Dr. Karishma Desai

Dr. Karishma Desai is a Senior Research Associate at IMPAQ international with experience leading and managing sub-tasks and projects in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.


Dr. Desai is a Health Outcomes and Policy Researcher with a background in pharmacy and extensive training in research methods. She applies her skills towards identifying, designing and analyzing clinically impactful and policy-relevant questions. Dr. Desai has experience using data from varied sources such as administrative data, nationally representative surveys, Electronic Health Records and Veteran Health Administration data.  She also has experience with different types of Patient Reported Outcomes/Clinical Assessment Outcomes particularly in pain management. Dr. Desai is skilled at employing different methodologies such as, systematic review, meta-analysis, quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method study designs. Her expertise also span around survey research, including developing research material such as protocols, surveys and interview guides.


Dr. Desai has experience working with diverse clients including federal agencies such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Food and Drug Administration and health-focused foundations. Dr. Desai also has worked with Veteran Health Administration, academic medical institutions and tech companies.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Desai was a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University, Department of Surgery.


Dr. Desai earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy in 2016, with a minor in Population Health. She also holds a M.Sc. in Pharmacy Administration from Long Island University, New York and a B.Pharm. from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. She is a reviewer for multiple journals in various domains of research.

Previous Publications

Chin KK, Carroll I., Desai K., Asch S., Hernandez-Boussard T., Ioannidis JPA. (2019) Integrating Adjuvant Analgesics into Perioperative Pain Practice: Results from an Academic Medical Center. Pain Medicine.

Desai K., Carroll I., Asch S., Hernandez-Boussard T., Ioannidis JPA. (2019) Extremely large outlier treatment effects may be a footprint of bias in trials from less developed countries: randomized trials of gabapentinoids. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 106:80-87.

Desai K., Carroll I., Asch S., McDonald K., Seto T., Curtin C. & Hernandez-Boussard T. (2018) Utilization and effectiveness of multimodal discharge analgesia for postoperative pain management. Journal of Surgical Research, 228. 160-169.

Tedesco D., Gori D., Desai K., Fantini M., Carroll I., Asch S., McDonald K., Seto T., Curtin C. & Hernandez-Boussard T.(2017) Non-pharmaceutical interventions in post-operative pain management after total knee arthroplasty: a meta-analysis. JAMASurg.

Hernandez-Boussard T, Graham L., Desai K., Wahl Tyler., Aucoin E., Morris M., Itani K., Telford G., Richman J., Hawn M. (2017). The 5th Vital Sign: Postoperative Pain Predicts 30-day Readmission and Emergency Department Visits. Annals of Internal Medicine.

Desai K., Chewning B., Wilcox A. and Safdar N.(2017). Prescription Mail-Order Experience of VA Patients Living with AIDS/HIV. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy. In Press.

Peters J., Desai K., Ricci D., Chan D., Singh M. and Chewning B. (2016). Power of Patient Questions: A secret shopper study. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(9), 1526-1533.

Arora P., & Desai K. (2016). Impact of Affordable Care Act coverage expansion on women's reproductive preventive services in the United States. Preventive Medicine, 89, 224-229.

Lonie, J., and Desai K. (2015). Using transformative learning theory to develop metacognitive and self-reflective skills in pharmacy students: A primer for pharmacy educators. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 7.5, 669-675.

Desai K., Chewning B. & Mott D. (2015). Healthcare use amongst Online Buyers of Medications and Vitamins. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 11(6), 844-858.

Desai, K., Shah, B., Rahim, H., Yin, H., & Lonie, J. (2014). Genetic Testing for Risk of Lung Cancer: A Pilot Study Examining Perceived Benefits and Barriers using Health Belief Model. American Journal of Cancer Prevention, 2(2), 24-30.