Joe Ybarra, PharmD, BCNSP

Nutrition Support Pharmacy Specialist

Joe Ybarra, is a Nutrition Support Pharmacy Specialist at the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition. He is board certified in Nutrition Support Pharmacy Practice and holds affiliate academic appointments with The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Belmont University, and Lipscomb University.


Dr. Ybarra received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in Auburn, Alabama.  He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas and a Nutrition Support/Critical Care Specialty Residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.

Work and Teaching Experience

Previous to his current position, he served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pharmacy Practice at Auburn University.  His teaching experience includes facilitating small group learning experiences, precepting students in their experiential rotations, and lecturing pharmacy students in acute care and nutrition support pharmacy.

Professional Activities

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Middle Tennessee Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Society of Critical Care Medicine.  He has given clinical presentations on the regional and national level addressing nutrition support and pharmacy related topics.

Clinical and Research Interests

Primary areas of interest include issues related to the safe use of intravenous lipid emulsions and improving patient safety in the nutrition support population.

Selected Publications

2012    Faircloth JM, Ybarra J, Kumpf V, Seidner D. Evaluation of the efficacy of management for occluded enteral access. Pharmacotherapy 2012;32:e342.

 2011   Ybarra JV, Rose WR, Curtis CS, Sacks GS. Sterility of pediatric lipid emulsions repackaged by an automated compounding device. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2011;35(3): 391-94.

 2010   Ybarra JV. Pivotal Paper: Calcium and phosphate solubility in neonatal parenteral nutrient solutions containing TrophAmine. Nutr Clin Pract. 2010;25(4):353-56.

 2010   Ybarra JV. Article Commentary: Supplementation of vitamin E, vitamin C, and zinc attenuates oxidative stress in burned children: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. Nutr Clin Pract. 2010;25(2):216-18.