Tam Phan, PharmD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy (Clinician-Educator) at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. Dr. Phan is a community-based and ambulatory care clinician who currently practices at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to deliver specialized patient-centered care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and people living with HIV. He is also involved in teaching various classes and curriculum development of the USC School of Pharmacy Undergraduate Programs including the Pharmacology and Drug Development major and minor in Science and Management of Biomedical Therapeutics.
He completed postgraduate residency training in community pharmacy practice at the USC School of Pharmacy, where he also received a teaching certificate and his Doctor of Pharmacy. His residency training included providing clinical pharmacy services in the outpatient setting and an extended experience in HIV care at LAC+USC Maternal Child and Adolescent Adult clinic. His practice interests include: primary care, HIV/AIDS care, LGBTQ+ care, comprehensive medication management (CMM), community-based pharmacy practice and operations, integrative medicine, travel health, immunizations, community health, and disease screening, management, and prevention.
Dr. Phan currently serves as the Administrative Chair for Rx Pride, an LGBTQ+ affinity group, Vice-President of Phi Delta Chi Omicron Alumni Association, and Co-Chair of the Dell Scholars Alumni Network as a part of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
Areas of Expertise (10)
Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM)
HIV / AIDS Care
Community-based Pharmacy Practice and Operations
UC Irvine: BS, Biology 2014
University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy: PharmD, Pharmacy 2018
University of Sussex: Study abroad UC EAP, Physics 2012
- Phi Lambda Sigma: Faculty Advisor
- Rx Pride : Faculty Advisor
- Phi Delta Chi Omicron Alumni Association : Vice-President
- Dell Scholars Alumni Network : Co-Chair
Selected Media Appearances (5)
GAY AND GRAY: A LOOK AT THE LIVES OF OLDER LGBT ADULTS.
Dr. Tam Phan, an assistant professor at the USC School of Pharmacy works closely with the LA LGBT Center and is an advocate for the LGBT community. He explains that, “There are very unique mental health and physical health issues for this population, because of the unique worlds they grew up in,” says Dr. Phan. “There’s a dual stigmatized identity they deal with as LGBTQ and as older adults.” Queer people over the age of 45 for the most part, were shaped by environments that were radically different — and in many ways less accepting and more difficult — than for younger queer people today. More than 9 in 10 of LGBT adults say that society has become more accepting of them in the past decade, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
USC Engemann’s message to students: Get your flu shot
USC Annenberg Media
Dr. Tam Phan, a resident pharmacist at the USC Pharmacy, said he has seen more students getting their flu shots than last year at this time. Whenever he works at the student clinic there are long lines of students waiting to get their vaccination, he said. "We do hope to promote more people getting their flu shots due to the fact that there's still a lot of stigma behind the flu shot," he said.
Pharmacy Basketball Tournament Nets $30,000 for Global Initiatives
“It was truly an exciting day to bond, network, and have genuine fun,” says pharmacy student Tam Phan, who participated in the 2016 Romania clinical service trip. “Being involved in planning this fundraiser really showed me that great accomplishments can be made with synergistic teamwork and a genuine objective.”
USC pharmacy students show compassion to the underserved in Romania
Tam Phan, a third-year pharmacy student, described one of his patients as a “warrior.” She has four children, including an infant, he said, “and her family has no access to basic resources — let alone medical care. She told me all the money her family makes goes to the children because she puts them as first priority.” Phan added that the woman prays each day that her children will have better lives than she’s had. She welcomed the student caregivers into her home — one of a number of Romanians who did so...
USC Pharmacy’s Healthy Heart Awareness Fair Attracts Health-Minded Trojans
“These health fairs are great opportunities for our students to take what they learn in classrooms and apply them in real life,” Phan said.
Selected Event Appearances (1)
Practice With Pride - Panel Discussion
Practice With Pride - Panel Discussion https://ucsf.campusgroups.com/apha/rsvp_boot?id=856620
RXRS 418: Plant Medicines in Modern Medicine Class
As 21st century health care evolves, there is a shift from a disease-based approach to a more patient-centered system. This transition aims to address a variety of factors including biochemical/physiology individuality, adherence to therapies, lifestyle, and social determinants of health. In addition to allopathic pharmacotherapy approaches (prescription and over the counter drugs), the National Institute of Health has also designated the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to assess the current uses and scientific evidence for these treatment modalities. Integrative medicine combines conventional medical approaches with complementary medical approaches in an organized, evidence-based, approach. It has been defined as a principle of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, health-care professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. Many of these alternative/complementary approach include uses of herbals, herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals, and other nutraceutical supplements. Interestingly, many prescription drugs were originally isolated and purified from plants and other natural sources, especially drugs used for chronic diseases, cancer, and anti-infectives. To date, many disease states require a comprehensive multimodal approach to achieve health goals, and the market for nutraceutics is estimated at 117 billion USD. This course will explore dietary supplements, herbal-based medicines, and nutraceuticals from a pharmacologic and evidence-based perspective. Students will be given the opportunity to critically assess and integrate pharmacological principles in evaluating the efficacy and safety of these agents and explore the role of these agents in clinical applications.
RXRS 302: Introduction to Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Offered Spring Semester. Pharmacology is the study of substances that interact with living systems through chemical processes, especially by binding to regulatory molecules and activating or inhibiting normal body processes. These substances may be chemicals administered to achieve a beneficial therapeutic effect on some process within the patient or for their toxic effects on regulatory processes in parasites infecting the patient. “Introduction to Pharmacology and Drug Development,” will provide students with an introduction to the nature of drugs and drug development including: principles of drug receptors; how drugs interact with the body (PD); and potentially damage the body (toxicology); how the body alters the effects of the drug (PK); drug biotransformation; important drug interactions and their mechanisms of action and pharmacogenomics. The student will also learn about the regulatory challenges associated with the discovery and development of a new drug. The student will be introduced to the use of different types of pharmaceutical interventions, from the use of patented to generic to over-the counter drugs, the current approaches to dietary supplement and alternative medicines. Selected cases studies and emerging “hot” topics will be discussed. This course should have broad appeal to many science and non-science undergraduates including students interested in drug discovery research, chemistry, biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, toxicology, formulations, pharmaceutical industry, FDA, business analysts, entrepreneurs and venture capitalist interested in understanding the pharmaceuticals industry.
Selected Articles (1)
Considerations to Providing LGBTQ+ Inclusive CareGoodRx
Tam Phan, PharmD, AAHIVP
The percentage of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, or LGBTQ for short, increased from 3.5% to 4.5% between 2012 and 2017. While often linked together because of the acronym, each letter in LGBTQ represents one aspect of a person’s identity in addition to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other facets of life. The Williams Institute also has estimated that these 13 million individuals who identify as LGBTQ face disproportionate socioeconomic and health disparities. Among the most important is accessing effective, informed, and affirming care. While the endeavor for diversity, equity, and inclusion is an ongoing pursuit, requiring continuous learning and reflection, there are a few considerations providers can keep in mind when working with the LGBTQ population.