Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

High Demand,
Real Impact

The Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy unites patient-centered care with health-system insights and analysis. Our faculty represent a wide range of clinical and research specialties—from community pharmacy and geriatrics to oncology and psychiatry.

"The Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy is home to recognized leaders in pharmacy education, practice and research. Our faculty’s nation-leading expertise addresses some of the most challenging and complex issues of health care—from managing chronic diseases, polypharmacy and addictive disorders to addressing health inequities and leading COVID-19 vaccination efforts. We attract students who share our commitment to innovation and our desire to solve intractable health issues, shape the future of the profession and improve the lives of people everywhere."

Tien M.H. Ng, PharmD, FHFSA, FACC, FCCP, BCPS, AQ Cardiology

Interim Chair, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy

The department’s mission is three-fold:

Meet the Faculty

Liana Asatryan, PhD

Liana Asatryan, PhD

Liana Asatryan's research focus is the discovery and development of novel compounds for the treatment of alcohol use disorder.
Annie Wong-Beringer, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA

Annie Wong-Beringer, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA

Expert in bacterial resistance and virulence, host microbial interactions and host immune response
Melissa J. Durham, PharmD, MACM, APh, BCACP

Melissa J. Durham, PharmD, MACM (she/her)

Melissa Durham's expertise includes ambulatory care practice, community pharmacy-based patient care programs and pain management.

Michelle Chu, PharmD, BCACP, APh

Michelle Chu is the program director for PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy practice residency for ambulatory care.
Amanda Burkhardt, PhD

Amanda Burkhardt, PhD

An immunology researcher and educator with experience working in both basic and translational science.
Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD

Leader in eliminating pharmacy deserts and promoting equitable access and safe use of essential medicines in the U.S. and globally

Department News

When Donna Keissami, PharmD ’08, published "Maddie Visits the Pharmacist," she fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a children’s book. Here, she talks about how the book helps children understand prescribed medications and encourages students to use their pharmacy knowledge to "branch out" within the field.
Meet third-year PharmD student Jafar Essayli, whose experience working with elementary school students with special needs inspired him to pursue pharmacy. Here, the Cypress, Calif. native shares why he chose to attend USC Mann and how his past experiences with mentorship and teaching encouraged him to pursue an area of concentration in education.