Perspectives on Geriatrics by Pioneers in Aging: Reflections of a Clinical Pharmacist

Joseph T. Hanlon PharmD, MS, BCGP, AGSF


J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021;69(4):896-899. 

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Early Career

I started my faculty career as a clinician/educator at the Duke Family Medicine Program in 1981 and began the process of becoming a geriatric clinical pharmacist. This self-learning was necessary as specialty geriatric pharmacy residencies were in their infancy.[6] There, Greg Warshaw, MD, a geriatrician trained in Wales and the United States, taught me the importance of geriatric pharmacotherapy as part of interdisciplinary team care provided in home, hospital, and nursing home care settings.[7] I also began serving as a nursing home consultant pharmacist after visiting with and the continued support of two early and outstanding North Carolina geriatric clinical pharmacists in nursing home care services: Karen Oles, PharmD and Don Holloway, PharmD.[8,9] In addition, I also studied the writings of three of the early pioneers in geriatric pharmacy practice and research: Peter Lamy, PhD from the University of Maryland, James Cooper, PhD from the University of Georgia, and Ronald Stewart MS Pharm from the University of Florida.[10–12] This led to my first publication in geriatrics describing the impact of team review on polypharmacy in nursing home patients..[13]