Sarbanes Announces Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha as 2020 State of the Union Guest

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha, a leading pharmaceutical and health care researcher, will join him as a guest for the State of the Union Address on February 4.

Dr. Onukwugha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is also the Executive Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Computing Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Since 2019, Dr. Onukwugha has served on the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board, a first-in-the-nation effort to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Maryland residents. The board – an independent body comprised of doctors, public health experts and medical researchers – will investigate expensive prescription drugs and make recommendations to lower costs, including by setting price caps.

“For nearly two decades, Dr. Onukwugha has conducted cutting-edge pharmaceutical health services research to address health disparities, examine medical decision making and analyze ways to reduce costs across America’s health care system,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Every single day, she’s on the front lines working to help improve treatment decision making, lower health care costs, reduce prescription drug prices and enhance health outcomes for Americans in every community.”

“I’m honored to join Congressman Sarbanes at this year’s State of the Union Address and help elevate efforts to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs for Americans in all corners of the country,” said Dr. Onukwugha. “For too many people, the soaring cost of treatment and prescription drugs creates significant affordability challenges and barriers to positive health outcomes. We must do more to address prescription medication affordability concerns so that all Americans have access to high-quality healthcare. Congressman Sarbanes has been a champion for health care reform throughout his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I look forward to continue partnering with Maryland’s federal, state and local officials – along with health care industry professionals and public health experts – to improve our health care system.”

See below for Dr. Onukwugha’s full bio.

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Eberechukwu Onukwugha, MS, PhD

Dr. Onukwugha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and is the Executive Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Computing center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

She received a Bachelor of Science in economics and French from the University at Albany, State University of New York, a Master of Science in agricultural and applied economics as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in economics (concentration: econometrics) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Dr. Onukwugha completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. 

Dr. Onukwugha’s research interests are in pharmacoeconomic analysis, health disparities and medical decision-making by individuals and institutions. She examines the costs and health outcomes associated with health-related decisions as well as the institutional and environmental context framing individuals’ health-related decisions.  The health-related decisions of interest include the decision to receive guideline-recommended treatment, self-care following a hospital discharge and healthcare resource utilization in the oncology and cardiovascular disease settings.

Her research on cost-effectiveness and regression modeling has received Contributed Research Awards at international conferences sponsored by the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. Dr. Onukwugha’s research has been published in journals such as Cancer, Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, Journal of General Internal Medicine, JCO: Clinical Cancer Informatics, PharmacoEconomics, Journal of Geriatric Oncology, Value in Health, Ethnicity&Disease, Medical Care, Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, Journal of Oncology Practice and Medical Decision Making. 

Dr. Onukwugha is an Editorial Board member for PharmacoEconomics and an Associate Editor for Ethnicity&Disease.