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Katie J. Suda, PharmD, MS

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CHERP Associate Director & Core Investigator

Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh


Katie J. Suda, PharmD, MS, is COIN Investigator and Associate Director of Clinical Therapeutics at the VA Center of Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP). She is also Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Suda leads these VA-funded initiatives:

The Broken Drug Supply Chain: The Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Shortages and Veteran Health

The Missing RxLink: Veteran Prescription use in Private Sector Community Pharmacies

Improving Veteran Health by Increasing Dental Stewardship of Antibiotics and Opioids

Dr. Suda received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University and a Master's in epidemiology from the University of Tennessee. Her post-doctoral training includes a residency, a pharmacokinetics fellowship, and an infectious diseases and outcomes research fellowship. Dr. Suda's research is focused on prescribing by clinicians and use by patients and strategies to improve medication use. This includes antibiotics and opioids, Veterans receiving care at multiple health systems, and drug shortages. She currently holds R01 funding from AHRQ and merit review funding from VA HSR to investigate drug shortages and prescribing by dentists. Dr. Suda has received prior funding from federal and non-federal sources and published more than 250 articles in the professional literature, including high-impact journals such as JAMA and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Suda has taught courses in comparative effectiveness research, pharmacotherapeutics, grant writing, biostatistics and clinical trial design. She has mentored more than 30 doctoral students.

Research Areas
Implementation strategies
Drug shortages
Antibiotic and opioid stewardship

Investigator excellence in research award, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Office of Research and Development, 2023
American College of Clinical Pharmacy Infectious Diseases PRN Distinguished Investigator award, 2023
Antimicrobial Stewardship Scholar Award, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), 2020 (first Pharm D to receive this award) 
Charles C. Shepard Science Award, Assessment category, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), 2017

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