2008 September eNotes


University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
September 2008
Dean's e-Notes
Welcome to the September SoPPS Dean’s e-Notes. Our 2008-09 academic year has begun. We have welcomed 123 new Pharm.D. students and our new undergraduate and graduate pharmaceutical sciences students. This academic year brings many new challenges: budget, expansion of our curriculum, and a review of our policies and procedures in search of greater efficiencies. But with these challenges come opportunities to grow and enhance our teaching, education and service. I look forward to working with my colleagues here at the school, on campus and nationally to bring forth an even stronger School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Please stay in touch. Forward updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by e-mail to phm-alumni@buffalo.edu. You will hear from us again in November.

With warm regards,
Wayne K. Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., professor and dean
Ron Isaacs
Ron Isaacs, ’56 (right), and Dean Wayne K. Anderson at the school’s Willis G. Gregory Society recognition dinner.
School News
Alum’s gift opens door to new lecture hall in John Kapoor Hall

Ron Isaacs, ’56, decided to give to John Kapoor Hall, future home for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, because the school “was the gateway to the rest of my life.”

“I stepped into a world that allowed me to raise four children and gave me enough funding to take care of myself. UB Pharmacy opened many doors and opportunities for my family and me,” Isaacs said about why he answered the call to contribute from fellow alumnus Kapoor. Isaacs has given significant support to fund one of two lecture halls included in the building plans.

To honor his gift, UB will name the hall the Ronald J. Isaacs Lecture Hall. More

Image of Seon receiving award
Seon Jo Park, P3, accepts a $1,000 scholarship check from Dean Wayne K. Anderson at the 2008 Student Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Student Scholarship Golf Tournament Raises $27,000
The school would like to thank the tournament sponsors and the 106 golfers who played in the 2008 Student Scholarship Golf Tournament, which raised more than $27,000. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors and golfers, we will be able to award five $1,000 scholarships at the 2009 tournament, scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2009.

2008 Sponsors:
Tournament: Rite Aid
Platinum: CVS Caremark and McKesson Health Mart Pharmacy
Bronze: Fillmore/Fisher/Cuba Pharmacies, Forsters Pharmacy, J. Rutkowski Pharmacies, Middleport Pharmacy, Niagara Hospice, Omnicare, Walgreens

2008 Winning Foursomes:
Ist Place: Terry Bellnier, Tony Murray, Tulio Ortega and Robert Weisman
2nd Place: Jayson Burlman, Peter Jaremka, Dave Sterner and Mike Sterner
New Faculty
Four new faculty members have joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Jack Brown, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor, will focus in infectious disease and outcomes research at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Fred Doloresco, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor, will focus in MTM/Cardiology.

Richard Kraft, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor, will focus with the Catholic Independent Physicians Association.

Nicholas Norgard, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor, will focus in cardiology at the Buffalo General Hospital.

White Coat Ceremony
2008 Orientation and White Coat Ceremony
On August 21 the school welcomed the Class of 2012 with orientation activities and the eighth annual white coat ceremony. One hundred twenty-three P1 students began the day with presentations, followed by a luncheon and ending with the white coat ceremony where more than 400 friends and family members watched as the students were “cloaked” with white lab coats and officially began their pharmacy education.

The school would like to thank the following supporters of the orientation and white coat programs: Walgreens, Target, Tops Markets, Rite Aid, Pharmacists Association of Western New York, Pharmacy Society of Rochester.

Alumni notes
Martin Burruano, ’86, was named director of pharmacy services for Independent Health, a health plan provider located in Amherst, N.Y.

John Rodgers, ’83, was named executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Independent Health, a health plan provider located in Amherst, N.Y.

Faculty/Staff notes
At the American Association Colleges of Pharmacy 2008 Annual Meeting the following faculty members made research presentations:

Gayle Brazeau: “Implementation and Assessment of a Formal Junior Faculty Review Process for Enhancing Professional Development.” Brazeau G, Fan-Havard P, Bednarczyk EM.

Linda Catanzaro: “Development and Implementation of Web-based HIV Pharmaceutical Care Continuing Education and Certificate Programs.” Catanzaro L, Nelson M, Warrick J, Lliguicota F.

