Vinita Pai

Vinita Pai, PharmD

Associate Professor-Clinical
Unit / Department / Division
Pharmacy Practice and Science
136D Parks Hall
Email Address
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  • 1996, PharmD, University of Iowa
  • 1995, MS, with research thesis, University of Iowa, Pharmacy
  • 1989, Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Bombay, Pharmacy


  • Miriam R. Balshone Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2013
  • Miriam R. Balshone Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2010
  • Preceptor of the Year, 2005
  • Teacher of the Year, 2001

Journal Articles

Afolabi TM, Nahata MC, Pai V. Nebulized opioids for the palliation of dyspnea in terminally ill patients. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2017 Jul 15;74(14):1053-1061. doi: 10.2146/ajhp150893. PMID: 28687551.

Mahadeo KM, McArthur J, Adams RH, Radhi M, Angelo J, Jeyapalan A, Nicol K, Su L, Rabi H, Auletta JJ, Pai V, Duncan CN, Tamburro R, Dvorak CC, Bajwa RPS. Consensus Report by the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators and Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium Joint Working Committees on Supportive Care Guidelines for Management of Veno-Occlusive Disease in Children and Adolescents: Part 2-Focus on Ascites, Fluid and Electrolytes, Renal, and Transfusion Issues. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2017 Dec;23(12):2023-2033. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2017.08.014. Epub 2017 Aug 17. PMID: 28823876.

Nelson KL, Morvay S, Neidecker M, Sebastian S, Fischer J, Li J, Pai V, Merandi J. Evaluation of medication safety resources in pediatric hospitals. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2020 Aug 20;77(Suppl 3):S78-S86. doi: 10.1093/ajhp/zxaa177. PMID: 32815535.

Embaby MM, Rangarajan HG, Abu-Arja R, Auletta JJ, Stanek J, Pai V, Nicol KK, Bajwa RS. Refractory Thrombocytopenia Is a Valid Early Diagnostic Criteria for Hepatic Veno-Occlusive Disease in Children. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2020 Mar;26(3):546-552. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2019.11.012. Epub 2019 Nov 19. PMID: 31756537.

Pai V, Abu-Arja R, Auletta JJ, Rangarajan HG. Successful treatment of steroid-refractory gastrointestinal acute graft-versus-host disease with adjuvant vedolizumab therapy in a pediatric allogeneic stem cell transplant recipient. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2020 Aug;67(8):e28298. doi: 10.1002/pbc.28298. Epub 2020 May 30. PMID: 32472970.

Rogers J, Pai V, Merandi J, Catt C, Cole J, Yarosz S, Wehr A, Durkin K, Kaczor C. Impact of a pharmacy student-driven medication delivery service at hospital discharge. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2017 Mar 1;74(5 Supplement 1):S24-S29. doi: 10.2146/ajhp150613. PMID: 28213384.

Copacia JA, Taylor K, Laudick M, Rangarajan HG, Abu-Arja R, Auletta JJ, Pyle- Eilola A, Stanek J, Pai VB, Bajwa R. 70% Ethanol for Decontamination of Central Venous Lines Exposed to Calcineurin Inhibitors. Ann Pharmacother. 2018 Jan;52(1):32-39. doi: 10.1177/1060028017709289. Epub 2017 Aug 24. PMID: 28838253.

Rangarajan HG, Abu-Arja R, Pai V, Guilcher GMT, Soni S. Outcomes of Unrelated Donor Stem Cell Transplantion with Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide for Graft- versus-Host Disease Prophylaxis in Patients with Severe Sickle Cell Disease. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 Feb;24(2):413-417. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2017.10.030. Epub 2017 Oct 20. PMID: 29061531.

Mehyar LS, Abu-Arja R, Rangarajan HG, Pai V, Bartholomew DW, Rose MJ, Bajwa RPS. Matched unrelated donor transplantation in glycogen storage disease type 1b patient corrects severe neutropenia and recurrent infections. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2018 Aug;53(8):1076-1078. doi: 10.1038/s41409-018-0147-z. Epub 2018 Mar 7. PMID: 29515247.

Wright M, Rangarajan H, Abu-Arja R, Auletta JJ, Lee D, Polishchuk V, Pai V, Taylor K, Bajwa RPS. Use of belatacept as alternative graft vs host disease prophylaxis in pediatric allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2021 May 20:e14041. doi: 10.1111/petr.14041. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34014014.