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Profile: Santhi Masilamani

Santhi Masilamani
Santhi Masilamani, PharmD, CDE, MBA
Director, Ambulatory Based Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research
Office of Experiential Programs
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Health Building 2, Room 3024
4849 Calhoun
Houston, TX 77204-5039

Phone: 832-842-8359
Fax: 832-842-8330


  • B.S. in Chemistry with Honors, University of Oklahoma
  • B.S. in Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Pharm.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Primary Care Specialty Residency, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
  • MBA, Texas Woman’s University
  • Certified Diabetes Educator

Research Interests

  • Indigent Care
  • Justifying Pharmacists in the Primary Care role
  • Women’s issues in Pharmacy

Awards & Honors

  • University of Houston Preceptor Site of the Year, 2008
  • Pharmacist of the Year, Houston Area Pharmacy Association, 2008
  • Harris County Hospital District Innovations Network Award, 2008
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Outstanding Member. March 1997
  • Student National Pharmaceutical Association Outstanding Member. March 1997
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Certificate of Leadership. March 1996

Research Support

Title: Establishing Benchmarks for the Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety (SOPS) Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Role: Site investigator. Jan 2010.

Title: Economic and Clinical Outcomes of a Pharmacist Primary Care Clinic.
Role: Co-Investigator. 2010

Selected Publications

Peer review Journals

Abughosh S, Wang X, Serna O, Esse T, Mann A, Masilamani S, Holstad MM, Essien EJ, Fleming M. A Motivational Interviewing Intervention by Pharmacy Students to Improve Medication Adherence. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2017 May;23(5):549-560. doi: 10.18553/jmcp.2017.23.5.549. PMID: 28448784

Abughosh SM, Wang X, Serna O, Henges C, Masilamani S, Essien EJ, Chung N, Fleming M. A Pharmacist Telephone Intervention to Identify Adherence Barriers and Improve Adherence Among Nonadherent Patients with Comorbid Hypertension and Diabetes in a Medicare Advantage Plan. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2016 Jan;22(1):63-73. doi: 10.18553/jmcp.2016.22.1.63. PMID: 27015053

Karralli R, Tipton J, Dumitru D, Scholz L, Masilamani S. Development of a metrics dashboard for monitoring involvement in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2015 Sep 1;72(17):1489-95. doi: 10.2146/ajhp140567. PMID: 26294243


S. Masilamani. Clinical Pharmacists Produce Cost Savings. AHRQ Innovations. 2008

S. Masilamani. Measuring Success in Your MTM Practice. Pharmacy Today. March 2008

S. Masilamani. Medication Therapy Management at HCHD. TSHP Journal. Spring 2008

S. Masilamani,. Pharmacist Billing for Cognitive Services. Pharmacy Practice News. November 2003

S. Masilamani, S. Ruppelt. Lexapro. [Review article]. American Family Physician. November 2003


L. Moretti, PharmD, BCPS, S. Masilamani, Pharm.D, CDE. A Closer Look at HCHD Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacists. Medication Management Newsletter. Aug 22, 2008

HCHD Department of Pharmacy Newsletter. Co-Editor. July – December 2003

Professional Presentations & Abstracts

Metrics. ASHP Midyear. Dec 2014

Funding Partnerships. HRSA PSPC. Jan. 2012

Accountable Care Organizations. ASHP Midyear. Dec. 2011

Health Technology and Patient Safety. APhA. March 2011

Preventing Medication Errors and Enhancing Patient Outcomes with A Standardized and Coordinated Primary Care Pharmacy Service.  JCR Medication Management Symposium. July 2008

Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services.  HRSA PSPC Leadership Event April 2008, ASHP Annual meeting June 2008, ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Dec 2008

Preventing Medication Errors and Enhancing Patient Outcomes with A Standardized and Coordinated Primary Care Pharmacy Service. ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.  Dec 2007

Medication Therapy Management Services.  TSHP Annual Seminar. April 2006

Designing and Implementing Successful Business Models in Ambulatory Care/Community Practice.  ACCP Spring Practice and Research Forum.  April 2005 and April 2006. 