Karl Fiebelkorn and Peter Brody: “Pharmacy’s Roll in Poison Prevention Outreach Activities in Elementary School Age Children.” Fiebelkorn K, Brody Jr PM, Brazeau G, Bednarczyk EM.

Pat Grace: “Method of Note-taking in Lecture and Effects on Achievement in College Students.” Grace P, Reiman AT, Nelson M.

Karl Fiebelkorn received the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Faculty Liaison Excellence Award. Karl will receive an engraved trophy, registration and accommodations to the NCPA Annual Convention and a $1,000 philanthropic contribution.

Scott Monte published Monte SV, Paolini NM, Slazak EM, Schentag JJ, Paladino JA. Costs of treating lower respiratory tract infections. American Journal of Managed Care 2008;14:190-196. Refereed journal.

Gene Morse published Hare CB, Mellors J, Krambrink A, Su Z, Skiest D, Margolis DM, Patel SS, Barnas D, Frenkel L, Coombs RW, Aweeka F, Morse GD, Haas DW, Boltz V, Palmer S, Coffin J, Havlir DV. Detection of nonnucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor-resistant HIV-1 after discontinuation of virologically suppressive antiretroviral therapy. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Aug 1;47(3):421-4.

Joseph Paladino published the following articles: Carswell CI, Paladino JA. Editorial Commentary: Meandering down the road to transparency. PharmacoEconomic. 2008;26:181-183.

McKinnon PS, Paladino JA, Schentag JJ. Evaluation of area under the inhibitory curve (AUIC) and time above the minimum inhibitory concentration (T>MIC) as predictors of outcome for cefepime and ceftazidime in serious bacterial infections. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 2008;31:345-351.

Paladino JA, Gilliland-Johnson KK, Adelman MH, Cohn SM. Pharmacoeconomics of ciprofloxacin plus metronidazole versus piperacillin/tazobactam for complicated intra-abdominal infections. Surgical Infections 2008;9:325-333.

Paladino JA, Schentag JJ. Editorial Commentary: The economics of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea to providers and payers. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2008;46:505.

Paladino JA, Sunderlin JL, Singer ME, Adelman MH, Schentag JJ. Influence of extended-spectrum �-lactams on gram-negative bacterial resistance. American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy 2008;65:1154-1159.

Paladino also presented “Economic Aspects of MRSA in the Community” at the 4th International Symposium on Resistant Gram-Positive Infections. Buffalo. July 9, 2008.

Murali Ramanathan was named director of graduate studies for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Murali also published an e-book, The Pharmacy Calculations Workbook, 2008, Pinnacle, Summit and Zenith Publishing Company. Educators can receive a free copy by contacting Murali at murali@buffalo.edu

Kathleen Tornatore was elected a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

At the picnic, Nicholas Falco (right) and Raymond Gachette (left) show their Phi Delta Chi colors.
At the picnic, Nicholas Falco (right) and Raymond Gachette (left) show their Phi Delta Chi colors.
Student Notes
Welcome Picnic: The Faculty Win Again...
The annual welcome back school picnic was held on August 28. The much anticipated faculty-student softball game ended the day’s activities. Team captains Brian Tsuji for the faculty and Brian Wetzel for the students waged a great battle and for the second consecutive year the faculty team came out on top, winning 17-10. The school would like to thank long-standing supporter Wegmans Food Markets for supplying food and beverages for the picnic.
NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition: Students Take 5th Place
Congratulations to SoPPS students Michael Ghobrial, Kristin Gawronski and Jamie Kaminski who received fifth place honors for their business plan presentation at the fifth annual NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition held at the AACP national meeting in July. Special recognition also goes to team mentor Karl Fiebelkorn.
Upcoming continuing education programs

Alumni Reunion and Dinner Dance: Saturday, September 27, 2008, Grand Island Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center.
Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu.

UB True Blue Weekend: October 16 – 18, 2008. Includes Family Weekend and Homecoming activities: http://www.buffalo.edu/trueblueweekend/.

ASHP Mid-Year Meeting Alumni Reception: Monday, December 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Fla.
Questions: phm-alumni@buffalo.edu.

For additional information, please see our news and events listings at www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu/school_news.shtml.
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