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July 2015


University at Buffalo
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
159 Kapoor Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-8033


Sponsored students Michael Mauri, '16, Kimberly Sunderland, '17, Maria Mintskovsky, '18, and Robert Bennett, '18, at the 12th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Tournament.

Message from the Dean

July 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The summer break gives us the opportunity to reflect back on the past academic year as well as begin preparation for academic year 2015-16.  During the summer months we welcome our new resident trainees and new faculty.  You can read more about all our new hires below.  

I am very pleased to announce Dr. Gene Morse's receipt of a $12M competitive NIH renewal award to allow further expansion of his clinical pharmacology quality assurance program.  Our external research funding has been growing at a healthy pace and I would like to thank our faculty and staff for their efforts in enhancing this important revenue stream for the school. More importantly, I want to thank them for the positive impact they are making on the health and well being of the communities we serve.

Please stay in touch. Send us updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by emailing phm-alumni@buffalo.edu.

I hope you enjoy this edition of eNotes. Please look for our next edition in September. 

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

Top Stories

$12 Million Contract Continues Global HIV/AIDS Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance Program at UB

A $12 million, 7-year contract awarded to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, will provide funds to assure quality in the conduct of clinical pharmacology research in the areas of HIV prevention and cure/eradication, antiretroviral strategies, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis and end-organ/inflammation.

Read more.

Golf Tournament a great success

Golf 2015

The school's 12th Annual Student Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 8, and was a great success! Over $23,000 was raised in sponsor support and those who attended the tournament gave generously to all of our raffles and contests.

Click here for a list of winners and a photo gallery.

Partners from Jamaica, Buffalo plan new center for infectious disease research

Dignitaries from Jamaica and Western New York convened in Buffalo for the first annual meeting of the Buffalo Jamaica Innovation Enterprise (BJIE), where one main topic of discussion was the planned establishment of a Jamaican center to study infectious diseases.

This Jamaica-based institution—a collaboration between the Jamaica Ministry of Health; the University of the West Indies at Mona in Kingston, Jamaica; the University at Buffalo; and SUNY—will seek to provide a regional center of excellence for Caribbean countries for the study of infectious diseases.

Read more.

Alumni Notes

Save the date for our 2015 Reunion

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) Alumni Association is pleased to announce 2015 reunion activities will be occurring in conjunction with UB’s Homecoming events, Oct. 2–3, 2015. The SPPS Alumni Reception will take place, Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2015, at the Lafayette Hotel in Buffalo, NY. Guest speakers, tours and UB Bulls football will all be part of our programming. View the full lineup here.

Every 5th year class from 1955-2010 will be recognized! If you are interested in assisting and reaching out to your classmates, please contact the Office of External Affairs at phm-alumni@buffalo.edu or 716-645-3340.

Join us for Young Alumni in Health Professions Night at Hydraulic Hearth

Hydraulic Hearth

Are you a graduate of the last decade living in the WNY area? Join fellow your fellow alumni for an evening at Hydraulic Hearth! See old friends and make new connections in a fun and social setting, conveniently located across the street from Larkin Square.

The cost is $10 for graduates of the last decade. Non-alumni guests are welcome for $15. Your discounted registration price includes two drink tickets and two hours of hors d'oeuvres. Register online now!

Editorial reflects on UB pharmacy in the late 1970s

"Buffalo, New York, in the fall of 1977 was a wonderful place to be a pharmacy resident or postdoctoral trainee." Read this outstanding editorial by C. Lindsay DeVane from the latest publication of Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy.

Ksiazek, ’82, presents at NABP

Susan Ksiazek, ’82, delivered a presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) in New Orleans this May.  The presentation, entitled “Regulating Team Based Care—Where Do We Start?” was a collaboration with representatives of the national associations representing boards of nursing and medicine.

Susan was appointed to the New York State Board of Pharmacy in 1998, and served as the Chair of the Board for two years.  She was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in 2013.  Subsequent to the 2015 Annual Meeting and her presentation, Susan was asked to serve on a national workgroup on Team Based Regulation through the Federation of State Medical Boards.    

