Joseph F. Dasta
Professor Emeritus
Pharmacy Practice and Science

Professional Interests

Professor Dasta received his B.Sc. Pharmacy in 1974 from West Virginia University, and a M.Sc. and residency in Hospital Pharmacy from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1976. He began his academic career at OSU and developed one of the first practice sites and post-doctoral residency and fellowship programs in critical care pharmacy. Professor Dasta has trained eleven critical care residents and nine fellows; and many are prominent practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the profession and industry. Current academic appointments include Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, and Adjunct Professor, University of Texas School of Pharmacy.

He is currently a health-care consultant in the area of acute care pharmaceuticals. He serves on the editorial board of Critical Care Medicine and Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Professor Dasta has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, brief communications and book chapters, with an emphasis on medication safety, acute pain management, sepsis, acute hypertension, hyponatremia, acute kidney injury, and pharmacoeconomics. He has also given over 250 lectures on various topics, related to critical care and health outcomes.


  • 2018, the Weil-Shubin Master Clinician/Teacher Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • 2016 Master Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine (MCCM)
  • 2013 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Russell Miller Award
  • 2010 Distinguished Investigator Award (SCCM). [First pharmacist to receive this award]
  • 2010 Sustained Contributions to the Literature Award, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • 2005 Jerry Siegel Clinical Achievement Award
  • 2002 ACCP Education Award
  • 2001 OSU Faculty of the Year Award
  • 1990 Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM)
  • 1988 Fellow, American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

Recent Publications

  • Shah B, DerSarkissian M, Tsintos S, Dasta J. Medication adherence before and after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT): Evidence from US claims data. Heart Rhythm J; 2018 (In development)
  • Dasta J, Kamat S, Sundar S, Chase S, Lingohr-Smith M, Menges B, Lin J. Economic Impact of Tolvaptan Treatment vs. Fluid Restriction Based on Real-world data Among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure and Hyponatremia. J Med Econ 2018, (Submitted)
  • Dunlap ME, Hauptman PJ. Amin S, Chase SL, Chiodo J, Chiong JR, Dasta J. Current Management of Hyponatremia in Acute Heart Failure: A Report From the HN Registry. J Am Heart Assoc (On-line August 3 2017)
  • Kane-Gill S, Buckley M, Cohen H, Dasta J, Devabhakthuni S, George B, Agarwal S, Pepin J Pohlman A, Bejian S, Smith B. Clinical practice guideline: Safe Medication Usage. Crit Care Med 2017;45:1546-1551- Executive Summary, 2017:45e877-e915-Full Manuscript.
  • Kramer A, Dasta J, Kane-Gil S. The impact of mortality on total costs within the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med 2017;45:1457-1463.
  • Rivosecchi RM, Dasta J, Kellum JA, Kane-Gill SL. Drug Class Combination–Associated Acute Kidney Injury: A Review of the Literature. Ann Pharmacother 2016;50:953-72.
  • Golembiewski J, Dasta J, Palmer PP. Evolution of patient controlled analgesia: From intravenous to sublingual. Hosp Pharm 2016;51:214-229.
  • Dasta J, Waikar S, Xie L, Boklage S, Badawi O. Patterns of treatment and correction of hyponatremia in intensive care-unit patients. J Crit Care 2015;30:1072-79
  • Dasta JF, Pilon D, Mody SH, Laliberté F, Germain G, Bookhart BK, Lefebvre P, Nutescu EA. Daily costs of hospitalization in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients treated with anticoagulant therapy. J Med Econ 2015;18:1041-1049.
  • Dasta JF, Pilon D, Mody SH, Laliberté F, Germain G, Bookhart BK, Lefebvre P, Nutescu EA. Daily hospitalization costs in patients with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism treated with anticoagulant therapy. Thromb Res 2015;135:303-10
  • Golembiewski J, Dasta J. Evolving role of local anesthetics in providing prolonged postsurgical analgesia. 2015 Clin Ther 2015;37:1354-71.