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Dima M. Qato
Dima Mazen Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD serves as the Hygeia Centennial Chair and Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy. She has also been appointed as a Senior Fellow with the University of Southern California Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. She also served as a National Academy of Medicine Pharmacy Fellow for 2018-2020. Dr. Qato received her PharmD from UIC, an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Dr. Qato’s research focuses on improving equitable access to and use of essential medicines in the U.S. and globally. Dr. Qato’s research has been funded by various agencies including the NIH and the RWJF, has been published in Health Affairs and JAMA and has been received national and international news and media coverage, including CNN, NY Times and the Washington Post. Dr. Qato’s goal is to promote public accountability to better ensure access to, and safe use of, medications at the national, state and local levels. In an effort to achieve this goal, Dr. Qato is interested in incorporating the concept of ‘essential medicines’ in payment and regulatory decision-making in ongoing health care reform.