#UBuffalo Strong

Photos and stories from School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, staff, students and alumni about enduring the COVID-19 pandemic.

Class of 1981 on the front lines of the local fight against COVID-19

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 have taken on new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UB partners on project to develop blood test that predicts severe COVID-19

Blood Test.

UB is joining forces with other Western New York health care and medical research leaders to develop blood tests that uncover hidden information in the cells of those exposed to coronavirus to determine which patients will develop severe symptoms.

UB pharmacy researcher one of the first in the nation to test experimental COVID-19 treatment

Gene Morse.

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy Practice Gene Morse, along with others from UB, is leading an experimental clinical trial of a drug that has the potential to prevent inflammation that chokes off breathing for COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

Caring for the displaced

Edward Bednarczyk.

Clinical Associate Professor Edward Bednarczyk along with other local health care professionals are volunteering to help those displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. A local hotel is offering housing for the homeless, shelter for those who can't easily quarantine as well assistance to others stranded in Buffalo due to travel issues. Dr. Bednarczyk assists with record keeping of those entering and exiting the hotel and helps to ensure PPE is utilized when necessary.

UB taught me how to be compassionate

Lisa Yamagishi, PharmD '17
Lisa Yamagishi.

I am currently working at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County as a clinical pharmacist and narcotics supervisor. We serve an indigent population here in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Our population has been hit especially hard with COVID-19.

Doing my part

Chloe Matecki, PharmD '23
Chloe Matecki.

Doing my part, no matter how small. It's very heartwarming to receive masks like these from the community. We were able to get filters for them. Please be kind to healthcare workers. We are trying to help in a very stressful time. We will get through this as a community!

Tips from your local pharmacist

Nabila Ismail, PharmD '19
Nabila Ismail.

Tips from your neighborhood pharmacist for your next trip to the pharmacy:

  1. When coming to the store, please read the signs and distance yourself as directed by the tape. Realize the pharmacy is not a place to hang out at, there’s many sick people going in and out.
  2. Utilize the drive-thru to avoid coming inside! Or now, there’s free delivery! Use the apps or call the appropriate number.

Thanks Professor Fiebelkorn

Victoria Adams-Sommer, PharmD '10
Victoria Adams.

Hello Professor Fiebelkorn,

I am reaching out to tell you that I think of you each morning as I become nervous when I am about to walk into my hospital building here at Mount Sinai.

Leaving retirement to fight COVID-19

Jim Millard, BS '81

Former president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital Jim Millard, BS '81, will come out of retirement to lead staffing at Catholic Health during the COVID-19 pandemic. He will serve as executive leader and incident commander of the health system Staffing Center, established to address the pandemic as it unfolds in the region.

Virtually transitioning to new student leadership

Erin Slazak, Clinical Assistant Professor
APhA Zoom Meeting.

The UB chapter of APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists virtually transitioned to their newly elected executive board. Congrats to our new APhA student leaders: President Caroline Irwin, President-elect Sarah Young, Communications VP Kristine Nguyen, Professionalism VP Harris Jalili, Interprofessional VP Caroline Krukowski, Membership VP Sara Salah, Policy VP Francesco Lopizzo, Secretary Angelly Joy Miane and Finance VP Eddy Pudim.

At the front of the pack in helping others

Kathy Boje, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Blood Donation.

I did something that I haven’t done since college.

I donated blood.

Staying connected with prospective students

Jennifer Rosenberg, Associate Dean and Director of Admissions
Skype call.

While we love meeting prospective pharmacy students in-person, we also value connecting with them through Skype! I'm having some great conversations about what being a pharmacist means, especially in times like these.