Faculty Profile

Dr. Shankar Viswanathan, Dr.P.H.

Shankar Viswanathan, Dr.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Areas of Research: Multivariate Survival Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Observer agreement, Missing and Measurement error issues, Clinical Trials, Oncology, Injury prevention, Global Health, Obesity and Nutritional Epidemiology

Professional Interests

I am a biostatistician with primary area of methods research  focussing on multivariate survival analysis, missing data analysis and clinical trials. My clinical/applied area of interest includes global health, nutritional epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, injury epidemiology, Oncology and organ transplantation.

Selected Publications

  1. Jeyaseelan L, Walter SD, Shankar V, John GT. Survival analysis: an introduction. Natl Med J India. 1999 Jul-Aug;12(4):172-7.
  2. Jeyaseelan L, Walter SD, Shankar V, John GT. Survival analysis: Cox proportional hazards model. Natl Med J India. 1999 Sep-Oct;12(5):230-3.
  3. Richard VS, Harris VK, Shankar V, Loganathan G, Chandy GM. Clinical manifestations and survival pattern of Wilson's disease. Natl Med J India. 2000 Nov-Dec;13(6):301-3.
  4. Prabhu R, John GT, Shankar V, Thomas PP, Abi Abraham M, Jeyaseelan L, Jacob CK. Pre-transplant risk factors for renal allograft dysfunction at one year in Indian patients. Natl Med J India. 2001 Jan-Feb;14(1):18-21.
  5. John GT, Viswanathan S. Renal transplantation without dialysis: better results at a lower cost? Natl Med J India. 2001 Jul-Aug;14(4):224.
  6. John GT, Shankar V, Abraham AM, Mukundan U, Thomas PP, Jacob CK. Risk factors for post-transplant tuberculosis. Kidney Int. 2001 Sep;60(3):1148-53.
  7. Sathish N, Manayani DJ, Shankar V, Abraham M, Nithyanandam G, Sridharan G., Comparison of IgM capture ELISA with a commercial rapid immunochromatographic card test & IgM microwell ELISA for the detection of antibodies to dengue viruses. Indian J Med Res. 2002 Feb;115:31-6.
  8. John GT, Shankar V, Abraham AM, Mathews MS, Thomas PP, Jacob CK. Nocardiosis in tropical renal transplant recipients. Clin Transplant. 2002 Aug;16(4):285-289.
  9. Samuel V, John G, Jeyaseelan L, Shankar V, Thomas K. Choice of inotropic agent in septic shock syndrome. Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, 2002; 6: 84-91
  10. John GT, Shankar V. Mycobacterial infections in organ transplant recipients.
    Semin Respir Infect. 2002 Dec;17(4):274-83.
  11. Abraham MA, Thomas PP, John GT, Job V, Shankar V, Jacob CK. Efficacy and safety of low-dose ketoconazole (50 mg) to reduce the cost of cyclosporine in renal allograft recipients. Transplant Proc. 2003 Feb;35(1):215-216.
  12. Sen M, George R, Shankar V, Thomas M, Thomas K. Aetiology of drug-induced severe bullous reactions. Natl Med J India. 2003 Jan-Feb; 16(1):50-1.
  13. John GT, Shankar V, Abraham AM, Talaulikar G, Mathews MS, Thomas PP, Jacob CK. Epidemiology of Systemic Mycoses among Renal Transplant Recipients in India. Transplantation 2003, 75(9), 1544-1551.
  14. Manoharan A, Pai R, Shankar V, Thomas K, Lalitha MK. Comparison of disc diffusion & E test methods with agar dilution for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Haemophilus Influenzae. Indian J Med Res. 2003 Feb; 117:81-7.
  15. Peedicayil A, Sadowski LS, Jeyaseelan L, Shankar V, Jain D, Suresh S, Bangdiwala SI; IndiaSAFE Group. Spousal physical violence against women during pregnancy.
    BJOG. 2004 Jul; 111(7):682-7.
  16. Mathai M, Schramm M, Baravilala W, Shankar V, Antonisamy B, Jeyaseelan L, Bergstrom S. Ethnicity and fetal growth in Fiji. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2004 Aug; 44(4):318-21.
  17. Bangdiwala SI, Bordin I, Ramiro L, Sadowski L, Hunter W, Shankar VIntimate partner violence and the role of socio-economic indicators in WorldSAFE communities in Chile, Egypt, India and the Philippines. Injury Control and Safety Promotion. 2004, Jun;11(2):101-9.
  18. Runyan CW, Casteel C, Perkis D, Black C, Marshall SW, Johnson RM, Beasley TC, Waller AE, Viswanathan S Unintentional Injuries in the home in the United States – Part I: Mortality.  Am J Prev Med 2005, 28(1), 73-79.
  19. Loganathan G, George R, Eapen CE, Mathai M, Jasper P, Seshadri L, Shankar V, Paul S, Joseph G, Balasubramanian KA, Chandy GM. Liver function tests in normal pregnancy: a study from southern India. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2005 Nov-Dec;24(6):268-9.
  20. Balamurugan AN, Chang Y, Bertera S, Sands A, ShankarV, Trucco M, Bottino R. Suitability of human juvenile pancreatic islets for clinical use. Diabetologia 2006 Aug;49(8):1845-54
  21. Peck MD, Shankar V, Bangdiwala SI. Trends in injury-related deaths before and after dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2007 Sep;14(3):139-51.
  22. Guskiewicz KM, Mihalik JP, Shankar V, Marshall SW, Crowell DH, Oliaro SM, Ciocca MF, & Hooker DN.  Measurement of head impacts in collegiate football players: Relationship between head impact biomechanics and acute clinical outcome following concussion. Neurosurgery 2007 Dec; 61(6):1244-52.
  23. Shankar V, Bangdiwala SI. Behavior of agreement measures in the presence of zero cells and biased marginal distribution. J Applied Statistics 2008 35:4, 445 - 464.
  24. Shankar V, Jose VM, Bangdiwala SI, Thomas K. Epidemiology of Cleistanthus Collinus (Oduvan) Poisoning: Clinical Features and Risk Factors for Mortality. Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2009 16(4), 223-230.
  25. Runyan DK, Shankar V, Hassan F, Hunter WM, Jain D, Paula CS, Bangdiwala SI, Ramiro LS, Munoz, SR, Viscarra B, Bordin I. International Variations in Harsh Child Discipline. Pediatrics, 2010 Aug 2. [Epub ahead of print].
  26. Blalock SJ, Casteel C, Roth M, Ferreri S, Demby KB, Shankar V.  Impact of Enhanced Pharmacologic Care on the Prevention of Falls: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother, 2010, 8(5) 428-440.
  27. Schlecht NF, Burk RD, Nucci-Sack A, Shankar V, Peake K, Lorde-Rollins E, Porter R, Linares LO, Rojas M, Strickler HD, Diaz, A. Cervical, anal and oral hpv in an adolescent inner-city health clinic providing free vaccinations. PloS ONE,May 2012, Vol 7(5), 1-10.
  28. Madan R, Carpenter C, Fiedler T, Kalyoussef S, McAndrew TC, Viswanathan S, Kim M, Keller MJ, Fredricks DN, Herold B. Altered Biomarkers of Mucosal Immunity and Reduced Vaginal Lactobacillus Concentrations in Sexually Active Female Adolescents. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40415.
  29. Smith BC, McAndrew T, Chen Z, Harari A, Viswanathan S, Rodriguez AC, Castle P, Schiffman M, Burk RD. The Cervical Microbiome over 7 Years and a Comparison of Methodologies for its Characterization. PLoS ONE2012; 7(7):e40415.
  30. Chen X, Wang Q, Cai J, Shankar V. Semiparametric additive marginal regression models for multiple type recurrent events. Lifetime Data Analysis, 2012 Oct; 18(4): 504-27.
  31. de Vos G, Shankar V, Nazari R, Kooragayulu S, Smith M, Wiznia A, Rosenstreich D. Fear of repeated injections in children < 4 years of age receiving subcutaneous allergy immunotherapy. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 2012 Dec; 109(6): 465-9.
