Sonak PastakiaProfessor, Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Sonak Pastakia, PharmD, MPH, PhD, BCPS, FCCP serves as a Professor within the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and the Center for Health Equity and Innovation.  He typically spends 10-11 months per year on site in rural Kenya with the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). Through his past 12 years in Kenya, he has focused on implementing a wide variety of programs including helping to establish a community based care program which now serves a community of over 15,000 patients, a pharmacy distribution system which provides antiretroviral medications to over 165,000 people living with HIV at over 500 ministry of health clinics across western Kenya, a supply chain system for essential medications including cardiovascular disease medications at over 76 sites, and has helped design and build a school for vulnerable street youth.  He also works in India to increase access to healthcare for the largest trade union of women in the world.  He  has recently moved to Indianapolis and is working to address some of the inequities in the social determinants of health found in America.