Pharmacy Addictions Research & Medicine

The PhARM Program provides continuing education to a broad range of health professionals via the Texas Opioid Training Initiative, leads overdose prevention efforts across multiple campuses through Operation Naloxone, and conducts innovative research to identify and address gaps in implementation of evidence-based interventions for substance use and addiction.

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. Dr. Hill is the principal investigator for a five-year, $25 million TTOR grant which seeks to address the opioid crisis in Texas by educating health professionals and the public while conducting pragmatic research.

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
Kami Johnston
Morgan Murchison
Chandler Prevatt
Megan Yeung