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Rajesh Balkrishnan
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  • Charlottesville, VA
  • United States
  • Professor of Public Health Sciences
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Professor of Public Health Sciences
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise/Research Interests (List All Please)
kidney disease
health informatics


Dr. Balkrishnan’s research program focuses on health services research and epidemiology related to global medical care access. In particular, Dr. Balkrishnan has been recently focused on exploring issues related to quality of care in oncology, diabetes, and kidney disease in underserved populations. For nearly 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 serves 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 nearly 300 papers, books and book chapters and has been recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in effectiveness research and evaluation.

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Solutions to increase availability of essential medications in low to middle income countries

Here is a piece I wrote a few years ago for the Harvard Global Health Review 3 years ago that is relevant today as well-

Many of the chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, require medications to prevent, treat, and alleviate their painful and persistent symptoms.

The availability of reliable and efficacious medications for those populations that most need them is a constant and growing challenge. A significant…


Posted on October 2, 2015 at 11:18am

A Wake Up Call for US Public Universities

In the US News and World Report Rankings released today the top 5 public universities in the United States, UC Berkley, UCLA, U Virginia, U Michigan and UNC are ranked nationally at a lowly 20, 23, 26, 29 and 30 respectively. Is this just a bias or is it time for public universities to up the ante a bit and focus on delivering high quality education which shapes the future generation of leaders and professionals using "out of the box" thinking and methods? Just wondering...

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 10:39am

Increasing access to essential medications

Was fortunate enough to work with the NCD alliance on this paper to strategize increasing access to essential medications globally - …


Posted on September 8, 2015 at 1:30pm

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