Alex Varkey, PharmD, MS, FAPhA


Alex Varkey, PharmD, MS, FAPhA
Director of Pharmacy Services
Houston Methodist Hospital



Presentation: Leadership in Pharmacy   

Alex C. Varkey, PharmD, MS, FAPhA is the Director of Pharmacy at Houston Methodist Hospital, a 924-bed nonprofit academic teaching hospital in Houston, TX.  Alex received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Houston in 2005.  He then completed a two-year administrative residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH while completing his Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at The Ohio State University in 2007.

Alex has prioritized professional involvement since he was a student, serving as national president of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Student Pharmacists and voting member of the APhA Board of Trustees in 2004-05.  Upon graduating, Varkey remained active with APhA, serving in elected positions in both APhA-APRS and APhA-APPM.  Alex was recently appointed to serve on APhA’s Board of Trustees in January 2018, with the term ending March 2019.  Alex has served in other organizations such as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) through various appointed positions.  Varkey is an accomplished writer and public speaker, having authored and co-authored several articles in national publications and has served as a keynote speaker at local and national meetings.

Varkey is passionate about educating pharmacy learners, having developed a two-year health-system pharmacy administration residency, and a longitudinal pharmacy internship program throughout his tenure at Houston Methodist Hospital.  For his efforts, he has won several awards, including Alumnus Pharmacist of the Year from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in 2018, the Gulf Coast Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Pharmacist Award in 2014, and the Outstanding Hospital Preceptor for the Houston/Galveston Region from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 2011.


Alex Varkey has no relevant financial relationship(s), potential or perceived, with commercial or conflicts of interest to disclose.