About the College of Pharmacy

Contact Information
Office of the Dean:
141 Science and Research 2

Office of Admissions:
PharmD Program
122 Science and Research 2

Associate Dean for Operations
141 Science and Research 2
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
122 Science and Research 2
Assistant Dean for Experiential Programs:
431 Pharmacy Building - Texas Medical Center
Assistant Dean for Student & Professional Affairs:
122 Science and Research 2
Assistant Dean for Assessment:
122 Science and Research 2
Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences:
521 Science and Research 2
Clinical Sciences and Administration:
318 Pharmacy Building - Texas Medical Center
Internet Address:
http: www.uh.edu/pharmacy/

Dean: F. Lamar Pritchard, Ph.D., University of Georgia

Executive Vice-Dean for Research: Mustafa F. Lokhandwala, Ph.D., University of Houston

Associate Dean for Operations: Shara L. Zatopek, M.A., Houston Baptist University

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Andrea Smesny, Pharm.D., University of Houston

Assistant Dean for Experiential Programs: Nancy Ordonez, Pharm.D., University of Houston

Assistant Dean for Student & Professional Affairs: Barbara Lewis, M.A.M.F.C., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Licensed Professional Counselor

Director of Admissions (PharmD program): Morgan Ely, B.A. Psychology, Henderson State University

Director of Recruiting (Pre-pharmacy): Nekesa Berkley, B.S. Biology, Xavier University

Assistant Dean for Assessment: Elizabeth Coyle, Pharm D., FCCM, BCPS, University of Nebraska

Communications Coordinator: David Chip Lambert, B.S., Sam Houston State University

Director of Faculty Development: Lindsay Schwarz, Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch

College Business Manager: Shaki Commissariat, University of Houston

Director of Academic Program Management: Barbara Burke, University of Florida


Karim Alkadhi, Rajender Aparasu, Richard Bond, Diana Chow, Carl W. Driever (Emeritus), James Essien, Kenneth L. Euler (Emeritus), Donald A. Fox (Adjunct), Vishnu Das Gupta, Ming Hu, Bhagavan S. Jandhyala (Emeritus), Thomas L. Lemke (Emeritus), Russell Lewis, Mustafa F. Lokhandwala, Randall A. Prince, Ke-he Ruan, Diana Shu-Lian Chow, Alfred J. Weinheimer (Emeritus)

Associate Professors:
Kimberly Birtcher (Clinical), Hua Chen, Elizabeth Coyle (Clinical), Douglas C. Eikenburg, Kevin W. Garey, J. David Hayes (Clinical), Michael L. Johnson, Brian Knoll, Sujit S. Sansgiry, Jeff Sherer (Clinical), Lynn A. Simpson (Clinical), Julianna E. Szilagyi, Vincent Tam, Anne Tucker (Clinical), David Wallace (Clinical), Louis Williams, Shara Zatopek (Clinical)

Assistant Professors:
Susan Abughosh, Mohammad Asghar (Research), Anees Banday (Research), Malavosklish Liz Bikram, Jessica Cottreau (Clinical), Rustin Crutchely (Clinical), Joydip Das, Jason Eriksen, Romi Ghose, Catherine Hatfield (Clinical), Barbara Lewis (Clinical), Claire Mach (Clinical), Santhi Masilamani (Clinical), James T. McCarty (Adjunct Clinical), Bradley McConnell, Nancy Ordonez (Clinical), Paige Pitman (Clinical), Samina Salim (Research), Lindsay Schwarz, Andrea Smesny (Clinical), Maria Tejada-Simon, Svetlana Tikunova, Meghana Trivedi

Lena Malacoff, Aditi Marwaha

The Profession

The College of Pharmacy, established in 1947, prepares students to enter into the practice of pharmacy in a changing health care system and to assume important roles as drug information specialists and primary care providers.

Upon graduation, the new professional utilizes a foundation of skills in administrative, biological, clinical, and pharmaceutical sciences to take an active role in contemporary pharmacy practice. Career options in pharmacy are virtually unlimited. From community to hospital practice, from home care to nuclear pharmacy, and from clinical practice to basic science research in the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacists participate in areas that provide patient care and unravel the mysteries of human health.

Pharmacists are responsible for supervising the drug distribution process, selecting appropriate drug therapies, determining drug dosages and routes of administration, and monitoring therapeutic outcomes. Working with other health care providers--physicians, nurses, veterinarians, and dentists--pharmacists complement the health care system by providing pharmaceutical care.

The College

Students at the College of Pharmacy have at their disposal virtually every resource and opportunity they need to acquire a first-class education in pharmacy.

In the college's facility on the University of Houston campus, a dedicated Learning Resource Center and a computer lab provides advanced hardware and specialized software for class work and research needs.

In the college's second facility in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the students have the opportunity to train with physicians, medical students and members of our clinical faculty.

In addition to faculty/staff offices, research laboratories, computer center, and classrooms, the building houses the Pharmacy Care lab. In this specialized learning laboratory, students learn techniques in pharmaceutical care by role-playing situations they would experience as pharmacists.

The Sterile Products Laboratory teaches students the latest aseptic methods of drug formulation and preparation, especially for use in hospitals and home care.


The College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: June 20, 2012