Rahul Mhaskar  I-4944-2012

Rahul Mhaskar, MPH, PhD

Director, College of Medicine Office of Research

Instructor I, College of Medicine Graduate Affairs

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine

Assoc Professor, COPH Phire

Associate Professor, College of Medicine Office of Research

Associate Professor, Global Health, College of Public Health

Faculty Director, Research, Innovation & Scholarly Endeavors (Rise)

Contact Info 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
MDC 27
Tampa FL 33612

Academic Email: rmhaskar@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone:(813) 974-9608


  • PhD, Public Health, University of South Florida, 2010
  • MPH, Public Health, the University of Arizona, 2005
  • Medicine, Physician, University of Pune, 1999


  • American Public Health Association (Member and Reviewer, 2011 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Moale AC, Rajasekhara S, Ueng W, Mhaskar R. Educational Intervention Enhances Clinician Awareness of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Teachings around End-of-Life Care. Journal of palliative medicine. , 2018. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30004831
  • Lee SI, Sandhu S, Djulbegovic B, Mhaskar RS. Impact of spinal needle type on postdural puncture headache among women undergoing Cesarean section surgery under spinal anesthesia: A meta-analysis. Journal of evidence-based medicine. 11(3) : 136-144, 2018. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30070060
  • Pribish A, Khalil N, Mhaskar R, Woodard L, Mirza AS. Chronic Disease Burden of the Homeless: A Descriptive Study of Student-Run Free Clinics in Tampa, Florida. Journal of community health. , 2018. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30324539
  • Mhaskar R, Djulbegovic B. Bisphosphonates for Patients Diagnosed With Multiple Myeloma. JAMA. 320(14) : 1483-1484, 2018. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30326511
  • Jarmi T, Patel N, Aslam S, Makdisi G, Doumit E, Mhaskar R, Miladinovic B, Weston M. Outcomes of Induction Therapy with Rabbit Anti-Thymocyte Globulin in Heart Transplant Recipients: A Single Center Retrospective Cohort Study. Annals of transplantation. 23: 422-426, 2018. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29915167
  • Djulbegovic B, Glasziou P, Klocksieben FA, Reljic T, VanDenBergh M, Mhaskar R, Ioannidis JPA, Chalmers I. Larger effect sizes in nonrandomized studies are associated with higher rates of EMA licensing approval. Journal of clinical epidemiology. 98: 24-32, 2018. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29432860
  • Jackson SA, Derr C, De Lucia A, Harris M, Closser Z, Miladinovic B, Mhaskar R, Jorgensen T, Green L. Sonographic identification of peripheral nerves in the forearm. Journal of emergencies, trauma, and shock. 9(4) , 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27904260
  • Le NK, Mhaskar R, Hoare I, Espinel M, Fernanda Rivadeneira M, Malavade S, Izurieta R. Reemergence of Measles in the Americas: The Genotype B3 2011-2012 Outbreak in Ecuador. Vaccines. 5(2) , 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28574449
  • Verma S, Bassily E, Leighton S, Mhaskar R, Sunjic I, Martin A, Rihana N, Jarmi T, Bassil C. Renal Function and Outcomes With Use of Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation and Inotropes in End-Stage Heart Failure: A Retrospective Single Center Study. Journal of clinical medicine research. 9(7) : 596-604, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28611860
  • Pruitt Z, Mhaskar R, Kane BG, Barraco RD, DeWaay DJ, Rosenau AM, Bresnan KA, Greenberg MR. Development of a health care systems curriculum. Advances in medical education and practice. 8: CD003188, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29138614
  • Mhaskar R, Kumar A, Miladinovic B, Djulbegovic B. Bisphosphonates in multiple myeloma: an updated network meta-analysis. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 12: CD003188, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29253322
  • Kosambiya JK, Baria HG, Parmar R, Mhaskar R, Emmanuel P, Kumar A. Diagnostic accuracy of self-reported symptomatic assessment versus per speculum/per vaginal examination for the diagnosis of vaginal/cervical discharge and lower abdominal pain syndromes among female sex workers. Indian journal of sexually transmitted diseases. 37(1) : 12-6, 2017. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27190406
