Pharmacy Addictions Research & Medicine

The PhARM Program provides live and online education to a broad range of healthcare professionals through the Texas Opioid Training Initiative, leads overdose prevention efforts at health science centers and university campuses through Operation Naloxone, and conducts innovative clinical and health services research to identify and address gaps in implementation of evidence-based interventions.

Lucas G. Hill, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Director & Lead Instructor

Dr. Hill graduated from the UMKC School of Pharmacy and completed a combined residency/fellowship in the UPMC Department of Family Medicine. He is now a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy where he founded the PhARM Program and led implementation of Operation Naloxone. His research is focused on clinician-community collaborations to address substance use disorders through evidence-based treatment and harm reduction strategies.

Claire Zagorski, MSc, LP
Program Coordinator & Harm Reduction Instructor

Ms. Zagorski earned a Bachelor’s Degree at The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree at The University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has practiced clinically as a paramedic in multiple treatment settings, including as a member of the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition. She founded Longhorn Stop the Bleed and is committed to supporting healthcare professionals who seek to integrate harm reduction principles in their practice.

Lindsey J. Loera, PharmD
Inaugural PhARM Fellow

Dr. Loera graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2020 and is currently completing a two-year fellowship with the PhARM Program. In this role, she will develop an innovative clinical pharmacy practice at CARMAhealth and conduct statewide research exploring the pharmacist’s role in addiction treatment. She previously served as President of the Student Pharmacist Recovery Network and co-founded the Addiction Medicine Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience.

Carlos F. Tirado, MD, MPH, FASAM
Medical Consultant & Clinical Instructor

Dr. Tirado is board-certified in general and addiction psychiatry. He is the founder and chief medical officer of CARMAhealth, a patient-centered medical home for people with substance use disorder. Dr. Tirado also serves as President of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

PhARM Research Assistants
Sorina B. Torrez
Kelley M. White
Josh C. Perez

Operation Naloxone Student Leaders
PharmD Student Director: Kelley M. White
PharmD Student Chairs: Hejab Khan & Kami Johnston
MSW Student Chair: Alexandra White