Hypertension Management with New Evidence.  TSU Homecoming Seminar. Oct 2004 & 05 ACPE

Drug therapy nuances in diabetes management.  TSU Homecoming Seminar.  Oct 19, 2003 ACPE

Fishing for Better and Safer Management of Diabetes.  GCSHP Annual Seminar. Nov 2003

Poster Presentations

S. Abughosh, S. Masilamani, Y. Li, T. Esse, A. Mann, B. Raha, O. Serna. Adherence Barriers Identified by A Motivational Interviewing Pharmacy-Student Intervention among Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) Patients. AACP 2016

Bhatt, V. S. Masilamani, Oliver-Hardin, C. Initiation of pharmaceutical services for the management of Asthma/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in a Community Pharmacy Setting. APhA 2014

Y. Phan. S. Masilamani, Patient’s perception of a pharmacist-managed hypertension service. ASHP Midyear 2012.

S. Masilamani, N. Ordonez. Interventions Reports as an Educational Tool for Students on an APPE rotation. Poster at AACP. July 2011.

S.Orengo, Pharm.D.; A.Braun, Pharm.D.; T.Cantieri, Pharm.D.; M.Green, Pharm.D.; S. Masilamani, Pharm.D, CDE; Laura Moretti, Pharm.D.; D. Truong, Pharm.D. Development of a clinic process for clinical pharmacists establishing new primary care services. Poster at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Dec 2007

P. Jones, Pharm.D., S. Masilamani, Pharm.D., CDE. Outcomes of the Clinical Pharmacist Management of High Risk Hypertension in a Primary Care Clinic. Poster at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Dec 2007

D. Truong, A. Braun, S. Masilamani, L. Moretti, S. Orengo. Formation and implementation of a medication therapy management program in a large community owned healthcare system. Poster at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Dec 2007

S. Masilamani, Pharm.D, CDE; T. Hoffman, RPh; and L. Kivela, Pharm.D. Improving pharmaceutical care through decentralization in an outpatient urban health center associated with a county hospital. Poster at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Dec 2004.

S. Masilamani, Pharm.D, CDE; J. Bayona, MD; L. Butcher, MD; M. Parikh, MD. Innovative approaches to uncontrolled diabetes management in an urban primacy care health. Oct 2004

S. Masilamani, Pharm.D, CDE. Outcomes of a pharmacotherapy clinic in a community health center associated with an indigent care urban health system. Poster at ACCP Annual Meeting, Oct. 2004

S. Masilamani, Pharm.D, CDE. Outcomes of pharmacy student involvement in refill clinics during an ambulatory clinical experiential training rotation. Poster at ACCP Annual Meeting, Oct. 2004

Professional Service & Affiliations

  • Health Resources and Services Administration Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative National Faculty
  • HOPE clinical program subcommittee member, Present
  • Texas Pharmacy Association, 2007-Present
    • Clinical Academy Chair-elect, 2010-present
  • TACHC Medical Education Committee Member, 2010-12
  • TSHP Research & Education Foundation Board, 2010
  • Texas Diabetes Council Outcomes Subcommittee member, 2008
  • AADE Pharmacy SPG Second Chair-elect, 2008
  • Houston Area Pharmacy Association, 2005-Present
    • Secretary, 2005-06
    • President Elect, 2006-2007
    • President, 2007-08
  • Gulf Coast Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    • Education Council Co-Chair, 2004-2005
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 1999-Present
    • Advocacy Committee, 2004-10
    • Spring Practice and Research Forum Planning Committee Member, 2006
    • Ambulatory Task Force Member, 2002-07
    • Public and Professional Relations Committee, 2008-09
  • American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, 1995-Present
  • American Pharmaceutical Association, 1995-Present
  • Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, 1995-Present
    • Historian and Newsletter editor, 1996-1997
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, 1996-Present
  • Student National Pharmaceutical Association, 1996-Present
    • President, 1997
  • Reviewer, Journal of Family Physician, 2006 - present