Clinical Pharmacology

Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Suite 201, 550 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-3784
Fax: 315 464-5776
Name: Mia Ruiz-Salvador
Email: ruizsalm@upstate.edu

The Division of Clinical Pharmacology was formed in 1999, following approval of the plans for the unique structure of a division by both the SUNY Upstate University Hospital and the Department of Medicine within the College of Medicine.

Traditional divisions of clinical pharmacology focus on obtaining extramural funding to develop trainees in fellowships to be competitive as principal investigators for NIH & equivalent grant funding. Our approach, based on the 35 year experience of a chief who has doctorates & dual residencies in both Internal Medicine (M.D.) and Clinical Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), follows from this background.

Our approach is to use our highly qualified hospital clinical pharmacists (and our residents in clinical pharmacy) as our primary teachers of therapeutics (with a heavy emphasis on drug safety) to our medical students and residents in all departments. Any scholarly work that would derive from these endeavors are welcome, but, unlike the other established divisions across the country, bench or research would be an outgrowth from iterative associations between drugs and diseases; in essence training our learners to become prepared observers. Lastly, we are very proud to have an association with our nationally recognized Poison Control Center that covers the entire Upstate Region of NY State outside of the immediate environs of NYC.

If you are interested in our approach and would like to read further, a represented bibliography follows:

Lehmann DF, Stork C, Guharoy R. Hospital Pharmacology: An alternative model for practice and training in clinical pharmacology. J Clin Pharmacol 2006;46:850-4

Lehmann DF. Teaching from catastrophe: using therapeutic misadventures from hydromorphone to teach key prinicples of clinical pharmacology. J Clin Pharmacol 2011;51:1596-160

Lehmann DF, Page N, Kirschman K, Sedore A, Guharoy R, Medicis J, Ploutz-Snyder R, Weinstock RS, Duggan DB. Every error a treasure: improving medication use with a non-punitive reporting system. Jt Comm J Quality & Patient Safety 2007;33:401-7

Lehmann DF, Lipinoga P, DeGrazio J, Seidberg N. Using order entry alerts between potassium salts to prevent physician dosing errors. Jt Comm J Quality & Patient Safety 2009;35:179