College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Sharrel Pinto, B.S. Pharm, D.M.M., M.S., Ph.D.

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Division Head and Associate Professor of Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences
Director, Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) laboratory
Department of Pharmacy Practice

Phone: 419.383.1906
Fax: 419.383.1950
Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center, 115C

Dr. Pinto is the Division Head and Associate Professor of the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences division and Director of the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) laboratory at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Pinto received her B.S. degree in Pharmacy from The University of Mumbai and began working with Eli Lilly Ranbaxy, Ltd. While at Eli Lilly, she organized and conducted various symposiums and diabetes education programs. She also oversaw the marketing and sales department in her territory. Dr. Pinto’s work at Eli Lilly motivated her to pursue a postgraduate degree in Marketing Management from The University of Mumbai. In 2001, she earned a M.S. in Pharmacy Health Care Administration from The University of Toledo in Ohio. In 2004, she earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Health care Administration (currently called Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy) from the University of Florida and joined the faculty at The University of Toledo. Her work experience has comprised of activities in practice (Rite Aid Pharmacy and community health centers), industry, and academia; regional, national, and international professional associations; and work at the state and federal department levels.
Dr. Pinto’s research interests focus on assessing health-related outcomes with current concentration on improving care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. She has also collaborated in areas such as GERD, HIV, and Parkinson’s research. Dr. Pinto is particularly interested in assessing effectiveness and outcomes of pharmacist-provided Disease State and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs. Her prior experience includes working on one of the 14 federally (HRSA) funded Clinical Pharmacy Demonstration Projects, assessing patients’ benefits from participating in the Eckerd Diabetes Management program, and evaluating outcomes of a diabetes-related pharmaceutical care programs. Her expertise and experience in this area qualified her to serve on an expert panel for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to assist in designing protocol for a national, multi-site, practice-based, Medication Therapy Management (MTM) research project. Currently, she is working with the Ohio Pharmacists Association to develop a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) to facilitate developing and evaluating outcomes of pharmacist-conducted MTM programs.
Dr. Pinto’s recent research has primarily focused on measuring the effectiveness of clinical interventions.  She works with practicing pharmacists to assist them with developing, implementing, and evaluating Disease State and MTM programs. In her role as the PCOR director, Dr. Pinto has served as principal investigator on several different projects. Included among these are two ongoing research projects in collaboration with employers (i.e. The City of Toledo and Lucas County), insurance providers (FrontPath Health Coalition, Paramount) and a coalition of independent pharmacists (The Toledo Area Network of Independent Pharmacies) to measure outcomes of pharmacist-provided, employer-sponsored multicenter MTM programs. These studies measure the comparative effectiveness of various pharmacist interventions on economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes.
Dr. Pinto has been recognized for her work by local and national organizations and is frequently asked to speak at national and international meetings. She was the recipient of The University of Toledo Award for Research Excellence and was honored for her work in the form of two Best Paper awards by the American Pharmacists Association at their annual meetings. She has experience working in areas such as decision modeling, pharmacoepidemiology, health economics and medical outcomes, theoretical modeling and psychometrics. She has worked on prospective and retrospective projects and has worked with claims data, prescription drug data, pharmacy medication record systems, and state and privately owned national databases.  


Teaching Experience

  • PHPR 6530: Research Methods in Pharmacy Health Care Administration
  • PHPR 6550: Medication Therapy and Disease State Management (Management Topics in Clinical Practice)
  • PHPR 4550: Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Environment
  • PHPR 6520: Research Methods in Pharmacy Practice- Guest Lecturer
  • PHPR 4400: Human Interaction in Health Care-Guest Lecturer
  • PHPR 3510: Pharmaceutical Dimensions of Health Care System- Guest Lecturer
  • PHPR 5990: Problems in Pharmacy Practice ( Pharm.D Research Elective focusing n research associated with Medication Therapy Management and assessing pharmacy based services
  • PHPR 5990: Problems in Pharmacy Practice (MS Research Elective): Health-Related Outcomes Research
  • PHPR 6600: Seminar in Pharmacy Health Care Administration- Coordinator


Primary Focus:

  • Health Outcomes Research
  • Evaluating Economic, Clinical, and Humanistic Outcomes for patients with chronic conditions
  • Comparative Effectiveness of pharmacist-led interventions

Secondary Focus:

  • Socio-Behavioral Research with an emphasis on Access to Care
Last Updated: 6/26/15