Spotlight on Research at COPH – Dr. Nayar’s research interests focus on performance evaluation and quality improvement in health care organizations; clinical outcomes research, including care of the chronic critically ill patient and pancreatic and head and neck cancer outcomes and costs; access to and outcomes of care for rural and frontier underserved populations; and health workforce planning. She was the principal investigator for several quality improvement projects funded by the Mid West Mountain Veterans Engineering Resource Center that aimed to improve the quality of care provided to veterans. Dr. Nayar received the UNMC Distinguished Scientist New Investigator Award in 2011. She has presented her research at national and international meetings. In May 2012, she was invited to chair the health workforce/ nursing services work group at Health Vision 2050, Oman’s national health planning conference in Muscat, Oman.
Dr. Nayar was the project director of a two year health workforce planning project for Nebraska, “A Critical Match,” that was funded by the University of Nebraska Larsen’s Medical Research Fund, and was completed in 2009. She currently leads the needs assessment for the Great Plains Public Health Training Center, which is a training grant awarded to the College of Public Health, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. She is also the evaluator for a dental pre-doctoral training grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration to the College of Dentistry, Lincoln.
Dr. Nayar joined the faculty of the College of Public Health in August 2007. She is a physician health services researcher who did her surgical residency in otorhinolaryngology (ENT) in India in 1986. She practiced clinical medicine for 15 years in Oman and then completed her master’s degree in hospital and health systems management. She then obtained her PhD in health services organization and research from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Preethy Nayar, MD, MPhil, PhD, is an assistant professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Services Research and Administration.