  32. Kalyoussef S , Nieves E, Dinerman E , Carpenter C, Shankar V, Oh J , Burd B , Angeletti R, Buckheit KW, Fredricks DN, Madan R, Keller M, Herold B. Lactobacillus Proteins are Associated with the E. Coli Bactericidal Activity of Female Genital Tract Secretions. PLoS ONE, 2012;7(11):e49506.
  33. Runyan CW, Pierce M, Shankar V, Bangdiwala SI. Can student perpetrated crime on college campuses be predicted at the time of admissions? Injury Prevention, 2013,19:405-411. 
  34. Tennant JN, Shankar V, Dirschl DR. Reliability and Validity of a Mobile Phone for Radiographic Assessment of Ankle Injuries: A Randomized Inter- and Intraobserver Agreement Study.  Foot and Ankle International. 2013 34: 228 originally published online 11 January 2013.
  35. Bangdiwala SI, Shankar V. The agreement chart. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2013 Jul 29;13(1):97.
  36. Nath KD, Burel JG, ShankarV, Pritchard AL, Towers M, Looke D, Davies JE, Upham JW. Clinical factors associated with the humoral immune response to influenza vaccination in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  2014: (9), 51–56.
  37. Shankar V, Bangdiwala SI. Observer agreement paradoxes in 2x2 tables: comparison of various agreement indices. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2014, 14 :100
  38. Hong L, ShankarV, Shen J, Kuo H, Mynampati D, Yaparpalvi  R, Basavatia A, Fox J,Garg M, Kalnicki S, ToméWA.Spine stereotactic body radiation therapy plans: Achieving dose coverage, conformity, and dose falloff. Medical Dosimetry, December 10,  2014 Dec 10. pii: S0958-3947(14)00125-3. doi: 10.1016/j.meddos.2014.11.002.
  39. Visalakshi J, Kumar S, Jeyaseelan L, Shankar V, Yadav BK, Bangdiwala SI. Dowry Demand and Harassment:  Prevalence and risk factors in India. Journal of Biosocial Science January 2015, 1 –19. doi:10.1017/S0021932014000571. 
  40. Linares LO, Shankar, V, Schlecht NF, Nucci-Sack A, Strickler HD, Peake K, Weiss J, Burke RD, Diaz A. The Contribution of Psychosocial Risk to Human Papillomavirus Infection in Disadvantaged Female Youth Enrolled in a Free Vaccination Program. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. May 15, 2015.
  41. Marshall SW, Guskiewicz KM, Shankar V, McCrea M, Cantu RC. Epidemiology of sports-related concussion in seven US high school and collegiate sports. Injury Epidemiology (2015) 2:13, DOI 10.1186/s40621-015-0045-4
  42. Kuo HC, Mehta KJ, Montgomery L, Shankar V, Yaparpalvi R, Hong L, Fox J, Tomé WA, Kalnicki S. Tumor bed variation during Multi-Lumen Balloon-Based Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation: Implication of surgical clips. Acta Oncologica, 2015, Oct 8:1-4.
  43. Nagpal J, Linares LO, Weiss J, Schlecht NF, Shankar V, Braun-Courville D, Nucci-Sack A, Strickler HD, Burk RD, Diaz A. HPV Knowledge and Time to Complete Vaccination Among Vulnerable Female Youth. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2016 Feb 2. pii: S0022-3476(15)01660-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.12.070
  44. Adedimeji A, Lounsbury D, Popoola O, Asuzu C, Lawal A, Agalliu I, Shankar V, Adebiyi A. Improving outcomes in cancer diagnosis, prevention and control: Barriers, facilitators and the need for health literacy in Ibadan Nigeria. Psychooncology. 2016 May 24. doi: 10.1002/pon.4158.
  45. Rossi A, Garber CE, Ortiz M, Shankar V, Goldberg GL, Nevadunsky NS. Feasibility of a Physical Activity Intervention for Obese, Socioculturally Diverse Endometrial Cancer Survivors. Gynecologic Oncology 2016 Jun 4. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.05.034.

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