Alex Varkey
Alex C. Varkey, PharmD, MS, FAPhA
Director of Pharmacy Services, Houston Methodist Hospital; Trustee, American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Board of Trustees; Chair, APhA Well-Being Steering Committee

Alex C. Varkey has dedicated his career to advancing the pharmacist's role in patient care. His passion for professional service began as a student pharmacist when he served as national President of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP). As APhA–ASP president, Varkey initiated several new national patient care programs as part of his campaign to promote professional and public service for pharmacy. Varkey's service and dedication to APhA have continued for almost two decades, including his current service as trustee on the APhA Board of Trustees. Varkey is passionate about promoting practitioner well-being as an essential component to a well-functioning healthcare system. As chair of APhA's Well-Being Steering Committee, Varkey develops awareness of well-being concerns in pharmacy and resources to help individuals and organizations address these concerns.

Recognized as a pharmacy thought leader on practitioner well-being, Varkey has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and has authored several publications. Varkey is the Director of Pharmacy at Houston Methodist Hospital. In this 950-bed academic medical center, he has implemented innovative technologies to enhance efficiency and safety in medication-use processes and developed thriving learner programs, including an award-winning two-year Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency. Most recently, he has coordinated efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to over 150,000 Houstonians. Varkey received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston and Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University. He completed a two-year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital.