Maintenance Therapy for Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Current Position: Associate Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University

2001 Graduates

Holly Carlton Trautman, Pharm.D., M.S.
Thesis Title: Judicious use of antibiotics in Otitis Media: analysis of antibiotic utilization patterns and guideline compliance
Current Position: Managing Member, Aventine Consulting, LLC, Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA

Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: 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

Mitchell Higashi, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Assessing the clinical and economic impact of genetic polymorphisms
Current Position: Chief Economist, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, GE Healthcare

Todd Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Comparison of the cost-effectiveness of Traimcinolone Acetonide (Azmacort HFA) and Fluticasone Propionate (Flovent) in adult asthmatics in a randomized controlled equivalence trial
Current Position: Senior Investigator, Midwest Center for Health Services and Policy Research and Research Assistant Professor, Center for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

1999 Graduates

Donna Sullivan, Pharm.D., M.S.
Thesis Title: Association between neuroleptic drug exposure and tardive dyskinesia
Current Position: Pharmacy Director, Uniform Medical Plan

Sunshine D. Sommers, R.Ph., M.S.
Thesis Title: The emergency contraception collaborative prescribing experience in Washington state: A program evaluation
Current Position: Drug Information and Formulary Support, Kaiser Permanente, Oregon

 

1998 Graduates

David Smith, R.Ph., M.H.A., Ph.D.
Dissertation Title: Medication compliance and cost and utilization outcomes associated with pharmacist’s cognitive service interventions
Current Position: Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research