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Dr. Rabia Atayee

Pain & Palliative Care

Rabia S. Atayee

Rabia S. Atayee, Pharm.D., BCPS

Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Associate Dean for Admissions and Outreach
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


(858) 822-3549

Research Summary: Pain and Palliative Care

Dr. Atayee’s major research focus is in the area of pain and palliative care with a minor research focus in the area of pharmacy education. She has established several collaborations with other clinical researchers. I have been a co-author on 34 original research manuscript publications (first or senior author of 13), 6 review articles, 53 poster abstract presentations, and 6 oral abstract presentations.

Academic Achievements


Completion of pre-pharmacy requirements (1999) UCSD; Pharm.D. (2003) UCSF; ASHP Accredited Acute Care Residency (2004) UC San Diego Medical Center; Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy Specialty (BCPS). (2008) 

Awards and Honors:

Resident Research Project of the Year Award, UCSD Medical Center (2004); ASHP Research and Education Foundation Pain Management Traineeship (2008); Nominated and awarded for Marquis Who’s Who in America (2009); Selected for the National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) (2009); American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholar Mentor (2013); AACP Teacher of the Year Award (2013); Skaggs UC San Diego School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Award for class of 2017 (2014); President-elect, Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists (2017);

Leadership Experience:

First pharmacist at UC San Diego Health to obtain a DEA license for prescribing independently (2007); Served as co-chair of the comprehensive exam committee and a member of the academic oversight committee and committee on educational policy in the UC San Diego Health Sciences Campus; Elected as president-elect for the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists (2015); Appointed as Associate Dean of Admissions and Outreach at UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2016); American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Alternate Dean Delegate, 2016-2018.  


  • Co-chair and lecturer of Pharmacy Practice (SPPS 201, 202, 203).
  • Lecturer for Therapeutics (SPPS 212B)
  • Co-chair and lecturer of Pain and Palliative Care elective (SPPS269)

Key Contributions to Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Established role of palliative care pharmacist.
  • Effective use of pain and palliative care medications in hematology and oncology patients.
  • Clinical research for the use of medications for pain and symptom management.
  • Development and expansion of a pain and palliative care clerkships for pharmacy students.
  • Established monitoring and counseling guidelines for pharmacist for oral chemotherapy.

Selected Recent Publications (view more)

Potential Collaborative Programs with the Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Pain management
  • Palliative care
  • Promoting the roles of pharmacists
  • Pharmacy education ​