2019 James T. McCarty Leadership Lecture

"Expanding Your Sphere of Influence: A Carpe Diem Story" 

Guest Speaker: Thani Gossai, Pharm.D., Director of Pharmacy, Houston Methodist Clear Lake/Director

Thani Gossai graduated from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in 2008 (GO COOGS!!!). He went on to complete a two-year Health Systems Pharmacy Practice Administration residency at the VA Hospital in Chicago, Ill. Upon completion of his residency, he became the Program Manager and Clinical Coordinator for Inpatient Pharmacy services at the Jesse Brown VA. Thani joined the Houston Methodist team in January 2016. He served as the clinical manager of Hematology/Oncology, Post- Surgical Acute Care, Medication History and the Skilled Nursing Facility/Rehab services. He also served as the Director for Pharmacy Residency Program and the local regulatory affairs/accreditation point of contact.

He is a past President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is excited to be finishing up his MBA coursework at UH Clear Lake in the spring with an emphasis in Leadership. Moving forward, Thani is very excited about his new role as Director of Pharmacy at Houston Methodist Clear Lake and improving the standard of care that the pharmacy provides to all nurses, physicians and patients.

About the lecture Series

The shouts of “Carpe Diem” emanating from James T. McCarty has encouraged his students to strive to live for the day–to persevere through their time spent at the college for benefit of the patients they will serve. In fact, many students may remember how he emphasized the importance of treating all patients as equals.

Throughout the curriculum, faculty and students used McCarty as a model of leadership within the profession by emulating his ideals and teachings. For this reason, the students of Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership honor society, are proud to have named the long-standing event, Leadership Lecture Series, after such an influential individual. 

About James T. mccarty

James T. McCarty is a retired professor and alumnus of UH College of Pharmacy. Having spent a lifetime with the university, from graduation to retirement, McCarty has built a legacy of professionalism in the classroom, in pharmacy practice, and behind the podium. McCarty has many years of varied pharmacy experience, including hospital, manufacturing and community.

His professional affiliations include Rho Chi National Honor Society, American Mensa and Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society where he served as president in 1992. McCarty has received many honors,including the 1997 Harris County Pharmacist of the Year, the 1991 UH College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Award, the 1992 Texas Pharmacist Association Pharmacist of the Year Award and the 1992 Albert Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award by the American College of Apothecaries “for recognition of outstanding contribution to pharmacy education.”

Past guest speakers

Thani M. Gossai, 2019
Michael A. Moné, 2018
George Okpamen, 2017
Joyce A. Tipton, 2016
David A. Zilz and Roger W. Anderson, 2015
Charles L. "Chuck" Hopson, 2014
No lecture in 2013
Todd W. Canada, 2012
Lisa Scholz, 2011
Dennis B. Worthen, 2010
Joesph T. DiPiro, 2009
Lloyd Y. Young, 2008
Rhea Blanken, 2007