Dr. Hindu Rao

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

Bach A, Bethishou L, Beuttler R, Fakourfar N, Rao H. Comparison of Virtual Simulations with Peers versus Actors as Standardized Patients on Virtual OSCE Scores. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. March 2023;87(5). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajpe.2022.11.004
Fakourfar N, Rao H. Pharmacy Student Involvement in Population Health Management of Statin Quality Measures. Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. February 2023;1-7. https://doi.org/10.1002/jac5.1769
Lyon K, Rao H. Learn the Lingo: Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). APhA-APPM Medical Home/ACO SIG forum. March 2023. https://www.pharmacist.com/Practice/Practice-Resources/Learn-the-Lingo/consumer-assessment- of-healthcare-providers-and-systems-cahps
Kelly M, Lewis J, Rao H, Carter J, Portillo I, Beuttler R. Effects of GLP-1 receptor agonists on cardiovascular outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pharmacotherapy. December 2022;42(12):921-928. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36271706/
Lowe C, Johnson A, Rao H, Walsh A, Tsu L. Emerging Evidence for the Use of SGLT2 Inhibitors in Heart Failure Management. Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice. March 2022;69(1):32–34. https://meridian.allenpress.com/jcphp/article/69/1/32/479709/Emerging- Evidence-for-the-Use-of-SGLT2-Inhibitors
Rao H, Eclevia M, Phan P, Tsu L. Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Case Series: Antiplatelet Therapy in Older Patients Post Myocardial Infarction. Sr Care Pharm. January 2022;37(1): 17-23. doi: 10.4140/TCP.n.2022.17. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34953509/
Rao H, Fakourfar N. Pharmacy Student Leadership in Experiential Education. AACP Experiential Education Section Newsletter. May 2022.
Lau R, Rao H. Learn the Lingo: Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). APhA-APPM Medical Home/ACO SIG forum. March 2022. https://www.pharmacist.com/Practice/Practice-Resources/Learn-the-Lingo/federally-qualified-health-center-fqhc
Sun C, Venrick B, Rao H, Tsu L. Antithrombotic Therapy in Patients with Valvular Heart Disease. U.S. Pharm. February 2021;46(2):21-24.
Rao H, Fakourfar N, Sun C, Lewis J. The Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Older People With Type 2 Diabetes. Sr Care Pharm. November 2021;36(11):556-567. doi: 10.4140/TCP.n.2021.556. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34717787/
Rao H, Fakourfar N. Virtual Patient Care Simulations Are Here to Stay. AACP Communications Committee Summer Newsletter. June 2021.
Rao H, Learn the Lingo: Case Management / Care Coordination. APhA-APPM Medical Home/ACO SIG forum. February 2021. https://pharmacist.com/Practice/Practice-Resources/Learn-the-Lingo/case-managementcare-coordination
Rao H, Lewis J. Does Long-Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Pump Up Your Risk of Adverse Effects iForumRx. May 2020. https://iforumrx.org/commentary/does-long-term-proton-pump-inhibitor-use-pump-your-risk-adverse-effects
Rao H, Learn the Lingo: Population Health. APhA-APPM Medical Home/ACO SIG forum. January 2020. https://pharmacist.com/Practice/Practice-Resources/Learn-the-Lingo/population-health