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Youssef Roman, PharmD, PhD
Youssef Roman

Assistant Professor

Dr. Roman joined the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy in the Fall 2017, after completing his Ph.D. Dr. Roman’s research interest is two-fold. First, using principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics to identify sources of variability in response to drugs to optimize the pharmacotherapy of cardiovascular diseases. Second, using principles of community-based participatory research to address health disparities in special populations. The ultimate goal of Dr. Roman’s research is optimizing patient’s clinical outcomes by individualizing patient care and reducing the burden of health disparities across different racial groups.

In addition to conducting research, Dr. Roman is involved in teaching and has a clinical practice site in the Geriatric Services at Queen's Medical Center.


  • Bachelors of Science (BS), Portland State University, Portland, OR
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Classes and Courses

  • PHPP 525: Complementary Medicine
  • PHPP567: Pharmacogenomics

Selected Publications

  • Roman, Y. M., Culhane-Pera, K. A., Lo, M. C., Yang, S., Yang, J., Lo, M., & Straka, R. J. (2017, February). The impact of rs505802 for SLC22A12 on oxipurinol and uric acid disposition in Hmong patients on allopurinol from the genetics of hyperuricemia therapy in Hmong (GOUT-H) study. In Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Vol. 101, No. S 1, Pp. S48-S48).
  • Culhane-Pera, K. A., Straka, R. J., Moua, M., Roman, Y., Vue, P., Xiaaj, K., Lor, M. (2017). Engaging Hmong adults in genomic and pharmacogenomic research: Toward reducing health disparities in genomic knowledge using a community-based participatory research approach. Journal of Community Genetics, 8(2), 117–125.
  • Roman, Y. M., Culhane-Pera, K. A., Menk, J., & Straka, R. J. (2016). Assessment of genetic polymorphisms associated with hyperuricemia or gout in the Hmong. Personalized Medicine, 13 (5), 429–440.
  • Roman, Y., Culhane-Pera, K., Yang, S., Yang, J., Lo, M., & Straka, R. (2015). Uric acid lowering effect of allopurinol in Minnesota Hmong adults with hyperuricemia or gout. Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy, 35 (11), e318.