In Memoriam

Linda Alfieri Wailan, '66

Ira J. Krause, '57

Faculty/Staff Notes

Shah receives first NIH R01 grant

Dhaval Shah, PhD, assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences, was awarded a five-year $1.4M NIH RO1 grant to study "Translational Systems Pharmacokinetic Models of Novel Anticancer Biologics."

Project narrative: Many protein based anticancer agents, either do not reach the tumor cells at the sufficient levels or reach to the non-tumor tissues in access. Hence, they either fail to kill the tumor cells or cause unacceptable toxicity, leading to their failure in the clinic. This project will develop mathematics based computational tools that can beforehand predict the levels of anticancer protein therapeutics in animal or human tumors and non-tumor tissues, thereby allowing scientists to make informed go/no-go decisions regarding the development of these agents. Thus, the resultant tools are expected to reduce clinical failure rates of anticancer protein therapeutics.

Wahler first certified pain educator in WNY

Robert Wahler, '00, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, has been recognized as a Certified Pain Educator (CPE) by the American Society of Pain Educators. Dr. Wahler is the only CPE in the Western New York area.

A pain educator is a healthcare professional who provides education about pain assessment, evaluation, and management through "curbside consults" within a clinical practice or via formal presentations and direct contact with other healthcare professionals and/or patients. Specifically, CPEs:

  • Translate care plans; extend the amount of service being provided to patients
  • Orient patients to new medications; monitor for safety, efficacy compliance, and toxicity
  • Serve as in-house consultants for other healthcare providers

The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to improving pain management through the education and training of healthcare professionals to become CPEs.

Morris receives AAPS award

Marilyn Morris, UB distinguished professor and vice chair, pharmaceutical sciences, received the AAPS 2015 Innovation in Biotechnology Award. The award was based on abstract submission. The abstracts were judged on the following criteria:

  • Exemplifies innovation within various disciplines across Biotechnology;
  • Demonstrates originality in research or approach focused on addressing a problem;
  • Provides an impact on basic science by which it can be applied to drug development;
  • Represents a creative approach that can be adapted by the biotechnology field in a significant manner

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is a professional, scientific association of approximately 11,000 members employed in industry, academia, government, and other research institutes worldwide.

Fiebelkorn elected to WNYSHP Board of Directors

Karl Fiebelkorn, '78, senior associate dean, clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, was elected as the Director of Public Policy, Board of Directors, of the Western Chapter New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists (WNYSHP).  

Prescott recognized with UB Teaching Innovation Award

William Prescott

William Prescott, '02, department vice-chair, clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, was chosen to receive the UB Teaching Innovation Award at UB's fall 2015 Celebration of Excellence. Established to honor exceptional educational pedagogy, UB's Award for Teaching Innovation was created in 2003 to recognize faculty who have contributed significantly to engaging students with new methods and approaches to teaching. The award recognizes faculty members whose innovative teaching methods have a demonstrable effect on enhancing student learning-outcomes.

Welcome new faculty

The Department of Pharmacy Practice welcomes Dr. Terry E. Dunn, '83, '89, as clinical assistant professor.

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences welcomes Robert Bies, PhD, as associate professor.

Blanco speaks at the University of Florida

Javier Blanco, associate professor, pharmaceutical sciences, was invited to give a presentation at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, FL. The title of his talk was Pharmacogenetic Insights into Anthracycline-Related Cardiotoxicity.

2015 preceptor awards

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy Preceptor Recognition Social was held on Wednesday, June 3, at the Pearl Street Bar and Grille. This year's winners are:

  • IPPE Outstanding Contribution Award
    Craig Brozek, '70 (Kaleida Health/DeGraff Memorial Hospital)
  • Professional Practice Elective Preceptor of the Year
    Elizabeth Thomas (Walgreens Pharmacy)
  • J. Fred Bennes Outpatient Care Preceptor of the Year Award
    Klara Manning (Lifetime Health)
  • Inpatient Care Preceptor of the Year
    James Bartlett, 09 (Catholic Health/Kenmore Mercy Hospital)
  • Pharmacy Practice Faculty Preceptor of the Year
    Robert Wahler, '00 (Niagara Hospice)

AACP Annual Meeting

Several School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty and staff presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting, July 11-15, in National Harbor, Maryland.


  • William Prescott, '02, department vice-chair, clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice:
    • Engaging Postgraduate-year-2 Pharmacy Residents in Formal Evaluation of Platform Presentations at a Regional Residency Conference
  • Ashley Woodruff, '09, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, Nicole Albanese, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and Gina Prescott, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice:
    • Comparison of E-Lecture Formats in a Pathophysiology Course
  • Ashley Woodruff, Jovin Panthapattu, '16, Nicole Albanese and Gina Prescott:
    • Student Perception of a Spanish for Pharmacists Elective in a PharmD Program
  • Ashley Woodruff, Nicole Albanese and William Prescott:
    • Pharmacotherapy Education in US Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy
  • Christopher Daly, '12, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and David Jacobs '11, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, and Karl Fiebelkorn, '78, senior associate dean and clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice:
    • Impact of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree on the Career of a Pharmacist: Christopher Daly, Karl Fiebelkorn and David Jacobs [View poster]
    • Current Attitudes and Perceptions of Dual PharmD/MBA Degree Program Students: A Qualitative Analysis: David Jacobs, Karl Fiebelkon and Christopher Daly [View poster]


  • William Prescott:
    • Sowing The Seeds of Peds: Designing a Pediatrics Elective (Identifying topics for a pediatric elective course)
      Co-presented with Timothy J. Todd, PharmD, FPPAG and Michelle Condren, PharmD, AE-C, CDE
  • Gina Prescott and William Prescott:
    • Global Health Education in US Pharmacy Schools
      Co-author includes Betty N. Vu, '16
  • Rebecca Brierley, assistant dean, external affairs:
    • Administrative Services Section: Higher Education Communication and Outreach Planning

Gina Prescott and P4 Student Ciera Patzke Walmart Scholars

Gina Prescott, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was selected as the faculty mentor for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Walmart Scholars Program with Ciera Patzke, '16. Patzke was selected as a 2015 AACP Walmart Scholar Program Recipient. The program provided $1,000 travel scholarships to 85 student/faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in National Harbor, Maryland from July 11-15, 2015.

Woodruff recognized as Teacher of the Year

Ashley Woodruff

Ashley Woodruff, '09, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was recognized at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) national meeting as the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Teacher of the Year.

AACP recognizes outstanding faculty at regular and associate member colleges and schools of pharmacy. The 2015 Teachers of the Year were selected by their institutions and submitted to AACP by their deans. Honorees are invited to a luncheon with AACP President Patricia A. Chase and our Chalmers, Volwiler, Dawson and Weaver award recipients. 

Welcome 2015-2016 Residents

Resident Area of Speciality Site Information Program Director
Drew Cates PGY2-HIV-AIDS Pharmacotherapy Erie County Medical Center Department of Immunodeficiency Services Dr. Gene Morse/Dr. Josh Sawyer
Marissa Censi PGY1-Community Pharmacy Middleport Family Health Center Dr. Amanda McEvoy
Sonja Grinfield PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Erie County Medical Center Dr. Michael Ott
Caitlin Hoar
PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Buffalo Medical Group Dr. Nicole Albanese
Benjamin Kematick PGY1-Community Pharmacy Mobile Pharmacy Solutions
Dr. Peter Brody
Kimberly Mulcahy PGY2- Pharmacy Practice Buffalo Psychiatric Center Dr. Tammie Lee Demler
Esra Mustafa PGY1-Community Pharmacy Mobile Pharmacy Solutions
Dr. Peter Brody
Amanda Pinski
PGY1-Community Pharmacy Middleport Family Health Center Dr. Amanda McEvoy
Samantha Will PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Lifetime Health Medical Center
Dr. Erin Slazak

2015 Chief Resident

Kimberly Mulcahy, PharmD, PGY2 Psychiatry Resident at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, is our 2015 Chief Resident.

She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center on June 30. She is a 2014 PharmD graduate of University of New England College of Pharmacy.

New University Pharmacy Residency Services corporation

University Pharmacy Resident Services, Inc. (UPRS), a separate entity from the school and university, was created to unite residencies under one entity in an effort to streamline pay, benefits and administration of the programs and better meet accreditation standards set forth by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacy (ASHP).

For the 2015-2016 residency year, 3 residencies are administered via UPRS (Buffalo Medical Group, Lifetime Health Medical Group and Mobile Pharmacy Solutions) with the goal of continued expansion to eventually include the majority of our school's pharmacy residencies and other area residency programs. 

Student Notes

Holsen appointed to national post in ASHP

Maya Holsen

Maya Holsen, '17, was appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Student Forum Student Society Development Advisory Group (SSDAG). This advisory group, established by the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee, is responsible for providing feedback and suggestions to the Executive Committee regarding benefits and services for ASHP student members.

Maya is the first SPPS student that has been appointed to a national post within ASHP. In addition to her ASHP duties, she is president of the UB Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), secretary of the Rho Chi Honor Society, treasurer for the class of 2017 and a Dean's Student Ambassador.

UB selected for hotspotting mini-grant

The University at Buffalo is one of ten national locations selected to participate in the Second Annual Hotspotting Mini-Grant, funded by the American Association of Medical Colleges, The Camden Coalition and Primary Care Progress.

The initiative gives interdisciplinary teams of health professions students an unparalleled hands-on opportunity to learn and practice an innovative model of health care coordination called hotspotting.

In health care, super-utilizers are admitted to the hospital multiple times a year, often for avoidable complications of chronic conditions. Social barriers often prevent them from adhering to their care plan. Hotspotting proactively brings additional attention and follow-up to these patients allowing health care professions students see these patients in their homes and communities, which provides deep insight into why they might be so sick in the first place.

The UB student team is made up of four students: David Essi, '18 (Pharmacy), Jordan Katz, '16 (Medicine), Elizabeth Borngraber, '16 (Social Work), and Mallory Andrzejak, '18 (Nursing). The team will be working out of Jericho Road Community Health Center, which provides comprehensive primary healthcare services to the refugee and low-income population in Western New York.

Read more.

The right prescription for internationalization

University of Buffalo pharmacy students in Honduras presenting information on prenatal care

An article in the latest issue of International Educator explores how pharmacy schools on university campuses are balancing various options to deliver the best solutions to influence local and global health.

The prestigious and well-established international experiences offered by the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are highlighted. Special focus is given to two class of 2016 PharmD students, Sara DiTursi and Ciera Patzke.

Read the full article.

2015 match results

This year, 37 of our 131 graduates will be continuing on to postgraduate training. 33 will be starting residency training; 4 will be starting fellowships. All ASHP-accredited residency programs participate in the match. Consistently, the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences match rate is on par with or above the national average, a testament to the caliber of our PharmD program.

Obtaining a residency continues to be a highly competitive process. This year, nationally there were 3081 post-graduate year 1 (PGY-1) residency positions for 4358 candidates participating in the match (approximately 3 candidates for every 2 positions). Overall, 33 out of the 44 graduates (75%) who pursued residency training ultimately obtained a residency position.

UB's AMCP chapter recognized for shadowing program

The UB student chapter of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) was nationally recognized for developing a successful new pharmacy and therapeutics shadowing program for members. The UB chapter was one of eight schools asked to present its project during the Chapter Leadership Academy at the AMCP Annual Meeting in San Diego this past April.

Alexandra Markus, '16, is current serving on the AMCP National Student Pharmacist Committee as vice-chair. The committee supports the AMCP student chapter program and promotes the interests of student pharmacists in managed care pharmacy.

2015 Jeopardy Self Care Challenge winning team

At the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York Summer Convention, 33 School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students traveled to NYC. We were by far the largest student group there!  

Congratulations to the 2015 Jeopardy Self Care Challenge Winning Team (beating out all the other NYS schools of pharmacy):

Mia Magliazzo, '16
Ali Scrimenti, '17
Anthony DeGelorm, '18
Christian Bernhardi, '18

The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) was established in 1879, a not-for-profit incorporated society representing the pharmacist profession, the largest pharmacy association in New York State. The society's mission is to unite the pharmacists of the state for mutual assistance, encouragement and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level.

New elected officers of the Student Pharmacists Society of the State of New York

Congratulations to the new elected officers of the Student Pharmacists Society of the State of New York—note how many are from UB! This is the 19th consecutive year that a UB student has been elected president of the state society, showing the motivation and dedication of our students to our profession! 

*Corey Wells, '17, president
*Ali Scrimenti, '17, vice president
*Kevin Lavery, '18, president elect
*Kelsey Violanti, '18, treasurer
Elizabeth Riegel (D’Youville), secretary

*UB student

UB represented at APhA-ASP's Summer Leadership Institute

Summer Institute

Olivia Dioguardi, '18, Stacy Fredrick, '18, and Adam Heiermann, '16, represented the University at Buffalo at the American Pharmacists' Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Summer Leadership Institute in Washington, DC. The students conducted Capitoll Hill visits with their legislators to push for federal provider status and attended various workshops to further their leadership skills.

Olivia is the Region 1 Delegate for APhA-ASP, Stacy is the President-elect for UB's APhA-ASP chapter and Adam is serving on the APhA-ASP Policy Standing Committee.


Soleman chosen for internship at Roche Pharmaceuticals

Sharif Soleman

Congratulations to Sharif Soleman, '17, who was chosen for an internship at Roche Pharmaceuticals Translational and Clinical Research Center in New York City. He will be involved in pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics mathematical modeling and clinical trial design. Sharif is working on a joint PharmD/MS in PHC degree.


SPPS Reads

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This year, our P1 students will be participating in the annual SPPS Reads during orientation. This year’s selection is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. These types of programs are common at many pharmacy schools across the country and is a follow up to last years’ read of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore.

In addition, this program will help the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences achieve some of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation guidelines. This book is aligned very well with healthcare (research principles, culture/ethnicity, oncology).

Biotechnology Graduate Student Symposium

Graduate students Gurkishan Chadha and Radha Ramakrishnan were chosen for the Biotechnology Graduate Student Symposium and they gave presentations at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists National Biotechnology Conference June 8-10, 2015. Read more about the conference.

SPGO travels to Virginia


Members of the Student Pharmacists for Global Outreach (SPGO) spent their weekend in Wise County, Virginia volunteering with Remote Area Medical (RAM) and interacting with patients and volunteer healthcare professionals in one of the largest free clinic settings held annually by RAM.

The focus of the trip was the medically underserved in a rural setting. Team members, Samantha Boyce, ’18, Esther Cha, ’17, Hao-Min Chang, ’18, Shirley Chen, ’18, Stephen Chen, ’18, David Essi, ’18, Lan-His (Nancy) Lin, ’18, Irene Martine,z ’17, Jovin Panthapattu, ’16 and Cindy Wu, ’18, helped provide pharmacy services to the patients. Students assisted with medication reconciliations, triage, point of care testing (blood glucose, blood cholesterol, A1c), ankle-brachial index (ABI) testing for peripheral artery disease, pharmacy workflow (intake and filling), prescription counseling and administration of vaccinations.

Members also had the opportunity to network with student pharmacists from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy and Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP). The trip was coordinated by RAM co-leader Jovin Panthapattu ’16 and SPGO’s Domestic Outreach Chair, Hao-Min Chang, ’18Drs. Edward Russak and Rachel Weber, ’07, served as pharmacist preceptors on this trip.