  • Djulbegovic B, Tsalatsanis A, Mhaskar R, Hozo I, Miladinovic B, Tuch H. Eliciting regret improves decision making at the end of life. European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990). 68: 27-37, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27710829
  • Mhaskar R, Miladinovic B, Guterbock TM, Djulbegovic B. When are clinical trials beneficial for study patients and future patients? A factorial vignette-based survey of institutional review board members. BMJ open. 6(9) : e011150, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27683511
  • Mhaskar R, Wao H, Miladinovic B, Kumar A, Djulbegovic B. The role of iron in the management of chemotherapy-induced anemia in cancer patients receiving erythropoiesis-stimulating agents. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2: CD009624, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26845108
  • Mhaskar R, Djulbegovic B. Iron Supplementation for Chemotherapy-Induced Anemia in Patients Receiving Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents. JAMA oncology. 2(11) : 1499-1500, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27387766
  • Dalia S, Dunker K, Sokol L, Mhaskar R. Hepatitis B seropositivity and risk of developing multiple myeloma or Hodgkin lymphoma: A meta-analysis of observational studies. Leukemia research. 39(12) : 1325-33, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26394533
  • Kumar A, Mhaskar R, Grossman BJ, Kaufman RM, Tobian AA, Kleinman S, Gernsheimer T, Tinmouth AT, Djulbegovic B. Platelet transfusion: a systematic review of the clinical evidence. Transfusion. 55(5) : 1116-27; quiz 1115, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25387589
  • Parchure RS, Kulkarni VV, Darak TS, Mhaskar R, Miladinovic B, Emmanuel PJ. Growth Patterns of HIV Infected Indian Children in Response to ART: A Clinic Based Cohort Study. Indian journal of pediatrics. 82(6) : 519-24, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25575909
  • Charan J, Chaudhari M, Jackson R, Mhaskar R, Reljic T, Kumar A. Comparison of methodological quality of positive versus negative comparative studies published in Indian medical journals: a systematic review. BMJ open. 5(6) : e007853, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26109118
  • Jackson RS, Myhill JA, Padhya TA, McCaffrey JC, McCaffrey TV, Mhaskar RS. The Effects of Preoperative Embolization on Carotid Body Paraganglioma Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 153(6) : 943-50, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26378186
  • Mhaskar R, Pathak EB, Wieten S, Guterbock TM, Kumar A, Djulbegovic B. Those Responsible for Approving Research Studies Have Poor Knowledge of Research Study Design: a Knowledge Assessment of Institutional Review Board Members. Acta informatica medica : AIM : journal of the Society for Medical Informatics of Bosnia & Herzegovina : časopis Društva za medicinsku informatiku BiH. 23(4) : 196-201, 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26483590
  • B Djulbegovic, J Beckstead, A Tsalatsanis, R Mhaskar, A Flynn, O Fabelo, H Tuch, A Kumar, E Pathak, I Hozo, P Jacobsen. ANTICIPATORY REGRET OF COMMISSION BUT NOT OMISSION LEADS TO LOW POSTDECISIONAL REGRET IN TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS (15th Biennial European Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making: ESMDM Meeting Abstracts) Med Decis Making. 34(7) : E2, 2014.
  • Mhaskar RS, Reljic T, Wao H, Kumar A, Miladinovic B, Djulbegovic B. Treatment-related harms: what was planned and what was reported? National Cancer Institute's Co-operative group phase III randomized controlled trials: a systematic review. Journal of clinical epidemiology. 67(3) : 354-6, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24055164
  • Mhaskar R, Clark OA, Lyman G, Engel Ayer Botrel T, Morganti Paladini L, Djulbegovic B. Colony-stimulating factors for chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 10: CD003039, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25356786
