HOPE Center Commends Rhys Axon on Great Strides Made as Assistant Professor

Since completing his PhD in 2019 and joining the College of Pharmacy and HOPE Center faculty DAVID RHYS AXON, PhD, MPharm, MS has accomplished so much.

You will regularly see Rhys highlighted for multiple scientific papers. He has published over 48 peer-reviewed articles – 32 since his faculty appointment - with a focus on chronic disease management and pharmacy education, and received the AACP New Investigator Award in 2020. A sampling of recent articles include:

A full list of publications and biosketch can be found here.

Rhys has a particular passion for research in the chronic condition management area. “One of my favorite studies we published recently investigated the healthcare costs associated with opioid users among older adults with pain. We know that opioid use is prevalent in the United States, but we did not have any current information on the costs associated with opioid use in this population. We were able to make use of a large publicly available dataset to better understand this important public health challenge.”

In addition to devoting extensive time and energy to his own research, Rhys coordinates the required research courses for PharmD students to work on their own research project. In this role, he guides each of the PharmD students through the process of developing a research proposal, obtaining IRB approval, and then assists the students as they carry out their research project and prepare a research report of their findings.

He also presents research at national and international conferences as well as continues a teaching role with the Center for Health Outcomes & PharmacoEconomic Research lending his time and talent to teach professionals from across the country and globe.

“We loved working with Rhys as a graduate student and appreciate our continued relationship in his role as assistant professor.” Amy Grizzle, PharmD, Associate Director, HOPE Center.