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I lead a lab of thoughtful, smart, hardworking trainees interested in studying treatments for cardiovascular disease. Interested in joining us? See the bottom of this page.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Christopher R Piszczatoski

Chris Piszczatoski, PharmD is a postdoctoral fellow in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine. His work is primarily centered on health services research around pharmacist-managed diabetes care and outcomes research on use of corticosteroids for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Graduate Students

Raj Desai

Raj Desai, MS is a PhD student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. His work is primarily centered on use of secondary datasets (administrative claims, EHR) for studying cardiovascular outcomes and performing comparative effectiveness research in patients with renal disease.

Mai Mehanna

Mai Mehanna, MS is a PhD student in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research. Her work is primarily centered on use of metabolomics and pharmacogenomics related to aldosterone and renin to predict blood pressure response and adverse events to commonly-used antihypertensive drugs.

Yimei Huang

Yimei Huang, PharmD is a PhD student in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research. Her work is primarily centered on understanding the relationship between metabolic syndrome, heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension and how these disorders interact to affect adverse health outcomes.

Munaza Riaz

Munaza Riaz, PharmD, MPhil is a PhD student in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Her work is primarily centered on understanding the comparative effectiveness of therapies, including ARNIs and aldosterone antagonists, in treating heart failure.

Pharmacy Students

Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith is a 3rd year student in the Professional Pharmacy program. Her work is focused on use of antihypertensive drugs during pregnancy and initial antihypertensive prescribing patterns in the U.S.

Join the Group

If you are a current graduate student or pharmacy student at UF and interested in working with me on comparative effectiveness research for cardiometabolic drugs, in particular antihypertensives, or interested in methods related to use of EHR data in epidemiologic research, please feel free to email me (ssmith@cop.ufl.edu) to discuss.

If you are a prospective graduate student interested in working with me specifically then send me an email describing your interests along with your CV. I take graduate students in both the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacoepidemiology and Safety Sciences programs. Note you must meet the qualifications for admittance to the respective PhD program and be accepted into the program. More information is available at the above links.

If you are a prospective postdoctoral fellow interested in our family medicine program, which requires candidates to have a PharmD, please review our website and feel free to contact me or John Gums (jgums@ufl.edu) with any questions. If you are interested in doing a fellowship related to pharmacoepidemiologic/outcomes research, please contact me and include your CV.