Uma Kelekar

Uma Kelekar (no photo)

Associate Professor

Academic Credentials

B.A., University of Pune (India)
M.A., Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (India)
Ph.D., George Mason University


Uma Kelekar is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Management at the School of Business Administration of Marymount University. She teaches graduate-level courses in healthcare reimbursement, health economics, data analysis, and epidemiology. She serves as the program director and chair of the Healthcare Management department.

Uma has extensive research experience in the healthcare field pertaining to the themes of policy, public finance, economics, and epidemiology. She has presented her work at various academic and practitioners’ conferences including meetings of the American Public Health Association, American Society of Health Economists, National Oral Health Conference, and Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. She has published book chapters and articles in journals such as Health Policy and Planning, Preventive Medicine, Preventing Chronic Disease, Health Behavior and Policy Review, and Journal of American Dental Association (JADA). 

More recently, she has been doing research in dental economics and has contributed as a consultant to medical foundations and associations ranging from local to national in scale. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

She has a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University. Her undergraduate and masters are in economics from India.

Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Health Reimbursement Systems
  • Health Economics
  • Population Health and Epidemiology
  • Health Care Data Analysis 
  • Comparative Health Systems 

Research Interests



1. Naavaal S., & U. Kelekar, (2020), “Opioid Prescriptions in Emergency Departments: Findings from the 2016 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey”, Short Communication, Preventive Medicine. 

2. Kelekar, U. & S. Naavaal (2019), “Dental Visits and associated emergency-department charges in the United States: Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2014.”, The Journal of American Dental Association, 150(4), pp.305-312. 

3. Naavaal, S & U. Kelekar, (2018) “School hours lost due to acute/unplanned dental care”, Health Behavior and Policy Review, 5(2), pp. 66-73.

4. Kelekar, U. & Naavaal S. (2018), “Hours Lost to Planned and Unplanned Dental Visits Among US Adults”, Preventing Chronic Disease, 15. 

5. Kelekar, U. (2017) “Oral Health Matters in Bending the Cost Curve”, World Medical and Health Policy, 9(3), pp. 377-88. 

6. Kelekar, U., & Eisenhardt, A. (2015) “Prevention is better than cure–an eye health campaign in Peru”. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 54(1), 2-11.

7. Kelekar U & Gilberto Llanto, (2014) “Evidence of horizontal and vertical fiscal interactions in health care spending in the Philippines”, Health Policy and Planning, 30(7), pp. 853-862. 

8. Kelekar U, and Liu Xiang, (2013) “Why should geography matter to public health managers? International Journal of Business Performance Management, 14(4), 413-34. 

9. Kelekar U, (2013) “Fiscal competition in health spending among local governments in the Philippines”, Report from the field, WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health, 2 (3-4), 198-200.

10. Kelekar U, (2012) “Do Local Government Units (LGUs) interact fiscally while providing public health services in the Philippines” World Medical and Health Policy, 4(2), 1-33.

  • Kelekar U (2013). Reprint. Book Chapter: “Do Local Government Units (LGUS) Interact Fiscally While Providing Public Health Services in the Philippines?” In Conflicts in Health Policy: Regulation, Rhetoric, Theory, and Practice, Edited by Bonnie Stabile, WestPhalia Press.


11. Kelekar U. & Dasgupta, D. (2015) Book Chapter: “Analyzing health and health care in developing countries”, In: Striving for Cultural Competency in Healthcare:  Content and Learning Tools, Navigating Differences, Improving Disparities. Invited. 

12. Kelekar U, and Liu Xiang, (2013). Book Chapter: “Geographic Information System Applications in Public Health – A Decision-Making Tool for Public Health Managers in the Philippines”, In: Capability Building for Organizational Transformation: Management Cases from Multiple Disciplines, Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd, pp. 71-84.


13. Kelekar, U. (2018), “Assessment of BMI for Arlington Elementary Schools, 2014-2018”, Arlington Health Department.

14. Kelekar, U. (2016). “Business Case for Oral Health”, Prepared for the Dental Trade Alliance

15. Kelekar U. (2016) “Arlington’s Safety Net Non-Profit”, Contributor of the “Local Economic Contributions Analysis”- Section of the report (with Anne Vor der Bruegge.)

16. Kelekar U. and Gilberto Llanto (2013), “Perspectives of health decentralization and inter-jurisdictional competition among local governments in the Philippines”, Discussion Paper Series 2013-20, Philippines Institute for Development Studies. 

17. Kelekar U. “Issues relating to Fiscal Decentralization in Post-conflict countries”, Public Finance Reform and Management Project, BankWorld Inc, Washington DC. 


18. Kelekar, U. (2014) Book Review: “Risks and Challenges in Medical Tourism”, South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 3(2). 

19. Kelekar, U. (2012). Book Review: “Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis: Looking for reasonable shortcuts”, Authors Gines de Rus. Book Review, Journal of Planning Education and Research, March 2012, 32(1), 118-120. 


20. Jean F. Paelinck, D.D. Gupta & U. Kelekar, “On specification and identification in spatial econometric models”, Presented at Spatial Econometrics Conference, Chicago, 2010. 

21. Gifford, J., Chen, Z., Li, J., U. Kelekar, Zebrowski, N., & Zhou, X. (2010). Mega-regions and Freight: Evidence from Commodity Flow Survey and Freight Analysis Framework.


Phone: 703-284-4994