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Cardiovascular disease

Kevin M. Sowinski

Assistant professor, clinical pharmacy
(765) 494-1377

Research and practice focus on cardiovascular therapeutics. Is interested in the effect of disease, age, race and gender on the metabolism of drugs. Other research interests include response and medication usage patterns in patients with heart failure and acute myocardial infarction. Is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Computer use

Bruce C. Carlstedt

Professor, clinical pharmacy
(317) 630-7290

Studies ways to use personal computers and large data base systems to enhance patient care. Has used computerized drug dosing programs for pediatric patients to collect data about the time required for some specific drugs to be metabolized and used by the body. The information is being used to improve dosing in pediatric patients. Professional experience includes community and hospital pharmacy practice.


Michael T. Rupp

Professor, pharmacy practice
(765) 494-4082

Is an expert on health economics and policy, including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of clinical pharmacy services in the institutional and community settings. Can address the role of pharmacy in public health and the roles of regulation and competition in the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Also studies the incidence and nature of prescribing errors and related problems that threaten the quality of pharmaceutical care.

Joseph Thomas III

Associate professor, pharmacy practice
Associate director, Pharmaceutical Economics Research Center
(765) 494-1477

Performs economic analyses of pharmaceutical services and has analyzed the impact of various services upon health care outcomes and total health care expenditures. Has developed pharmaceutical price indices by contract with the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration. Has testified before the U.S. Senate and served on the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Panel. Is vice chairman of the National Minority Health Association Advisory Panel. Has practiced in hospital pharmacy and community pharmacy settings.


Charles H. Brown

Associate professor, clinical pharmacy
(765) 494-9151

Clinical practice focuses on treating the elderly and critical care patients. Has expertise in the areas of blood thinners, blood clots, drug interactions, heart disease and treatments, common lab tests, critical care medicine, and monitoring drugs in the elderly. Has more than 20 years of clinical practice experience.

Michael D. Murray

Associate professor, clinical pharmacy
Director, Regenstrief Institute Health Data Core,
Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis
(317) 630-8299

Research interests include health care utilization of inner-city patients; the clinical use of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in elderly persons; and developing pharmacy services that optimize drug treatment in the elderly. Publications include studies of the renal effects of NSAIDs and diuretics. Also studies medication compliance in elderly patients and ways to improve their ability to take their medications. Has served on the board of directors of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology.

Kidney disease

Bruce A. Mueller

Associate professor, clinical pharmacy
(317) 630-7093

Research and practice focus on patients with all types of kidney disease. Areas of interest include changes in the way the body metabolizes and uses drugs during dialysis; nutritional considerations in these patients; and drug treatments for critically ill patients with acute renal failure. Has published in numerous journals. Serves on the Nephrology Editorial Panel for The Annals of Pharmacotherapy and as a reviewer for Pharmacotherapy and the American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy.

Meri K. Scott

Assistant professor, pharmacy practice
(317) 630-7093

Research includes pharmaceutical intervention in treating patients with end-state renal disease. Interests relate to how drug and solute removal are influenced by new types of hemodialysis membranes and the chemicals used to reprocess them. Research provided landmark information to assist hemodialysis centers in determining optimal dosing and hemodialyzer reprocessing procedures. Has published in numerous journals. Is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Over-the-counter drugs

Nicholas G. Popovich

Professor, pharmacy practice
Associate head, Department of Pharmacy Practice
(765) 494-5966

Has been widely quoted about over-the-counter and prescription medicines, including decongestants and food products. Also can address the proper way to take drugs. Expert on the delivery of pharmacy services to improve the health of institutionalized patients such as those in nursing homes. Has published many professional and research-oriented articles and book chapters and is co-author of one book. Has served on the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties and as president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (1991-92).

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