soumyaSoumya J Niranjan (PhD 2018) is an Assistant Professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration. She is a Pharmacist by training and also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Investigation Sciences from University of Louisville.

She is Associate Scientist at The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center and The Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC).

Dr. Niranjan is a current recipient of the 2019-20 UAB Faculty Development Grant Program in which she will be evaluating the “Social Determinants of Lung Cancer Screening among Veterans”. Her research interests include health inequalities in cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. She is particularly interested in understanding key contributory factors for these disparities and shaping policies that improve patient health outcomes in underserved communities. Prior to joining the ranks of faculty, Dr. Niranjan has contributed to oncology clinical trials for more than 10 years at multiple academic medical centers.

Selected Publications

  • Niranjan, SJ, Huang, CHS, Dionne-Odom, JN, Halilova, KI, Pisu, M, Drentea, P, Kvale, EA, Bevis, KS, Butler, TW, Partridge, EE & Rocque, GB 2018, 'Lay Patient Navigators’ Perspectives of Barriers, Facilitators and Training Needs in Initiating Advance Care Planning Conversations With Older Patients With Cancer' Journal of Palliative Care. DOI: 10.1177/0825859718757131
  • Niranjan, SJ, Durant, RW, Wenzel, JA, Cook, ED, Fouad, MN, Vickers, SM, Konety, BR, Rutland, SB, Simoni, ZR & Martin, MY 2017, 'Training Needs of Clinical and Research Professionals to Optimize Minority Recruitment and Retention in Cancer Clinical Trials' Journal of Cancer Education, pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.1007/s13187-017-1261-0
  • Soumya J Niranjan “Standard Operating Procedures: A critical component of quality in clinical research sites” Clinical Researcher, August 2017; DOI: 10.14524/CR-17-0023
  • Rocque GB, Dionne-Odom JN, Huang CH, Niranjan SJ, Williams CP, Jackson BE, Halilova KI, Kenzik KM, Bevis KS, Wallace AS, Lisovicz N. Implementation and Impact of Patient Lay Navigator-Led Advance Care Planning Conversations. Journal of pain and symptom management. 2017 Apr 30;53(4):682-92; doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman. PMID:28062341
  • Soumya J Niranjan “Building an Internal Quality Assurance Program: From the Ground-up” Clinical Researcher, December 2016; DOI: 10.14524/CR-16-0019
  • Soumya J Niranjan “The Art and Science of a Symbiotic Relationship with Your Monitor” Clinical Researcher, August 2015; DOI: 10.14524/CR-15-4078
  • Soumya J Niranjan, Mansoor Saleh. “Lessons learned from audits past” Clinical Researcher, August 2014; DOI:10.14524/CR-14-0018
  • Susan Muldoon, Soumya Niranjan and Sean Muldoon. "The relationship between ventilator status at discharge from a short-term acute care facility and subsequent discharge disposition and placement" Chest (2008).
  • Muriel J Harris and Soumya Niranjan "Reducing Rates of TB among Minority Populations in Kentucky: A study of Socio-Cultural Factors and the Health Service Delivery System." Report developed for TB control Program, Dept of Public Health. Frankfort. Kentucky. (2008).