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Mayes is Walking the Walk

The mission of Mayes College is to “insure that students and graduates College are prepared to become leaders, innovators, communicators, and collaborative practitioners in disciplines and careers related to healthcare business, health policy, and public health.” 

Andrew Peterson
Dr. Andrew Peterson
Dean, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

In this issue of Mayes Edge, you will find examples of the outstanding achievements of our students as leaders and innovators both inside and outside the classroom. Just read about Nasima Mannan, MPH ’13, who was named the 2012 Red Ribbon Award for the Dale L Grundy Youth Leader, or Garret Kerr, PHB ’16, who became the first men’s basketball player in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference to earn the Player of the Week honor three times in one season, or even our spotlighted student, Abdul Al-Jazairy, MBA ’14, who, along with faculty member Brian Colfer, have a paper being presented at the Spring 2013 Academic Business Meeting.

Consistent with our mission of producing scholarship and advances at the intersections of our disciplines, Dave Perlman, along with Nelson Atheortua and Amalia Issa, presented on the ethical, public health and policy implications of personalized medicine at the 2013 American Public Health Association meeting.  Just read through the titles of the publications and presentations of the faculty and you will see how they walk the walk. 

Then, see how the Mayes faculty, staff and students walked the community service walk when they helped clean up the 41st street triangle on MLK day and hosted an MLK day photo contest. 

As the Dean of Mayes College, I am honored to be amongst individuals who care about their students, their colleagues and their community.  When you read this issue of the Mayes Edge, you will see how Mayes College faculty, staff and students not only talk the talk, but truly walk the walk.  Enjoy!


Online MPH Program Highly Ranked

Congratulations to the online MPH program, which has been ranked #18 among Best Online Master of Public Health Programs in the United States by (TBS). TBS, an independent organization, selects "online Master of Public Health degree programs based on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, awards, rankings, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs."

PHB Program Candidacy to ACBSP

The PHB Program (BS and MBA) was accepted for candidacy to ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs).

Programs and Lecture Series

Lois K. Cohen Global Health Lecture Series: "Noncommunicable Disease: The Global Challenge”
Cohen Lecture
Dr. Cohen, Dr. Peterson, and Sir Alleyne

On October 4, 2012, Mayes College was honored to present the third Lois K. Cohen Global Health Lecture: "Noncommunicable Disease: The Global Challenge,” delivered by Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus for the Pan American Health Organization.

The presentation focused on the four main noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)- cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes. These diseases kill three in five people worldwide, and cause great socioeconomic harm within all countries, particularly developing nations. Sir Alleyne reviewed the evidence that a major proportion of such diseases can be prevented and controlled and that affordable solutions exist to reduce the level of exposure of individuals and populations to the common modifiable risk factors (mainly tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol). The speaker also discussed how to improve access to health care and prevent complications and disability in those with established NCDs in low and middle-income countries.

Cohen Lecture
Sir Alleyne

About the speaker: A leading global public health figure, Sir George Alleyne was instrumental in initiating the United Nations High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases in September 2011 and was intimately involved in its preparation and processes. A native of Barbados, Sir Alleyne became director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) on February 1, 1995, and completed a second four-year term on January 31, 2003. In 2003, he was elected director emeritus of the PASB. From February 2003 until December 2010, he was the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. In October 2003, he was appointed Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He currently holds an adjunct professorship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Sir Alleyne has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including prestigious decorations and national honors from many countries of the Americas. In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Medicine. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.

The Program in Comparative Effectiveness Research: Making the Connections
The New 4Ps of CER: Pharma, Payer, Provider & Patient - Updated Roles in Comparative Effectiveness Research

The Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy's third annual Making the Connections program is a program sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from AstraZeneca highlights an issue at the forefront of healthcare and provides context for it from the public health, business, and health policy perspectives.

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is just a single step in a series of advances in medicine seeking to better understand “value” at the patient level. After more than three decades of double-digit growth in healthcare spending, CER is the next logical step, and likely not the last. The aging population, increase in covered lives, and most notably a vast array of advances in healthcare technology, have inevitably led us to the point of needing a far more practical and “real world” understanding of how different treatment choices can impact patient level outcomes.

The program consists of three lectures during over a 3-month period (Jan – Mar, 2013), culminating in a panel discussion in April. The lecture series is to introduce the campus to the concept of CER and build a foundation for a more robust panel discussion.  The panel discussion, featuring a panel of renowned speakers, will offer a novel look into the issue of patient outcomes and CER from the perspectives of the major stakeholders in CER – The pharmaceutical Industry, the payer, and the healthcare provider. 

Lecture Series

Date & Location



January 30, 2013
5:00-6:00PM, PTC 140

CER and HTA/HIT: Changing the Landscape

Jean Paul Gagnon, PhD,
Secretary, Board of Directors, Dossia

February 28, 2013
1 to 2 p.m.,
McNeil Science and Technology Center (STC), AstraZeneca Auditorium

CER and Real World Data—What does it mean to the Health Care Professional

Marcus Wilson, PharmD,
President, HealthCore

March 28, 2013
1 to 2 p.m.
PTC 140

Looking to the Future:
CER 2014 and beyond

Grant Lawless, RPh, MD, FACP*
Associate Professor and Program Director Healthcare Decision Analysis
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

*New Speaker    
Making the Connections in CER—A look at the perspectives of the 4Ps on Policies and Patient Outcomes:  Pharma, Payer, Provider, and Patient

April 16th, 2013, AstraZeneca Auditorium, 5:30–7:30PM

In the final two-hour panel discussion, we are asking stakeholders in the public health and policy sectors, along with providers  the audience on CER, its strengths, limitations and potential to affect patients, populations and systems of care. The four speakers come from the following sectors:

  1. Health Plan
  2. Pharmaceutical Industry
  3. Public Health Sector
  4. Health Policy

Each speaker will have about 15-20 minutes to speak about CER from the sector’s perspective, followed by a 40-50 minute Q&A session/panel discussion. Please join us in the Astra-Zeneca Auditorium on April 16th, 5:30-7:30pm, for a lively discussion!




Pharmaceutical Industry

Brian Sweet, AstraZeneca


Steven Udvarhelyi, MD, Independence Blue Cross


Michael Painter, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Policy David Hickam, PCORI


HepTREC Update

Volunteer nurse, Monika Burke, with a client
Volunteer nurse, Monika Burke, with a client

HepTRECThe HepTREC program, led by Dr. Amy Jessop, has continued to provide immunizations to high-risk adults in Philadelphia, delivering to date more than 1500 doses. The program helps health professions and public health students gain valuable experience working with disadvantaged populations. HepTREC also continues community outreach activities at health fairs and professional conferences.

Monika Burke, Dawn Staley, and Dr. Amy Jessop at a Health Fair
Monika Burke, Dawn Staley, and Dr. Amy Jessop at a Health Fair.

As a member of Viral Hepatitis Task Force for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, HepTREC, primarily through Dr. Jessop, provides advice to CDC's "Know more Hepatitis" campaign, which is designed to increase awareness and knowledge about viral hepatitis.

Initiatives: Practice Green
Health—Unique Partnership will Promote Sustainability Training for Pharmacists

Mayes College is proud to be part of the partnership between USciences and Practice Greenhealth (PGH) to develop and promote sustainability training for pharmacists, pharmacy students and related professionals. The architect of this partnership is Dr. Julie Becker, professor in Mayes’ Department of Health Policy and Public Health. Among other things, Usciences and PGH will partner to develop training modules that will increase sustainability knowledge and practices in both institutional and community pharmacies across the country.  “In this endeavor, we’re proud to partner with University of the Sciences, a highly respected institution, founded in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the nation’s first school of pharmacy,” said Anna Gilmore Hall, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth. “Pharmacies deal every day with a number of issues that touch upon sustainability, including the proper disposal of pharmaceuticals. With hundreds of thousands of pharmacists working across the country, this partnership represents a wonderful opportunity to extend sustainable practices to yet another sector of the health care industry.”  Part of the USciences and PGH partnership includes developing a methodology for assessing the effectiveness of sustainability training for pharmacists. The groups will also assess the feasibility of similar course offerings to pharmacy students at USciences. Practice Greenhealth and University of Science will also encourage collaborative and cooperative research activities that support the development of educational programs relating to pharmacists and sustainability.
 “We are proud to partner with Practice Greenhealth on the issues of sustainability in pharmacy practice,” said Dr. Andrew Peterson, dean of USciences’ Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. “This partnership will add the missing ingredients—education and training—so that current and future pharmacists can make a positive impact on the environment.”  “This collaboration will provide a great opportunity for leadership in sustainability education and research in pharmacy practice,” said Dr. Lisa Lawson, dean of USciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. “With pharmacists already trusted members of the healthcare community, their involvement is key to providing environmental safeguards and safe medication handling."

Bridging the Gap

In 2012, Mary Kate McGinty P’84, MS’04, executive director of external affairs in Mayes College, served as a Small Group Leader for BTG’s Community Health Internship Program – a seven-week, paid summer internship. The role required her, along with a community partner, to facilitate weekly discussions with a group of 17 students from eight different community sites. These regular meetings allowed students to share their experiences and reflect on the value of the program’s interdisciplinary focus while figuring out, together, how to handle the challenges faced at their community sites.

"Working with Bridging the Gaps was unbelievably rewarding. The weekly group discussions about happenings at the community sites were lively and spanned the range of emotions from laughter to heartbreak,” McGinty said. “As the summer progressed, I watched as the students grew in confidence, in compassion, and in their understanding of the broader community while shedding some of their preconceptions about people and their circumstances.” Click here for more information about last year’s program.

David Perlman publishes novel: The Organ Farm

David Perlman's novel: The Organ FarmDr. David Perlman has just published a new bioethics thriller on the Kindle platform. At the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr. Perlman teaches clinical ethics. At the University of the Sciences, Dr. Perlman teaches public health ethics, law, and policy in the Department of Health Policy and Public Health and business ethics in the Department of Pharmaceutical Business. The novel examines issues of research and technology from these two academic perspectives in the fast-paced, innovative format of a medical thriller. The innovative part is that the reader gets to make the ethical choices throughout the novel, so there are multiple alternative endings to the book. Plus, Dr. Perlman is hoping to use social media to generate book club discussions about the issues presented in the novel through a crowdsourcing contest. In the author’s own words: “My recipe for a creepy futuristic sci-fi novel: Take one part Robin Cook’s & Michael Crichton’s Coma, mix in one part Jessica Alba in “Dark Angel.” Stir in an organ transplant shortage, a devious surgeon, a nefarious body snatcher, and families of vegetative patients who would donate a kidney in exchange for perpetual life support. Whisk in the ability to choose your own adventure throughout the book and what do you get? A perfect “organ farm.” Now available at”

MLK Day of Service

Professor Vivian Valdmanis and Administrative Assistant, Karen Duffy
Professor Vivian Valdmanis and Administrative Assistant, Karen Duffy.

Mayes College faculty, staff, and students participated in the MLK day of service on January 21, 2013, cleaning up the triangle at 41st and Woodland.

Additionally, Mayes College organized an MLK photo contest open to the USciences community. The goal of this contest was to encourage the USciences community to come together to remember MLK and his efforts to promote a healthier and just society.

MLK Photo Contest Winner
Photo by: Dr. Amalia Issa

A gallery of the photographs is currently displayed in the Mayes College entrance lobby. The winning entry, selected by Professor Christine Flanagan, belonged to Dr. Amalia Issa and illustrated the following quote from Dr. King: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”

Here’s Dr. Issa’s description of her photo:

“The photo literally depicts the selected quote, and serves as a visual reminder of the veracity of Dr. King's statement. He certainly lived this quote—he was arrested some 30 times, and faced many other challenges in his quest for civil rights. His faith must have been tested on numerous occasions, nevertheless, he persisted in doing what he believed to be the right things to do despite not knowing how it would turn out. This is an apt example and reminder for all who choose to live their lives according to high principles and values in serving others.“     Top of page »


Use the links below to view scholarly activity for each faculty member:


Julie Becker


Swan, BA, Smith, K., Frisby, A., Shaffer, K., & Hanson-Zalot, M., Becker, J. (accepted for publication). Evaluating tablet technology in an undergraduate nursing program. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Abstracts, peer reviewed

“Medical Use of Iodine 131,” Radionuclides/131-I Workshop, January 23-24, 2013

“Pharmaceutical and the Environment: the Ebb and Flow of Interventions and Policies” VA Research Day, November 15, 2012, Coatesville, PA

Danny Benau


Danny A. Benau, Barbara Snyder, and Peggy Boe. “Templates: The Basics of Document Automation.” AMWA Journal, vol. 27, no. 2, 2012

Michelle Bragg


Bragg, M, Salke, TR, Cotton, CP, Jones DA No Child or Mother Left Behind; Implications for the US from Cuba’s Maternity Homes Health Promotion Perspectives, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012; P: 09-19 .

Brian Colfer

Brian Colfer and Abdulrazaq Al-Jazairi, PharmD (Mayes MBA candidate) had their paper, "Bidding Pharmaceuticals in Saudi Arabia: The Clinical and Business Mismatch”, accepted for presentation at the Academy of Business 2013 Spring International Conference.

Justin Everett


Everett, J. & Halpern, P. "Spacetime as a Multicursal Labyrinth in Literature with Application to Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle." Chronotope. In press.

Dr. Everett’s second 2nd edition of his textbook Dynamic Argument was released in 2012.

Lamm, R. & Everett, J. Dynamic Argument, 2nd edition. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2012.


Evolution and Degeneration in Robert E. Howard's 'Worms of the Earth' and Bram Stoker's 'Lair of the White Worm.'" Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2012.

"Immigration, Degeneration, and Monsters:  Eugenic Nightmares in H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness."  Popular Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA, March 2012

“Portfolio Assessment for an Ongoing Model For Faculty Training." Writing Program Administrators’ Conference, Albuquerque, NM, July 2012.

Kelleen Flaherty

Invited talks
  • DIA (Philadelphia) in June 2012 on creating capabilities sheets                             
  • APSS (sleep meeting) (Boston) in June 2012 on assessing insomnia complaints
  • AMWA (Sacramento) in October 2012 on soft skills
  • Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg in February 2013 on writing for scientific publication

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch


American Philosophical Association, $3000 Franklin Grant for studying the art of the mentally insane at the Wellcome Institute in London, June 2012.


“Narrative Survival: Personal and Institutional Accounts of Asylum Confinement.” Literature and Medicine 30(1), 2012: 12–41. First author; with Carol Berkenkotter.

“Treat Her with Prozac: Four Decades of Direct-to-Physician Antidepressant Advertising.” In Drugs & Media: New Perspectives on Communication, Consumption and Consciousness. Edited by Robert C. MacDougall. New York: Continuum. 2012: 166-192.


“The Hinchman Conspiracy Case Revisited: An Exploration of Philadelphia’s Role in Psychiatric History.” Presentation at the PACHS (Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science) Fall Symposium, Philadelphia, Sept. 28, 2012.

“Doubting Madness: Historical Explorations in the Rhetoric of Psychiatry.” Panel organizer, chair, and presenter at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, May 2012.” Paper topic: “The Hinchman Conspiracy Case.”

Amalia Issa

Grant Funding

2012-2015 Co-Investigator: “Liability in the delivery of personalized medicine: driver, impediment, or both? NHGRI, National Institutes of Health (1R01 HG006415 01A1)

Awards and Honors

Competitively Selected for the National Academies (National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine) Keck Futures Initiative (one of 100 nationally), 2012

Service to National and International Professional, Scholarly, Scientific, and Governmental Agencies and Organizations
2012 Presented at Congressional Briefing Presentation on “Enabling Personalized Cancer Medicine: The Value of Molecular Diagnostics,” as part of the AdvaMedDX-sponsored forum on the Role of Advanced Diagnostics in Cancer Care, September 20, 2012, United States Capitol, Washington, DC.
2012 Named to Editorial Board of American Health and Drug Benefits 
2012 Invited Panelist, Roundtable Meeting on “Genomic Testing and the Quality of Health Care: Exploring the Impact of Health Care Reform”, Jefferson School of Population Health, September 21, 2012.
2012 Elected to Executive Steering Committee of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Section on Public Health and Preventative Medicine
2012   Elected to Genome Canada College of Reviewers
2011-2012 Immediate Past Co-Chair, Molecular Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Pharmacogenomics SIG, International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (for 2011-2012)
Selected local, national and international presentations

Invited Speaker, “Understanding the Clinical Utility and Adoption of Personalized Genomic Molecular Medicine: A Quantitative Analysis of Patient Decision-Making,” Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Research Showcase, November 27, 2012.

Invited Speaker, “Pharmacogenetics: Predicting Therapeutic Response – What Have We Learned?” at the Personalized Healthcare Summit: Personalized Healthcare for the Practicing Clinician, Cleveland Clinic, May 31, 2012.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Yang M, Rajan S, and Issa, AM. Cost effectiveness of gene expression profiling for early stage breast cancer. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27443, PMID:22359236, 2012.

Atehortua N. and Issa, AM. A method to measure clinical practice patterns of breast cancer genomic diagnostics in health systems. Personalized Medicine 9:585-592, 2012.

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts

Bartlett, G. Dawes, M.,MacGibbon B, Vural Ozdemir V, Joly Y, Avard D, Longo C, Phillips M, Issa AM. Generating Best Practices for Pharmacogenomics Research in Primary Care. North American Primary Care Research Group, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA December 1-5, 2012.

Atehortua N, Yang M, & Issa, AM. A New Frontier for Health Education: The Critical Value of Knowledge of Genomics Diagnostics by Cancer Survivors. Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) 2012 Annual Meeting, “Mining Golden Opportunities: Health Education Policy, Research & Practice”, October 25-27, 2012

Atehortua NA, and Issa, AM. “A Novel Retrospective Medical Record Review Instrument for the Genomic Era.” Annual meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology (Long Beach, CA: 25–27 October 2012).

Atehortua N, Perlman D, Issa AM. Getting Personal – Scientific, Ethical, Public Health, and Policy Implications on Integrating Personalized Medicine into the Public's Health. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, October 27-31, 2012, San Francisco, CA.

Patil DS and Issa AM. Impact of Physician and Technology Factors on the Adoption of Personalized Genomic Diagnostics in Breast Cancer, J Popul Ther Clin Pharmacol. 19(2) e:113-149, 2012.

Hon H, Qiu X, Tobros K, Wong CKA, De Souza B, McFarlane G, Masroor S, Azad AK, Hasani E, Rozanec N, Leighl NB,. Alibhai SMH, Xu, W Issa AM, Liu G, Cuffe S; Cancer patient acceptance, understanding, and willingness to pay for pharmacogenetic J Clin Oncol 30, 2012 (suppl; abstr 6005).

Book Chapter

Issa, AM. Chapter 29: “The Clinical Investigator and Involvement in Clinical Research,” In Practical Ethics in Clinical Neurology: A Case-based Approach, Eds: Williams MA, McGuire D, and Rizzo, M, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA, pp. 330 – 339, 2012.

Amy Jessop

Recent grants and contracts

Circle of care program- Vertex Pharmaceuticals.  Development of patient readiness tools for Hepatitis C Treatment.

The Consortium, Inc. - Implementation and evaluation of a hepatitis C care coordination program in a methadone maintenance clinic.

The National Nursing Centers Consortium- Advisement for a hepatitis C screening initiative funded by CDC.

Recent publications

Jessop AB, Proviano N, Puraydathil FW, Burke M, Camuso K, and Horwitz B. Hepatitis C Patient and care profiles in an inner city clinic setting: implications for treatment. Submitted Jan 2013 to Journal of Viral Hepatitis.

Pitonyak J, Jessop AB, Parvanta C, and Crivelli-Kovack A. (2012) Breastfeeding duration and life-course factors: An analysis to inform health policy. American Public Health Association.

Jessop AB, DelBuono F, Solomon G. Jessop AB. (2012) Viral hepatitis screening and vaccination in Pennsylvania Police Departments.  American Public Health Association.

Jessop AB, Proviano N, Puraydathil FW, Burke M, and Horwitz B. Jessop AB, Proviano N, Muccitelli M. (2012) Reaching the “Hard to Reach” Adult through Vaccination. American Public Health Association

Hedden E, Jessop AB, Field RA. Childhood immunization reporting laws in the United States: Current status. Vaccine, 2012;30(49):7059-66.

Jessop AB, Dumas H, Moser C.  Influenza Vaccination of high-risk adults: influence of subspeciality physicians in Philadelphia, PA. American Journal of Medical Quality. 2012; 1062860612456236, first published on August 28, 2012 as doi:10.1177/1062860612456236

Hedden E, Jessop AB, Field RA. Childhood Immunization Information System Exchange with Payers: State and Federal Policies. Journal of Managed Care Medicine. 2012;15(3): 11-18.

Tamar Klaiman


Klaiman, T.; O’Connell, K. & Stoto, M. “Mechanisms for School-Based Vaccination Clinic Success During 2009 pH1N1.” Journal of School Health. In press.

Klaiman, T.; O’Connell, K. & Stoto, M. “Local Health Department Public Vaccination ClinicSuccess During 2009 pH1N1.” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. In press.

Klaiman, T.; Kimberly, L.; Cecil, K.; Pracilio, V. & Legnini, M. “Leveraging Clinical Registries to Advance Medical Care Quality and Transparency.” Report for the California HealthCare Foundation. In press.

Klaiman, T.; O'Connell, K. & Stoto, M.A. “Using a Positive Deviance Approach to Learn from H1N1.” Chapter in The Public Health Response to 2009 H1N1: A Systems Perspective. Stoto, M. ed. In press.

Klaiman, T. & Kraemer, J. “Variability in school closure decisions in response to 2009 H1N1: a qualitative systems improvement analysis.” Chapter in The Public Health Response to 2009 H1N1: A Systems Perspective. Stoto, M. ed. In press.

Steve Metraux

2012 was a productive year for Steve Metraux with respect to scholarship.  Steve has published extensively on topics related to homelessness and mental health, and he has recently focused on issues related to homelessness among veterans.  In addition to his faculty duties at University of the Sciences, Steve is Deputy Director for Research at the Center for Homelessness Among Veterans at the US Department of Veterans affairs.  He has also done work with the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities where he looked at the quality of neighborhoods in which persons with psychiatric disabilities live, and in Los Angeles on adult outcomes (including homelessness) among youth “aging out” of foster care and juvenile justice systems.  A selected list of publications of Steve’s are listed below (look for more on the way in 2013), and copies may be obtained by emailing him (

Metraux, Stephen, Eugene Brusilovskiy, Janet A. Prvu-Bettger, Yin-Ling Irene Wong, & Mark Salzer (2012).  ”Geographic Access to and Availability of Community Resources for Persons Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness in Philadelphia USA.”  Health & Place 18: 620-629.

Byrne, Thomas, Stephen Metraux, Manuel Moreno, Dennis P. Culhane, Halil Toros & Max Stevens (2012).  “Los Angeles County’s Enterprise Linkages Project: An Example of the Use of Integrated Data Systems in Making Data-Driven Policy and Program Decisions.”  California Journal of Politics and Policy 4(2): 95-112.

Fargo, Jamison; Stephen Metraux, Thomas Byrne, Ellen Munley, Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Harlan Jones, George Sheldon, Vincent Kane, & Dennis P. Culhane (2012).  “Prevalence and Risk of Homelessness among U.S. Veterans: A Multisite Investigation.”  Preventing Chronic Disease 9:110112.

Park, Jung Min, Dennis P. Culhane, Stephen Metraux & David Mandell (2012). Homelessness and Children's Use of Mental Health Services: A Population-Based Study.  Children and Youth Services Review 34(1): 261-265.

Richard Minoff

In addition to serving on the Editorial Board of Pharmaceutical Commerce, professor Minoff has maintained an active collaboration with PM360:

Minoff, R.T., Achieving Success in Emerging Markets, PM360, October 2012

Minoff R. T. and Corvino, B.C., Its Time to Put on Your Thinking CAP, PM360, November 2012   

Mueller, R.W. and Minoff, R. T. "How to THRIVE in Pharma's Current Corporate Climate", PM360 Webinar, January 2013 

Robert Mueller

Dr. Mueller has maintained a career column in the online publication Panorama.
  • "What is Fit and how do you find it?" May, 2012
  • "Work Nirvana: Zone and Flow" June, 2012
  • "Obtaining Power within you organization" July, 2012
  • "The myth of positional power" August, 2012
  • "Verbal judo, the key to winning office arguments" October, 2012
  • "Delegation, micro management and abdication" November, 2012
  • “Negotiating with Friends” January, 2013
Dr. Mueller has also been an active contributor to PM360:
  • Mueller, R "Being Entrepreneurial in a Corporate World," PM360, September, 2012
  • Mueller, R and Minoff, R; Webcast for PM 360: “Pharma’s Corporate Culture in Crisis:  How Marketers and Their Managers Can Establish Trust and Stability in Today’s Uncertain Business Climate” 2013

David Perlman

Research Support

2012-13, American Anthropological Association Small Ethics Grant ($1000)


“Rights and Responsibilities" National Society of Collegiate Scholars, September 23, 2012, Philadelphia, PA.

“Getting Personal – Scientific, Ethical, Public Health, and Policy Implications on Integrating Personalized Medicine into the Public's Health,” American Public Health Association, Genomics Forum Workshop, San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012. With Nelson Atehortua, Ph.D., MPH and Amalia Issa, Ph.D., MPH. Abstract here.

“Rethinking Local Institutional Review Board (IRB) Review at State Health Departments: Implications for a Consolidated, Independent Public Health IRB,” American Public Health Association, Ethics Special Interest Group Poster Presentation, San Francisco, CA, October 29, 2012. Poster abstract here. Also at ASBH, Washington, DC, October 13, 2012.

Training Session in the Responsible Conduct of Research, Program in Personalized Medicine and Targeted Therapeutics, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, November 29, 2012.

“How To Get a Job Like Mine: Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of Research Integrity,” Columbia University, New York, NY, June 22, 2012. Podcast here.

“Moral DistreSOS: The Ethics of Speaking Truth to Power - A Case Example of Moral Distress and Dealing with the Moral Residue of Distress,” Kirkbridge Center, Philadelphia, PA, May 14, 2012.


Perlman, D.J. (2012). Rethinking Local Review by Institutional Review Boards at State Health Departments: Implications for a Centralized or Regionalized and Independent Public Health IRB. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 40(4): 997-1007.

Perlman, D.J. (2012). Penny Wise, Pound Foolish. Honorable Mention, Costs of Care Essay Contest.

Perlman, D.J. (2012). Ethics 360 Column: Beware the False Dilemma. PM360 Magazine July Issue, p. 19. Available here.

Perlman, D.J. (2012). Ethics 360 Column: Three Myths of Ethical Decision-Making. PM360 Newsletter, November Issue.

Perlman, D.J. (2012). ACA Could Help Regain Trust in Pharma. PM360 Magazine August Issue, p. 27. Available here.

Andrew Peterson


Arcangelo VP, Peterson AM, editors.  Pharmacotherapeutics for advanced practice: a practical approach.  3rd  Edition.  Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.  Winter 2012. Book chapters: Pharmacokinetic basis of therapeutics and pharmacodynamic principles; Pharmacogenomics; Travel Medicine.


Pharmaceutical Waste:  What’s a Pharmacists to Do?  Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists, Lancaster PA.  October 2012.

Srivastava K, Arora A, Kataria A, Cappelleri JC, Sadosky A, Peterson AM The Impact of Reducing Dosing Frequency of Oral Therapies on Adherence, Compliance, and Cost for Acute and Chronic Illnesses: A Meta-Analysis.  International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, Poster Presentation.  Jun 2012, Washington DC.

Pharmaceutical Waste:  What’s a Pharmacists to Do?  Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists, Lancaster PA.  October 2012.

Robert Votta

Professor Robert Votta has proudly added PhD to his title, having successfully defended his dissertation on January 15, 2013. The dissertation, titled, “A Nationwide Study of the Perceived Stress, Stressors and Coping Strategies of Pharmacy Students,” offers fascinating and valuable insights into the causes of and behaviors related to stress in pharmacy students based on the analysis of a nationwide survey. Among the main findings:

  • Pharmacy students reported significantly high stress levels that were similar to the stress levels reported in previous studies concerning medical, dental and nursing students.
  • Female pharmacy students are more stressed than males.
  • Students in programs with direct entry (0 to 6) reported more stress than students in (P1-P4) and post-graduate pharmacy programs.
  • While the high perceived stress level reported by students in the P1 and P2 years did not significantly differ, stress levels began to decrease in P3 and continued to decrease in P4.
  • The primary reported sources of stress were coursework, lack sleep, finances and grades

Want to find out more (for example, what are the stress levels experienced by PharmD students in the context of their program type, GPA range, and demographic information such as ethnicity, gender, and year?  An article based on the dissertation and titled “Predictors of Stress in Doctor of Pharmacy Students: Results from a Nationwide Survey” has already (and enthusiastically) been accepted for publication; look for it in a Fall 2013 issue of Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning (CPTL).     Top of page »


Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Amalia Issa

Amalia IssaJudging by her long list of talks, awards, articles, abstracts, and grants, Dr. Amalia Issa, the Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Public Chair, is as busy as can be. A native of Montreal, Canada, Dr. Issa holds degrees from McGill University (PhD in neuropharmacology from Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery), and the UCLA School of Public Health, and has completed fellowship training at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Her area of interest is translational research focused on pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine applications, and how they will be translated and integrated into health care delivery and health systems. Dr. Issa has published extensively on these topics, becoming a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of personalized medicine.

In 2001, Dr. Issa founded the Program in Personalized Medicine and Targeted Therapeutics (P2MT2) and brought it with her when she joined USciences. The program is focused on researching the best ways to integrate personalized medicine into clinical practice and health care systems. One of the latest research efforts coming from this center resulted in a paper published last year in the prestigious journal Cancer. The results of the study described in “Cost effectiveness of gene expression profiling for early stage breast cancer

were important enough to garner national press coverage. The study compared two commercially available genetic tests used to help physicians identify the best courses of treatment for breast cancer in women. Surprisingly, the more commonly used test in the US (Oncotype DX) turned out to be less cost-effective than the less commonly used, Mammaprint. These results can be tremendously important in informing long-term health care policies and can significantly contribute to improving our health care system while bringing down costs.

In her own words, Dr. Issa’s goal is “to improve health outcomes for as many people as possible. Personalized medicine is a game changer for how healthcare is delivered and we want to see it used as effectively as possible.” To that end, she has also developed an instrument that can measure how patients make decisions about the use of personalized genomic diagnostics—in particular the trade-offs they are willing to make in the process (especially when it comes to, testing, diagnosis, or treatment). 

Dr. Issa is a reviewer for several scientific journals and granting agencies and serves on editorial boards and in leadership positions in several professional associations. She truly enjoys mentoring students, and she supervises several graduate students and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of the Sciences who do cutting edge work in personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Dr. Issa has recently been presented with 2013 Founder’s Day Faculty Award of Merit by President Giles-Gee.

If you’re a student or faculty member and you stop by to ask her about her work, don’t be surprised if you end up talking about your own—Dr. Issa is genuinely interested in learning about what motivates researchers and chances are she will probably give you some valuable insights or tips for your own projects. She is, after all, a true research leader and educator for the new millennium.

Student Spotlight: MBA candidate Abdulrazaq Al-Jazairy, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology)

Abdulrazaq Al-JazairyMBA candidate Abdulrazaq Al-Jazairi, PharmD, already has an impressive resume punctuated by numerous scholarly and professional accolades, solid teaching experience, dozens of clinical presentations both in the US and abroad, and dozens of publications and research projects spanning an already lengthy and accomplished career. A graduate of the Pharmacy program of Campbell University, North Carolina, Abdul (as he is called by both his teachers and cohorts) is currently the head of Medical/Critical Care Pharmacy Services and Clinical Pharmacist specializing in Cardiology at King Faisal Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Abdul did his specialty residency training in Cardiovascular pharmacy with the University of the Sciences and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania between 1998-2000. It was that experience (and in particular his work with Dr. Andrew Peterson) that drew him back to pursue an MBA with Mayes, which he feels will add a fresh new dimension to his career. The focus on pharmaceutical business is quite unique among MBA programs and suits his career goals; in particular, he’s appreciative of the international focus of the program, its flexibility, and its synergy with his past training and future career goals. Abdul feels that this degree will enable him to take the next step in his career—opening his own consulting business in the Middle East, building on his extensive background and expertise in pharmacy, education, hospital practice, and the industry. His latest research efforts reflect this international business focus: the paper he co-authored with Brian Colfer, "Bidding Pharmaceuticals in Saudi Arabia: The Clinical and Business Mismatch,” has recently been accepted for presentation at the Academy of Business Research 2013 Spring International Conference.

One of Abdul’s goals is to contribute to changing the pharmaceutical practices in Saudi Arabia to match North American standards. To that end, one of his proudest accomplishments was his work toward the successful accreditation of King Faisal’s Hospital’s Residency Program by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists last year. This was, in fact, the first international program to be accredited by the American body.

When he’s not taking courses, writing abstracts and presentations, or serving as adjunct faculty for USciences’ pharmacy program, Abdul enjoys time with his family (his fourth child was born earlier this year).

Managed Markets Fellow, 2012-2014 cohort: Yelena Yankovskaya

Yelena YankovskayaYelena Yankovskaya is a proud member of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy class of 2012 and a Master of Business Administration candidate at the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. Yelena’s diverse experiences in pharmacy practice coupled with an intense interest in pharmaceutical and healthcare business set the stage for the managed markets fellowship. Yelena’s schedule is quite busy: when she is not completing off-site experiential rotations in managed care settings, she is doing research and teaching. Currently, she is working on a research project with Dr. Andrew Peterson to gain payer perspectives in the management of specialty pharmacy. She will present some of this research in April at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Meeting; her poster is titled “Systematic Review of Gamification in the Context of Medication Adherence.” Yelena is also happy to share that this January she became qualified to serve as a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) scientific merit reviewer. Finally, Yelena is in the process of getting her teaching certification from Usciences, and as she is juggling the role of MBA student and teaching assistant, she notes, “it’s an interesting change in dynamics to be in a teaching role in the morning and to be a student in the afternoon!”

In her own words: “I’m really happy to say that this fellowship allows me time to serve as a mentor to students as well.  I’ve had several opportunities in the fall to come into different undergraduate classes, speak to students, share my experience, and offer myself as a resource to them.  I’ve been fortunate to have gotten a lot of guidance in my undergrad years here, so it’s really exciting to be in a position to help others now!”     Top of page »



Undergraduate Business Retreat

The Undergraduate Business Retreat took place from September 14-16 at the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation. This annual event is a signature event of the PHB program and offers a fast immersion into the PHB program as new freshman, transfers and change of majors get an opportunity to get to know their peers (including upper class student mentors), the faculty and the expectations required to do well. The students also have an opportunity to gain insight into working in teams, a chance to share their creativity and passion, as well as a chance compete for the Mayes Cup and several individual awards. This year 30 students and all full-time undergraduate faculty, as well as Dean Peterson, participated in the event.

Healthy Lifestyles Business competition
Participants and judges in the 3rd annual Healthy Lifestyles Business competition

The 3rd Annual Healthy Lifestyles Business Scholarship competition took place on January 19 in the McNeil STC. This Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy sponsored event provides an opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to compete for over $10,000 in scholarships to attend the undergraduate PHB program, as well as cash prizes to the Top 10 teams. This year’s winning team of three juniors came from the Downingtown STEM High School which is a magnet school that offers business and science among its curricula.


Nasima Mannan, an MPH student in the Department is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board 2012 Red Ribbon Award for the Dale L Grundy Youth Leader. The Annual Red Ribbon Award was created to honor those who have made significant contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS in
our community It is the highest recognition that the CFAR CAB bestows on individuals and organizations in the areas of policy makers, researcher, community leaders and youth leadership.

Nelson Atehortua received the Genomics Forum’s 2012 Best New Investigator Award at the APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. He also published, together with Dr. Amalia Issa, an article in Personalized Medicine:

Atehortua, N., Issa AM. (2012). A Method to Measure Clinical Practice Patterns of Breast Cancer Genomic Diagnostics in Health Systems. Personalized Medicine 9(6); 585-592.

Garret Kerr, a student in our pharmaceutical business program, became the first men’s basketball player in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference to earn the Player of the Week honor three times in one season. Read more.

Students in professor Alice Levy’s Marketing Plans course (taught in the fall) and the Market Research Projects course (taught in the spring) have been working with real clients, providing them with valuable recommendations. Based on the end-of-course survey, the majority of the clients feel that the students’ recommendations are appropriate and actionable. Here is some of the praise garnered by PHB students at the end of their projects:

“Focused, practical ideas that can be implemented.”
“The recommendations were appropriate for our business.”
“The students were on target with their recommendations.”

Overall, the outside organizations reported a high level of satisfaction with the students:

“The students were very efficient with their marketing expertise, knowledge, research and recommendations.”
“It was a mutually beneficial experience.”
“The students were very professional and eager to learn.”
“It was a pleasure participating.  We really need this kind of information and the students did a very nice job of … analysis.”     Top of page »

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