Naser Z. Alsharif, PharmD, PhD

Naser Z. Alsharif, PharmD, PhD

Naser Z. Alsharif, PharmD, PhD

School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha Campus


  • Drugs mechanism of action, clinical toxicology, cultural competency, ethics, pharmacy practice, distance education

Academic Appointments


  • Pharmacy Sciences


  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Graduate School

Teaching Activity

  • Ethics for Healthcare Professionals, Chemical Basis of Drug Action, Clinical Toxicology


Dr. Alsharif received his Ph.D. from Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) in Toxicology, 1992; M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), 1988 and Pharm.D. from UNMC, 1987.  He joined CUMC in 1994.  Dr. Alsharif is currently a Full Professor of Pharmacy Sciences.  He served as the Associate Director of the Web-Based Pharmacy Pathway (2001-2006). Dr. Alsharif was acknowledged by his students in winning the Outstanding Teacher Award and by his colleagues in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions by winning scholarly, teaching and service awards.  Dr. Alsharif was also the recipient of Creighton University John P. Schlegel Diversity Award for Excellence and Innovation (2013) and the Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship (2014). In 2016, he received the inaugural Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  Dr. Alsharif is instructor of record for courses in Clinical Toxicology, Ethics for Healthcare Professionals and Cultural Proficiency for Health Care Professionals.  He is also co-coordinator of the Chemical Basis of Drug Actions courses.  In addition, he contributes lectures in communication skills and provides support in the skills lab courses.  He is a certified immunizer and an immunization trainer. Dr. Alsharif has been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) since 1995.  He is a winner of the Innovation in Teaching Award Competition, 2000, 2006 and received an honorable mention for the same Award in 2002 and 2004 from AACP.  He served as a member and officer of several Sections and SIGs in AACP.  In 2013, he was elected as chair elect for the Global Pharmacy Education (GPE-SIG).  As chair in 2014, he led a group of colleagues to author four special papers on current practices in Global/International APPE, hosting international pharmacy Students at U.S. Institutions and Service Trips.  He also coordinated webinars on different aspects of the above topics and finalized a strategic plan for the SIG to promote the vision and mission of the GPE SIG.  Dr. Alsharif is the originator of the Structurally Based Therapeutic Evaluation concept in teaching Medicinal Chemistry.  He has published several manuscripts and presented nationally and internationally on the use of this concept in the classroom to provide clinical relevance to the teaching of medicinal chemistry and other science courses.  Other research interests include projects to measure how provider bias (pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy technician) affect how services are provided to patients from diverse cultures and how provider bias may contribute to health care disparities.  He also conducted a research project on factors that influence health and healing practices for the Muslim Patient.  He has presented numerous presentations on his research locally, nationally and internationally.

Publications and Presentations


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  • , 84(2), 12 pages
  • , 84, 202-212
  • , 2019; 83(10), 5 pages
  • , January 2018
  • , 81(10), 3-5
  • , 81(9), 60-71
  • , 81(2), 1-14
  • , 81(2), 1-8
  • , 80(5), 1-12
  • , 80(3), 1-11
  • , 80(3), 1-13
  • , 78, Article 132 (13 pages)
  • , 78, Article 159 (2 pages)
  • , 78, Article 2 (2 pages)
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Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  •    Acute and Chronic Toxicity of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons
       Culture Proficiency, provider bias and Health Care Disparities
       Distance Education
       Educational Research (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)
       Effective Instructional Methodology
       Learning and Performance Parity between Campus and Distance Students
       Oxidative Stress in the Toxicity of Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)
       Service Learning

Current Research Projects

  • Provider bias, healthcare disparity, health and healing practices of people of faith; distance education; scholarship of teaching and elarning

Grant Funding Received

  • Factors Affecting Health and Healing Practices in the Muslim Population in Nebraska (Creighton University Kripke Center)
  • Patch up Drug Exercise (Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment)
  • Development and Validation of a Survey Tool to Measure Pharmacist Bias in Providing Services to Diverse Patient Populations (Creighton University Kripke Center)
  • Electronic Integration of Prerequisite Content in a Second Year Pharmacy Course (Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment)
  • Immunotoxicity Following Subchronic Exposure to 2, 3, 7, 8- Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin in C57BL6J Mice (TCDD) (SPAHP Internal Grant)
  • Role of Oxidative Stress in the Chronic Toxicity of TCDD (National Institutes of Health)
  • Role of Oxidative Stress (OS) in the Immunotoxicity of Smokeless Tobacco (State Cancer Grant)
  • A Common Cascade of Events in the Toxicity of Antimony Products (Health Future Foundation)