  • Mhaskar RS, Wao H, Mahony H, Kumar A, Djulbegovic B. Concordance between decision analysis and matching systematic review of randomized controlled trials in assessment of treatment comparisons: a systematic review. BMC medical informatics and decision making. 14: 57, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25023450
  • Gil-Herrera E, Tsalatsanis A, Kumar A, Mhaskar R, Miladinovic B, Yalcin A, Djulbegovic B. Identifying homogenous subgroups for individual patient meta-analysis based on Rough Set Theory. Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference. 2014: 3434-7, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25570729
  • Wao H, Mhaskar R, Kumar A, Miladinovic B, Guterbock T, Hozo I, Djulbegovic B. Uncertainty about effects is a key factor influencing institutional review boards' approval of clinical studies. Annals of epidemiology. 24(10) : 734-40, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25108689
  • Kharfan-Dabaja M, Mhaskar R, Reljic T, Pidala J, Perkins JB, Djulbegovic B, Kumar A. Mycophenolate mofetil versus methotrexate for prevention of graft-versus-host disease in people receiving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 7: CD010280, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25061777
  • Miladinovic B, Kumar A, Mhaskar R, Djulbegovic B. Benchmarks for detecting 'breakthroughs' in clinical trials: empirical assessment of the probability of large treatment effects using kernel density estimation. BMJ open. 4(10) : e005249, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25335959
  • Mhaskar R, Alandikar V, Emmanuel P, Djulbegovic B, Patel S, Patel A, Naik E, Mohapatra S, Kumar A. Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in India: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Indian journal of community medicine : official publication of Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine. 38(2) : 74-82, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23878418
  • Mhaskar RS, Ricardo I, Azliyati A, Laxminarayan R, Amol B, Santosh W, Boo K. Assessment of risk factors of helicobacter pylori infection and peptic ulcer disease. Journal of global infectious diseases. 5(2) : 60-7, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23853433
  • Djulbegovic B, Kumar A, Miladinovic B, Reljic T, Galeb S, Mhaskar A, Mhaskar R, Hozo I, Tu D, Stanton HA, Booth CM, Meyer RM. Treatment success in cancer: industry compared to publicly sponsored randomized controlled trials. PloS one. 8(3) : e58711, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23555593
  • Miladinovic B, Mhaskar R, Hozo I, Kumar A, Mahony H, Djulbegovic B. Optimal information size in trial sequential analysis of time-to-event outcomes reveals potentially inconclusive results because of the risk of random error. Journal of clinical epidemiology. 66(6) : 654-9, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23403248
  • Wao H, Mhaskar R, Kumar A, Miladinovic B, Djulbegovic B. Survival of patients with non-small cell lung cancer without treatment: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic reviews. 2: 10, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23379753
  • Mhaskar R, B Bercu B, Djulbegovic B. At what level of collective equipoise does a randomized clinical trial become ethical for the members of institutional review board/ethical committees? Acta informatica medica : AIM : journal of the Society for Medical Informatics of Bosnia & Herzegovina : časopis Društva za medicinsku informatiku BiH. 21(3) : 156-9, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24167382
  • Tea Reljic, Ambuj Kumar, Helen Mahoney, Branko Miladinovic, Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja, Rahul Mhaskar, Benjamin Djulbegovic. Efficacy Of Novel Agents As Maintenance Therapy For Multiple Myeloma: A Direct and Network Meta-Analysis (ASH 2013 Annual Meeting Abstract) Blood. 122(21) , 2013.
  • Dariam Cardentey Oliva, Jose M. Soto, Hesborn Wao, Clement K. Gwede, Rahul Mhaskar. Awareness of ongoing clinical trial information: physicians’ and clinical trial administrators’ perspectives Sixth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. , 2013.
  • Miladinovic B, Mhaskar R, Kumar A, Kim S, Schonwetter R, Djulbegovic B. External validation of a web-based prognostic tool for predicting survival for patients in hospice care. Journal of palliative care. 29(3) : 140-6, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24380212
