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Profile: Austin De La Cruz

Austin De La Cruz
Austin De La Cruz, Pharm.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2, Room 4031
4849 Calhoun
College of Pharmacy
Houston, TX 77204-5000

832-842-8356
aidelacruz@uh.edu

Education & Post-graduate Training

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, Dallas, TX
  • PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Gainesville, Florida
  • PGY1 Ambulatory Care Focused Pharmacy Residency, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Gainesville, Florida
  • Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisites, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Academic & Research Interests

  • Evaluating the use of evidence based therapies for treatment resistant schizophrenia and major depressive disorder
  • Expanding the role of psychiatric pharmacy services and assessing the impact of mental health pharmacists on acute care psychiatry
  • Management of psychiatric illnesses and symptomatology in the geriatric population
  • Improving patient safety and therapeutic outcomes in patients diagnosed with epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Management of various mental health disorders including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse

Courses

Academic

  • PHAR 5581 Advanced Therapeutics II
  • PHAR 5582 Therapeutics I
  • Therapeutics Skills lab (Facilitator)
  • Phar 4271 Pharmacy Practice II, Course cordinator

Experiential

  • Psychiatry Pharmacy Student Preceptor, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX

Meeting Abstracts & Presentations

De La Cruz A. “Evaluation of Eligible Candidates for Clozapine Prescribing at the North Florida/South Georgia VHS. ”April 2016. Presented at the 2016 Annual College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO

Kyrouac K, De La Cruz A, Morabito B, Quffa L. “Description of a Newly Instituted Teaching Certificate Program.” December 2015. Presented at the 2015 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Midyear Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, LA

De La Cruz A. Cobicistat (Tybost) Drug Monograph. March 2015. Presented at the March Pharmacy and Therapeutics Meeting. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville, FL

De La Cruz A. Briefings- October Issue. October 2014. Presented at the October Pharmacy and Therapeutics Meeting, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville, FL

Other Presentations

“Treatment of Schizophrenia” November 2016. University of Houston College of Pharmacy- Houston, TX

“Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder” November 2016. University of Houston College of Pharmacy- Houston, TX

“Treatment of Anxiety and Other Related Disorders” November 2016. University of Houston College of Pharmacy- Houston, TX

“How to complete a journal club for Pharmacy Rotations” September 2016. University of Houston College of Pharmacy- Houston, TX

"Pharmacological Treatment of Epilepsy" May 2016. University of Florida College of Pharmacy Student Education Clinic. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Naloxone for Opioid Overdose" April 2016. Lake City VA Mental Health Provider Training. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Lake City, FL

"Counting On Clozapine: Evaluating the Role Clozapine in Today’s Practice" March 2016. ACPE certified presentation- Mental Health Clinic Training. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville, FL

"How to properly travel and dispose of Prescription Medications" February 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville, FL

"The Evolution of Synthetic Drugs of Abuse" December 2015. University of Florida College of Pharmacy- Pain and Palliative Care Elective Course. University of Florida- Gainesville, FL

"Mental Health Pharmacotherapy" November 2015. ACPE certified presentation- Nursing Clinic Training. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville, FL

"Treatment of Schizophrenia in Geriatrics" November 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Lake City, FL

"Pharmacological Treatment of Schizophrenia" November 2015. University of Florida College of Pharmacy Student Education Clinic. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville, FL

"Comparative Efficacy and Safety of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors in Older Adults: A Network Meta-Analysis" October 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Lake City, FL

"An Update on the American Geriatric Society’s 2015 Beers Criteria” October 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Lake City, FL

"Prescription Medications that Increase Falls in the Elderly" September 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"The Safety and Proper Disposal of Prescription Medications" September 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Living in Balance Lecture Series: Insomnia" September 2015. Living in Balance Lecture Series. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Challenges to Medication Compliance and Adherence" September 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"How to Properly Travel with Prescription Medications" August 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"An Update Regarding the Diagnosis and Prevention of Stroke/TIA" August 2015. Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center- Gainesville FL

"Brexpiprazole for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Schizophrenia" August 2015. Pharmacy Residency Meeting. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"An Update Regarding the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hyperlipidemia" July 2015. Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center- Gainesville FL

"An Update Regarding the Diagnosis and Treatment of Insomnia" July 2015. Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center - Gainesville FL

"Pharmacological Treatment of Epilepsy" July 2015. University of Florida College of Pharmacy Student Education Clinic. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"A Retrospective Analysis of Lurasidone Use at the NF/SG VA for Bipolar 1 Disorder and Schizophrenia" June 2015. Medication Use Evaluation Meeting. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Pharmacological Treatment of Epilepsy" June 2015. University of Florida College of Pharmacy Student Education Clinic. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"An Update Regarding the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension" May 2015. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"The Obesity Epidemic: Are Medications the Solution?" April 2015. ACPE certified presentation at Pharmacy Grand Rounds. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Cobicistat Drug Monograph" March 2015. Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meeting. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Hypertriglyceridemia- A Case Study" March 2015. Pharmacy Resident Meeting. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Pharmacological Treatment of Epilepsy" February 2015. University of Florida College of Pharmacy Student Education Clinic. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"A Retrospective Analysis on the Utilization of Lacosamide" November 2014. Medication Use Evaluation meeting. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Evaluating the Role of the Novel Insomnia Drug Suvorexant" October 2014. Pharmacy Resident Meeting. North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System- Gainesville FL

"Evaluating the Role of Anidulafungin for the Treatment of Candida glabrata Associated Urinary Tract Infections" May 2014. Children’s Medical Center- Dallas, TX

"Evaluating the Role of GLP-1 Agonists for Weight Loss in Non-Diabetic Obese Patients" April 2014. Pharmacy Grand Rounds. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- Dallas TX

"New Oral Anticoagulants" March 2014. Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting. Fort Worth Outpatient VA- Fort Worth, TX

"Warfarin related Nephropathy-Case Study Presentation" March 2014. Fort Worth Outpatient VA- Fort Worth, TX

"An Evaluation of the New JNC-8 Guidelines" February 2014. White Rock Lake Hospital- Dallas, TX

"The Role of Vitamin K1 in the Reversal of Warfarin Induced Coagulopathy" December 2013. North Texas VA Medical Center- Dallas, TX

"Right to Die: The Impact of Physician Assisted Suicide on Pharmacy Practice" September 2013. Pharmacy Grand Rounds. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- Dallas, TX

"Evaluation of the efficacy of a topical sialogogue spray containing malic acid 1% in elderly people with xerostomia: a double blind randomized clinical trial." August 2013. North Texas VA Medical Center- Dallas, TX

"Protein Energy Malnutrition" August 2013. John Peter Smith Hospital- Fort Worth, TX

"A Randomized Trial of Glutamine and Antioxidants in Critically Ill Patients" July 2013. John Peter Smith Hospital- Fort Worth, TX

"The Benefits of Using High Dose Atorvastatin after an ACS” May 2013. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- Dallas, TX

"Acute Venlafaxine Overdose" April 2013. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- Dallas, TX

"Generation Rx" October 2012. Red Ribbon Week. Maple Lawn Elementary School- Dallas, TX

"The Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Diuretic therapy" August 2012. Methodist Dallas Medical Center- Dallas, TX

Professional Service & Affiliations

  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Phi Delta Chi Fraternity