Dr. Syed Wasif Gillani

Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Master in Clinical Pharmacy Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice


  • PhD in Clinical Pharmacy from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 2013.
  • MSc in Clinical Pharmacy from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 2009.
  • B.Pharm from School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan, 2006.

Research Interests

  • Patient safety and adherence
  • Drug use evaluation
  • Clinical Trials & Interventions
  • Systemic reviews & Meta-Analysis

Selected Publications

  • Muhammad Waqas Saeed, Gillani, S.W., Rana Kamran Mahmood, Prasanna Vippadapu, Mian Waqar Hussain, and Hassaan Anwer Rathore. A Meta-Analysis on Clinical Outcomes of Ceftolozane versus Piperacillin in Combination with Tazobactam in Patients with Complicated Urinary Tract Infections. BioMed Research International. Volume 2022, Article ID 1639114, PP: 1-13. [link]
  • Azhar, A., Gillani, S.W., Jiaan, N., Menon, V., Abdi, S., Rathore, H.A. Patient satisfaction with inpatient pharmacy services at tertiary care setting—a meta-analysis of recent literature, Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 2022; rmac022. [link]
  • Gillani, S. W., Siddiqui, A. A., Elshafie, R., & Rathore, H. A. (2022). Evaluation of self-reported knowledge and understanding towards a blended research course among pharmacy students: Objective Search Literature Evaluation (OSLE) method validation. Pharmacy Education22(1), p. 672–681. [link]
  • Gillani, S.W., Syed, Sulaiman, S.A., Menon, V., Rahamathullah, N., Elshafie, R.M., Rathore, H.A. (2022) Effect of different antidiabetic medications on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk score among patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus: A multicenter non-interventional observational study. PLoS ONE 17(6): e0270143. [link]
  • Vippadapu, P., Gillani, S.W., Thomas, D., Ahmed, F., Mohiudeen, G.S., Mahmood, R.K., Menon, V., Abdi, S., Rathore, H.A. (2022) Choice of Antimicrobials in Surgical Prophylaxis – Overuse and Surgical Site Infection Outcomes from a Tertiary-Level Care Hospital. Front. Pharmacol. 13:849044. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2022.849044. [link]
  • Shaat, M., Gillani, S., Mohiuddin, S.G., Menon, V., Azhar, A., & Jiaan, N. (2022). Influence of Clinical Pharmacist’s Interventions on Clinical Outcomes of Patients With Pneumonia in the Emergency Department of Tertiary Care Healthcare Setting. Infectious Diseases In Clinical Practice30(2), 1-6. doi: 10.1097/ipc.0000000000001091. [link]
  • Mahmood, R.K, Gillani, S.W, Alzaabi, M.J, Mohiuddin, G.S. Evaluation of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and management through pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship programmes: a meta-analysis of evidence. European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 2022;29:2-7. [link]
  • Gillani, S., Mohiuddin, G.S., Al-Salloum, J., & Assadi, R. (2021). Assessment of outcomes associated with a Moodle-based lesson design for a research course in pharmacy education: An experimental pilot process validation study. Pharmacy Education, 642-650. doi: 10.46542/pe.2021.211.642650. [link]
  • Gillani, S., Azhar, A., Mohiuddin, G.S., Gebreigziabher, F., & Rathore, H. (2021). Comparative efficacy of empagliflozin versus placebo in the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Current Issues In Pharmacy And Medical Sciences34(3), 123-129. doi: 10.2478/cipms-2021-0024. [link]
  • Saeed, M., Gillani, S., Mahmood, R., & Usman, M. (2021). Assessment of the Antihyperlipidemic Effect of Garlic Vs Pitavastatin in Patients with Moderate Hyperlipidemia: A Metanalysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Chiang Mai University Journal Of Natural Sciences20(4). doi: 10.12982/cmujns.2021.087. [link]
  • Gillani, S., Ghayedi, N., Roosta, P., Seddigh, P., & Nasiri, O. (2021). Effect of Metformin on Lipid Profiles of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Metaanalysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal Of Pharmacy And Bioallied Sciences13(1), 76. doi: 10.4103/jpbs.jpbs_370_20. [link]
  • Al-Tamimi, M., Gillani, S., Abd Alhakam, M., & Sam, K. (2021). Factors Associated With Hospital Readmission of Heart Failure Patients. Frontiers In Pharmacology12. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2021.732760. [link]
  • Al-Salloum, J., Gillani, S., Mahmood, R., & Gulam, S. (2021). Comparative efficacy of azithromycin versus clarithromycin in combination with beta-lactams to treat community-acquired pneumonia in hospitalized patients: a systematic review. Journal Of International Medical Research49(10), 030006052110499. [link]
  • Mahmood, R., Gillani, S.W., Saeed, M., Vippadapu, P. and Alzaabi, M. Impact of pharmacist-led services on antimicrobial stewardship programs: a meta-analysis on clinical outcomes. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 2021. [link]
  • Toufiq, O., Gillani, S.W., Mohamed, F., Pasha, N., Chiraparambil. M., Parveen. A. Efficacy and safety comparison between pioglitazone and linagliptin in combination with metformin among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: A metaanalysis of randomized controlled trials. J Pharmacol Pharmacother 2021;12:1-9. [link]
  • Aidah, S., Gillani, S.W., Alderazi, A., Abdulazeez, F. Medication error trends in Middle Eastern countries: A systematic review on healthcare services. J Edu Health Promot 2021;10:227. [link]
  • Gillani, S.W., Vippadapu, P. and Gulam, S.M. 2021. Physician-reported barriers and challenges to antibiotic prescribing in surgical prophylaxis: a structured systematic review. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. [link]
  • Alshamsi, R., Gillani, S.W., Almheiri, K., Gulam, S.M. Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of Oral Antidiabetic Medication in Gestational Diabetes: A Systematic Review. International Medical Journal. 2021 Feb 1;28(1). [link]
  • Gillani, S.W., Mahmood, R.K., Al-Salloum, J.M., Saeed, M.W. Therapeutic Considerations in the Management of Diabetes among Patients with Chronic Kidney Failure. International Medical Journal. 2021 Feb 1;28(1). [link]
  • Mahmood, R.K., Gillani, S.W., Saeed, M.W., Ahmad, U., Mohiuddin G.S., Gnana, K.(2020). Understanding the Safety and Efficacy of Cyclosporine Versus Mycophenolate Mofetil in Patients with Renal Failure and Type II Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review of Literature. International Medical Journal. 27(6):677-680. [link]
  • Huda, A.A.T., Gillani, S.W., Maryam, A.A.A., Mohiuddin, G.S. (2020). Safety and Efficacy Evaluation of Lipid Lowering Agents Use among Diabetes Patients: A Systematic Review of Literature.International Medical Journal. 27(6):681-685. [link]
  • Abduljalal, N., Gillani, S.W., Jesmine, S., Makona, R., abdishukur, I., Muhammed, A., Namtari, R. (2020).Clinical and Therapeutic Updates of the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.International Medical Journal. 27(6):686-693. [link]
  • Gillani, S.W., Kaka Khan, K., Ladouani, D. and Salama, N., 2020. A Systematic review on Pharmaceutical Diabetic Care Services in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Current Diabetes Reviews, 17. [link]
  • Mahmood, R.K., Gillani, S.W., Saeed, M.W., Hafeez, M.U., & Mohiuddin, G.S. (2020).  Systematic review: Prescribing pattern of antibiotics in outpatient and emergency department in Gulf region.  Frontiers of Pharmacology. DOI:10.3389/fphar.2020.585051. [link]
  • Gillani, S.W., Mohiuddin, G.S., Thomas, D., Gebreigziabher, F.B., Al-Salloum, J., Assadi, R.A., & Gnana, K. (2020). Role and Services of Pharmacist in the Prevention of Medication Errors: A Systematic Review. Current Drug Safety15. doi: 10.2174/1574886315666201002124713. [link]
  • Al Saeedy, D., Gillani, S.W., Al-Salloum, J., Moosvi, A., Eissa, M., & Mohiuddin, G.S. (2020). Comparative Efficacy of Beta-Lactams and Macrolides in the Treatment of Pediatric Pneumonia: a Systematic Review. Current Pediatric Reviews16. doi: 10.2174/1573396316666200907115800. [link]
  • Azhar A, Gillani SW*, Mohiuddin G, Majeed RA. A systematic review on clinical implication of continuous glucose monitoring in diabetes management.J Pharm Bioall Sci 2020;12:102-111
  • Sadiq N, Gillani SW*, Al Saeedy D, Rahmoun J, Shaban D, Kotait K, Javaheri S. Clinical review of acute, recurrent, and chronic pancreatitis: Recent updates of 2013–2019 literature.J Pharm Bioall Sci 2020;12:112-123
  • Gillani, S.W., Moosvi, A.F. (2020). Clinical Review: Safety and Efficacy comparison between Sulfonylureas and Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 Inhibitors as Second-Line Therapies in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Current Pharmaceutical Design (CPD). [link]
  • Ahmed, A.G., Gillani, S.W., Haddad, I., Ahmad, K.M.K., Abdullahi, R.M., Bello, F.D., Mohamadi, N. (2019). Pharmacotherapeutic Consideration of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease among Geriatric Type 2 Diabetic Patients. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine. 5(4):69-74.doi:10.5530/jppcm.2019.4.18.
  • Elshaeir, N.A.F., Gillani, S.W., Ismail, R.M.A., Ayash. B., Al-Ani, R.A.J., Ali, A.M.E., Shenouda, W.W.A. (2019). Effect of proton pump inhibitors on glucose tolerance among Type 1 diabetes mellitus: A clinical narrative reviewBiomedical Research. 30(6):895-899. [link]
  • Gillani, S.W., Mahmood, R.K., Saeed, M.W., Ahmad, U., Mohiuddin, G. S., Sam, K.G. (2019). Therapeutic drug monitoring of cyclosporine versus mycophenolate mofetil in patients with renal failure and type II diabetes mellitus: Safety and efficacy. International Medical Journal, 24(3):279-88. [link]
  • Gillani, S.W., Abduljalal, N., Jesmine, S., Makona, R., Abdishukur, I., Muhammed, A., Namtari, R. (2019). Clinical Review of Therapeutic Updates of IBD among GDM pregnancy. International Medical Journal, 24(3):261-78. [link]
  • Mohiuddin, G., Gillani, S.W., Azhar, A., Majeed, R.A. (2019) Clinical Review: management of Lower respiratory tract infection in pediatric population. Res Pharm Healt Sci. 5(4):209-217. [link]
  • Gillani, S. W., Zaghloul, H. A., Ansari, I. A., Abdul, M., Sulaiman, S., Baig, M. R., & Rathore, H. A. (2019). Multivariate Analysis on the Effects of Diabetes and related Clinical Parameters on Cervical Cancer Survival Probability. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1084. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-37694-1
  • Gillani, S. W., Ansari, I. A., Zaghloul, H. A., Sulaiman, S., Rathore, H. A., Baig, M. R., … Althagfan, S. (2019). Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life Among Patients with Type II Diabetes Mellitus Who Are Insulin Users: A Multidimensional Model. Current therapeutic research, clinical and experimental, 90, 53–60. doi:10.1016/j.curtheres.2019.04.001
  • Gillani, S.W., Abdul, M.I.M., Ansari, I.A., Zaghloul, H. A., Sulaiman, S., & Baig, M. R. (2019). Predicting relationship of Eating Behavior, Physical Activity & Smoking with Type II Diabetes and related Comorbidities among Saudi Citizens; Cross-sectional Observational Study. Journal of diabetes in Developing countries 39: 115.. DOI: 10.1007/s13410- 018-0645-y
  • Gillani, S. W., Ansari, I. A., Zaghloul, H. A., Abdul, M., Sulaiman, S., & Baig, M. R. (2018). Bridging glycated hemoglobin with quality of life and health state; a randomized case-control study among type 2 diabetes patients. Diabetology & metabolic syndrome, 10, 23. doi:10.1186/s13098-018-0325-6
  • Gillani, S. W., Ansari, I. A., Zaghloul, H. A., Abdul, M., Sulaiman, S., & Baig, M. R. (2018). Women with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus; Effect of Disease and Psychosocial- related Correlates on Health related Quality of Life. Journal of Diabetes Research. Article ID 4079087, 1-9. doi.org/10.115 5/2018/4079087
  • Gillani, S.W., Lojain, I. A., Ansari, I.A., Zaghloul, H. A., Abdul, M.I.M., Sulaiman, S., & Baig, M. R. (2018). Compare the Clinical Management of Warfarin among Physician versus Pharmacist-Led Coagulation Clinic: Structured Systematic Review. Biomedical Research 29(7):1327- 1332.
