Dr. Carlos R. Fernandez is a clinical pharmacologist and clinical consultant with a broad background in geriatrics and neuroscience; he has expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, psychiatry, clinical pharmacology, sleep disorders, and neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Fernandez has a quantitative and epidemiologic research skills background.
Dr. Fernandez’s path to becoming a health outcomes research consultant started in community pharmacy where he worked for four years, after graduating from Dalhousie University. During his time as a pharmacist, he found he enjoyed cardiovascular medicine and clinical pharmacology. He returned to University to earn his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from Wayne State University, and subsequently started a two-year fellowship in geriatric clinical pharmacology and quantitative research methods. In addition to his clinical pharmacology experience, Dr. Fernandez has spent years working in neuroscience research and development in various areas of psychiatry including schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and others.
Through his decades of experience, a major underlying theme of Dr. Fernandez’ interest and work has been neurodegenerative disorders and psychiatry. In 2017, Dr Fernandez decided to leave academia to focus on consulting where he could put his passion for neuropsychiatry, geriatrics, and clinical pharmacology to work as a research consultant.
Dr. Fernandez’s believes providers need to look at the big picture to ensure each unique individual receives the right medication. This approach includes considering not only the age, concomitant medications and medical history of each patient, but also the patient’s lifestyle and environment. For example, an older person with multiple co-morbidities who requires 24-7 care will require a very different treatment approach than an older person who has fewer diseases.
Dr. Fernandez brings a unique perspective to research projects with Medlior because he looks at the long-term outcomes, as well as how the health care system works in order to inform decision-making and improve patient care and health outcomes
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