Bishwa Adhikari





Dr. Adhikari has completed his PhD from Michigan State University and worked as postdoctoral fellow at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. After the fellowship Dr. Adhikari worked for Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and currently works as Health Economist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He recently served in Ebola Response team and COVID-19 Response Team as a member of modeling task force. His current research interest are infectious disease modeling, cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions, health policy and human behavior.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Agent-based models
Antibiotic resistance
Apply models to public health
Between-host modeling
Climate/environmental drivers
Compartmental models
Decision models
Geospatial models
Health systems
Intra-host modeling
Machine learning models
Network models
New methods development
Outbreak science
Phylogenetic models
Public health application of models
Public health policy/interventions
Science communication
Social determinants of health
Social networks/contact patterns
Spatial transmission patterns
Statistical models
Surveillance/case detection
Time-series models
School closure
Developing countries
Mathematical modeling
Face mask

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

Diarrheal diseases
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Neglected tropical diseases
Pandemic influenza
Respiratory diseases
Season influenza
Sexually transmitted diseases
Tuberculosis (TB)
Vaccine-preventable diseases
Vector-borne diseases

Countries of Work/Collaboration

United States
Congo, The Democratic Republic of The



Buchanan BM, Evans HI, Chukwudebe NP, Duncan EA, Yin J, Adhikari BB, Zhou X, Tse ZTH, Chowell G, Meltzer MI, Fung IC. (2022). Monitoring Different Social Media Platforms to Report Unplanned School Closures Due to Wildfires in California, October and December 2017. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness

Evans HI, Handberry MT, Muniz-Rodriguez K, Schwind JS, Liang H, Adhikari BB, Meltzer MI, Fung IC. (2022). Winter Storms and Unplanned School Closure Announcements on Twitter: Comparison Between the States of Massachusetts and Georgia, 2017-2018. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness

Fechter-Leggett ED, Fedan KB, Cox-Ganser JM, Meltzer MI, Adhikari BB, Dowell CH. (2022). Estimated N95 Respirator Needs for Nonhealthcare Essential Workers in the United States During Communicable Respiratory Infectious Disease Pandemics. Health security

Rainisch G, Jeon S, Pappas D, Spencer KD, Fischer LS, Adhikari BB, Taylor MM, Greening B Jr., Moonan PK, Oeltmann JE, Kahn EB, Washington ML, Meltzer MI. (2022). Estimated COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Averted by Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in the US. JAMA network open, 5(3)

Ahweyevu JO, Chukwudebe NP, Buchanan BM, Yin J, Adhikari BB, Zhou X, Tse ZTH, Chowell G, Meltzer MI, Fung IC. (2020). Using Twitter to Track Unplanned School Closures: Georgia Public Schools, 2015-17. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness

Carias C, Hills SL, Kahn EB, Adhikari BB, Fischer M, Meltzer MI. (2020). Comparative economic analysis of strategies for Japanese encephalitis vaccination of U.S. travelers. Vaccine

Rainisch G, Adhikari B, Meltzer MI, Langley G. (2020). Estimating the impact of multiple immunization products on medically-attended respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections in infants. Vaccine, 38(2)

Carias C, Lehnert JD, Greening B Jr., Adhikari BB, Kahn EB, Meltzer MI, Graitcer SB. (2019). The PanVax Tool to Improve Pandemic Influenza Emergency Vaccination Program Readiness and Partnership. American journal of public health, 109(S4)

Carias C, Adhikari BB, Ravat F, Meltzer MI, Marston BJ. (2018). Resources needed for US CDC's support to the response to post-epidemic clusters of Ebola in West Africa, 2016. Infectious diseases of poverty, 7(1)

Adhikari BB, Koonin LM, Mugambi ML, Sliger KD, Washington ML, Kahn EB, Meltzer MI. (2018). Estimating Weekly Call Volume to a National Nurse Telephone Triage Line in an Influenza Pandemic. Health security, 16(5)

Zheteyeva Y, Rainey JJ, Gao H, Jacobson EU, Adhikari BB, Shi J, Mpofu JJ, Bhavnani D, Dobbs T, Uzicanin A. (2017). Unintended costs and consequences of school closures implemented in preparation for Hurricane Isaac in Harrison County School District, Mississippi, August-September 2012. PloS one, 12(11)

Routh JA, Sreenivasan N, Adhikari BB, Andrecy LL, Bernateau M, Abimbola T, Njau J, Jackson E, Juin S, Francois J, Tohme RA, Meltzer MI, Katz MA, Mintz ED. (2017). Cost Evaluation of a Government-Conducted Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign-Haiti, 2013. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 97(4_Suppl)

Gounder PP, Bulkow LR, Meltzer MI, Bruce MG, Hennessy TW, Snowball M, Spradling PR, Adhikari BB, McMahon BJ. (2016). Cost-effectiveness analysis of hepatocellular carcinoma screening by combinations of ultrasound and alpha-fetoprotein among Alaska Native people, 1983-2012. International journal of circumpolar health, (75)

Adhikari BB, Goodson JL, Chu SY, Rota PA, Meltzer MI. (2016). Assessing the Potential Cost-Effectiveness of Microneedle Patches in Childhood Measles Vaccination Programs: The Case for Further Research and Development. Drugs in R&D, 16(4)

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