Take 5 with Michael Phan, Pharm.D., M.B.A.

Senior Pharmacist Clinic
Investigational Drug Service

Michael Phan, Pharm.D., M.B.A., is a Senior Clinical Research Pharmacist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Phan has been with UT Southwestern for 14 years and currently oversees the Center for Translational Medicine's Investigational Drug Service (IDS). 

He holds a bachelors degree in Pharmacy from the University of Houston, a masters degree in Health System Management from Texas Womens University and his Pharm.D. from the University of Florida. When not helping principle investigators with research in the IDS, he enjoys reading, watching SportsCenter and spending time with his family.

Dr. Phan was just recently selected as Pharmacy Services' RXcellent Staff Member for the month of January. Congratulations on a job well done, Dr. Phan!

Where are you from?
I am originally from Vietnam and have been living in the Dallas area for almost 39 years.
Where all have you lived?
I have lived in Vietnam, San Diego (CA), Dallas, Houston, Mesquite, Richardson, and Garland (TX).
What brought you to UTSW?
I was working as a clinical research pharmacist at Parkland Hospital in 2000 when an opportunity opened here at UTSW to start up an IDS pharmacy. I accepted the position and I have been here ever since.
What other jobs have you held at UTSW?
I helped out as a oncology pharmacist at the Simmons Cancer Center Pharmacy in my early days at UTSW.
What is the IDS, who uses it, and how does it benefit researchers at UTSW?
IDS stands for Investigational Drug Service. It is the pharmacy-coordinated service that supports UTSW principal investigators and helps ensure that investigational drug studies are executed in an efficient, effective, and safe manner. Our functions include keeping track and storing the investigational products or study drugs and assisting investigators with study design related to the investigational products and protocol development. We also provide consultation on the investigational products.
What is your favorite food or dish?
Phở – a Vietnamese noodle soup made from beef stock and spices with added noodles and thinly sliced beef.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?
Vietnam because that is where I was born and Europe with its architecture.

If you could live in any sitcom, what would it be?
I Dream of Jeannie because I am a fan of Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman.