2014 October eNotes

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Class of 1959

All Alumni Reunion Reception: The Class of 1959

Message from the Dean

October 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The last few months have been busy ones: the beginning of a new academic year, welcoming our new students and welcoming back our returning students.  We were was also very pleased to welcome back alumni during our 2014 Reunion Celebration events held in September. Alumni had the opportunity to attend various educational programs, enjoy a pre-game tailgate party and then cheer on the UB Bulls and end the weekend with our All Alumni Reception. 

Our faculty members and students have been actively engaged in community support locally, nationally and internationally.  A main goal of the school is to increase our health care delivery impact.  I encourage you to read the articles below showcasing the many ways we address this goal.

Please look for our next edition of eNotes in December, followed by our annual print newsletter, The Buffalo Pharmacist, in mid-January.   

Warm regards,
James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor

2014 Alumni Reunion Celebration Weekend


Class of 1989

Our 2014 Reunion Celebration, September 12-13, welcomed many alumni back to the school and back to campus.  Attendees enjoyed educational presentations by our Key Note Speaker, Susan Fagan, PharmD '84, assistant dean, Georgia Regents University Program who presented Angiogenesis as a Target for Recovery After Stroke as well as a continuing education program on Self Care by Erin Slazak, PharmD, '04, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, UB. 

The energy from those who attended the Friday evening Alumni Association Tailgate Party followed the UB Bulls onto the field, but even this high level energy could not give the Bulls a win against the 8th ranked Baylor Bears: final score 21-63...

Our Reunion Celebration culminated with our All Alumni Reception at the Templeton Landing on Buffalo's waterfront Saturday evening.  Alumni from all class years were recognized and received gifts from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association.  We look forward to welcoming alumni back next fall for our 2015 Reunion events.

Welcome to the Class of 2018!

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White Coat Ceremony

Our faculty and staff welcomed students in our PharmD program as well as our Pharmaceutical Sciences degree programs to campus for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year!

Orientation for PharmD Class of 2018, took place on August 21-22 and with 131 students, this was the school's largest class ever!  The orientation program included overviews on courses, student policies, meet and greets with student officers and PharmD student organizations and an Alumni Panel Q&A session.  Thanks to Karen Brim '82, Danielle Joset-Crotty '12 and Mark Stramaglia '81 for being part of the panel discussion.

Our new PharmD students took their first step toward becoming pharmacists during the Annual White Coat Ceremony held in the Lippes Concert Hall on August 21.  The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes passage into the initial stages of the profession of pharmacy and represents a contract for excellence in providing compassionate patient care.  Danielle Joset-Crotty, PharmD, '12, Staff Pharmacist, NSLIJ Huntington Hospital gave the keynote address.

Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lectureship


Julie A. Johnson, dean of the University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy, delivered the Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lecture Wednesday, October 1, in Kapoor Hall.  Johnson, who also is a distinguished professor at UF, spoke on “Hypertension Pharmacogenomics: Using ’omics approaches to define variable drug response.”  The majority of Johnson’s research centers around the pharmacogenomics of antihypertensive drugs, and drugs used to prevent clot formation. Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association since 1990.

Johnson earned a BS in pharmacy from Ohio State University and a PharmD from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

A reception in her honor was held Wednesday evening at Sean Patrick's Restaurant in Getzville, NY.

The UB Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences established the Gerhard Levy Distinguished Lectureship in 2000 in honor of Dr. Levy, who is considered the father of pharmacodynamics, for his role as a pioneer and principal contributor in the fields of biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.  Read More

Office of Experiential Education Works With MPS to Offer Flu Shot Clinic

Flu Clinic

On September 23, the Office of Experiential Education was pleased to partner with Mobile Pharmacy Solutions (MPS) to offer a Flu Shot Clinic for UB faculty, staff and students. This was the first clinic offered in Kapoor Hall allowing for use of the school's well designed Model Pharmacy and assessment spaces.  This mobile clinic allowed Mobile Pharmacy Solutions to process on-site billing for major insurance carriers and was a great opportunity for PharmD students to experience the full scope of providing a vaccination clinic.  Forty participants were immunized and this event provided a strong foundation for future clinics being held this fall.

