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Faculty Profile

el-desoky-web.jpgRania El-Desoky

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Health 2, Room 4009
4349 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Houston, TX 77204-5039

Contact: - 713-743-8151

Research/Academic Interests:

Scholarship of teaching and learning, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Diabetes Management, Chronic Disease State Management, Preventative Care, Health Disparities

  • Pharm.D., Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy
  • Academic Pharmacy Fellowship, University of Houston College of Pharmacy

Presentations and Posters

  • El-Desoky R, Rosario N, Wollen J, Moulik S. Implementing Active Learning Strategies Involving Patient Counseling Sessions to Increase Pharmacy Students’ Performance, Knowledge, and Improve Attitudes towards Vitamins and Minerals. ACCP Annual Meeting 2021. Virtual
  • El-Desoky R, Varkey D, Wanat M, Thornton D, De La Cruz A. Using the ERG theory of Needs to Identify Predictors of Anxiety in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. AACP Pharmacy Education 2021. Virtual
  • Smith K, Nowinski D, Patel A, Aden J, Costantino J, Zeng Q, Morrison C, El-Desoky R, et al. Retrospective Real World Cohort Study to Assess Effects of Mass Switching Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) to Renflexis® from Remicade®. Alcalde 2021. Virtual
  • El-Desoky R, Ayyad A, Al-Dahir S, Heyer K, Khalil A. Patterns of Acculturation and Healthcare Utilization as Predictors of Diabetes among Arab Immigrants in Southeast Louisiana. ASHP Midyear Meeting 2017. Orlando, FL
  • El-Desoky R, Lazartigues E, Sriramula S, Mendoza A, Shropshire J. Effects of Antihypertensive Medications on ACE2 Activity in DOCA-salt Hypertensive Mice. LA Biomedical Symposium 2014. Baton Rouge, LA


  • Nawas G, R, Zeidan, R, Edwards, C., El-Desoky R. Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccines and Strategies to Improve Acceptability and Uptake. J Pharm Pract. 2022.
  • El-Desoky R, Al-Dahir S, Butler Isolde, Sarpong D, Nawas G, Gillard C, Landry S, Rady H. Are Providers PrEPed? A Retrospective Cohort Study Analyzing Retention in Care among Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Patients. Clin HIV/AIDS Journal 2019; 1(2.2). doi: 10.31021/chaj.20192111 Wiley F.
  • Patients with new-onset focal seizures face delayed and missed diagnosis in emergent settings. Published in Epilepsy Journey. Commentary (Invited). Nov 2020


  • The Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network Grant, 2021 2020 POD Network Career Development Grant, 2020


  • Walmart Scholar AACP, 2021 Excellence and contribution at the Department of Defense awarded by Attorney General, 2020
  • Class 2018 Highest Scholastic Standing at Xavier University’s College of Pharmacy, 2018
  • Albert P. Lauve Hospital Pharmacy Memorial Award, 2018 Academic Excellence Award, 2018
  • ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Local Winner, 2017
  • First Place Winner of LSHP Poster Session, 2016
  • Kroger Scholarship, 2016 Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship, 2013
  • Xavier University of Louisiana Rousseve Scholarship, 2013
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Order of the Torch Award, 2013
  • Leah B. Gordon Memorial (Alpha Kappa Alpha) Scholarship, 2016