Meet Our Co-Directors

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Associate Professor
Management, Policy & Community Health
 UTHealth School of Public Health at Houston  

Ashish A. Deshmukh, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Policy & Community Health at UTHealth School of Public Health (UTSPH). Dr. Deshmukh is a decision scientist and health economist. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of simulation models that have the potential to improve clinical decision-making and inform health policies. He also has interest in health technology assessment and the design and analysis of economic evaluation studies using observational data or as part of clinical trials. He utilizes large databases and epidemiology-driven mathematical models to identify optimal prevention policies for HPV and associated cancers.  He also leads registry, survey, and claims database studies focusing on the epidemiology of HPV infection and HPV-related cancers, and clinical and economic outcomes of HPV-associated cancer prevention and treatment. For his work, he received several prestigious awards, including the Lee B. Lusted award from the Society for Medical Decision Making, and Outstanding Postdoctoral Trainee from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Assistant Professor
Management, Policy & Community Health
 UTHealth School of Public Health at Houston 

Kalyani Sonawane, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health and a member of the Center for Health Care Data. Her expertise is in performing population health analytics using high dimensional healthcare data to inform clinical practice and policy. She has conducted several real-world studies using health insurance claims, nationwide surveys, electronic medical records, and patient registries to study prevention and treatment strategies and to evaluate their downstream impact on population health outcomes. Her primary interest is in examining the landscape of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and its prevention in the United States, particularly understanding the drivers of HPV infection rates, barriers to HPV vaccination, and the epidemiology of HPV- associated cancers among diverse groups. Dr. Sonawane has also worked on several clinical areas, covering various aspects of health and health care interventions such as the incidence and prevalence of diseases, costs, effectiveness, survival, quality of life outcomes, drug and treatment adherence, and adverse events. 

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