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Dr. Hindu Rao

Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty
School of Pharmacy
Expertise: Chronic Disease Management; Diabetes Mellitus; Hypertension; Population Health; Ambulatory Care
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 275
Phone: (714) 516-5535


Dr. Hindu Rao received her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacological Chemistry from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy. At UCSF, she received recognition for demonstrating outstanding leadership service and contributing to the pharmacy teaching program. She was also involved in multiple research projects studying the effectiveness of pharmacist led work on health outcomes and initiated as a member of the Rho Chi Society, an academic honor society in pharmacy.

Dr. Rao completed her pharmacy practice residency (PGY-1) training at Cedars Sinai Medical Care Foundation (CSMCF) and Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP), with a focus in ambulatory care practice. Her clinical sites included the comprehensive diabetes clinic, anticoagulation clinic, travel clinic, general neurology practice, transitions of care, medication therapy management, and drug use policy. Throughout her residency training, she was extensively involved in teaching CUSP students in the classroom and in ambulatory care clinics, and received the Resident Teacher of the Year award. 

In addition to her current role as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at CUSP, Dr. Rao will be practicing as a clinical pharmacist at the Heritage Medical Group in the Providence St. Joseph Health System.

Research Interests:

Dr. Rao's research interests include utilization of telemedicine and health technology to advance primary care; women’s health and increasing access to contraceptive care; development and implementation of ambulatory care pharmacy services; value of pharmacist led services in primary care settings.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Rao H, Fakourfar N. Pharmacy Student Leadership in Experiential Education. AACP Experiential Education Section Newsletter. May 2022.