M. Qato, Pharm.D., MPH, Ph.D.
M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD is a clinical pharmacist and has been appointed as an
Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Administration at the
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy (UIC COP). She will also hold an appointment in the
Department of Pharmacy Practice and will
be an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and
Pharmacoeconomics Research within the COP. Prior to joining the UIC COP faculty, Dr. Qato
was a Research Associate at the University of Chicago where she led several
high profile projects related to medication use in older adults and minorities.
Dr. Qato’s primary research interests
are aimed at improving access to, and use of, medications in vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Qato utilizes population-based methods to understand patterns and
determinants of medication use, with a particular emphasis on aging, drug
safety and disparities.
Qato is nationally recognized for her work on the unsafe use of prescription
and non-prescription medications, including dietary supplements, in older
adults in the United States. In 2008, this research was published in JAMA and received national and international media
coverage. In addition, her work on disparities in the underuse of prescription
medications published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety has increased our
understanding of the potential role of medications in health care disparities. Dr. Qato is also interested in effecting
scholarship/research to better understand the impact of pharmaceutical policy,
drug development and models of pharmaceutical care on patterns of medication
Dr. Qato has practiced community pharmacy in
various settings and also served as a consultant for IMS
health, an international pharmaceutical consulting firm, and for NORC at the
University of Chicago. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Schweitzer
fellowship and in 2002 she was granted the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to
study impediments to the appropriate use of medicines in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Qato earned
her Pharm.D. from the UIC COP, her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
of Public Health, and her PhD in Public Health (Pharmacoepidemiology and Health
Services Research) from the UIC School of Public Health.
Dr. Qato’s unique academic and professional
experience has enabled an interdisciplinary perspective that will continue to guide
her research and clinical pharmacy practice. Her current research program seeks
to examine the underlying mechanisms
responsible for the underuse, overuse and inappropriate use of medications, how
these patterns may influence health outcomes and health disparities, and what
can be performed from a clinical (role of pharmacist and physician) and policy
perspective to address these escalating problems to improve the quality of
health care and population health. Dr.
Qato’s goal is
to create a research program that will identify why medications are used, or
not used, and how they can and should be used in the population to promote
equity, longevity and good health.