  • Kharfan-Dabaja M, Nishihori T, Reljic T, Hamadani M, Baz R, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Mhaskar R, Djulbegovic B, Kumar A. Three-drug versus two-drug induction therapy regimens for patients with transplant-eligible multiple myeloma (Protocol) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. (6) : CD010602, 2013.
  • Miladinovic, Branko; Kumar, Ambuj; Mhaskar, Rahul; et al. Trial Sequential Analysis in Meta-Analyses of Maintenance Therapies for Multiple Myeloma BLOOD. 120(21) : 2975, 2012.
  • Kharfan-Dabaja, Mohamed A.; Mhaskar, Rahul; Reljic, Tea; et al. Mycophenolate Mofetil versus Methotrexate for Prevention of Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease: Results of a Systematic Review Limited to Prosepective Randomized Controlled Studies BLOOD. 120(21) : 4168, 2012.
  • Mahony, Helen; Kumar, Ambuj; Mhaskar, Rahul et al. Maintenance Therapies for Multiple Myeloma (MM): A Direct Meta-Analysis BLOOD. 120(21) : 4271, 2012.
  • Mahony, Helen, Ambuj Kumar, Rahul Mhaskar, Branko Miladinovic, Keith Wheatley, and Benjamin Djulbegovic. Maintenance Therapies for Multiple Myeloma (MM): A Network Meta-Analysis (meeting abstract, oral presentation) Blood. 120(21) , 2012.
  • Kumar A, Mhaskar AR, Reljic T, Mhaskar RS, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Anasetti C, Mohty M, Djulbegovic B. Antithymocyte globulin for acute-graft-versus-host-disease prophylaxis in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation: a systematic review. Leukemia : official journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K. 26(4) : 582-8, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22182922
  • Kharfan-Dabaja, MA ; Mhaskar, R ; Pidala, JA ; Perkins, JB ; Djulbegovic, B; Kumar, A. COMPARISON OF MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL (MMF) VERSUS METHOTREXATE (MTX) FOR PREVENTION OF ACUTE GRAFT-VERSUS-HOST DISEASE: RESULTS OF A META-ANALYSIS Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 18(2) : S358-S359, 2012.
  • Mhaskar R, Djulbegovic B, Magazin A, Soares HP, Kumar A. Published methodological quality of randomized controlled trials does not reflect the actual quality assessed in protocols. Journal of clinical epidemiology. 65(6) : 602-9, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22424985
  • Mhaskar R, Redzepovic J, Wheatley K, Clark OA, Miladinovic B, Glasmacher A, Kumar A, Djulbegovic B. Bisphosphonates in multiple myeloma: a network meta-analysis. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 5: CD003188, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22592688
  • Miladinovic B, Kumar A, Mhaskar R, Kim S, Schonwetter R, Djulbegovic B. A flexible alternative to the Cox proportional hazards model for assessing the prognostic accuracy of hospice patient survival. PloS one. 7(10) : e47804, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23082220
  • Mahony, Helen; Tsalatsanis, Athanasios; Mhaskar, Rahul; et al. Social Network Analysis (SNA) of Salvage Therapies in Multiple Myeloma (MM) BLOOD. 120(21) : 4239, 2012.
  • Mhaskar, R.; Georgiev, H.; Wao, H.; et al. How often do decision analyses of interventions agree with matching systematic reviews? Cochrane Colloquim Paper. , 2011.
  • Mhaskar R, Wao H, Reljic T, Kumar A, Djulbegovic B. Impact of National Cancer Institute's Common Toxicity Criteria and Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events on Quality of Treatment Related Harms Reporting: An Analysis of National Cancer Institute's Co-Operative Group Phase III Randomized Controlled Trials BLOOD. 118(21) : 309, 2011.
  • Mhaskar R, Miladinovic B, Tsalatsanis A, mbah A, Kumar A, Sehwan K, Schonwetter R, Djulbegovic B. External Validation of Prognostic Models in Terminally Ill Patients BLOOD. (21) : 1791, 2011.
  • Wilson, D. Dapic V. Mhaskar R. Miladinovic B. Kumar A. Kumar N. Connors S. Powsang J. Rivers B. Developing a systematic review analyzing chemoprevention using natural and/or synthetic agents for prostate cancer American institute for cancer research Annual research conference paper. , 2011.
  • Pathak, Y.; Mhaskar, R. Aging in India: A conflict between industrialization and changing cultural values American Public Health Association Annual Conference Paper. , 2011.
