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Prof. Monika Sawhney

Prof. Monika Sawhney

Prof. Monika Sawhney - Ph.D. in Health Care from The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Masters Diploma in Human Resources Development from Academy of Human Resources Development Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 1996; Master of Social Work from MS University of Baroda, Baroda, Gujarat, 1994; Bachelor of Sciences from University of Baroda, Gujarat, 1992.


BIO

Dr. Monika Sawhney is currently a tenured Associate Professor at The University of North Carolina in Charlotte, NC, USA. She serves as an Affiliate faculty with Africana Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and School of Data Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC. She has also served as a Clinical Associate Professor with Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (Department of Cardiology Services).


Dr. Sawhney is an experienced Health Economist and outcomes researcher with a Ph.D. in Health care from The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has 20+ years of experience leading, directing, and collaborating on research assignments related to health economics, real-world evidence, epidemiology, health systems efficiency/efficacy, the burden of diseases/illnesses, quality of care, patient-reported outcomes, clinical trials, outcomes research with a primary focus on healthcare business and policy.  


 Dr. Sawhney is experienced in the United States healthcare systems and has worked with a range of real-world data sources [claims, registry, electronic health records, Health Care Utilization Project (HCUP)]. She has rich collaborative experience with multi-stakeholders (government officials, academic institutions, funders, policymakers, and publishers) and has rich experience in project management and leading negotiations for successful businesses. 


She is a member of the Global Burden of Disease Collaborator with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Since 2017, Dr. Sawhney has co-authored 67 peer-reviewed research papers (15,802 citations) in top journals such as The Lancet, PLOS Neglected Tropical Disease, New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Bio-Med Central-Health Services Research, and Clinical Therapeutics. She is credited with formal invitations and delivering invited talks on healthcare outcomes from real-world evidence and has presented her work at 20+ international conferences including The International Health Economics Association (IHEA), Union for African Population Studies (UAPS), Global Symposium of Health Systems Research, and American Public Health Association. 


Currently, Dr. Monika is collaborating (in the areas of teaching, research, and field-based assignments) with grassroots non-governmental and governmental organizations as well as educational institutions in India, Rwanda, and Tanzania with an overall aim to eradicate diseases (neglected tropical, non-communicable, and communicable diseases) in low- and middle-income countries. In the course of her career, Dr. Monika also worked as a consultant for UNICEF, WHO, and John Snow Inc. in program implementation and evaluation projects. Working in Ethiopia with WHO and CDC, she managed the measles immunization campaign, coordinated POLIO surveillance assignments, and worked with the ministry to help strengthen their health system by focusing on designing and implementing training programs. Throughout her career, she has presented peer-reviewed presentations at eight international peer-reviewed conferences.  


Dr. Sawhney has teaching, research, field, and program-related experiences in the varied areas of International/Global Public health in countries such as Austria, Bangladesh, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Poland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, and the United States of America.