Sonak D. Pastakia

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Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Pharmacist, Indiana University Kenya Partnership


2017 Jefferson Science Fellowship, Africa Bureau for Sustainable Development, United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
2017 Ph.D., University of Warwick School of Medicine
2007 M.P.H., Harvard University
2006 Infectious Diseases Residency, University of North Carolina Hospitals
2005 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of North Carolina Hospitals
2004 Pharm.D., Temple University
2000 Pre-Pharmacy, Temple University


Diabetes in low and middle-income countries

Population healthImplementation Science

HIV and non-communicable diseases

Supply chain infrastructure in low and middle income countries


PHRM 880, APPE Professional Rotations

CLPH 457, Global Health

Masters in Clinical Pharmacy, Moi University School of Medicine

Post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital

Honors and Credentials

Jefferson Science Fellow

American College of Clinical Pharmacy Fellow

Entrepreneurship Leadership Academy Fellow   

W.K.Kellog Foundation Engagement Award

C. Peter Magrath Engagement Award of Land Universities of North America, Regional Winner

Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leader AwardPurdue University Corps of Engagement Award

Indiana Public Health Foundation Preventive Medicine and Public Health Award

American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) New Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner of the Year

Representative Publications

1. Atun R, Davies J, Gale EAM, Pastakia SD, et al.  Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa; From Clinical Care to Health Policy.  Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. S2213-8587(17)30181-X

2. Vedanthan R, Kamano JH, Lee H, Pastakia SD, et al.  Bridging Income Generation with Group Integrated Care (BIGPIC) for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction: Rationale and Design of the BIGPIC Study.  American Heart Journal 2017;188:175-185.

3. Kanyi J, Karwa R, Pastakia SD, Manji I, Manyara S, Saina C. Venous Thromboembolism Requiring Extended Anticoagulation Among HIV-Infected Patients in a Rural, Resource-Constrained Setting in Western Kenya. Ann Pharmacother. 2016 Dec 1:1060028016686106. doi: 10.1177/1060028016686106.

4. Tran DN, Njuguna B, Mercer T, Manji I, Fischer L, Lieberman M, Pastakia SD (corresponding author).  Ensuring patient-centered access to cardiovascular disease medicines in low-income and middle-income countries through health system strengthening.  Cardiology Clinics. 2017; 35 (1): 125-134.

5. Barasa FA, Vedanthan R, Pastakia SD, Crowe SJ, Aruasa W, Sugut WK, White R, Ogola ES, Bloomfield GS, Velazquez EJ.  Approaches to sustainable capacity building for cardiovascular disease care in Kenya. Cardiology Clinics. 2017; 35 (1): 125-134.

6. Pastakia SD, Manyara SM, Vedanthan R, Kamano JH, Menya D, Andama B, Chesoli C, Laktabai J. Impact of Bridging Income Generation with Group Integrated Care (BIGPIC) on Hypertension and Diabetes in Rural Western Kenya. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27921256.

7. O’hara EG, Kirui NK, Pastakia SD (corresponding author) et al. Characteristics of a Diabetes Cohort in Rural western Kenya.  Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology 2016 Jun 22. pii: S2213-8587(16)30086-9. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(16)30086-9.

8. Miller ML, Karwa R, Schellhase EM Pastakia SD et al.  Meeting the Needs of Underserved Patients in Western Kenya by Creating the Next Generation of Global Health Pharmacists. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2016; 80 (2) Article 22.

9. Bhavadharini B, Mahalakshmi MM, Maheswari K, Kalaiyarasi G, Anjana RM, Deepa M, Ranjani H, Priya M, Uma R, Usha S, Pastakia SD, Malanda B, Belton A, Unnikrishnan R, Kayal A, Mohan V.  Use of capillary blood glucose for screening of gestational diabetes mellitus in resource-constrained settings.  Acta Diabetol. 2016 Feb;53(1):91-7. doi: 10.1007/s00592-015-0761-9.

10. Bhavadharini B, Mahalakshmi MM, Anjana RM, Pastakia SD, et al.  Prevalence of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in urban and rural Tamil Nadu using IADPSG and WHO 1999 criteria (WINGS 6) Clin Diabetes and Endocrinology (2016) 2:8 DOI 10.1186/s40842-016-0028-6.

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