The Pharmaceutical Research Computing (PRC) center is comprised of information technology specialists, programmers, statisticians, and pharmacists who have expertise in data management and analysis.

Team members have clinical expertise in pharmacotherapeutics, knowledge of reference files (e.g., drug dictionaries, ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, CPT), and a firm understanding of research methodologies, which provide important contributions to study design, operationalization of variables, and data analysis. They have extensive experience working with:

  • Large administrative claims data such as Medicare, Medicaid, and MarketScan-BIG Data
  • Secondary data sets, including Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Epidemiology and End Results-Medicare, Surveillance, United States Renal Data System, and Veteran's Affairs
  • Primary data, including pharmacy and medical information such as service evaluations, patient or client surveys, and more

Team Members:

Eberechukwu Onukwugha, MS, PhD
Executive Director
220 Arch Street
12th Floor, Room 208
Baltimore, MD, 21201
Phone: (410) 706-8981
Email: eonukwug@rx.umaryland.edu

Eberechukwu (Ebere) Onukwugha, MS, PhD, is an associate professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Ebere received her PhD in economics from Virginia Tech, with a concentration in econometrics. Her research interests include cost-effectiveness analysis, health disparities, and medical decision-making by individuals and institutions. She examines the costs and outcomes associated with health-related decisions, as well as the institutional and environmental context framing individuals' health-related decisions. Health-related decisions of interest include medication compliance, compliance with hospital discharge instructions, and compliance with treatment guidelines in the oncology and cardiovascular disease settings. Her research on the costs and causes of discharges against medical advice using quantitative and qualitative methods was supported by a K12 grant (1K12RR023250-01). 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, and has been published in journals such as PharmacoEconomics, Medical Care, Value in Health, Urology, and Medical Decision Making.

Jim Gardner, ScM
Research Specialist
220 Arch Street
12th Floor, Room 515
Baltimore, MD 21201-1531
Phone: (410) 706-7559
Email: jgardner@rx.umaryland.edu

Jim received his BS in mathematics in 1974 from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., and his ScM degree in biostatistics with a concentration in epidemiology in 1978 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Jim has been with the University of Maryland since 1980, first at the School of Medicine for 18 years, and now with PRC where his experience has been primarily working with Maryland Medicaid and SEER data. He is a senior SAS programmer, focusing on the building of large data sets to be used in complex statistical models. With his knowledge of Excel, Access and VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), he has built data entry and management systems to facilitate primary data collection and to integrate the databases into SAS for statistical analyses across computer platforms. He has given numerous SAS seminars and conducted SAS users groups for the department. Jim also appears as a co-author in numerous peer-reviewed publications, including JAMA, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

Abree Johnson, MS
Coordinator and Analyst
220 Arch Street
12th Floor, Room 519
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-5396
Email: ajohnson@rx.umaryland.edu

Abree earner her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and her master's degree in Management, with a specialization in project management, from UMUC in 2014. She is an experienced project manager as well as data analyst using a variety of software applications such as MS Excel and ArcGIS. She has worked with investigators to construct variables from secondary data sources, including electronic crash and crime records, as well as other administrative data sets. She develops detailed specifications for analytic file construction, utilizes diagnosis and procedure coding systems (e.g. ICD-9-CM, KABCO), and collaborates with SAS programmers to create analytic files. She has extensive experience operationalizing variables and creating study files for analysis. She has assisted many PIs with primary data collection using structured questionnaires and performed administrative tasks, including completing institutional review board applications and preparing data use agreements or memorandums of understanding.

Jacqueline A. Milani, MS, CPP
Director
220 Arch Street
12th Floor, Room 521
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-3266
Email: jmilani@rx.umaryland.edu

Jacqueline has more than 20 years of public health experience earning degrees in psychology at UMBC and project management at UMUC. She has been with the University of Maryland, Baltimore since 2008, serving first with the School of Medicine and the National Study Center for Trauma, and most recently as research project coordinator in EMS (NSC). She is a certified prevention professional through MAPPA and has had a special interest in roadway injuries and fatalities, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and older/younger driver transportation issues. Over the years, Jacqueline has collaborated on injury prevention and traffic safety-related projects with partners from the Maryland MVA, Maryland Highway Safety Office, NHTSA, Maryland DHMH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, CDC and others. She has also been actively involved with the Partnership for a Safer Maryland serving as president and as a board member.

Pat Stewart
Programmer
220 Arch Street
12th Floor, Room 519
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-3112
Email: pstewart@rx.umaryland.edu

Pat has a BS in mathematics education with a minor in health from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has more than 30 master's credits in the area of math education and computer science from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Pat has been a SAS programmer for more than 30 years, and is experienced in data manipulation using SAS DATA steps and Macros. In addition to working with large health care databases, Pat has managed large residential and commercial phone files for AT&T and MCI. Currently, Pat teaches and lectures PHSR graduate students enrolled in the School of Pharmacy's research methods classes. She also provides individual tutoring on SAS programming to graduate students.

Kai Sun, MS
Biostatistician
220 Arch Street
12th Floor, Room 507
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-0080
Email: ksun@rx.umaryland.edu

Kai is an experienced statistician who earned his BS in nuclear phsyics at Lanzhou University in China. He has a master's degree in computer science from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Texas. Kai has extensive experience managing data for epidemiological and medical research. Prior to joining PRC in 2015, Kai spent over eight years as a biostatistician at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is experienced in SAS programming, developing study designs, assessing different approaches to analyzing data and executing various other tasks in the field of statistics.

Jacinda Tran, PharmD
Research Pharmacist
220 Arch Street
12th Floor, Room 409
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-5044
Email: jtran@rx.umaryland.edu

Jacinda graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BS in psychobiology. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2014 and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Baltimore. Jacinda joined PRC in 2014, and has applied her expertise in therapeutics and drug utilization to multiple research projects. Jacinda is also actively involved in the marketing of services offered by PRC.

Jeanne Yang, MCP
Programmer
220 Arch Street
12th Floor, Room 511
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-1498
Email: jyang@rx.umaryland.edu

Jeanne earned her BA in mathematics and design of environment from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and her Master of City Planning (MCP) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986. Jeanne previously worked as a SAS programmer at the University of North Carolina Population Center on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) and at the Urban Institution on the National Survey of American Families (NSFAF) research project. Jeanne has also worked as a SAS programmer at Census on the 2000 Journey-to-Work project. She has experience working with Census, Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.