Joshua T. Swan, PharmD, MPH, FCCM, BCPS

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Dr. Joshua Swan is an active clinician, clinical researcher, and educator. After graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi in 2009, Dr. Swan moved to Houston, Texas to conduct two years of postgraduate clinical training in hospital pharmacy and critical care medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. Swan was an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Texas Southern University and a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in the Department of Pharmacy at Houston Methodist Hospital. In 2013, Dr. Swan joined the Center of Outcomes Research in the Department of Surgery at Houston Methodist. In 2016, he joined Houston Methodist System Pharmacy as an Administrative Specialist in Drug Information, Formulary Management, and Research to oversee the drug information rotation for PGY1 residents and hospital and health-system rotation for fourth-year pharmacy students and support system formulary policy decisions and implementation. Dr. Swan developed and served as the inaugural chair of the Houston Methodist Pharmacy Research Committee from 2015-2019. In 2017, he developed the Houston Methodist Clinical Pharmacy Fellowship in Outcomes Research that is one of a few fellowships in the country that meet American College of Clinical Pharmacy research fellowship training guidelines.

The national reputation of his research has been recognized by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists through a 2009 Literature Award and 2015 Excellence in Medication Safety award. The national reputation of his research is recognized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine through a 2014 travel grant from the Surgery Section for a top podium abstract, young investigator award from the Pharmacy Section in 2016, presidential citation in 2016, and induction as a Fellow in 2019. Dr. Swan previously served on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists New Practitioners Forum Science and Research Advisory Group and on the Board of Directors for the Texas Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Research interests

  • Detection, prevention, and treatment of medication-related organ damage (specifically brain and kidneys)
  • Detection, prevention, and treatment of medication-related harm for surgical, critically ill, and elderly patients
  • Use of pharmacovigilance to support ongoing clinical pharmacy initiatives
  • Expansion of clinical pharmacy services
  • Optimizing healthcare delivery by improving efficiency, reducing waste, and minimizing costs
  • Improve healthcare delivery and clinical outcomes for patients who receive care from the Department of Surgery and the JC Walter Jr Transplant Center of Excellence

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Jan 1 2014May 31 2016

Critical Care Medicine, Residency, Houston Methodist Hospital

Jul 1 2010Jul 31 2011

Pharmacy Practice, Residency, Houston Methodist Hospital

Jun 1 2009Jun 30 2010

Pharmacy, PharmD, University of Mississippi

Aug 1 2007May 31 2009

Pharmaceutical Sciences, BS, University of Mississippi

Aug 1 2003May 31 2007

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Jun 15 2021 → …

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes in the College of Pharmacy, University of Houston

Sep 1 2018Sep 1 2019

Research Area Keywords

  • Outcomes, Quality & Health Care Performance
  • Clinical Translation & Trials
  • Transplantation

Free-text keywords

  • Delirium
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Health-care associated infections
  • Performance improvement
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Adverse drug events


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