Dharma Naidu

Dharma Naidu

Assistant Clinical Professor
Regional Coordinator - Monterey
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At Pacific Since: 2019

Dharma Naidu ’93, PharmD, BCOP, APh earned his doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) from University of the Pacific in 1993. He completed a post-graduate year one hospital practice residency at Travis Air Force Base and a pain management and palliative care traineeship through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. Naidu is a founding member of the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists. He is also a member of the Hematology and Oncology Pharmacists Association.

He is a board-certified oncology pharmacist and has an in-depth knowledge of pain management. Using his expertise in palliative care, Dr. Naidu works closely with patients and their families to make difficult decisions regarding care goals. He has worked at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for over 25 years. Dr. Naidu has been involved in building a community collaboration between community providers and hospitals within Monterey County focused on enhancing palliative care services.

What he loves about his role at Pacific is the opportunity to teach and learn from the bright young minds that will change pharmacy practice in the years to come. His goal is to expand the opportunities and elective options for PharmD students during their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter. In his free time, he likes reading, hiking and traveling.


PharmD, University of the Pacific, 1993

PGY1 Hospital Practice Residency, Travis Air Force Base

Pain Management and Palliative Care Traineeship, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Oncology Certification, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

Teaching Interests

Teaching Philosophy: “One of my goals is for students to see the big picture. I want to help them improve the ways they communicate with patients, families and the health care team. I want students to really understand how what we do, and not do, impacts our patients. My philosophy is teaching by collaboration, not intimidation.”

PHRM 175 — Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Capstone I
PHRM 176 — Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Capstone II
PHRM 184 — APPE Elective I
PHRM 185 — APPE Elective II

Research Focus

Research Summary
“My research focuses on pharmacist interventions in palliative care.”

Research Interests

  • Pain management
  • Palliative care

Scholarly Activity

Rabia S. Atayee, Dharma Naidu, Jessica Geiger-Hayes, Maureen L. Saphire, John Hausdorff & Kyle P. Edmonds (2020) A Multi-Centered Case Series Highlighting the Clinical Use and Dosing of Lidocaine and Mexiletine for Refractory Cancer Pain, Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, DOI: 10.1080/15360288.2019.1704339

Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2018 Jul 1;75(13):933-936. doi: 10.2146/ajhp170250.