Cancer Institute

  • Rahul Khanna

    Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Administration
    Research Assistant Professor, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Cancer Epidemiology Program
    PhD, Health Outcomes, 2010, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

    Contact information 
    School of Pharmacy
    Faser Hall, Room 236
    P.O. Box 1848
    University, MS 38677-1848
    Phone: (662) 915-1651


    Research interests

    • Economic burden of cancer
    • Quality of life among caregivers of individuals with cancer

    Research synopsis

    My research focus is towards the use of claims data for pharmacoepidemiological research across a range of chronic conditions including breast and cervical cancer. I am particularly interested in assessing the healthcare utilization and economic burden of these two types of cancer using both limited and public use datasets such as Medicaid and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. In a more recent study, I determined the prevalence and healthcare use and cost burden of breast cancer among women recipients in a state Medicaid program. In another project, I studied the role of socio-demographic and healthcare access factors in predicting mammography screening. Going forward, I am interested in two broad areas of cancer-related research. First, I want to identify the factors that predict quality of life among caregivers of women with breast or cervical cancer. Second, I want to determine the true burden of breast and cervical cancer among underprivileged women enrolled in the Mississippi Medicaid program by linking state cancer registry and Medicaid data.

    Recent accomplishments and honors

    • 2011 - Invited Speaker "ISPOR in Action", International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 16th Annual International Meeting, May 21-25, 2011, Baltimore, MD
    • 2010 - Invited Judge for Poster Presentations, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 15th Annual International Meeting, May 15-19, 2010, Atlanta, GA

    Selected publications

    • Impact of Preexisting Mental Illnesses on Receipt of Guideline-Consistent Breast Cancer Treatment and Health Care Utilization. Mahabaleshwarkar R, Khanna R, Banahan B, West-Strum D, Yang Y, Hallam JS. Popul Health Manag. 2015 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print
    • The role of immune cells in metabolism-related liver inflammation and development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).Nati M, Haddad D, Birkenfeld AL, Koch CA, Chavakis T, Chatzigeorgiou A.Rev Endocr Metab Disord. 2016 Mar;17(1):29-39. doi: 10.1007/s11154-016-9339-2. Review PMID:26847547
    • Immunohistochemical Detection of p16(INK4a) in Leukoplakia and Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Prakash P, Khandare M, Kumar M, Khanna R, Singh GP, Nath G, Gulati AK. J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Dec;7(12):2793-5. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/7720.3882. Epub 2013 Dec 15. PMID: 24551639
    • Pharmacists' perspectives on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Khanna R, Mahabaleshwarkar R, Holmes ER, Jariwala K.  Res Social Adm Pharm. 2014 Apr 28. pii: S1551-7411(14)00060-6. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2014.04.003. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24846579
    • Cytodiagnosis of the primary breast lymphoma in a young woman. Patne SC, Kumar M, Khanna R.  J Cytol. 2013 Oct;30(4):284-6. doi: 10.4103/0970-9371.126674. PMID: 24648678
    • Prevalence, healthcare utilization and costs of breast cancer in a state Medicaid fee-for-service program. Khanna R, Madhavan SS, Bhanegaonkar A, Remick SC. Journal of Women's Health. In press
    • Hospitalization burden among individuals with autism. Lokhandwala T, Khanna R, Strum-West D. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. In Press
    • 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 (The International Journal of Research and Practice). In Press
    • Assessment of health-related quality of life among primary caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders. Khanna R, Madhavan SS, Smith MJ, Patrick JH, Tworek C, Becker-Cottrill B.Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. In press
    • Breast cancer screening, incidence, and mortality in West Virginia. Khanna R, Bhanegaonkar A, Colsher P, Madhavan SS, Halverson J.West Virginia Medical Journal 2009; 105 Spec No:24-32