Mok Chong

Mok Chong, PharmD, PhD, MBA

Chair and Professor, Department of Clinical and Administrative Services

Education

BSc Pharmacy (University of Delhi), PharmD (Ferris State University), MBA (Wayne State University), PhD (Practical Ministry Heritage University & Seminary), Ordained Pastor, Irvine, CA, APhA Diabetes Care Certificate, RPh (CA, HI, MI, and Malaysia).

Bio

Dr. Chong is a licensed pharmacist in the states of California, Michigan, and Hawaii. He currently serves as the Dean of General Education and Chair for Clinical & Administrative Science of School of Pharmacy. Before joining AUHS in 2011, Dr. Chong served on the pharmacy faculty at the University of Hawaii for three years. Dr. Chong also holds a Ph.D degree in practical ministry from Heritage University & Seminary. He is a licensed pharmacist and has been practicing community and ambulatory care pharmacy practice in California, Michigan, Hawaii and Malaysia. Dr. Chong is also an ordained pastor in the US. Dr. Chong had held a number of pharmacy managerial positions at various pharmacies and corporations in different cultural settings prior to becoming a pharmacy educator.

Published Research

  1. Clinical Outcomes of a Diabetes Education Program for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus in the Micronesian Community In Hawaii 2016
  2. Assessing Health Conditions and Medication Use Among the Homeless Community in Long Beach, California 2014
  3. Green Tea and the Risk of Gastric Cancer: Epidemiological Evidence 2013

Arjun Dutta, PhD, B.Pharm

Dean, School of Pharmacy

Education

BS (Jadavpur University), PhD (Medical College of Virginia)

Bio

Dr. Arjun Dutta specializes in Outcomes Research including the areas of Pharmacoeconomics, Quality of Life, and Epidemiology. He is also passionate about Pharmacy Education and assessing curriculum, student admissions, progression, and retention. Dr. Dutta has successfully started three pharmacy programs as a founding administrator in Oregon, New York, and California. His decanal appointments include serving as the Interim Dean as well as Sr. Associate/Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at three new colleges of pharmacy. Prior to joining academia, he was an Outcomes Manager at a health economics firm specializing in Phase IV research for pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Dutta holds a BS degree in Pharmacy from Jadavpur University in India as well as a PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Published Research

  1. The Need to Integrate Public Health Courses in Health Professions Curriculum 2017
  2. Strategies to Improve Student Learning Of Pharmacology in Pharmacy Curriculum 2016
  3. Faith-Based Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States: A Taxonomic Survey And Results 2015
  4. Instructional Design and Assessment 2014
  5. The Fungal Meningitis Tragedy: Implications for Pharmacy Education and the Profession 2013
Elaine Nguyen, PharmD

Elaine Nguyen, PharmD

Director of IPPE, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Education

PharmD, Western University of Health Science, Pomona, CA; BS in Biological Science, University of CA, Irvine CA.

Bio

Dr. Elaine Nguyen joined AUHS with over 7 years of community practice experience. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Western University of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Sciences (BS) from University of California, Irvine, and is currently working towards obtaining her Master of Health Care Administration (MHA) from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining AUHS, Dr. Nguyen worked with independent pharmacies in developing and implementing policies and procedures for new clinical programs and regulatory compliance.

Dr. Nguyen is an active community volunteer and promoter of her profession, serving on a number of boards, including Orange County Pharmacists Association, Orange County Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition, and Vietnamese Pharmacists Association. She is also part of the California Medical Assistance Teams (CAL-MATs), group of highly-trained licensed medical professionals and logisticians organized and coordinated by the State Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) for rapid field disaster medical response.

Published Research

  1. Hata, M PharmD., Shimomura, S PharmD., Nguyen, E PharmD., Hoang, S PharmD Candidate 2018, Nuesa, M PharmD Candidate 2018,. 2017. Medicare Part D Primer. California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Vol.29 No.5: 133-143.
  2. Nguyen E, Vuong L. Retrospective Analysis of an Outbound Telephonic Medication Adherence Program. Poster Day, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, April 2016.
  3. Stanley W. Luong, Stephanie Tran, Amy Ngo, Michael Caulderon, Joyce Fong, Michelle Tran, Elaine Nguyen, Nicholas Do, Sumayya Khan, Edward K. Wong, Jur. MD; A Study of Interleukin Cytokines in the Neurotrophic Keratitis and Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Animal Model. Invest. Ophthalmol Vis. Sci 2011; 52(14): 3776.
Dr. Judy Aoyagi

Judy Aoyagi, PharmD

Director of APPE, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Bio

Dr. Judy Aoyagi is a Clinical Pharmacy Consultant certified in Pharmacogenomics, Physical Assessment, and Advanced Practice Pharmacy. Her clinical skill experience includes disease state management for patients with diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and heart failure.

In her previous roles with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Aoyagi served as a Pharmacy Project Manager and Clinical Information Analyst to support developing clinical measures optimizing drug therapy, proper medication use, regulatory, safety and quality care to the health system. In providing direct patient care as a Medication Therapy Management Pharmacist, her roles involved comprehensive medication reviews, providing medication education, and improving the outcomes of medication adherence rate. She has served as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and interns as well as establishing mentorship with students from various backgrounds in the U.S.

Prior to her 14-year career in pharmacy, Dr. Aoyagi worked in Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA as an assistant researcher and in Public Health for a non-profit organization in Zambia. She is an Outstanding Professional Women Achievement Award recipient by National Association of Professional Women.
Dr. Aoyagi is passionate about serving underprivileged children around the world and has traveled abroad on behalf of charities and non-profit organizations to provide healthcare and improve the quality of life in communities where help is most needed. She enjoys spending her free time dining and traveling with family and friends.

Published Research

  1. A 10-Year Retrospective Study with Dose Dependent Statin Therapy and Association of New Onset Diabetes in Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
  2. California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Poster Presentation Risk of New Onset Diabetes with Statin Therapy: A 10 – Year Retrospective Study

Christine Han, PharmD

Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Education

PharmD, University of Hawaii, Hilo; BS in BioPsychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Bio

Dr. Christine Han brings over 10 years of community practice, pharmacy management, and medication therapy management experiences to AUHS school of Pharmacy. Prior to joining AUHS, Dr. Han was in pharmacy practice working closely with independent pharmacies and physicians in developing procedures for drug management and regulatory compliance. Dr. Han currently serves as a member for the California Korean American Pharmacist Association.

Published Research

  1. Chong MT and Han CSH. “Integration of a Business Plan Project within a Pharmacy Management and Marketing course for Pharmacy Students in a Doctor of Pharmacy Program.” J Am Pharm Assoc 2013;53:2:89-90
  2. Chong MT and Han CSH. “Student’s Perception and Feedback on A Management and Marketing course offered in a Pharm.D Program.” 11th Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy Abstracts Publications, Manila. June 2011
  3. “Target Your Heart,” Target Corporation “Wellness” Business Plan Competition Finalist, University of Hawai’i, Hilo College of Pharmacy. Nov 2011

Joseph Kunchandy, MPharm, PhD, RPh

Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Education

B.Pharm. College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
M.Pharm, Center for Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab university, Chandigarh, India
Ph.D (Neuropharmacology) Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Post Doctoral Fellowship (Pediatric Neuro pharmacology, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Post Doctoral Fellowship ( Medicinal Chemistry/ Cell culture) College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma Health Science center, Oklahoma University, OK

Bio

Dr. Kunchandy brings acute care hospital management, clinical, retail pharmacy, research and teaching experiences to AUHS School of Pharmacy, based on years of acute care hospital pharmacy management, retail pharmacy and neuro pharmacology research knowledge and experiences. He participates in hospital accreditation process in areas of medication management process as consultant.

Jasen Chau, PharmD

Jasen Chau, PharmD

Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Bio

Dr. Chau received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California, in addition completing a program for geriatric studies at USC School of Gerontology. He also did a year post-graduate residency, focusing on geriatric ambulatory care. Dr. Chau is licensed in the state of California and Nevada. He then joined various hospitals in southern California as a clinical pharmacist, assisting the medical team in the assessment and drug monitoring for patients. His experience in ambulatory care, intensive care, cardiac care, psychiatry, emergency medicine, labor and delivery lead him to become a leader in the pharmacy department, as a Director of Pharmacy. Dr. Chau also has practiced in specialty pharmacy, managing patients with hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, women’s health, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS, as well as helping patients through the insurance process and obtaining prior authorizations. He has overseen the entire operation of the pharmacy department with a teamwork approach.

