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Profile: Divya Varkey

Divya Varkey
Divya Varkey, Pharm.D., M.S.
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2
4849 Calhoun, Room 4027
College of Pharmacy
Houston, TX 77204-5039

832-842-8360
davarkey@central.uh.edu 

Education & Post-graduate Training

PGY1/PYG2, Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Master of Science, Health-System Pharmacy Administration, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Doctor of Pharmacy, Purdue University School of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, IN

Academic, Practice and Research Interests

  • Health-System Pharmacy Administration
    • Achieving operational efficiency and excellence
    • Outcomes related to expansion of clinical pharmacy services
    • Personnel development and management

Professional Experience

  • Interim Director of Pharmacy, CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston, TX
  • Director, MS PGY1/PGY2 Pharmacy Administrative Residency, CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston, TX
  • Pharmacy Manager, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Informatics Pharmacist, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Manager, Inpatient Pharmacy, Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis, IN

Presentations

"From books to practice: Lessons learned from a new practitioner." TSHP Annual Seminar, April 2011

"Pharmacy Services at a County Hospital."Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, November 2007

"Pharmacy Leadership Crisis: Is it the people or the job?" ASHP Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. Anaheim, CA, December 2006

"Economic Evaluation of Bivalirudin or Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Inhibitors plus Heparin for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention." ACCP Annual Meeting. Saint Louis, MI, October 2006

"Evaluation of Vitamin K Use in Management of Excessive Anticoagulation with Warfarin." ASHP Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. Las Vegas, NV, December 2005

"Taking the Next Step: Becoming a Resident." OSHP Residency Showcase, Columbus, OH, October 2005

"Health Care Disparities." The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 2005

"Compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ Medication Management Standard 4.10 within the Department of Radiology." The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, June 2005

"Diabetes Care at East." The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 2005

"Compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ Medication Management Standard 4.10 within the Department of Radiology." ASHP Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. Orlando, FL, December 2004

"MedCarousel." The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, December 2004

"Working with Personalities." The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, October 2004

"Establishing Maximum Teaching Capacity for Doctor of Pharmacy Students." The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH, September 2004

Publications

Nweke G, Varkey D, Essien J, Abughosh S, Pitman P, Adams BJ. Evaluation of Pharmacists’ Perspectives towards Peer Review and Identification of Opportunities for Improvement. TSHP Journal. 2014;15

Haines LA, Putney KS, Varkey DA, Frost C, Pitman EP, Aparasu RR, Garey KW. Pilot of a patient-centered pharmacy practice model. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2012 Nov 1;69(21):1860-1. doi: 10.2146/ajhp120132. PMID: 23111668

Yamamoto J, Abraham D, Malatestinic B. Improving Insulin Distribution and Administration Using Lean Six Sigma Methodology. Hospital Pharmacy. 2010;45(3)1-13.

Varkey D. Keeping Yourself Relevant: A Brief Guide to Self-Evaluation. Transitions. Spring 2009

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2008-present
  • Gulf Coast Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2008-present
  • American Pharmacists Association, 2007-present
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2003-present
  • Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2004-2006
  • American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, 2003
  • Charles B. Murphy Committee for the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2003
  • Oharmacy Student Council, 2001-2003
  • Kappa Epsilon Professional Sorority, 1998-2003
  • Purdue Pharmacy Ambassador, 1999-2003

Awards

  • Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Quarterly Mission Leader Award for professional integrity, groundbreaking vision and a goal-oriented approach, 2015
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital Department of the Year Award, department honored for commitment to patient care, 2013
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy Site of Year Award, department honored for commitment and excellence to education, 2012
  • Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety Hero Award; member of Insulin Six Sigma team honored for working toward safer insulin use, 2007
  • Timothy D. Moore Crisis Management Resident Award, 2006
  • Pharmacy Residency Class Communications Liaison, 2005
  • Outstanding Community Pharmaceutical Care Clerkship Award, 2004
  • Roche Pharmacy Communications Award, 2004
  • H. George DeKay Award for Pharmacy Professionalism, 2003
  • Key of Distinction Award for Involvement with Kappa Epsilon, 2003
  • Mortar Board Leadership Conference participant, 2003