Dexur Overview

Dexur is a data-driven hospital & healthcare news & research service. We perform in-depth data analyses, examining large public & proprietary databases such as anonymized medical claims data to produce news, articles & research on hospitals, physicians & U.S. regions. Our news, research & insights help improve healthcare quality outcomes & patient lives. Dexur’s analytics and research are supported by a team of data scientists, software engineers, analysts and reporters.

Dexur Organization & Backers

Dexur is backed Gridlex, a bootstrapped technology company founded in 2010 and focused on enterprise technology and analytics. Dexur & Gridlex were founded by Nik Rao, who leads the product management and research efforts at Dexur. Nik Rao is a published author on healthcare topics in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to founding Gridlex, Nik Rao was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton (Booz & Company / Strategy&) and Ernst & Young in New York.

Dexur Testimonials

Dr. Richard Urman

Dr. Richard Urman

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School Anesthesia and Pain Management


Dexur and our research team at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have collaborated on multiple research projects related to exploring the impact of opioid use on healthcare systems and patient outcomes, as well as other research topics. Dexur has aggregated one of the largest anonymized medical claims databases in the US and their ability to harness that data to produce in-depth hospital-level quality outcomes disease is unique. Dexur's research team has been very flexible in understanding the scope of the research and has been very quick in their turnaround time to answer key questions and analyze data.


Stan Mendenhall

Stan Mendenhall

Editor, Orthopedic Network News


I have been a customer of Dexur’s since 2018. Each quarter we publish statistics on the number of orthopedic procedures paid by Medicare in Orthopedic Network News, and Curvo Labs Spotlight. I have used a variety of sources for national statistics in the past, but have found Dexur to be most in depth, economical, accommodating and responsive. They have been flexible in providing access for colleagues and developing custom reports. In short, they have been a valued resource for national, hospital and surgeon specific healthcare data.

I have found that Dexur has been extremely accurate, timely, and responsive to various tweaks on questions that come up, which have included issues such as the number of endovascular heart valves, number of outpatient knee replacements, in- and outpatient spine surgeries, and top hospitals and top states performing procedures. And Dexur’s commitment to maintaining the data over multiple time periods has been key to identifying underlying trends.


Dr. Keith B. Allen, M.D.

Dr. Keith B. Allen, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Missouri at Kansas City
Co-Director of Structural Heart, St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City


As a clinician doing research, Dexur has been a fantastic partner. Their access to 'big data' and their ability to analyze large data sets was crucial to getting our recent paper on opioid use and its impact on Medicare patients undergoing open-heart surgery presented and published. (Paper: Opioid-Related Adverse Events: Incidence and Impact in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery, Published at Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia)


AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain

AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain

CEO, Patient Advocators


The Dexur database led me to the holy grail of neurosurgeons who perform the most DBS surgeries. This information was invaluable to my client who is considering this surgery to treat her Parkinson's. As a private patient advocate who helps people find the best doctors, the Dexur data short cut my analysis and gave me great confidence in my recommendations.

Dexur in the Media

Our research & analysis has been featured in various media outlets. Here is a representative list of our coverage.

Our Writers

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Nikhilesh Rao


Nikhilesh leads the research and analytics efforts at Dexur. He has published peer-reviewed studies along with Harvard Medical School researchers on healthcare topics and has been quoted in various publications on data & research topics.

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James Pitt


James Pitt is a science writer with experience in medical devices and textbook publishing. His hobbies include reading, flintknapping, and squinting at RStudio. He received a bachelor's in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard.

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Avinash Kumar


Avinash Kumar is a Business analyst with over 9 years of healthcare experience. He has expertise in Real World Evidence (RWE), healthcare claims analytics, market research, data analytics, benefits configuration, claim contractual reprising, adjudication, implementation of reimbursement rule edits for healthcare payers and revenue cycle management for providers. Avinash holds a Master’s degree in Operations management and life sciences. He is a certified medical coder from American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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Saparja Nag


Saparja is a healthcare journalist with a particular interest in how medicine can and should affect health policy. She has extensive experience as a health educator and research scientist in biochemistry. She also enjoys running, cooking elaborate meals, and then eating elaborate meals. Saparja received a Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry from Vassar College.

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Jeffrey Maser


Jeffrey Maser is an analyst. He truly loves working with numbers and enjoys the challenge of turning healthcare data into a resource that real patients can use to help make important decisions. Jeff's passion for data will serve him well in his quest to become the top mind in Fantasy Hockey. He previously worked at Truven Health Analytics, now a part of IBM Watson Health, and is a graduate of Brandeis University.

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Nathaniel Dunford


Nathaniel Dunford has been a medical writer and editor since 1999, including a long stint at Pfizer. He was also a social worker for a number of years. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his three children and his dog. Nathaniel has a Master of Social Work from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Emily Carpintero


Emily has hands on operational & administrative healthcare experience including overseeing claims processing across hospitals, pharmacies, life science companies and patients in oncology and hematology with organizations such as Walgreens, Celgene & Asembia. In addition to her healthcare focus, she has experience in and a passion for the creative fields including writing, photography & fine arts. She is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Emma Yasinski

Emma Yasinski


Emma is a science journalist. She holds a Master’s degree from Boston University in Science and Medical Journalism as well as a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Lafayette College. She’ll write about anything that makes her stroke her imaginary beard and wipe her non-existent reading glasses, but her passions primarily lie in medicine and neuroscience. She has worked at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Her work has appeared on their websites as well as TheAtlantic.com, NPR Shots, Kaiser Health News, Endpoints News, and Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.

David Reilly

David Reilly


David is is a medical writer and healthcare journalist. He has a master's degree in biomedical writing from University of the Sciences, Philadelphia and has a wide range of experience spanning disease states including hematological and other malignancies, Parkinson's disease, and acute coronary syndromes. His prior experience includes being an adjunct Professor at Univ. Sciences, Philadelphia and he has also worked with numerous large pharmaceuticals manufacturers with an emphasis on biologics and oncology.

Neel Duggal

Neel Duggal


Neel is a medical journalist who has been writing for 3 years now. He recently made the move from Boston to Washington DC to attend The George Washington University School of Medicine where is a first year student. He is interested in using journalism and writing to examine how medicine intersects with public health and healthcare management. In his spare time, he likes cooking, traveling, streaming music on Spotify, and reading Wikipedia to practice Spanish.

Blair S. Walker

Blair S. Walker


Blair S. Walker has written about the healthcare industry for The Baltimore Sun and USA Today, and was a member of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s media relations team. Blair is also a founding member of Stateline.org, a Pew Charitable Trusts website that focuses on innovative policies coming from the 50 states.

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Cheryl Hentz


Cheryl Hentz is a Wisconsin-based writer with 30+ years of experience. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines - both in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country - and cover a wide range of topics, including the medical field as well as business and economic development. Some of her articles have discussed the move toward electronic medical records, and the shortage of nurses in the industry. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her three dogs, pet-sitting for other's pets, and volunteering, especially for animal welfare causes.

Contact Us

Office Address: 311, W 43rd St, 12th Floor, New York, NY - 10036.
Phone: (908) 977-6741
Email: dexur@dexur.com