Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy

Doctoral students

in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy won a student research competition at ISPOR


The Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy is committed to enhancing pharmacy practice in our state by developing, implementing, and evaluating expanded roles for pharmacists in community health, preventive care, and disease management. Above all, we are committed to excellence in our education endeavors, outstanding value in our research contributions to society, and pre-eminence in meeting the needs of the pharmacy profession and the health care needs of the people.


S. Suresh Madhavan, MBA, PhD, FAPhA, West Virginia University, is the PI of “Building HOPE in West Virginia” grant received $450,000 from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to establish the Health Outcomes and Policy Evaluation (HOPE) Center as part of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Institute which is supported by a NIH Institutional Development Award Program for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR).  Dr. Usha Sambamoorthi is the Director of the HOPE Center.  Dr. Sambamoorthi is a health economist and a prolific publisher of health services and outcomes research.

Congratulations to Usha Sambamoorthi, PhD, tenured professor.

Congratulations to Suresh Madhavan and Angie Frame on their 2014 Chancellor’s Awards. Dr. Madhavan received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Scholarly Activities and Ms. Frame received the Staff Award for Clerical/Secretarial. The Chancellor’s Awards honor faculty and staff from across the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health who have crossed the traditional school boundaries and have been recognized by their peers for their outstanding accomplishments at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

Welcome to Allie Karshenas, CLDir (ASCP), SS/BB, PhD, as Associate Professor at the Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy department of West Virginia University and Director of the West Virginia Clinical and Pharmacologic Research Center (CPRC), a Contract Research organization (CRO) nested within the WVU-Research Corporation.  Its mission is to create a Clinical Trial research center capable of conducting industry-sponsored studies with direct funding from commercial organizations, and to create a “real time” experience for students and residents to experience firsthand industry-oriented clinical trials.  Since its inception, WVU-CPRC has been able to successfully conduct over 40 studies, clinically screened over 1600 subjects and dosed over 750 qualified subjects for its studies.