Research Foci:

My clinical research interests began as a Pharm.D. student at Nova Southeastern University, when I received numerous opportunities to work with my dedicated faculty. I began working as a research assistant with the pharmaceutical sciences department investigating the role of angiotensin II/III in hypertensive rat astrocytes. I subsequently became involved with our chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy because they offered clinical research opportunities for students with seasoned faculty. I also took a research-based elective course where my colleagues and I designed a retrospective project from start to finish, presented our findings, and developed a manuscript. Two years of residency and a specialty in adult critical care further refined my research interests and skills. Now as a clinician/academician, my interests have shifted toward a merger of clinical patient outcomes as well as educational/trainee outcomes (for pharmacy students and pharmacy residents).

My current research interests include:

  • Neurocritical care & neurosurgery
  • Cardiology & cardiothoracic surgery
  • Circulatory shock
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Targeted reversal of anticoagulation & hemostasis
  • Burns & trauma
  • Therapeutic hypothermia
  • Toxicology
  • Burnout among pharmacy trainees and pharmacy practice faculty & clinicians
  • Interprofessional education and the effect on perceived pharmacist scope of practice

Completed research & presentations (residency):

  • Santibañez M, Lin L, Berger K, Lesch CA. Evaluation of 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate for life-threatening bleeds or emergent surgery. To be presented at Society of Critical Care Medicine 47th Critical Care Congress, San Antonio TX, Feb 2018.
  • Santibañez M, Berger K, Lesch CA. Medication use evaluation: nimodipine in subarachnoid hemorrhage. Presented to neurocritical care directors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York NY, June 2017.
  • Santibañez M, Bunnell K, Harrington A, Beasdale S, Danziger LH, Wenzler E. Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic derived predictions of efficacy and clinical outcomes in obese and non-obese patients with Enterobacteriaceae bloodstream infections. Presented as research-in-progress at ASHP MCM, New Orleans LA, Dec 2015. Presented at Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference, West Lafayette IN, Apr 2016.

Completed research & presentations (graduate school):

  • Gauthier TP, Lichtenberger P, Wiggens K, Santibañez M, Baracco G, Temiño V. Development of a structure for pre-surgical penicillin skin testing at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Presented at 2nd annual University of Miami Hospital Infectious Diseases Symposium, Miami FL, May 2015.
  • Santibañez M, Veulens MV, Jenistova T, Gauthier TP. Financial impact of antimicrobial stewardship interventions: a review of the published literature from 2000 to 2013. Presented at ASHP MCM, Anaheim CA, Dec 2014.
  • Montalvo SM, Santibañez M, Castillo MD. Evaluation of antimicrobial prophylaxis practices in liver and liver/kidney transplant patients at a large, tertiary care hospital. Presented at ASHP MCM, (Anaheim CA) and at the Miami Transplant Institute (Miami FL), Dec 2014.
  • Blanco F, Santibañez M, Montalvo S, Nurse C, Frederick C, Aragon L, Gauthier TP. Collaboration between an antimicrobial stewardship program and inventory control personnel to improve antimicrobial inventory management. Presented at ASHP MCM, Anaheim CA, Dec 2014.
  • Acosta C, Caporella RA, Derisma NY, Santibañez M, Perez A. Utilization of metformin-based therapies among whites, blacks, and Mexican-Americans with controlled and uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Presented at ASHP MCM, Anaheim CA, Dec 2014.
  • Acosta C, Caporella RA, Derisma NY, Hulett FH, Santibañez M, Caballero J. Assessment of atypical antipsychotic agents as a treatment modality in elderly Parkinson’s psychosis Presented at 41st SNPhA Annual Conference, Arlington VA, July 2014.
  • Acosta C, Caporella RA, Derisma NY, Hulett FH, Santibañez M, Caballero J. Atypical antipsychotics for the treatment of Parkinson’s psychosis in the elderly: a primary literature analysis. Presented at 2014 NSU College of Pharmacy Seminar Day, Ft Lauderdale FL, Apr 2014.
  • Santibañez M, Veulens MV, Jenistova T, Gauthier TP. Characteristics of primary literature focused on antimicrobial stewardship from January 2000 to March 2013. Presented at NSU Health Professions Division Research Day, Ft Lauderdale FL, Feb 2014; ASHP MCM, Orlando FL, Dec 2013.
  • Harriman D, Santibañez M, Vyain A, Clark MA. Angiotensin II & III effects in the MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell line: the ERK 1/2 MAP Kinase pathway. Presented before NSU Pharmaceutical Sciences Department faculty members, Ft Lauderdale FL, Feb 2013.


Peer-Reviewed/Indexed Journals

  • Santibañez M, Veulens MV, Jenistova T, Aragon L, Gauthier TP. Characteristics of primary literature in the field of antimicrobial stewardship, 2000 to 2013. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015;36:616-8.


  • Santibañez M. “NYSCHP Downstate Critical Care Conference.” New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists News Brief. Nov 2016. Available at:
  • Santibañez M, Dzierba AL, Muir J. “Albumin uses in the ICU.” NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, MICU in Action newsletter’s “Pharmacist’s Corner” section (volume 5, issue 4). Oct 2016.
  • Santibañez M. “Myths & facts of being a PGY1 pharmacy resident.” Aug 2016. Available at:, Residency and Training section.
  • Santibañez M. “What are the clinical implications of the 2016 American Epilepsy Society (AES) guidelines for status epilepticus? University of Illinois at Chicago, Drug Information Group’s Frequently Asked Questions educational references section. May 2016. Available at: