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Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research

Department Vision, Mission & Values

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Vision: To be a leader in pharmacy and postgraduate education through excellence in translational, clinical and outcomes research

Mission:  To advance health through innovation and excellence in pharmacy education, training, research, patient care and community service in diverse populations.

Core Values:

Diversity Professionalism Excellence
Dedication Collaboration Mutual Respect
Diligence Mentorship Innovation

Organizational Structure

The College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research is chaired by Professor Kevin W. Garey, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP, with Clinical Assistant Professor Julianna Fernandez, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, serving as Assistant Department Chair.     

Department faculty members are innovative leaders in the development and expansion of pharmacy patient care at partnering institutions and organizations. These faculty members provide both didactic (classroom, tutorial and laboratory) and experiential training to become leaders in today's dynamic healthcare environment. They also contribute to scholarly and other professional activities while participating in service commitments to the College of Pharmacy and their respective institutions.

Pharmacy Practice faculty provide clinical service, consultation and teaching at several sites in the Texas Medical Center and greater Houston area, including CHI St. Luke's Health System; Harris Health System; Houston Methodist Hospital; University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center; Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Memorial Hermann Health System; Texas Children's Hospital; and Vecino Health Center/Denver Harbor Family Clinic. In addition, faculty members serving in the Rio Grande Valley Pharm.D. Satellite Program in affiliation with DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas, are members of the PPTR department. 

The department's tenured or tenure-track research faculty members provide clinical service and conduct nationally and internationally recognized translational research in the areas of critical care medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology, geriatrics and oncology. The research group offers core expertise in such areas as:

  • Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) modeling
  • Animal model of infection
  • Molecular pathogen typing and patient genotyping
  • Resistance surveillance
  • Population surveillance/outcome studies
  • Critical care 
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics