Faculty Research Capabilities

Oluwaranti Akiyode, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES

aki

Professor of Pharmacy Practice  
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
 
 
Email: oakiyode@howard.edu  

Education and Training: 
 
• B.S., Chemistry, 1996, Jackson State University  • Pharm.D., 2000, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

• Community Pharmacy Residency 2001, Leesburg Pharmacy/Shenandoah University  
 
Clinical Practice:

• I am a trained and experienced pharmacist in Community Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care with a strong focus in diabetes management. 
 
Research Interest:

• Professional development

• Leadership development

• Co-curricular programs

• Faculty mentoring and development

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Mary K. Awuonda

maneno

Associate Professor Co-director of Pipeline Programs

Email: mary.maneno@howard.edu  
  
Education and Training: 
 
• BS Chemistry 2004 Howard University College of Pharmacy  

• Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences Emphasis in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research  2010 
 
Research Interest:

• I am a trained health services researcher with a broad interest in health disparities, women’s health, medication safety, global pharmacovigilance, and health information technology 
 
•I have experience collaborating on clinic-based patient-reported outcomes studies and established capacity to evaluate large health care datasets -including claims data and national health care databases (MEPS, NHANES, NAMCS, NHAMCS). 
 
• I have interest and experience in the implementation of educational workforce diversification programs to pipeline students to health professions  
 

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Monika N. Daftary, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID, AAHIVP

Daftary

Professor of Pharmacy Practice  
Chair of Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Sciences  
 
Email: mdaftary@howard.edu   
 
Education and Training: 
 
• B.S., Pharmacy, 1994, Howard University College of Pharmacy  

• Pharm.D., 1998, Howard University College of Pharmacy

• Ambulatory Care Residency (focus Managed Care), 1999, University of Maryland  
 
Clinical Practice: Research Interest:

• I am a trained pharmacist in Ambulatory Care with a strong focus in HIV therapeutics and maintain a practice site at the Center for Infectious Diseases Management & Research at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC  
 
Research Interest: 


• HIV-infected and non-infected patients on issues relating to medication use, health literacy, and chronic conditions. 
• Infectious Diseases including Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis 
• Pharmacist provider status, pharmacist prescribing of oral contraception  
• Pharmacy academia  
• Health services research  

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Imbi Drame, PharmD

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Clinical Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice  
Department of Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Sciences
 
 
Email: imbi.drame@howard.edu 
 
Education and Training: 
 
• PharmD, 2008, Howard University College of Pharmacy

• PGY-1 Managed Care Residency, 2009, Ramsell Corporation, Oakland, CA                              

• PGY-2 HIV/AIDS Specialty Residency, 2010, Rutgers University/Bristol Myers Squibb, Piscataway, NJ, and Johannesburg, South Africa 
 
Clinical Practice:  

• I am trained in public health and HIV/Viral hepatitis clinical practice. I maintain a clinical practice site at the Viral Hepatitis Center at Howard University Hospital. 
 
Research Interest: 
 
• Health disparities and cultural competency

• Viral hepatitis and HIV

• Global health

• Medication adherence

• Academic pharmacy (emphasis on distance learning and interprofessional education) 

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Dr. Earl B. Ettienne, BSc Pharm, MBA, LP.D. RPh.

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Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration

Email: earl.ettienne@howard.edu    

Education and Training

Certificate in Health Disparities: A Translational Research Approach, 2016 University of Puerto Rico/NIH, San Juan, Puerto Rico Certificate in Entrepreneurship, 2014 Howard University, Washington, DC Doctorate in Law and Policy, 2012 Northeastern University, Boston, MA Master’s in Business Administration, 2000 Loyola University, Baltimore, MD Certificate in Finance, 1996 Bryant University, Smithfield, RI Residency Certificate, Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy, 1992 Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy, 1991 Howard University, Washington, DC 

Research Interests:

• Pharmacogenomics and its intersection with health policy and clinical decision support with an emphasis on OUD and Diabetes.    

• Leadership and Management in Regulatory Affairs/Science and Workforce Development.  

• Clinical Trial Diversity and Minority Participation.

• Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training  

• Pharmacy Administration, Pharmacy Practice and Implementation Science 

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Bisrat Hailemeskel, B.Pharm, MSc, Pharm.D., RPh

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Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice  
Vice-Chair of Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Sciences  
Oversee The Office Continuing Professional Education

 
Email:
bhailemeskel@howard.edu

  
Education and Training: 
 
• B.Pharm., 1981, Addis Ababa University  

• MSc, 1987, Addis Ababa University

• Pharm.D., 1993, University of Toledo, Ohio 
 
Clinical Practice: Research Interest:

• I am a trained pharmacist in Drug Information with a strong focus in Advanced Therapeutic topics including traditional medicine, psychiatry, drug use evaluation, and medication adventures.  
 
Research Interest: 


• Drug Use Evaluation/Medication Use Evaluation 
• Traditional/Herbal Medicine 
• International & Tropical medicine  
• Pharmacy academia  
• Medication adventures (errors & adverse effects)  

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Youness R. Karodeh, B. Pharm, Pharm.D., RPh

Karodeh

Assistant Dean, Associate Professor  

Director of the Non-Traditional Doctorate Program

Director of External Programs 
 

Email: ykarodeh@howard.edu   
 
Education and Training: 
 
• B. Pharm., Howard University, Washington, D.C., May 1986  

• Pharm.D., Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, May 2001 
 
Clinical Practice: Research Interest:

• I am a trained pharmacist in Community Pharmacy with a strong interest and focus on Distance  Pharmacy Education 
 
Research Interest: 


• Pharmacy Academia, particular interest in Distance Learning 
• Pharmacy Administration 

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Estela Lajthia, PharmD

estela

Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Development Coordinator

Email: estela.lajthia@howard.edu  

Education and Training:

• PharmD, 2015, Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

• PGY-1 and PGY-2 combined Ambulatory Care Residency with a focus in Academia, 20152017, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA  

Clinical Practice:  

• I am a trained clinical pharmacist in chronic disease management and maintain a practice site at the Diabetes Treatment Center at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC Research Interests:

• Innovative technology in diabetes management

• Interprofessional education

• Comprehensive chronic disease management with a focus in diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension

• Pharmacy academia  

• Identifying factors that enhance students’ cultural competence skills  

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Cynthia Lee, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Cynthia Lee

Clinical Assistant Professor 
Department of Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Sciences  

 
Email: cynthia.lee@howard.edu   

Education and Training: 


• Pharm.D., 2016, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC

• PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, 2017, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL

• Academia Pharmacy Practice Fellowship, 2019, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 
 

Clinical Practice:  

• I am currently serving the inpatient cardiology service at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC 
 
Research Interest: 
 
• Outcomes in cardiovascular disease medication management • Pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes of provision of pharmacy service • Innovative teaching techniques in pharmacy education 

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Yolanda McKoy-Beach Pharm.D., CDE

Yolanda Mckoy

Clinical Assistant Professor 
 
Email: ymckoy@howard.edu 
 
Education and Training:

• B.S. Chemistry, 1991, Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.

• Pharm.D. 1999, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, D.C.

• PGY-1 Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami, Florida

• PGY-2 State University of New York State, Buffalo, New York, HIV/Infectious Disease 

Clinical Practice: 
 
• La Clinic del Pueblo Clinic

• Howard University Hospital, Anticoagulation Management Services 
 Research Interests:    

• Type 2 Diabetes in Minorities

• Health Disparities and Cultural Competency

• Anticoagulation Management in Minorities

• Assessment of Pharmacy Academia

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Beverly C. Mims, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

mims

Associate Professor  

Email: bmims@howard.edu

Education and Training:

• B.S. Pharmacy 1977, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, D.C.

• Pharm.D. 1987, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, D.C. Clinical Practice:

• I maintain a practice site in Community and Family Medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Research Interests:

• Medication safety in older adults

• Medication safety during pregnancy and lactation

• Assessment Differences of Pharmacy Student Entrustable Activities (EPA) Performance Ratings Across the Curriculum 
 

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Kristin Robinson, PharmD, AAHIVP

Kristin Robinson

Assistant Director of Experiential Education  
Clinical Assistant Professor  


Email: kristin.robinson@howard.edu   

Education and Training: 

• Pharm.D., 2013, Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

• Interprofessional Women’s Health Fellowship for Future Academicians, 2014 – 2016, University of South Florida 

Clinical Practice:  

• I am a trained pharmacist in Ambulatory Care, with a focus in HIV and Women’s Health.  

Research Interests: 


• Chronic disease management in HIV-infected patients

• PrEP and nPEP use among African American youth and young adults

• Culturally relevant active learning strategies and gamification for African American pharmacy students

• Interprofessional education and preceptor/site development   

 

Dhakrit (Jesse) Rungkitwattanakul, PharmD, BCPS

jesse

Clinical Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice  
Department of Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Sciences  

 
Email: dhakrit.rungkitwatt@howard.edu  

Education and Training: 


• Pharm.D., 2017, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Pharmacy

• PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency, 2018, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. 
 
Clinical Practice:  

• I am a trained acute care medicine pharmacist with an interest in Nephrology Pharmacy. I currently maintain practice sites at Howard University Hospital with Nephrology consult service and Howard University Dialysis Center in Washington, D.C. 
 
Research Interest: 
 
• Drug dosing in acute kidney injury patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy

• Drug pharmacokinetics in patients with renal impairment

• Outcomes of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) among end-stage renal disease patients

• Outcomes of medications use among chronic hemodialysis patients  

• Medication safety

• Pharmacy education 

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Divita Singh, PharmD, BCPS

divita

Clinical Assistant Professor

Email: divita.singh@howard.edu

Education and Training:

• PharmD, 2017, Rutgers University - Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Piscataway, NJ

• ASHP Accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, 2018, Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ

• ASHP Accredited PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency, 2019, University of Florida College of Pharmacy/ University of Florida Health, Gainesville, FL

Clinical Practice:  

• I maintain a practice site in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC

Research Interests:

• Optimizing and expanding pharmacy services

• Analyzing outpatient pharmaceutical business models and value-based inpatient clinical pharmacy services

• Decreasing 30-day hospital readmissions

• Precision medicine  

• Optimizing chronic disease management with a focus on Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 
 

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Malaika R. Turner, PharmD, MPH

malika

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Skills Coordinator

Email: malaika.turner@howard.edu

Education and Training:

• PharmD, 2011, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, Boston, MA

• MPH, 2018, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Research Interests:

• Diversity, equity, and inclusion in pharmacy education

• Clinical skills and innovative teaching (including OSCEs, simulations, etc) • Cultural humility and emotional intelligence 

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Salome Bwayo Weaver, PharmD, BCGP

Solame

Associate Professor

Email: skbwayo@howard.edu

Education and Training:

• PharmD, 2005, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington DC

• Pharmacy Oncology Fellowship, 2007, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Washington, DC

Clinical Practice:  

• I am trained in hematology and oncology and maintain a practice site at the internal medicine and sickle cell disease outpatient clinics at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC

Research Interests:

• Disparities and treatment of sickle cell disease

• Utilization of oral oncolytics in older adults and other oncology-related topics seen in older adults

• Medication safety in older adults

• Pharmacy academia  

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La’Marcus T. Wingate, PharmD, Ph.D.

LaMarcus

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration 
Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Sciences  
Director of Assessment 

 
Email: lamarcus.wingate@howard.edu  
 
Education and Training: 


• B.S., Microbiology, 2003, Clemson University  

• Pharm.D., 2007, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)

• Ph.D. Health Outcomes and Policy Research, 2011, UTHSC

• Steven Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Post Doctoral Fellowship, 2014 CDC    

Research Interest:

• I am a trained pharmacist in Drug Information with a strong focus in Advanced Therapeutic topics including traditional medicine, psychiatry, drug use evaluation, and medication adventures 
 
Research Interest: 
 
• Economic evaluation of public health programs and pharmacist interventions 
• Regulatory policies and impact on obesity 
• Evaluations of student learning outcomes in pharmacy  
• Workforce diversity  
• Optimal treatments for Sickle Cell Disease  

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Andrew Yabusaki, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Email: andrew.yabusaki@howard.edu

Education and Training:

• B.S. Biochemistry, 2014, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

• PharmD, 2018, Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Spokane, WA

• PGY-1 and PGY-2 Fellowship, Department of Pharmacotherapy, Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Spokane, WA

Clinical Practice:  

• I maintain a practice site in Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Stewardship at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC

Research Interests:

• Optimizing antibiotic regimens, policy, and monitoring

• Improving patient outcomes due to ID and AMS interventions

• Peer teaching, especially with APPE students

• Generational differences in the trainer-trainee relationship