Raj Desai, M.S.

Raj Desai

Contact Information
email: raj.desai@ufl.edu

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S. Pharmacy, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India
    M.S. Pharmacy Administration, St. John’s University, New York, United States

Entry Date into the POP Ph.D. program:  Fall, 2019

Research Interests

  • My primary research interests included analyzing the safety of aldosterone antagonists in patients with resistant hypertension.
  • Additionally, I am also interested in evaluating safety and effectiveness of Erythropoietin-Stimulating Agents on prevention of major adverse cardiovascular events in patientsinitiating maintenance hemodialysis.

Professional Experience

  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston, Massachusetts: Real World Evidence Graduate Intern (May 2019-August 2019)
  • UF Health, Department ofNeuromedicine, Gainesville, Florida: Quality Improvement Graduate Intern (May 2018-December 2018)
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida:Graduate Research Assistant (August 2017-Present)


  • Graduate Student Assistantship, University of Florida, 2017-Present
  • Graduate Student Assistantship, St. John’s University, 2015-2017
  • Graduate Student Publishing Award (2019)
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, University of Florida
  • Travel Grant Award by International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) for the 22nd Annual International Meeting, Boston


  • Desai, R., Jo, A. & Marlow, N. M. Risk of medication non-adherence among Medicaid enrollees with fibromyalgia: Development of a validated risk prediction tool. Pain Pract. Off. J. World Inst. Pain (2018). doi:10.1111/papr.12743.
  • Desai, R. & Nayak, R. Effects of Medication Nonadherence and Comorbidity on Health Resource Utilization in Schizophrenia. Manag. Care Spec. Pharm. 25, 37–46 (2019).
  • Desai, R. & Sonawane, K. Depression treatment use among stroke individuals with depression: A cross-sectional analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Soc. Adm. Pharm. RSAP (2018). doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.11.009
  • Desai, R., Hong, Y. R. & Huo, J. Utilization of pain medications and its effect on quality of life, health care utilization and associated costs in individuals with chronic back pain. Journal of Pain Research (2019). doi:10.2147/JPR.S18714
  • Huo, J., Desai, R.,Hong, YR., Turner, K., Mainous, AG, Bian, J. Use of Social Media in Health Communication: Findings From the Health Information National Trends Survey 2013, 2014, and 2017. Cancer Control 26, 1073274819841442 (2019).
  • Desai, R., Camacho, F., Tan, X., LeBaron, V., Blackhall, L., & Balkrishnan, R. (2019). Mental Health Comorbidities and Elevated Risk of Opioid Use in Elderly Breast Cancer Survivors Using Adjuvant Endocrine Treatments. Journal of Oncology Practice, JOP1800781. https://doi.org/10.1200/JOP.18.00781
  • Renfro, C. P., Turner, K., Desai, R., Counts, J., Shea, C. M., & Ferreri, S. P. (2019). Implementation process for comprehensive medication review in the community pharmacy setting. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2019.07.007
  • Hong, YR., Huo, JH., Desai, R., Cardel, M., Deshmukh, AA. Excess Costs and Economic Burden of Obesity-Associated Cancers in the United States. Value in Health(2019). doi:10.1016/j.jval.2019.07.004