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Sonak D. Pastakia
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
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 health

Universal Healthcare

Community Centered Care

Social Determinants of Health



Vulnerable Populations

Implementation Science

HIV and non-communicable diseases

Supply chain infrastructure in low and middle income countries


Service and Engagement

Kenya - AMPATH / Tumaini Innovation Center for Street Youth

India - Self Employed Women's Association

Guyana - Ministry of Health


PHRM 880, APPE Professional Rotations

PHRM 826

CLPH 457, Global Health

Health Equity Fellowship

Masters in Clinical Pharmacy, Moi University School of Medicine

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

Purdue Graduate Programs

Purdue Global Advisory Board

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. Pastakia SD, Clark A, Lewis K, Taugher D. Expanding Comprehensive Medication Management Considerations to Include Responses to the Social Determinants of Health within the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities  J Amer Coll Clin Pharm 2022. 273-282
  2. Kiplagat J, Tran DN, Barber T, Njuguna B, Vedanthan R, Triant VA, Pastakia SD (corresponding author).  How health systems can adapt to a population ageing with HIV and comorbid disease.  Lancet HIV 2022;9(4):e281-e292. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(22)00009-1.
  3. Vedanthan R, Kamano JH, Chrysanthopoulou SA, Mugo R, Andama B, Bloomfield GS, Chesoli CW, DeLong AK, Edelman D, Finkelstein EA, Horowitz CR, Manyara S, Menya D, Naanyu V, Orango V, Pastakia SD, Valente TW, Hogan JW, Fuster V. Group Medical Visit and Microfinance Intervention for Patients With Diabetes or Hypertension in Kenya. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2021 Apr 27;77(16):2007-2018. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2021.03.002. PMID: 33888251; PMCID: PMC8065205.
  4. 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
  5. Karwa R, Miller ML, Schellhase E, Tran DN, Manji I, Njuguna B, Fletcher S, Kanyi J, Maina M, Jakait B, Kigen G, Kipyegon V, Aruasa W, Crowe S, Pastakia SD et al. Evaluating the impact of a 15‐year academic partnership to promote sustainable engagement, education, and scholarship in global health. J Am Coll Clin Pharm. 2020; 3: 885– 896.
  6. Tran DN, Manji I, Njuguna B, Kamano J, Laktabai J, Tonui E, Vedanthan R, Pastakia SD. Solving the problem of access to cardiovascular medicines: revolving fund pharmacy models in rural western Kenya. BMJ Global Health 2020; 5: