David Rhys Axon

David Rhys Axon

Associate Research Professor

Rhys Axon, PhD, MPharm, MS, MRPharmS, is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, co-director of the Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes graduate program, and an investigator in the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (HOPE Center) at the University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy. He received his MPharm (2014) from the University of Reading and later practiced community pharmacy in the United Kingdom. He received his MS (2017) and PhD (2019) in pharmaceutical economics, policy, and outcomes from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Axon has research expertise in the field of social and administrative pharmacy, health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), and pharmacy education. His primary research interest is improving the clinical, economic, and humanistic outcomes associated with managing chronic health conditions using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. He also supports student pharmacists and pharmacists with scholarly activities and seeks to demonstrate the value of the pharmacy profession.

Dr. Axon has received research funding from several organizations. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers (over 65 as first or senior author) and presented his research at national and international conferences. He has also held leadership roles in professional organizations such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). Dr. Axon has received numerous awards, including the AACP New Investigator Award and Graduate Teacher of the Year Award.


  • PhD, The University of Arizona, 2019
  • MS, The University of Arizona, 2017
  • Master of Pharmacy, The University of Reading, 2014