Taruja Karmarkar, PhD, has been named the 2018-20 post-doctoral health policy fellow, jointly supported by the National Pharmaceutical Council and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.
Dr. Karmarkar recently earned her doctorate in health economics and policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also holds a Master of Health Science in health economics from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor’s degree in economics from New York University. Throughout her doctoral studies, she has worked with an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students to focus on specialty drug prices and the potential impact of policy proposals, through a behavioral economics framework. Her doctoral dissertation took a data-driven approach to explore the value of new Hepatitis C treatments in the context of public health, health care costs and patient access.
The Duke Margolis-NPC Post-Doctoral Health Policy Fellowship is designed for early career researchers to explore the policy implications of health services research and to learn how to design studies to inform U.S. health care policy. As a Fellow, Dr. Karmarkar will have access to researchers and policy experts from Duke and from NPC and will gain hands-on policy research experience, with opportunities to interact with a diverse set of stakeholders.