Dana Drzayich Antol, MS

Humana Inc

Research Consulting Principal


Dana is a Research Consulting Principal with Humana Health Care Research. From her earliest memory, Dana knew she wanted a career in health care. She entered college as a nursing major. After two years of undergraduate study, Dana realized that primary patient care wasn’t her path and completed a BS in biology at the University of Akron.

She started her career working in laboratories where generic drugs and medical devices were developed. This is where her love of research was realized. Dana went on to earn an MS in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University where she worked for 14 years on international clinical drug trial in the Department of Medicine’s Tuberculosis Research Unit. Dana then transitioned into the payer world and spent 7 years with United Healthcare where she worked to quantify the effectiveness of disease management and quality improvement interventions using administrative medical claims data.

In 2015, Dana joined Humana’s Comprehensive Health Insights, now Humana Healthcare Research. In this role, she partners Humana leaders to conduct research on topics such as health-related quality of life for patients with cancer, the adoption of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacotherapy patterns for patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction, and toxicities associated with PD-1/PD-L1 treatments in a Medicare population. Dana feels privileged to work closely with her Humana nurse colleagues to conduct rigorous research to improve the delivery of care to our members and support the Humana nursing community.

While Dana did not become a nurse, she had the good fortune to marry a nurse. She and her husband, Jeff, have two sons, Michael (24) and Nick (20) and a very spoiled multi-poo named Minnie.