Alumni initiate Inmaculada Hernandez (HSRP ’16) is assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics in the Pitt School of Pharmacy. She earned her PharmD degree and a master's in health economics in Spain and completed her PhD at Pitt Public Health in three years. She has earned multiple academic awards as she continues her career in the health services of pharmaceutical polices, culminating in being named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Healthcare in 2019.
Hernandez’s research has focused on evaluating clinical and economic outcomes of oral anticoagulant agents and the application of statistical, epidemiological, and econometric methods to administrative databases. She has made important contributions to studying pharmaceutical pricing and medication use across health care settings. She has published 32 peer-reviewed publications since 2015 (averaging more than 10 manuscripts per year), many of which are in major health and health services research journals such as the Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, and the American Journal of Cardiology. She was recently awarded a KOl career development award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study patient and system-level determinants of oral anticoagulation use in atrial fibrillation, and she is principal investigator of a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association on the use of data mining techniques to predict side effects of anti-dementia drugs. In addition to the accolades she has received, she has made substantial progress into converting much of her work into actual policy changes through the Health Policy Institute and the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice.