Jayashri Sankaranarayanan, M.Pharm., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Office 4051
College of Pharmacy
University of Nebraska Medical Center
986045 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6045
402-559-5267 (Office)
402-559-5673 (Fax)
Teaching Activities: 
Dr. Sankaranarayanan is the course coordinator and the primary instructor for the Pharmacy and Health Care (PHPR 560) course. It is the required course for professional PharmD students, which includes Medicare Part D education and policy discussions on health care systems in the US and other countries. Specifically, the course is an examination of the social, economic (payer), organizational/professional (provider), and consumer (patient) factors affecting the delivery of health care services and pharmacy practice in the US health care system. She also lectures in the Epidemiology Theory and Applications (PSM 820) course of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) graduate program at UNMC.

Research Activities/Interests: 
Dr. Sankaranarayanan's research interests are in applying outcomes and pharmacoeconomic research methods to guide health policy and decision making. Dr. Sankaranarayanan conducts real-world studies of access to and effectiveness of treatments, and quality of care in health care systems. For this purpose, she studies health outcomes (medication use, health service use, physician prescribing, patient's self-management behavior, medication adherence, health related quality of life, indirect costs) and does pharmacoeconomic (cost-effectiveness, burden/cost of illness) research. Other interests are in systematic reviews, survey research, the expanding role of pharmacy services in public health, and innovative pharmacy education strategies. Therapy areas of work include but not limited to chronic diseases (psychiatric and neurological disorders, and cancer).

Training and Education:
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Pharmacy Administration, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, 2004.
Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm), University of Bombay, India,1992
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm), University of Bombay, India,1989

Work Experience:
Executive/Managerial positions in Medical Services/Research divisions in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry, 1992-2000.

Recent Publications:

  1. Sankaranarayanan J, Collier D, Furasek A, Reardon T, Smith LM, McCartan M, Langnas AN. Rurality and other factors associated with adherence to immunosuppressant medications in community-dwelling solid-organ transplant recipients. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2011 Aug 17. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. McChargue DE, Sankaranarayanan J, Visovsky CG, Matthews EE, Highland KB, Berger AM. Predictors of adherence to a behavioral therapy sleep intervention during breast cancer chemotherapy. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2012;20(2):245-52.

  3. Sankaranarayanan J, Watanabe-Galloway S, Sun J, Qiu F, Boilesen EC, Thorson AG. Age and rural residence effects on accessing colorectal cancer treatments: a registry study. American Journal of Managed Care. 2010;16(4):265-73.

  4. Hermsen ED, Hanson M, Sankaranarayanan J, Stoner JA, Florescu MC, Rupp ME. Clinical outcomes and nephrotoxicity associated with vancomycin trough concentrations during treatment of deep-seated infections. Expert Opinion in Drug Safety. 2010;9(1):9-14.

  5. Mullins CD, Seal B, Seoane-Vazquez E, Sankaranarayanan J, Asche CV, Jayadevappa R, Lee WC, Romanus DK, Wang J, Hay JW, Smeeding J. Good research practices for measuring drug costs in cost-effectiveness analyses: Medicare, Medicaid and other US government payers perspectives: the ISPOR Drug Cost Task Force report--Part IV. Value in Health. 2010;13(1):18-24.

  6. Sankaranarayanan J, Watanabe-Galloway S, Sun J, Qiu F, Boilesen E, Thorson AG. Rurality and other determinants of early colorectal cancer diagnosis in Nebraska: a 6-year cancer registry study, 1998-2003. Journal of Rural Health. 2009;25(4):358-65.

  7. Freifeld A, Sankaranarayanan J, Ullrich F, Sun J. Clinical practice patterns of managing low-risk adult febrile neutropenia during cancer chemotherapy in the  USA. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2008;16(2):181-91.

  8. Sankaranarayanan J, Puumala SE. Antipsychotic use at adult ambulatory care visits by patients with mental health disorders in the United States, 1996-2003:  national estimates and associated factors. Clinical Therapeutics. 2007;29(4):723-41.

  9. Berger AM, Sankaranarayanan J, Watanabe-Galloway S. Current methodological approaches to the study of sleep disturbances and quality of life in adults with cancer: a systematic review. Psychooncology. 2007;16(5):401-20.

  10. Sankaranarayanan J, Puumala SE, Kratochvil CJ. Diagnosis and treatment of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder at US ambulatory care visits from 1996 to 2003.  Current Medical Research and Opinion. 2006;22(8):1475-91.

Jayashri Sankaranarayanan, M.Pharm., Ph.D.
Jayashri Sankaranarayanan, M.Pharm., Ph.D.