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Dr. Laressa Bethishou

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy
Expertise: Care Transitions; Readmissions; Med Safety; Med Errors
Office Location: 297C
Phone: (714) 516-5431
University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Science
University of Southern California, Doctor of Pharmacy


Dr. Bethishou received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy (USC). She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Stanford Health Care with a diverse range of experience in the acute care, ambulatory care, and transitional care setting.

After residency, she continued at Stanford Health Care as a Transitions of Care Pharmacist.  In this role, she collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to facilitate the transition of patients through the healthcare system with the goal of reducing readmissions, addressing barriers to discharge, and optimizing patient medication regimens on discharge.

Research Interests

Her areas of interest include evaluating the impact of pharmacist interventions on high risk patient populations including heart failure patients, asthma and COPD exacerbations, and pneumonia admissions.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Bethishou, L., Chen, A., Chew, C., et al. "Pharmacists and Pharmacogenomics: An Evaluation of Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes, and Practices." California Pharmacist. Summer 2012.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Bethishou L, Gregorian T, Won K, Lopez K, Tsu LV. Management of venous thromboembolism in the elderly: A review of the non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants. The Consultant Pharmacist. May 2018; 33(5): 248-61.
Lewis J, Bethishou L, Dea L, Mendoza J, Yoon C. Management of Osteoarthritis. RxConsultant. November 2017; XXVI (10):1-12.
Bethishou L. Pneumonia Vaccines: Current Recommendations and Advocacy Opportunities. Pharmacy Times. November 2017; 4-6.
Bethishou L. Managing the Cost of Diabetes. Pharmacy Times. September 2017; 5-7.
Bethishou L, Fang N, Shieh L. Reducing Medication Errors in Pneumonia Patients during Transitions of Care. California Journal of Health System Pharmacists. November/December 2017; 29(6):196-202.