  • Gillani, S.W., Sadaf, F., Abdul, M.I.M., Ansari, I.A., Zaghloul, H. A. (2018). Diabetes and Arthritis – Pathogenesis, Progression and Treatment; Systemic Review. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 17 (5): 967-973. doi.org/10.4 314/tjpr.v17i5.29
  • Gillani, S.W., Sulaiman, S., Abdul, M.I.M., Sherif, Y. S. (2017). Physical Disability and Diabetes Mellitus; Qualitative Exploration of Patients’ Perception and Behavior. Current Diabetes Reviews, 13, 01- 09. org/10.2174/1573399813666170710183736
  • Gillani, S.W., Syed, A. R., Abdul, M.I.M. (2017) Pilgrims influx, a global threat for cross-microbial resistance. Australasian Medical Journal 10(5):439–441. org/10.21767/AMJ.2017.3006
  • Gillani, S. W., Sulaiman, S., Abdul, M., & Saad, S. Y. (2017). A qualitative study to explore the perception and behavior of patients towards diabetes management with physical disability. Diabetology & metabolic syndrome, 9, 58. doi:10.1186/s13098-017-0257-6
  • Gillani, S. W., Sulaiman, S., Abdul, M., & Baig, M. R. (2017). Combined effect of metformin with ascorbic acid versus acetyl salicylic acid on diabetes-related cardiovascular complication; a 12-month single blind multicenter randomized control trial. Cardiovascular diabetology, 16(1), 103. doi:10.1186/s12933-017-0584-9
  • Gillani, S. W., Rahman, S. A., Mohammad Abdul, M. I. and Sulaiman, S. A. (2017), Assessment of community pharmacists’ perceptions of healthcare services in Saudi Arabia. J Pharm Health Serv Res, 8: 269-274. doi:10.1111/jphs.12183
  • Gillani, S. W., Mohammad Abdul, M. I., Ansari, I.A., Zaghloul, H. A., Sulaiman, S. A., Rahman, S. A., Baig, M. R. (2018). Assessment of hospital pharmacists’ clinical knowledge and practice skill levels for pharmaceutical care in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 17 (2): 331-337. [Link]
  • Gillani, S. W. (2016). Determining Effective Diabetic Care; A Multicentre – Longitudinal Interventional Study. Current Pharmaceutical Design. 22: 6469. [Link]
  • Gillani, S. W., Abdul, M. I. (2017). Designing Clinical Assessment, Quasi experimental study: Acceptance and Attitude Among Pharmacy Students. Acta Pharm. 67 (1): 71–83. DOI: 10.1515/acph- 2017-0008
  • Azeem, S., Gillani, S. W., Siddiqui, A., Jandrajupalli, S. B., Poh, V., Sulaiman, S. A. (2015). Diet and Colorectal Cancer Risk in Asia; A Systemic Review. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 16(13):5389-96. DOI:10.7314/apjcp.2015.16.13.5389
  • Azeem, E., S. W., Siddiqui, A., Shammary. H. A. A., Poh, V., Sulaiman, S. A., Baig, M. (2015). Attitude and Behavior of Healthcare Providers towards Breast Cancer in Malaysia: A Systematic Review. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 16(13):5233-5. DOI:10.7314/apjcp.2015.16.13.5233