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Robert                         Wahler

Robert G. Wahler Jr. PharmD

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Clinical Assistant Professor

 
Professional Summary:

Research interests focus on identifying and reducing medication related fall risk in the elderly. Using the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) model, he is developing clinical decision support tools to access medication falls risk, medication cognition impairment and inappropriate medications in the elderly.

Education and Training:
  • PharmD, The State University of New York at Buffalo (2000)
  • BS, Pharmacy, Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University (1989)
Employment:
  • Clinical Pharmacy Services, Niagara Hospice, Inc. (2002-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, University at Buffalo (2000-present)
  • Assistant Professor, D‘Youville College, Physician Assistant Program (2001–2002)
  • Clinical Consulting Coordinator, NCS Healthcare, Inc (formerly Fay's Managed Pharmacy Services) (1998–2000)
  • Consultant Pharmacist, NCS Healthcare, Inc (formerly Fay's Managed Pharmacy Services) (1991–1998)
  • Staff Pharmacist, Fay's Incorporated (1989–1991)
  • Pharmacy Intern, Owl Drug Co (1985–1989)
  • NPC Industrial Intern, Merck, Sharp and Dohme (1988)
Awards and Honors:
  • Chapter Alumni Member of the Year (2017)
  • Teacher of the Year (2016)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award (2016)
  • Pharmacy Practice Faculty Preceptor of the Year. (2015)
  • Faculty Member of the Year (2013)
  • Western New York Residency Preceptor Award (2010)
  • Exceptional Scholar Teaching Innovation Award (2008)
  • Clinical Practitioner of the Year (2007)
  • American Society of Consultants Pharmacists (2006)
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee (2005)
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee (2001)
  • American Society of Consultants Pharmacists (1994)
  • Who's Who Among American College Students (1989)
  • Upjohn Achievement Award (1989)
  • Pharmacist Achievement Award (1988)
  • Outstanding Young Men of America (1988)
  • Patient Counseling Competition Winner (1988)
  • Inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma, Pharmacy Leadership Society (1987)
  • McKesson Leadership Award (1987)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • April 2017–March 2018
    Collaborative Drug Safety Management Capable of Deprescribing Across the Healthcare System
    School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Seed Support Program
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $10,000
  • July 2015–June 2016
    Improving Safe Medication Use in Elders Living in Rural Settings
    Health Foundation for Western & Central New York
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $40,109
  • July 2002–July 2005
    Interdisciplinary Patient Safety Training Program
    Health Resources and Services Administration
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $537,840

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:
Journal Articles:
Abstracts:
  • Clark, CM, Monte SV, Wahler RG. Evaluation of pharmacists’ and student pharmacists’ perception of the use of a medication therapy management (MTM) based medication falls risk assessment tool (MFRAT) Dec 4-8 2016 ASHP Midyear Conference. Las Vegas, NV. 2016.
  • Clark CM, Fleming A, Ohtake P, Wahler RG. Development of an interprofessional educational (IPE) experience wellness clinic to reduce fall risk in community dwelling seniors.. 2016.
  • Fovel L, Gross K, Rivera A, Piccione C, Moore R, Wahler RG. Development of a Medication Therapy Management Falls Risk Reduction (MTM FRR) Clinic Staffed by an ASCP Student Chapter. The Consultant Pharmacist. 2016; 31(10).
  • Heiermann, AW, Monte S, Feuerstein, SG, Jacobs DM, Wahler RG. Validation of a Novel Medication Profile Based Falls Risk Assessment Tool. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2016; 56(3).
  • Lauren Koranteng, Wahler RG, Monte SV, Brody PM. Medication Therapy Management services for home-based hospice patients to optimize symptom control. 2011.
  • Wahler RG, Albanese NP. Practical Application of the CAPE Educational Outcomes within the Pharmaceutical Care Course Sequence at the University at Buffalo. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2007; 71(3).
  • Stumm C, Slazak EM, Rosenberg JM, Wahler RG. Comparison of two procedures used to screen PharmD applicants for acceptable oral English communications skills.. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education..
  • Wahler RG, Monte SV, Verni C, LaValley S, Clark CM, Baumgartner A, Gawronski, C, Taylor JS, Singh R. Collaborative Drug Safety Management Capable of Deprescribing Across the Healthcare System...
  • Bednarczyk EM, Blondell RD, Wahler RG, Fiebelkorn KD, Waghmaarae, R, Rogler BA, Dunn TE. A large-scale on-line interprofessional opioid prescriber training program. American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2017 Annual meeting..

Professional Memberships:
  • American Geriatrics Society (2017–present)
  • Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists; Board of Trustees, Hospice representative (2017–2019)
  • Phi Lambda Sigma (Pharmacy Leadership Society), Beta Omicron Chapter, Chapter Co-Advisor (2017–present)
  • Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists; Founding member (2016–present)
  • American Society of Pain Educators (2013–present)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Member (2011–2012)
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization - National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals; Pharmacists' section Leader (2010–2015)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Member (2009–2012)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Member (2007–2008)
  • New York State Chapter of American College of Clinical Pharmacy; Member (2007)
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; NHPCO 21st Management and Leadership Conference, Planning Committee (2006–present)
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; NHPCO 6th Clinical Team Conference, Planning Committee (2004–2005)
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization - National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals; Steering committee member - Pharmacists‘ section (2003–2009)
  • American Society of Consultants Pharmacists; ASCP Foundation & Eli Lilly, Inc – Senior Care Pharmacy Student Rotations Planning Committee, (2002–2004)
  • Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity; Advisor, Gamma Iota Chapter (2001–2012)
  • American Society of Consultants Pharmacists; Upstate Director, New York State Chapter (2001–2004)
  • American Society of Consultants Pharmacists; Advisor, University at Buffalo Student Chapter (2000–present)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (2000–present)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (2000–2002)
  • American Medical Writers Association (2000–2001)
  • American Society of Consultants Pharmacists; Member, Educational Affairs Council (2000–2001)
  • American Geriatrics Society (1998–2004)
  • American Pharmacists Association; Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, Specialized Pharmacy Services Section, New Practitioner Member-at-Large (1993–1994)
  • American Pharmacists Association; New Practitioner Advisory Committee - Chairman (1993–1994)
  • American Society of Consultants Pharmacists; Member (1991–present)
  • American Pharmacists Association; New Practitioner Advisory Committee - Member (1990–1993)
  • American Pharmacists Association; Student APhA Chapter President, Albany College of Pharmacy (1986–1987)
  • Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity; Brother, Beta Delta Chapter (1985–present)
  • American Pharmacists Association; Member (1984–1995)
See all (19 more)
Presentations:
  • "Medication Management and Fall Prevention in Older Adults – Introduction of the ASCP-NCOA Falls Risk Reduction Toolkit" ASCP Midstate meeting, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists NY State Chapter (2017)
  • "Ready, “STEADI,” Go for Fall Prevention." A Matter of Balance Managing Concerns About Falls Conference, Ardent Solutions (2017)
  • "A Collaborative Approach to Falls Prevention: Using the ASCP/NCOA Toolkit" American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Annual Meeting 2016, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (2016)
  • "JCPP Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process" 2016 Annual Experiential Education Preceptor Development Program, UB SPPS (2016)
  • "Quality-Based Clinical Service Foundations for the Advanced Community Pharmacy Network: Beers Criteria 2015 – Where do we go from here?" , PAWNY-IHA Wellness Initiative (2016)
  • "Transition of Care: Identifying Challenges and Discussing Best Practices in the Hospital, Community, Primary Care, and Institutional and Settings" , University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Office of Post Graduate Education (2015)
  • "Medication Management and Fall Prevention in Older Adults" , University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Office of Post Graduate Education (2015)
  • "Pharmacy: Issues and Updates Impacting End of Life Issues" Webinar, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2013)
  • "Hospice Care: Challenges, Unmet Needs and Future Perspective." 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Approaches to Provide the Best End-of-Life Care in Hospice Patients Symposium (2013)
  • "Leaning Into Tough Times: Shifting Your Hospice Team Out of Resistance and Into New Possibilities" 14th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2013)
  • "Medication Management and Fall Prevention in Older Adult" Allegany County Fall Prevention Collaborative, Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network, Inc. (2013)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery" , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013)
  • "April Interdisciplinary Topic - Proper Medication Disposal: Current Strategies" Webinar, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2013)
  • "Mobilizing Healthcare Evolution: Innovation to Optimize Care in Aging Adults. Gerontology Institute Platform Presentation." Gerontology Lecture Series, Gerontology Institute (2012)
  • "Safe prescribing in the Elderly" Eastern Niagara Hospital CME series, Eastern Niagara Hospital (2012)
  • "What to do about Opioids - Opioid induced addiction and death: A Modern Epidemic" Pain Management CE series - UB SoPPS, University At Buffalo, SoPPS, OPGE (2012)
  • "June Quality and Regulatory Topic - Pharmacy Issues and Updates" Webinar, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2012)
  • "Pharmacy Issues and Updates" Webinar, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2012)
  • "What Pharmacists Need to Know About Practicing in Hospice and Palliative Care" NYS ASCP Midstate meeting, NYS ASCP (2012)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery" , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2012)
  • "Do You Trust Your Team? Does Your Team Trust You?" 27th Management and Leadership Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2012)
  • "Hospice Pharmacy Issues" 27th Management and Leadership Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2012)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery" , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2012)
  • "Hospice: Where medicine meets voodoo - unique uses of meds/interventions for end of life symptoms" , WNYSHP (2011)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery." , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2010)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery." , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2010)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery." , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2009)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery." , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2009)
  • "Clinical Impact of Nation-Wide Narcotic Shortages: Medication Substitution and Dosing Conversions" Webinar, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (2009)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery." , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2009)
  • "APhA Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery." , University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2009)
  • "APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery" , SUNY at Buffalo, SoPPS (2009)
  • "Setting the Stage: How to be an Effective Practitioner During Your First 5 Years of Practice." , Western New York Society of Health-System Pharmacists (2009)
  • "Pain Management in Oncology Patients" Pharmacy Oncology Symposium 2008, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2008)
  • "Nausea and Vomiting at the End-of-Life" HospiScript Services LLC Regional Conference, HospiScript Services LLC (2006)
  • "Methadone: Which dose is right for your Patient?" 7th Clinical Team Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2006)
  • "Constipation in Hospice Patients" HospiScript Services LLC, Lunch and Learn National Audioconference, HospiScript Services LLC (2006)
  • "How to get the most from your Hospice Pharmacist." 6th Clinical Team Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2005)
  • "Methadone: Which dose is right for your Patient?" 6th Clinical Team Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2005)
  • "What Pharmacists Need to Know about Practicing in Hospice and Palliative Care." 6th Clinical Team Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 15. Pharmacist’s Toolkit for Hospice and Palliative Care - Preconference seminar (2005)
  • "Hospice Affiliation with a Doctor of Pharmacy Profession Experience Program." 5th Clinical Team Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2004)
  • "Clinical Evidence: Integrating Evidence-Based Medicine into Your Practice" 25th Midyear Conference and Exhibition, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (2003)
  • "Grand Rounds: Advanced Concepts in Geriatric Problem-Solving" 33rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (2002)
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Service Activities:
  • AACP Liaison -White House Office National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Faculty Liaison (2016–present)
  • Advisement Committee; Committee Member (2015–present)
  • Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory – Professional Panelist; Panel Member (2015)
  • Assessment and Evaluation Committee; 2015 PCOA Exam coordinator; Committee Member (2014–present)
  • Pharmacy Admissions Pharm Speak; Coordinator (2014–present)
  • CMS summit on Hospice and Part D; Centers for Medicare/Medicaid stakeholders meeting on Hospice and Part D payment, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Representative; Invited Participant (2014)
  • IPRO Pain Management Coalition Technical Expert Committee; Committee Member (2014–present)
  • Journal of Palliative Medicine; Manuscript Title: Effectiveness of the buccal mucosa route for methadone administration at the end of life; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013)
  • Home Care Compounding Pharmacy Technical Advisory Panel (TAP); The Joint Commission The Panel will advise The Joint Commission on the state of the evidence regarding patient safety and quality issues related to sterile and non-sterile compounding of medications. In addition, the Panel will address the importance, fe; Panel Member (2013–2014)
  • Pharmaceutical Care Committee; Chair (2013–present)
  • Search Committee, Clinical Assistant Profession, Pharmaceutical Care practice; Chair (2013)
  • CPE Steering Committee; Committee Member (2013–present)
  • Curriculum Committee; Committee Member (2013–present)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting regarding compounding pharmacies; National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Represent the interests of Hospices regarding the proposes changes in FDA governance of compounding pharmacies in the aftermath of the NECC situation.; Advisory Committee (2012)
  • Admission Interviewer; Interview candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree to determine if an offer should be made. Class of 2017 = 9; Reviewer (2012)
  • Admission Review; Rapidly review applicants for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy degree to determine if an interview should be offered. Candidates for Class of 2017 = 11; Reviewer (2012)
  • "What to do About Opioids" CE Program - 3 part Pain series; Committee Member (2012)
  • Pain Management and Palliative Care in Geriatrics and Advanced Illness; American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Advised on the development of this ASCP Pain and Palliative Care Practice Based Activity.; Advisory Committee (2012)
  • Admission Interviewer; Interview candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree to determine if an offer should be made. Class of 2016 = 8; Reviewer (2011)
  • Admission Review; Rapidly review applicants for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy degree to determine if an interview should be offered. Candidates for Class of 2016 = 14; Reviewer (2011)
  • Curriculum Committee; Member (2011)
  • Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Role Delineation Study; Board of Pharmacy Specialties Review and comment on work created by a committee to outline the roles of pharmacist in pain and palliative care in preparation for a submission to the BPS.; Reviewer (2011)
  • ACPE Accreditation Self-Study Committee; Co-Chair (2010)
  • Science Network Steering committee; St. Joseph‘s Collegiate Institute Develop the SJCI Science Network to provide opportunities for SJCI students in science related summer internships. Linked SoPPS faculty member Joseph Balthasar to network which provided 2 summer internships in 2009. Dev; Member (2009–2016)
  • Pharmacotherapeutic Coordinators Committee; Member (2008–present)
  • Professional Experience Program; Interim Chair; Chair (2007)
  • Search Committee, Director, Experiential Education Office; Chair (2007)
  • 2006 AACP Institute - Building an Effective Structure and Process for Experiential Education, Lansdowne, VA; Team leader charged with developing the Experiential Education program in accordance with ACPE accreditation. Developed and implemented the Office of Experiential Education.; Other (2006)
  • Pharmaceutical Care Committee; Chair (2005–2010)
  • Pharmaceutical Care Committee; Member (2002–present)
  • Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Program; Direct the provision of the Pharmacy-BasedImmunization Delivery Certificate Program with the staff of the OPGE.; Director (2001–present)
  • Academic Affairs Committee; Committee Member (2001–2010)
  • Awards Committee; Committee Member (2001–present)
  • Research Retreat Committee; Committee Member (2001)

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211 Kapoor Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033
Phone: (716) 645-4777
Email: rgwahler@buffalo.edu


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