Tuqa Alkhateeb, PharmD, MS, PhD
CIBS Pharmacy Fellow
Tuqa Alkhateeb, PharmD, MS, PhD is the inaugural critical care pharmacy fellow working with the Vanderbilt Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center and Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In 2015, she earned her 5-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (Honors with Distinction) from the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Shortly after, she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy and became a U.S. licensed pharmacist after completing her pharmacy equivalency in Tennessee. Her research interest led her to pursue her Masters of Science and subsequently her Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in immunology from East Tennessee State University in 2020. Her master thesis investigated changes in the renal structure and sympathetic innervation in acute septic mice while her doctoral dissertation studied the development of myeloid-derived suppressor cells that promote chronic sepsis-induced immunosuppression.
Dr. Alkhateeb was recently awarded the Star Research Achievement Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) at the 49th Critical Care Congress in 2020. She is active in the Membership Committee of the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology (CPP) section in SCCM where she is a junior charge lead for increasing SCCM/CPP membership along with improving diversity, inclusion, and equity. Her research interests include sepsis immunology/immunosuppression, sedatives' effect on inflammatory biomarkers in critical illness such as sepsis, and managing and preventing delirium and long-term ICU outcomes.