Special thanks to Mobile Pharmacy Solutions representatives: Ken Andrus '94, RPh, Sarah Passafiume '13, PharmD, Alexandra Pullano, PharmD and Pat Comerford '07, PharmD and UB SPPS participants: Faculty: Drs. Peter Brody '02 and Chris Daly '12 as well as PharmD students: Wendy Huang, Anna Liang, Rachel Meyer, Han Liu, Angeline Walker, Joseph Ryndak, Rachel Scott, Jennifer Ko, Jennifer Han, Hyunmin Park, Ha Young Ryu, Brandon Wolski, Ben Robinson, Nicholas Smith.  Dr. Brody would also like to thank APhA-ASP Operation Immunization Student Co-chairs: Jessica Choi and Olivia Dioguardi for their assistance in coordination this event.

Celebrating World Pharmacy Day with Cancer Patients and Caregivers at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Buffalo, NY

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photo courtesy of Dr. Alice Ceacareanu

In conjunction with World Pharmacy Day, Thursday, September 25, Dr. Alice C. Ceacareanu, assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and her Oncology Translational Research Group organized a unique workshop hosted by the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Buffalo, NY. Co-chaired by Drs. Alice Ceacareanu and Helen Wang, UB assistant professor, communications and CancerRxCE Communication Expert, the workshop integrated faculty members, research and clinical professionals, pharmacy students and representatives of our community of patients, caregivers and volunteers.

As the Oncology Translational Research Group prepares to launch the first on-line oncology certificate program for community pharmacists, CanceRxCE, the goal of this workshop was to receive input and better understand cancer survivors' and caregivers’ pharmaceutical care needs. Everyone present engaged in a long overdue conversation about the tremendous market demand for cancer survivors' pharmaceutical care and how we can best serve as educators to address this societal call for specialized community pharmacy services. 

Leading a massive Healthcare Workforce Retraining Initiative funded by a New York State Department of Health, Ceacareanu's group aim to improve New York City area community pharmacists' ability to optimize societal cancer outcomes by no later than 2016. CanceRxCE collaborating experts include: Dr. Kim Zammit (Kaleida Health), Dr. Anthony Jarkowski (AstraZeneca), Dr. Eugene Preszpolewski (Erie County Medical Center), Dr. Meir Wetzler (Roswell Park Cancer Institute), Dr. Kunle Odunsi (Roswell Park Cancer Institute), Dr. Maurice Wright (New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation), Dr. Robert Wahler (UB SPPS) and Dr. Helen Wang. The development of this initiative is supported by the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists, New York State Cancer Consortium, Chain Pharmacies Association of New York State, American Cancer Society (Buffalo), and 1199 SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund.

Workshop participants

UB Faculty and Instructors:  Dr. Alice C Ceacareanu (CanceRxCE Program Director), Professor Alfred Reiman (invited Faculty), Dr. Helen Wang (CanceRxCE Healthcare Communication Expert), Dr. George K. Nimako (CanceRxCE Clinical Instructor), Zachary A.P. Wintrob (CanceRxCE Coordinating Instructor)

SPPS P4 PharmD Students: Caitlin Frohnapple and Dmitriy Sulik

Alumni Notes

ASHP Mid-Year Meeting Alumni & Friends Reception

Join us in Anaheim, CA for our annual Alumni and Friends Reception at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Mid-Year Meeting.  The reception is being held Monday, December 8, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the Sheraton Park Hotel.  Stop by and meet our Dean, Dr. James O'Donnell, as well as our faculty, and connect with your colleagues!   

NYSCHP Appoints Prescott and Voigt Elected Officials

Congratulations to Bill Prescott '02, UB SPPS Vice Chair Pharmacy Practice, and Lisa Voigt '02 on their recent appointments as 2015-16 New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists elected officials.  Bill has been appointed as the Director, Chapter Services where he will be responsible for the coordination of issues and information between the Board of Directors and the membership.  Lisa was appointed as the Director, Pharmacy Management where she will be responsible for reviewing and recommending revisions to the functioning of the Council. They will be sworn into office April 2015.  Congratulations!   

Class Notes

Thomas Madejski '82
The Medical Society of the State of New York re-elected Dr. Thomas J. Madejski as assistant treasurer at its 208th annual House of Delegates meeting.  Madejski is director of cardiac services and an attending physician at Medina Memorial Hospital. He serves on the hospital’s medical quality assurance committee. He is also a clinical instructor in medicine and pharmacy at University at Buffalo, and a medical director of Orleans County Nursing Home, Absolut Care of Gasport Nursing Facility and the Hospice of Orleans County.

John Semler '84  
Patent Inventor: Title: Method of determining body exit of an ingested capsule No.: 8,696,602 Inventors: Semler, John R. (Williamsville); Selover, Kathleen H. (East Concord); Rohde, Bemina L. (Cheektowaga) Assignee: Given Imaging (Duluth, Ga.) Date issued: April 15, 2014.

Robert Rubino '94 

Patent Inventor: Title: Lithium/fluorinated carbon cell for high-rate pulsatile applications No.: 8,685,568 Inventors: Krehl, Paul (Clarence Center); Davis, Steven (Cheektowaga); Rubino, Robert (Williamsville); Gan, Hong (Williamsville); Takeuchi, Esther S. (East Amherst) Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd. (Clarence) Date issued: April 1, 2014.



Joseph Saseen '94

Joseph J. Saseen ‘94
Recipient of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2014 Education Award. The ACCP Education Award recognizes a member who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy education at either the undergraduate or the postgraduate level.  Joseph is currently professor and vice chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences; and professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine. The award will be bestowed at the ACCP Annual Meeting occurring this month in Austin, Texas. Read More.




Joseph Hooley '06
Has been employed at Cleveland Clinic since 2006 and is currently working as the Adverse Drug Event Coordinator in Pharmacy/Medication Safety Services with responsibilities including: health-system support for project management, adverse drug event review and analysis, medication error risk reduction, and implementation of systems and process improvements. A Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) and a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, Joseph has also been published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP) and presented on medication safety topics nationally.  He will be completing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Health Care Administration at Cleveland State University this December.  

Kristen Zeitler '11
Pharmacotherapy specialist in Infectious diseases at Tampa General Hospital.

In Memoriam

Lois Tippett '51

Robert Miller '59

Jon Hallock '71

Laraine Riech Silverman '71

Faculty/Staff Notes

Awards and Recognition

Dhavalkumar Shah:
Recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Manuscript Award in Modeling and Simulation by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.  Dhaval co-authored the manuscript: Bench to Bedside Translation of Antibody Drug Conjugates Using a Multiscale Mechanistic PK/PD Model: A Case Study with Brentuximab-Vedotin.

New Hires

David Jacobs, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Calvin Meaney, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Kyle O’Grady, Programmer


Fred Doloresco, Director of Assessment

Student Notes

Sara DiTursi Travels To Taiwan Via APhA-ASP IPSF Student Exchange Program

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Sara DiTursi, packing organic vegetables for sale, Pu Cheng Pharmacy, Taipei, Taiwan

Congratulations to Sara DiTursi '16 for being selected as a participant in the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) Student Exchange Program.  This year, sixty students were chosen to experience the practice of pharmacy in a variety of international locations.  Sara chose to spend six weeks in Taiwan at the Taipei Medical University in an internship at a community pharmacy which consisted of over 100 hours shadowing the pharmacy manager of Pu Chen Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Taipei.  Sara also attended weekly pharmacotherapy classes and field trips to the National Health Insurance Administration, Taipei Veterans General Hospital and Taipei Medical University Hospital to gain insight into many areas of pharmacy practice in Taiwan.






Annual Health Fair Sponsored by NYS Senator Ranzenhofer

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Natalie Winters '16 and NYS Senator Ranzenhofer

On August 2, PharmD students, faculty and alumni provided medication counseling as well as conducted body mass index reviews and blood pressure screenings to over 165 participants at New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer's Annual Health Fair at the Amherst Senior Center.  Special thanks for our students: Truc Duong '16, Nicole Kostrzebski '16, Erica Jeter '17, Ife Ologbauma '17, Craig Sauers '17, Natalie Winters '16, and Brenda Yu '17; faculty: Dr. Chris Daly '12 and Senior Associate Dean Karl Fiebelkorn '78 and alumnus: Anthony Altieri '09.

Students Support National Drug Take Back Day

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UB SPPS Students at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

On September 27, SPPS students, faculty and staff assisted with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which offers a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  Teams worked at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and other locations throughout Western New York taking in and cataloging a wide variety of over the counter medications as well as well prescription drugs.  Drug Take Back programs have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they occur as less of these products are disposed of through public sewer systems as well as the removal of unwanted pharmaceuticals from homes where unsupervised access to these products can present problems.