S. Suresh Madhavan, MBA, PhD, FAPhA is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy at West Virginia University (WVU). Dr. Madhavan’s primary areas of research interest include health services research with particular emphasis on improving access to and quality of health and preventive care services. Over the years, he and his graduate students have studied chronic conditions in a variety of WV and national populations including Medicare and Medicaid such as breast, colo-rectal, prostate, and lung cancers, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, depression, diabetes, and autism with a focus on issues such as related to access, cost, affordability, quality of health care, and economic burden of care. Dr. Madhavan has also been involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative roles for pharmacists in the health care system. Of particular note are a Centers for Diseases Control-funded study, with the American Pharmacists Association, dealing with the pharmacist’s role in immunizations as well as a study of the pharmacist’s role as an academic detailer, which received the Council of State Governments’ National Award for Innovation.
Dr. Madhavan has been involved in numerous grants and contracts exceeding $28 million (as PI) from federal and state agencies, and private corporations. He currently has over 100 research publications to date in a variety of journals and his recent cancer disparities work have been published in Cancer Epidemiology, Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, Psycho-Oncology, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Journal of National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, and Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. Dr. Madhavan has over 150 abstracts and presentations at various national conferences and as an invited speaker. In his 25 years at WVU, Dr. Madhavan has mentored about a dozen junior faculty and 22 PhD graduates in health outcomes research who have found employment in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and clinical research organizations. Under Dr. Madhavan’s leadership, the PhD program in Health Services and Outcomes Research was established in the School of Pharmacy in 1988-89 and has to date graduated 36 PhDs. It was recently designated as a “Program of Excellence” by the WVU Board of Governors. Dr. Madhavan was the principal investigator of a P20 grant (2007-09) and a R24 grant (2009-13) (totaling about $2 million) from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ to establish the WV Collaborative Health Outcomes Research for Therapies and Services (CoHORTS) Center for the conduct of health services and outcomes research at WVU. He is currently a Co-investigator and Senior Advisor on an IDeA Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Grant ($19.6 million plus $33.0 million in matching commitments; 2012-17) that was funded (1U54RR033567-01; Hodder (PI)) by the USDHHS/NIGMS to build clinical and translational research infrastructure and capacity to impact health disparities in WV. He is also the PI of a three year (2014-2017) $450,000 grant from the W. Claude Benedum Foundation to expand CTR activities to include health outcomes and policy evaluation. Dr. Madhavan and his graduate students have been the recipients of three best student paper awards at the annual meetings of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
Dr. Madhavan has been a research grant reviewer for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and has been active in several national organizations in and outside of pharmacy. He was a member of the Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research study section of AHRQ for a four-year term. Dr. Madhavan has served on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accreditation site visit teams since 2012. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Journal of Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, and Journal of Pharmacy Teaching. Dr. Madhavan has served on several immunization advisory boards; two gubernatorial task forces on prescription drug benefits, and has also provided pharmaceutical policy support to West Virginia agencies and provider groups. Dr. Madhavan is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Sciences, and is a 2005-06 American Association Colleges of Pharmacy Leadership Fellow. He served as the Chair-elect and Chair of the Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences section of the American Pharmacists Association from 2006-08. Dr. Madhavan received the WVU School of Pharmacy Board of Advisors’ Excellence in Research Award in 2009 and was inducted into the WVU Health Sciences Center Academy of Excellence in Teaching & Learning in 2010. In 2012, he was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America. In February 2014, Dr. Madhavan was presented the WVU Health Sciences Center Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship, and was recently selected as the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University College of Pharmacy.