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Spring 2020 School News

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is proud be one of the top 15 highest ranked pharmacy schools in the nation based on US News and World Report 2021 rankings of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) schools and programs. 

The school moved ahead eight places from 2016 and still maintains its spot as the No. 1 ranked pharmacy school in New York State.

2020 School Award Winners

Although our School Awards Ceremony was postponed, we'd like to recognize our 2020 award winners. We look forward to celebrating in person—stay tuned for details!

Willis G. Gregory Memorial Award
John Pieper, PharmD '79

Orville C. Baxter Memorial Professional Practice Award
Andrew DiLuca, BS '81

Teacher of the Year Award
Erin Slazak, PharmD '04

Julie Kopfer Memorial Staff Member of the Year Award
Julie Kopfer (posthumous)

U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award
Anna Augostini, PharmD '21

IPPE Outstanding Contribution Award
Alexa Keller, PharmD '16

Professional Practice Elective Preceptor of the Year
Natalie Hathaway, PharmD '13

J. Fred Bennes Outpatient Care Preceptor of the Year Award
Kenneth Kellick

Inpatient Care Preceptor of the Year
Kristin Hall

Pharmacy Practice Faculty Preceptor of the Year
Nicole Albanese

School Notes

  • Nicholas Fusco, clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice, and Assistant Director of Experiential Education, was selected as the PharmD Class of 2020 Faculty Member of the Year for his approachability and for helping the class through these challenging times. 
  • Erin Slazak, clinical assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was selected as the SPPS Teacher of the Year for her compassion and going above and beyond to help her students.
  • Fred Doloresco, director of assessment, clinical associate professor and research assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was elected chair-elect for 2020-2021 for the Technology in Pharmacy Education and Learning Special Interest Group of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
  • Robin DiFrancesco, research assistant professor, pharmacy practice, was recognized for her exemplary service to the Society of Quality Assurance for her work with the ICH m10 Rapid Response Team.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor Christopher Daly discussed the challenges surrounding COVID-19 testing in New York State pharmacies on Spectrum News.
  • Gene Morse, SUNY Distinguished Professor and director, Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences, spoke as part of the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Seminar Series.
  • The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the College of Staten Island have formed three new collaborative agreements that provide students opportunities to earn a doctor of pharmacy degree.

#UBuffalo Strong

Victoria Adams-Sommer, PharmD '10.
Clinical Associate Professor Ed Bednarczyk.
Associate Dean and Director of Admissions Jennifer Rosenberg.
Nabilia Ismail, PharmD '19.

Photos from School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, staff, students and alumni during their experiences and leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring 2020 Student News

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduated 150 students at its 174th commencement ceremony on May 16, 2020. It was the first virtual commencement ceremony in the school’s history.

Mark Sinnett (BS ’83 and PharmD ’87) was the keynote speaker, offering students his tips for success in the pharmacy profession. He currently serves as Director of Clinical and Educational Services at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

The ceremony was followed by an online Zoom celebration with faculty and graduates sharing congratulations and thanks. 

Includes degree conferral, guest speakers, student awards and post-ceremony Zoom celebration

Student Notes

Spring 2020 Alumni News

A group of extraordinary alumni from the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Class of 1981 are leaders in local area healthcare systems—and their roles took on new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the early stages of the local outbreak, Adele Battaglia’s hospital was converted into Catholic Health’s official COVID-19 Treatment Facility, where she is lead pharmacist.

As Senior Director of Pharmacy Services for Kaleida Health, Andrew DiLuca held daily meetings with clinical pharmacists and administration to review the latest data for quick application to patient treatment plans.

Since the beginning of March, Walter Ludwig’s role as president of Kenmore Mercy Hospital has been focused on COVID-19 and how to support the surrounding community.

Barry Martin observed his team of pharmacists at Millard Fillmore Hospital becoming closer during the pandemic, despite the mounting challenges presented to them.

The pandemic brought Jim Millard out of retirement and back into the workforce to lead efforts at Western New York’s only dedicated COVID-19 Treatment Center as their Incident Commander.

Edward Swinnich’s team was integral in transitioning St. Joseph’s Campus from a community hospital to a COVID-19 Treatment Center with 24-hour pharmacy services.

Alumni Notes

In Memoriam

Charles Goodwin, Sr., BS '50

Leonard Ressell, BS '55

Peter Rocci, BS '65

Paul Carter, BS '70

Upcoming Events

Virtual Pharmacy Summer Institute

July 13 - 15, 2020

Our Pharmacy Summer Institute is an enrichment program providing information about the challenging career pathway opportunities in the profession of pharmacy and exposure to the fields of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences.

More information on this year's virtual event is available on our website.

Buffalo Pharmacometric Workshops

August 27 - September 5, 2020

Join international pharmaceutics colleagues in Niagara Falls, NY, where expert faculty from the University at Buffalo Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences present a series of pharmacometrics workshops.

More information on this year's workshops is available on our website.


Thank you for reading our Spring 2020 edition of Buffalo Pharmacy eNotes. Please stay in touch! Send us updates on your own personal and professional accomplishments by filling out our alumni update form.

Look for our next edition of eNotes later this summer.

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