Frei Lab

Dr. Christopher R. Frei is the Pharmacotherapy Division Head; one of five divisions in the UT Austin College of Pharmacy, and the only division located outside of Austin, in San Antonio. He is also the Director of the Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Center in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. On June 1, 2015 he became the Program Director for the multidisciplinary joint Translational Science PhD Program, involving four UT institutions in the Austin and San Antonio areas. The program recruits physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, and others with professional doctoral degrees, and trains them to conduct innovative Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Frei’s research laboratory is currently pursuing two major research ventures. One is to build and analyze large patient cohorts using the national Veterans Affairs data repositories. The other is to conduct prospective clinical and translational studies in medical practices. Dr. Frei’s independent and collaborative research has been supported by AHRQ, NIH, PCORI, universities, professional societies, and the pharmaceutical industry. He has published more than 95 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals, including JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Medicine, Chest, and Drugs. He has also given more than 400 scientific and educational presentations. He has been recognized as “Mentor of the Year” by the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists, “Young Investigator of the Year” by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, and “Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year” by the UT Austin College of Pharmacy. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Finally, he serves as an Ambassador for the NIH Loan Repayment Program.