Associate Professor Paul Gavaza received his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Pharmacy (majoring in Pharmacy Administration/pharmacoeconomics) from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and 2010 respectively. Prior to joining Loma Linda University, Dr. Gavaza was Assistant Professor at Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Oakwood, Virginia where he coordinated pharmacy administration courses and taught in the Drug Information, Clinical Research and Biostatistics course. He also served as the IRB co-chair, Resident Research Committee chair, and member of the Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Committee.
Dr. Gavaza has expertise in economic evaluation, research design, survey development, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. His primary research interests include social, economic and behavioral aspects of pharmacy practice and outcomes research. Dr. Gavaza has presented over 15 posters at national and international professional scientific meetings and has published over 30 papers in peer reviewed medical and pharmacy journals. In addition, Dr. Gavaza has been invited to serve as a scientific reviewer for several pharmacy (e.g., AJPE, JAPHA, AJHP, CPTL, pharmacy practice) and medical (e.g., PlosOne, BMC Medical education, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society) journals and two national grant funding organizations (American Society for Health-System Pharmacists and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute).
Dr. Gavaza has been awarded several prestigious national awards in the past including the Current Therapeutic Research Travel Award, the Fulbright Fellowship, and the United States Pharmacoepeia Fellowship (2009-2010). Dr. Gavaza is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and Rho Chi Honor Societies, and International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. He currently resides in Redlands with his wife, Kuda and his three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing, and playing tennis and ping pong. He is a third generation Adventist.
At LLU School of Pharmacy, Dr. Gavaza will be teaching Social Behavioral Pharmacy and Health Systems, Re-imbursement and Pharmacoeconomics courses in Spring.