Alexander (Sander) A. Vinks, PharmD, PhD, FCP

Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Scientific Director, Pharmacy Research, Research in Patient Services

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology

Phone 513-636-0159

Fax 513-636-0168


Sander Vinks, PharmD, PhD, FCP, is a professor of pediatrics and pharmacology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He is the director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, and serves as director of the Pediatric Clinical and Developmental Pharmacology NIH T32 training program since 2011. He is co-director of Cincinnati Children’s Genetic Pharmacology Service, and scientific director for pharmacy research in the Division of Patient Services. He also directs the Laboratory of Applied Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenetics (LAPP) and a multidisciplinary Pharmacometrics Core. Dr. Vinks also serves as an advisor on an FDA pediatric sub-committee.

Dr. Vinks is the past president of the International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology. He serves on the Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and is chair of the Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research Committee of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He has served as the principal investigator of the former NICHD Pediatric Research Unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

His major research interests include personalized and precision medicine, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) modeling, physiologically based pharmacokinetics (PBPK), pharmacogenetics/genomics (PG) and the application of genomic, population and simulation approaches (pharmacometrics) to pediatric trial design and therapeutic drug management.

Dr. Vinks has presented his research as an invited speaker in 220 national and international conferences, has published over 140 peer reviewed manuscripts and 18 book chapters and has presented more than 150 abstracts. He is associate editor of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Dr. Vinks is both board certified in clinical pharmacology and toxicology and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

Certification: American Board of Clinical Pharmacology, 2001.

PhD: Clinical Pharmacology, Leiden University, Leiden The Netherlands, 1996.

PharmD: Hospital Pharmacy, The Hague Central Hospital Pharmacy, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1986.

MS: Pharmacology, University of Toronto, Toronto Canada, 1983.

MS: Pharmacy, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1981.

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Wiles JR, Isemann B, Ward LP, Vinks AA, Akinbi H. Current management of neonatal abstinence syndrome secondary to intrauterine opioid exposure. J Pediatr. 2014 Sep;165(3):440-6.

Hahn A, Frenck RW Jr, Zou Y, Vinks AA. Validation of a Pediatric Population Pharmacokinetic Model for Vancomycin. Ther Drug Monit. 2014 Nov 21.

Nehus EJ, Mouksassi S, Vinks AA, Goldstein S. Meropenem in Children Receiving Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: Clinical Trial Simulations Using Realistic Covariates. Journal Clin Pharmacology. 2014 Dec;54(12):1421-1428.

Smits TA, Cox S, Fukuda T, Sherbotie JR, Ward RM, Goebel J, Vinks AA. Effects of unbound mycophenolic Acid on inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase inhibition in pediatric kidney transplant patients. Ther Drug Monit. 2014 Dec;36(6):716-23.

Dong M, Fukuda T, Cox S, de Vries MT, Hooper DK, Goebel J, Vinks AA. Population pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modelling of mycophenolic acid in paediatric renal transplant recipients in the early post-transplant period. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2014 Nov;78(5):1102-12.

Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Stallings SC, Gordon AS, et al. Design and anticipated outcomes of the eMERGE-PGx project: a multicenter pilot for preemptive pharmacogenomics in electronic health record systems. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2014 Oct;96(4):482-9.

Emoto C, Fukuda T, Mizuno T, Cox S, Schniedewind B, Christians U, Widemann BC, Fisher MJ, Weiss B, Perentesis J, Vinks AA. Age dependent changes in sirolimus metabolite formation in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1. Ther Drug Monitoring. 2014 Aug 26.

Venkatasubramanian R, Fukuda T, Niu J, Mizuno T, Chidambaran V, Vinks AA, Sadhasivam S. ABCC3 and OCT1 genotypes influence pharmacokinetics of morphine in children. Pharmacogenomics. 2014 Jul;15(10):1297-309.

Roberts JA, Abdul-Aziz MH, Lipman J, Mouton JW, Vinks AA, Felton TW, Hope WW, Farkas A, Neely MN, Schentag JJ, Drusano G, Frey OR, Theuretzbacher U, Kuti JL; on behalf of The International Society of Anti-Infective Pharmacology and the Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics Study Group of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Individualized antibiotic dosing for patients who are critically ill: challenges and potential solutions. Lancet Infect Dis. 2014 Jun;14(6):498-509.