  • Mhaskar, R. Magazin A. Soares H. Kumar A. Djulbegovic B. True methodological quality of trials are not reflected in their reporting Cochrane Colloquim Paper. , 2011.
  • Mhaskar, R.; Georgiev, H.; Wao, H.; et al. Using data from systematic reviews or multiple sources in decision analyses impacts the conclusions Society Of Medical Decision Making Annual Conference paper. , 2011.
  • Mhaskar R, Redzepovic J, Wheatley K, Clark OA, Miladinovic B, Glasmacher A, Kumar A, Djulbegovic B. Bisphosphonates in multiple myeloma. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). (3) : CD003188, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20238320
  • Benjamin Djulbegovic, Ambuj Kumar, Branko Miladinovic, Tea Reljic, Sanja Galeb, Asmita Mhaskar, Rahul Mhaskar, Dongsheng Tu, Heather Stanton, Iztok Hozo, Christopher Booth and Ralph Meyer. Success in Meeting the Primary Endpoint in Phase III Trials: A Comparison of Industry and Cooperative Group Trials BLOOD. 118(21) : 237, 2011.
  • Mhaskar, R. Magazin A. Kumar A. Djulbegovic B. Impact of reported vs. actual methodological quality assessment on treatment effect size Cochrane Colloquim Paper. , 2011.
  • Mhaskar R, Wao H, Kumar A, Miladinovic B, Djulbegovic B. Role of Iron Supplementation to Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents In the Management of Chemotherapy-Induced Anemia In Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis BLOOD. 116(21) : 853, 2010.
  • Mhaskar, R.Redzepovic, J.Wheatley, K.Clark, OA.Miladinovic, B.Glasmacher, A.Kumar, A.Djulbegovic, B. Comparative Effectiveness of Bisphoshonates In Multiple Myeloma. BLOOD. 116(21) : 1248, 2010.
  • Wager E, Mhaskar R, Warburton S, Djulbegovic B. JAMA published fewer industry-funded studies after introducing a requirement for independent statistical analysis. PloS one. 5(10) : e13591, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21042585
  • Kumar, A. Mhaskar, R. Response: Re: High-Dose Chemotherapy with Autotransplantation in AL Amyloidosis: A Flawed Meta-analysis Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 16(1) : 140-141, 2009.
  • Mhaskar R, Emmanuel P, Mishra S, Patel S, Naik E, Kumar A. Critical appraisal skills are essential to informed decision-making. Indian journal of sexually transmitted diseases. 30(2) : 112-9, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21938133
  • Mhaskar R, Kumar A, Behera M, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Djulbegovic B. Role of high-dose chemotherapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation in primary systemic amyloidosis: a systematic review. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 15(8) : 893-902, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589478
  • Mhaskar, R. S. Kumar A. Soares H. Gardner W. Djulbegovic B. Treatment related harms: What was planned and what was reported? An analysis of Southwest Oncology Group Phase III trials Cochrane Colloquium Paper. , 2009.
  • Mhaskar R, Kumar A, Soares H, Schell M, Djulbegovic B. Does quality of treatment-related harms reporting affect conclusions about superiority of treatment? JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 27(15) , 2009.
  • Mhaskar, R.; Kumar, A.; Djulbegovic, B. Agreement of decision analyses and matching randomized clinical trials in assessment of treatment comparisons: a systematic review (meeting abstract) 30th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making. : 13CEP, 2008.
  • Kumar, A.; List, A.; Mhaskar, R.; et al. Efficacy of Hypo-Methylating Agents in the Treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndromes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials European Society of Hematology Congress Paper. , 2008.
  • Lobas J, Penziner A, Wallis A, Mhaskar A R, Mhaskar R S, Till L. Health Care Utilization – Patient/Provider Education, Care Coordination, and Case Management. Iowa Department of Human Services. , 2006.


  • Thomas C Chalmers Award (Cochrane Collaboration - 2011)
  • Research scholarship (University of South Florida - 2009)
  • Klasko Fellowship (USF College of Public Health - 2006)
  • Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Fellowship (The University of Arizona - 2005)
  • Young investigator research award (YUMA Friends of Arizona Health Science Center - 2005)