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VA Center For Medication Safety (VA MedSAFE)

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The mission of the VA Center for Medication Safety (VAMedSAFE) is to identify, track and address preventable adverse drug events (ADEs). The aim of VAMedSAFE is to improve the safety of drug prescribing practices and medication administration for veterans receiving treatment in the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system.


VAMedSAFE is a comprehensive pharmacovigilance program that is funded by the VA National Pharmacy Benefits Management Services (PBM). VAMedSAFE evaluates preventable ADEs via conducting and promoting medication safety projects at the regional and national levels; providing interventions to decrease preventable ADEs; and educating the field on safe and best practices to minimize ADEs. The Center provides feedback and guidance regarding ADE data unique to each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), while translating research and published evidence into national policy through its oversight of, and cooperative arrangements with, VISN Formulary Committees and Pharmacy leaders, the Medical Advisory Panel as well as other departments within VA.


Name Title
Francesca Cunningham, Pharm. D. Director
Peter A. Glassman, MBBS, MSc, FACP Co-Director
Chester B. Good, M.D., MPH Co-Director
Tom Frankowicz Administrative Officer
Nikia Griffith, MBA, BS Research Associate
Sherrie Aspinall, Pharm. D., MSc. Residency Director, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Muriel Burk, Pharm. D. Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Mariscelle Sales, Pharm. D. Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Cedric L. Salone, Pharm. D., MPH Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Von Moore, Pharm. D. Lead Program Specialist VA ADERS
Anthony Au, Pharm. D. Program Specialist VA ADERS
TC Leadholm, MS Senior IT Analyst, OI&T VA ADERS
Kwan Hur, Ph. D. Lead Biostatistician
Madeline McCarren, Ph.D., MPH Statistician
Diane Dong, RN, MS, MPH Lead Management and Program Analyst
Ken Bukowski, BS MIS, BBA Business Management and Program Analyst
Nikolh Smith-Nemard, BS Program Specialist
Michelle Eskridge Program Specialist
Rong Jiang, MS Management and Program Analyst
Lucy Pandey, MS Management and Program Analyst
Bharat Thakkar Management and Program Analyst
Yu Wang, MS Management and Program Analyst
XiangMing Wei, MS Management and Program Analyst
Rongping Zhang, MS Management and Program Analyst
Bharat Thakkar Management and Program Analyst
Paul Fina, Pharm. D. PGY2 Resident
Ronald Carico, Pharm. D., MPH Fellow-Medication Safety
Sydney Springer, Pharm. D.      Fellow-Medication Safety


i. Identify and Verify Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)

ii. Address Preventable Adverse Drug Events

iii. Track Adverse Drug Events and Effects of Interventions

iv. Educate and Communicate

v. Promote Medication Safety Research in VA

vi. Disseminate Safety Findings