Chrystian Pereira, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
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Office Phone
Office Address

7-175 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems


Pharmacy Residency, Mayo Medical Center, (Minnesota)

Pharmacy Residency, University of Washington

PharmD, University of Minnesota

BS Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists

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I am dedicated to the goal of improving pharmacy practice and medical practice by implementing concepts of pharmaceutical care into patient care. I believe pharmacy practice can serve to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and further improve the health of a community.

Dr. Pereira's current practice is located at Smiley's Clinic in Minneapolis. Smiley's Clinic is a Family Medicine clinic that is part of the University's residency training program. Dr. Pereira works with an intraprofessional care team that is dedicated to the needs of their patients. Smiley's clinic has a long and proud history of caring for people that live in the surrounding community. Part of the joy of working at Smiley's Clinic is the diversity of cultures. In recent years the population of the community has included a large number of Somali and other East African immigrants. Dr. Pereira's interests are grounded in providing excellent care for those under-represented in society and vulnerable to medical complications.

Dr. Pereira enjoys training pharmacy students and residents at Smiley's clinic. Smiley's is an established 5 week APPE for PharmD candidates. The pharmacy resident completes year one of the two year Leadership Residency at Smiley's clinic. In both cases, learners work with a care team to provide care within the medical home model. Pharmacy learners work directly with patients to apply pharmaceutical care skills with the goal to optimize drug therapy and health outcomes. The educational mission is to understand how to apply evidenced based medicine to patients with limited resources as well as complicated medical histories.

Awards & Recognition

Preceptor of the year for the U of M Ambulatory Care residency, 2013

Professional Associations

American College of Clinical Pharmacy



Research Summary

Dr. Pereira's research and scholarship interests are focused on patient care, continuous quality improvement and public/community health. Current projects includes curriculum design to improving interprofessional education through assessment and exploring ways the medication experience may be identified for the benefit of patient care.

Research Projects

  • Ambulatory Care APPE Co-op research in the use of a pre and post ambulatory care examination
  • Ambulatory Care APPE Co-op research in the measure of patient encounters and student performed patient education skills to measure competency for students while on APPEs
  • Post hospital follow up appointments in a primary care center and the impact pharmacist intervention can have to improve overall care.


Academic Interests and Focus

Undeserved Patient Populations and Continuous Quality Improvement

Teaching Areas

Public health, Interprofessional Care, Physical Assessment, Community Health and Gastrointestinal systems

  • PHAR 6700,Becoming a Pharmacist
  • PHAR 6772, Topics in Pharmacotherapy
  • APPE Ambulatory Care Rotation



Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic

Clinical Interests

Chronic disease and population health

Clinical Experience Statement

PRACTICE TIMELINE: Clinical pharmacy practice since 2004, Pharmacy residency preceptor since 2006. PHARMACY ROLE: Clinical pharmacy services at Smiley’s Clinic works to improve the care of chronic disease within its patient population. We offer in-clinic comprehensive medication management service to our patients. The pharmacy team works to optimize drug therapy care to patients by working as a member of the interprofessional team. Daily tasks within clinic include individual patient visits,



Brandenburg D, Pereira C, Adam P. Is it okay to use the nicotine patch during pregnancy? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(2):E1.

Sharma A, Pereira C. Drug class: Corticosteriods. Minnesota Health Care News. 2013;11(5):14-15.

Chaisson N, Pereira C. Promoting healthy pregnancy: chronic medical conditions and the pregnant woman. Minnesota Physician. 2013;27(2):28-30,36.