College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Current HOSS Graduate Students

photo of AdhikariKeyuri Adhikari
keyuri.adhikari@rockets.utoledo.edu

Education

Bachelor of Pharmacy, Dr. L.H. Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, University of Mumbai, India (2009 – 2013)

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences), University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013-2015)

Biographical Sketch

Keyuri Adhikari received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from University of Mumbai, India in 2013. In her college, she has participated in community programs like Blood Donation drives and Anti-AIDS campaign. During the Bachelors program she gained experience working as an intern in Athena Drug Delivery Systems, India on the development, testing and manufacturing of various pharmaceutical dosage forms. Following graduation, she was admitted at the University of Toledo to pursue her masters in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences.

She is currently working as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Varun Vaidya in the HOSS department and as a graduate student has also given presentations on ‘Legislative Changes in Patient Care Within the U.S. Health Care System’ and ‘Pharmaceutical Pricing Strategy and the Effect of Globalization on Pharmaceutical Pricing’ in front of her peers. She is also a member of the International society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) for its Toledo Student Chapter.

Research Interests

  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Socio Behavioral Research
  • Health Related Outcomes Research

photo of AnupindiVamshi Ruthwik Anupindi
vamshiruthwik.anupindi@rockets.utoledo.edu

Education

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons.), Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (2009-2013)

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences), University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013-2015)

Biographical Sketch

Born and brought up in Hyderabad, India, Ruthwik earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons.) degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) in 2013. He had a strong exposure to basic science, humanities, management and engineering related subjects along with the exhaustive exposure to various practical aspects of the research methodologies, instrumental techniques and industrial operation of Pharmacy during his bachelors. He also did a couple of study-orientated projects to learn about the regulations of FDA and also about the basics of Pharmacoeconomics along with taking elective courses in the field of Economics. Ruthwik managed the activity and finances of the Pharmacy Association, BITS Pilani while serving as its Secretary and also was a member of the Student Aid Fund, which was responsible for allocating the institute funds as scholarships to deserving, financially backward students.  He also worked as an intern for 5 months in K.N. Biosciences Pvt. Ltd., a research organization.

Ruthwik joined the University of Toledo to pursue his Masters in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences in Fall 2013. He works as a Teaching Assistant for the faculty of HOSS department. As a graduate student, he has given presentations on ‘Legislative changes in Patient care within the US Healthcare System’, ‘Health Related Quality of Life and the instruments used to measure’ and ‘Economic impact of Peptic Ulcers’ in front of his peers. He has also presented about the ‘Characteristics of the prescription and non-prescription sleep medication users in United States’ at the Midwest Social and Administrative Conference, 2014. He is currently the Vice-President of the University of Toledo, Student Chapter - International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

Research Interests

  • Pharmacoeconomics Research
  • Outcomes Research
  • Analysis of secondary datasets for medication taking behavior

Photo of BornAlexandra Born

Alexandra.Born@rockets.utoledo.edu

Education

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Majoring in Pharmacy Administration and Minoring in Business Administration, Professional Sales, and Chemistry. The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2009-2014)

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences), The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2014-2016)

Biographical Sketch

Alex began her pre-pharmacy journey at The University of Toledo when she was accepted in 2009. In 2012 Alex was accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program majoring in Pharmacy Administration. Alex was fortunate enough to work as an intern for Omnicare, a fortune 500 company. During this time she focused on overseeing all purchasing related functions by working closely with the deadstock/overstock list, implementing and maintaining purchasing guidelines to maximize inventory management, engaging in compliance with national and local pharmaceutical vendor distributors, and completing purchasing reports and analysis while identifying cost-savings opportunities. She also worked closely on projects involving cutting costs on refrigerated drugs. With the main focus being on how to preserve them better when the drugs are shipped, how to educate local distributing sites on how to properly send the unused drugs back, and the overall inventory of refrigerated drugs that are on site. Alex continues to work at Omnicare in the inventory department as a pharmacy purchasing specialist. Following graduation from the BSPS program in May 2014, Alex was accepted into the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Science Graduate Program at The University of Toledo. Alex will continue her education working closely as a Graduate Assistant in the PCOR lab focusing on numerous projects.

Research Interests

  • Health-Related outcomes Research
  • Medication Adherence

photo of BrinkerhoffAndrew Brinkerhoff

Education

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Majoring in Pharmacy Administration and Minoring in Business Administration and Chemistry, The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2010-2014)

Biographical Sketch

Andrew began his pre-pharmacy education in 2010 at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2012 he was accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program majoring in Pharmacy Administration.  During his undergraduate career he worked as an intern at Klein’s Pharmacy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio under owner Barry Klein.  During this time, he worked on developing a generic drug discount program, medication therapy management Outcomes operation projects, and pharmacy management related tasks.  In 2014, Andrew was accepted as a research student in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR).  He hopes to graduate with a Master’s degree in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences (HOSS) from The University of Toledo and to pursue a career in operating Medication Therapy Management (MTM) within community pharmacy, or to become involved with pharmacy management.

photo of HastingsTessa Hastings
Tessa.Conner@rockets.utoledo.edu     

Education

Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Majoring in Pharmacy Administration and Minoring in International Business and Chemistry, The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2009-2013)

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences), The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013-2015)

Biographical Sketch

Tessa began her pre-pharmacy education in 2009 at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2011 she was accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program majoring in Pharmacy Administration. During her undergraduate career Tessa had the opportunity to work as an intern at the University of Toledo Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Cindy Puffer. During this experience Tessa worked on a number of projects including a patient prescription discharge program and gained valuable knowledge of managed care, prescription benefit management, formulary management, and cost savings tools among others. Following graduation from the BSPS program in May 2013, Tessa was accepted into the M.S. program in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences at The University of Toledo. She works as both a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) laboratory.

Research Interests

  • Health-Related Outcomes Research
  • Medication Adherence
  • Socio-Behavioral research

Photo of LEDuy Vu Le

duy.le@rockets.utoledo.edu

Education

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences), University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2014 - Present)

Doctor of Pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Missouri (2006 - 2012)

Biographical Sketch

Duy Vu Le graduated in 2012 at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Missouri. Thereafter, he started working for CVS community Pharmacy. In 2013, he joined Select Medical Corp and has gained a good amount of hospital pharmacy and clinical experiences. While working at Select long-term acute hospital, Duy also volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul, the Cincinnati's charity pharmacy, to dispense medications to people in need. In 2014, Duy was admitted to the Master program with a focus in pharmacoeconomics at University of Toledo.

As a graduate student, Duy has worked as a Graduate Assistant for the faculty of the HOSS department. He is currently working on a project that involves medication non-adherence in Medicaid patients with mental illness. During his year of education, he is planning to gain as much experience and knowledge as possible on performing literature reviews and statistical analysis.

Research Interests

  • Outcomes research
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology

photo of OmerzaKevin Omerza

Mr. Omerza is a P3 student majoring in Pharmacy, and a first year Master’s student in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences. He has obtained a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration with minors in Business Administration and Chemistry. He joined PCOR in 2012 to work under the direction of Dr. Sharrel Pinto on research involving medication adherence and patient perceptions of pharmacy. This research involves many different functions including observation, focus groups, and information gathering. Through working in the PCOR lab, Kevin was chosen as a recipient of the Joe and Judith Conda Scholarship in Fall 2012 and Spring of 2013.

In addition to research, Mr. Omerza has also gained experience as an intern at the Cleveland Clinic from 2011 to the present, serving as the Lead Intern in the summer of 2013. During the internship, he gained experience in various areas of hospital pharmacy while attending and giving presentations. In addition to presentations, there were also research projects regarding medication labeling, medication inventory, and replenishment processes in intensive care areas.

Mr. Omerza is a member of a number of pharmacy organizations, including; APhA-ASP, SSHP, ISPOR, PLS, ACCP and IOHS. He is also a student member of the college curriculum committee.

Research Interests

  • Medication Adherence
  • Implementation/optimization of technology in pharmacy
  • Health-Related Outcomes Research
  • Pharmacoeconomics

Poster Presentations

  • Omerza, KE, Pinto SL; Patient Perceptions of the Value of Pharmacy-Based Clinical Services: A Systematic Review. APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition, March 1-4, 2013.
  • Omerza, KE, Marchionda, ME; Oral Syringe Label Improvement Project. ASHP Midyear, December 6, 2011.

Other Presentations

  • H051 Pyxis Optimization, Summer 2013
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Bar Code Medication Administration at the Cleveland Clinic, Summer 2013
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Medication Adherence, Summer 2012
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Smoking Cessation: The Role of a Pharmacist, Fall 2011
  • BSPS Seminar, University of Toledo
  • Label Redesign and Pyxis Reconciliation, Summer 2011
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Resistance to CEA in the United States, Spring 2011
  • Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, University of Toledo
  • Cystic Fibrosis, Spring 2011
  • Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, University of Toledo
  • Type 1 Glycogen Storage Disease, Spring 2011
  • Medicinal Chemistry II, University of Toledo
  • Congestive Heart Failure, Fall 2010
  • Honors Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology II, University of Toledo
  • Drug Therapy in the Treatment of Grave’s Disease, Fall 2009
  • Honors Functional Anatomy and Pathophysiology, University of Toledo

photo of ShahDrishti Shah
Drishti.Shah@rockets.utoledo.edu

Education

Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bombay College of Pharmacy, University of Mumbai, India (2009-2013)

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences), University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013-2015)

Biographical Sketch

Drishti Shah received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mumbai, India in 2013.During her bachelors, she was an active member of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association –Students’ Forum (IPA-SF) and an editor of Credence, a college magazine which taught her various aspects of writing and reviewing papers and managing a journal budget. She was also a subcommittee member of RRO (regional relations office) at IPSF-APRO (International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation- Asia Pacific Regional Office) from 2012-2013.She worked for one month as a part of her in-plant training at Scientific Pharmacy, India. Following graduation, she was admitted to the MS program in Heath Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences at the University of Toledo. She is currently working as a teaching assistant for Dr. Monica-Holiday Goodman. As a graduate student, she has given presentations on “Health Behaviors and Lifestyle Changes Affecting Breast Cancer Survivors”, “Legislative Changes in Patient Care within the US Healthcare System”, and “A Comprehensive Health and Wellness Coaching Program for Breast Cancer Survivors.” She is currently the secretary of the University of Toledo’s Student Chapter of International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

Research Interests

  • Socio-behavioral research
  • Health-related Outcomes Research
  • Analysis of secondary database for medication taking behavior
Last Updated: 6/26/15