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Ruchir N. Karmali, MS, PhD


Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 891-5995 (phone)

Ruchir Karmali, PhD, is a Delivery Science Fellow at the Kaiser Permanente North California Division of Research. She holds a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering and MS degree in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also completed a predoctoral fellowship at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. 

Dr. Karmali’s research has employed decision science, systems science, and econometric methods to evaluate and improve population health. Her interests focus on understanding how multi-level factors (providers, geographic, and health system characteristics) affect individual behaviors and outcomes in the context of chronic disease management. Her recent research examined how access to non-pharmacologic pain management services is associated with opioid use among older adults with chronic pain.

Current Position(s):

  • Delivery Science Fellow

Section Affiliations:

  • Health Care Delivery and Policy
  • Behavioral Health and Aging

Primary Research Interests:

  • Chronic pain and opioid use
  • Health services
  • Access to treatment
  • Systems Science and Decision Science methods

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    The role of substance use disorders in experiencing a repeat opioid overdose, and substance use treatment patterns among patients with a non-fatal opioid overdose

    Author(s): Karmali RN; Ray GT; Rubinstein AL; Sterling SA; Weisner CM; Campbell CI

    Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 04 01;209:107923. Epub 2020-02-20.

    PubMed abstract

    Long-term opioid therapy definitions and predictors: A systematic review

    Author(s): Karmali RN; Bush C; Raman SR; Campbell CI; Skinner AC; Roberts AW

    Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2019 Dec 18.

    PubMed abstract