Faculty & Staff

Suresh S. Madhavan

Chair and Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy
School of Pharmacy
Morgantown, WV 26506-9510

P: 304-293-1652
F: 304-293-2529

Chair and Professor

Pharmaceutical Systems & Policy (SOP)

Program 7: Health Services and Intervention Research (Emerging)

Cancer Center Research Programs (MBRCC)


Purdue University , PhD, 1988


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 interests include health services research and health policy, with particular emphasis on improving access to and quality of health and preventive care services, and the cost-effective use of drugs in healthcare systems.  Dr. Madhavan’s research has focused on cost-effectiveness and budgetary impact of preventive drug therapies in public programs like Medicaid and the state government employees’ insurance program.  Over the years, he and his graduate students have studied chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, insomnia, depression, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and autism looking at issues such as quality of life, medication prescribing, cost-effectiveness of therapy, economic burden of care, and other such issues related to access, cost, affordability, and quality of health care.  Dr. Madhavan has also been involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative roles for pharmacists in the health care system. Of particular note is the Centers for Diseases Control funded study with the American Pharmacists Association regarding the pharmacist’s role in immunizations and 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 $24 million (as PI) from federal and state agencies, and private corporations. He has over 100 research publications and abstracts in a variety of journals including Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Population Health Management, Social Science and Medicine, Public Health, Journal of Health and Social Policy, Journal of Community Health, International Journal of Obesity, Journal of Women’s Health, and Psycho-Onchology. Dr. Madhavan has made over 110 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 17 PhD graduates in health outcomes research who have found employment in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and clinical research organizations.  He is currently a mentor to 4 PhD students.  Under Dr. Madhavan’s leadership, a PhD track in health outcomes research was established in the School of Pharmacy in 1988-89 which has to date graduated 26 PhDs.  Dr. Madhavan was the principal investigator of a $1.5 million multi-year (2009-13) grant award (R24) from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) to expand 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 Co-Director on a IDeA Clinical and Translational Research Grant ($19.6 million plus $33.0 million in matching commitments) that was recently funded (1U54RR033567-01; Dillon (PI)) by the USDHHS/NIGMS to build clinical and translational research infrastructure and capacity to impact health disparities in WV (2012-17).  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.  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 also provide 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 awarded the WVU Health Sciences Center Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award.


1988 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Pharmacy Administration
School of Pharmacy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

1982 Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Symboisis Institute of Management, University of Poona, India

1980 Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.)
Prin. K.M.K. College of Pharmacy, University of Bombay, India 




Ten Most Recent:

Health behaviors among breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors: a US population-based case-control study, with comparisons by cancer type and gender.
Lemasters TJ, Madhavan SS, Sambamoorthi U, Kurian S.
J Cancer Surviv. 2014; [Epub ahead of print]

"Don't Know" and accuracy of breast cancer risk perceptions among Appalachian women attending a mobile mammography program: implications for educational interventions and patient empowerment.
Lemasters TJ, Madhavan SS, Atkins E, Vyas A, Remick SC, Vona-Davis LC.
J Cancer Educ. 2014; [Epub ahead of print]

A population-based study comparing HRQoL among breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors to propensity score matched controls, by cancer type, and gender.
Lemasters T, Madhavan SS, Sambamoorthi U, Kurian S.
Psychooncology. 2013;22(10):2270-2282.

Burden of emergency and non-emergency colorectal cancer surgeries in West Virginia and the USA.
Shah NA, Halverson JA, Madhavan SS.
J Gastrointest Cancer. 2013;44(1):46-53.

Do Appalachian women attending a mobile mammography program differ from those visiting a stationary mammography facility?
Vyas A, Madhavan SS, Kelly KM, Metzger A, Schreiman J, Remick SC.
J Community Health. 2013;38(4):698-706.

Are obese women more likely to participate in a mobile mammography program?
Atkins E, Madhavan SS, Lemasters T, Vyas A, Gainor SJ, Remick SC.
J Community Health. 2012;38(2):338-348.

Declining mammography screening in a state Medicaid fee-for-service program: 1999-2008.
Bhanegaonkar A, Madhavan SS, Khanna R, Remick SC.
J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012;21(8):821-829.


Psychometric properties of the Caregiver Strain Questionnaire (CGSQ) among caregivers of children with autism.
Khanna R, Madhavan SS, Smith MJ, Tworek C, Patrick JH, Becker-Cottrill B.
Autism. 2012;16(2):179-199.

Patterns of cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and follow-up treatment in a state Medicaid fee-for-service population.
Nadpara PA, Madhavan SS, Khanna R, Smith M, Miller LA.
Popul Health Manag. 2012;15(6):362-371.

Linking Medicare, Medicaid, and cancer registry data to study burden of cancers in West Virginia.
Nadpara PA, Madhavan SS.
Medicare Medicaid Res Rev. 2012;2(4):E1-E25.

Current CV


Health Services and Outcomes (Emerging)