ASCPT taps Slattum for 2015 Distinguished Service Award

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
By: Cynthia McMullen


Patty Slattum (right) hooded one of her Ph.D. students, Parinaz Ghaswalla, in 2012.

Patty Slattum (right) hooded one of her Ph.D. students, Parinaz Ghaswalla, in 2012.

VCU School of Pharmacy professor Patty Slattum has been selected to receive the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ 2015 Henry W. Elliott Distinguished Service Award. The award will be presented March 4 during ASCPT’s 116th Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

“This is a tremendous award!” said Don Brophy, chairman of the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science. “We are so fortunate to have Dr. Slattum on our faculty.”

Slattum holds a joint appointment as professor of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science and professor of pharmaceutics. She also serves as director of the school’s Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program.

The Elliott award was established in 1979.  A news release from ASCPT details some of the reasons Slattum is being recognized for her exemplary service and generosity of time, leadership and expertise:

“As a core faculty member of the Virginia Geriatric Education Center, she has contributed to curriculum development, clinical training and interprofessional continuing education and dissemination. Through VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence Junior Faculty Mentoring Program and Center for Clinical and Translational Research Academy of Mentors, Slattum has helped facilitate the careers of many junior scientists.

Patty Slattum has worked with fellow SOP alumnus Ed Shibley (B.S. '75) at Imperial Plaza, where Shibley is director of pharmacy.

Patty Slattum trains pharmacy students along with fellow SOP alumnus Ed Shibley (B.S. ’75) at Imperial Plaza, where Shibley is director of pharmacy.

“Throughout her 17-year ASCPT membership, Slattum has had a role in virtually every aspect of the society’s Strategic Plan. She has focused particularly on education and training … .

“She is the former chairwoman of the Scientific Section on Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology, and she participated on the Scientific Awards Committee. Slattum has co-organized programming for a number of ASCPT Annual Meetings, including the symposia “Rational Drug Development for Dementia” and “Challenges and Opportunities in Osteoporosis Drug Development.” She is an enthusiastic reviewer for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and a former member of the journal’s editorial board.

“Slattum specializes in medication management and problems among the elderly — particularly drug-induced cognitive and functional impairment. She has greatly contributed to improved care for seniors by promulgating evidence-based practices to control risks for falls. As director of pharmacy student clinical training at a Brookdale Senior Living Community [Imperial Plaza] in Richmond, she connects trainees with Alzheimer’s patients and works with families to improve their loved ones’ quality of life. A member of the Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and Gerontological Society of America, she has contributed to the development and review of geriatric medicine guidances, created innovative content for annual meetings, reviewed abstracts and chaired symposia.”

In February, Patty Slattum addressed geriatric medication-related problems and Alzheimer's Disease at a conference in Saudi Arabia.

In February, Patty Slattum addressed geriatric medication-related problems and Alzheimer’s Disease at a conference in Saudi Arabia.

A faculty member since 1996, Slattum is a multiple School of Pharmacy alumna: B.S. ’85, Certificate in Aging Studies ’91 and Pharm.D./Ph.D. ’92. She completed a geriatrics fellowship with the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond and was a postdoctoral trainee in toxicology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a postdoctoral fellow with VCU School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics.

Previous recognition includes the School of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Education’s Outstanding Service Award, 2010; VCU’s Distinguished Service Award, 2009; VCU Alumni Star Award and ASCPT William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology, 2008; Virginia Pharmacists Association Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award and Virginia Association on Aging Outstanding Gerontology Educator Award, 2005.

In 2011, she was named co-PI for a $1.33 million NIH Science Education Partnership Awards grant in conjunction with the VCU School of Education. Other grant sources have included the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Earlier this year, Slattum was an invited speaker at the First International Conference of Clinical Pharmacy in Saudi Arabia. Her topics were “Preventing Medication-Related Problems Among Older Adults” and “Alzheimer’s Disease: Treatment Update.”