Throughout the years as the Director in various inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, including hospitals, long-term acute care facility, and independent specialty pharmacies, Dr. Chau has pharmacy management experience at the executive level. He was responsible for maintaining the formulary, developing clinical protocols, aiding in accreditation/survey processes, inspections, providing drug information, and developing patient management programs and having direct patient care. He has co-chaired the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P & T) committee with the medical staff, that focused on clinical decisions, finance, medication adherence, reduction of adverse events/errors, and the appropriate acquisition of medications. Before joining AUHS, Dr. Chau also taught courses in the pharmacy technician program at a university, preparing students to become board certified pharmacy technicians.

Tauhid A. Bhuiyan

Tauhid A. Bhuiyan, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy, University of New England
Portland, Maine
Bachelor of Science (Biology), Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Bio

Dr. Bhuiyan is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) with over 6 years of Hospital Pharmacy experience. He attained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of New England and Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) degree from Wayne State University. Before joining AUHS, Dr. Bhuiyan was working at Kaiser Permanente’s Drug Information Services as a drug information specialty resident. He received his Post Graduate Year One (PGY-1) residency training from King Faisal Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Following PGY-1 residency, Dr. Bhuiyan spent over a year at the same institution working as a clinical pharmacist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

His therapeutic area of specialties includes critical care, pediatrics, nutrition, and drug information. Dr. Bhuiyan is a strong believer of “healthy body and healthy mind.” Therefore, during his spare time, he likes to do outdoor activities that include jogging, hiking, riding bicycle, and exploring new places.

Published Research

  1. Aljazairi A, Bhuiyan T, Almehizia R, et al. Octreotide use in post-cardiac surgery chylothorax: a 12-year perspective. Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Ann. 2017 25(1): 6-12 (as co-primary author)
Cindy An Chau, PharmD

Cindy An Chau, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Sciences

Education

Doctor of Pharmacy, Chapman University, California

Bio

Dr. Cindy Chau received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with High Honors and Outstanding Student Award from Chapman University School of Pharmacy in 2018. She then completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 Community Pharmacy Practice residency at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy. Through the residency training, she obtained a post-doctorate teaching certificate and research certificate. Dr. Chau provided comprehensive medication management, chronic disease state management, travel health consultations, and women’s health education within an interprofessional setting at her residency site. She was also involved in several immunization clinics, community health outreach events, and delivered health education classes on a group and individual consultation basis. She is also certified as National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach.

Dr. Chau has experiences teaching students both in the didactic and clinical settings, as well as group facilitations while contributing to patient care in collaboration with other health care professionals. She is a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society and Rho Chi Honor Society. Her areas of interest include psychiatric disorders management and mental health awareness, especially in the underserved population.

Toby Spiegel, PsyD

Toby Spiegel, PsyD

Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions, Associate Professor

Education

PsyD Argosy University, California; MA Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University, California; BS Political Science/Communications, Queens College, New York

Bio

Dr. Spiegel is State certified in Dispute Resolution and Domestic Violence. Dr. Spiegel’s research interests are transgenerational trauma, PSTD and gender identity. Her dissertation was on the Transgenerational Trauma to 2nd and 3rd Generation of Hidden Holocaust Survivors. She has published many articles in Parents Magazine on child development.

Dr. Spiegel hold the position of Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admission. Dr. Spiegel has spent the last 10 years in higher education holding both administrative positions and teaching at the masters and doctorate level in psychology. She taught at California Southern University, and Argosy University, earning an award for Outstanding Lecturer. Dr. Spiegel has earned an Excellence in Academic Advising Award for her work with students from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). As a therapist, she has worked with both the Department of Behavioral Health and the Department of Probation in Orange County. She is passionate about empowering the underserved, especially young adults and adolescents from the foster care and probation systems, helping them to overcome incredible challenges to fulfill their potential and reach their goals.