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Dr. Wright is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Wilkes University, board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, and research investigator holds at Geisinger's Center for Health Research. He founded the Medication Management Clinic at the Wilkes-Barre VA and actively served as a clinical pharmacy specialist providing advanced medication care to veterans with chronic medical conditions for 12 years. In 2011, he joined the faculty at Geisinger’s Center for Health Research where he became actively engaged in pharmacoepidemiology and health services research with a focus on improving health outcomes caused by medication non-adherence. He is currently principal investigator on several health system investigations, one being a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored study evaluating the effects of provider note access by patients on medication adherence, and is co-investigator on a Harvard-led National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation study investigating the effect of healthcare interventions on primary medication non-adherence. Dr. Wright facilitates student learning in many pharmacy-related and general educational classes at Wilkes University. His main areas of teaching are in research design principles and managed care pharmacy and through a lab sequence for first-year pharmacy, he educates students about the role pharmacist play in influencing patient outcomes related to medication non-adherence. As Director of Residency Programs at Wilkes, Dr. Wright leads student informational sessions and the Teaching and Learning Curriculum program for area residents.

Geisinger Investigator webpage

Google Scholar Profile

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA (1992-1998)
  • Masters of Public Health. Candidate, Johns Hopkins, Bloomburg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (anticipated graduation May 2015)
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency. Resident, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA (1998-1999)

Certificates and Certifications

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, recertification, awarded December 31, 2008. (2001-present)

Selected Teaching

  • PHA 310 Clinical Research and Design – 3 credit (Co-coordinator and instructor)
  • FYF 101 First Year Foundations; Is Christianity Credible? – 3 credit (Coordinator and instructor)
  • PHA 599 Managed Care Pharmacy – 2 credit elective (Coordinator and instructor)

Selected Scholarship

  • Wright EA. Hypertension. In Reinhold JA, Earl G. (eds): Clinical Therapeutics Primer: Link to the Evidence for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2012.
  • Yee L, Wright EA. Pitavastatin calcium: clinical review of a new antihyperlipidemic medication. Clinical Therapeutics.2011;33:1023-41.
  • Wright EA. Musculoskeletal Injuries and Disorders. In Young, Berardi RR, McDermott JH, Newton GD, et al. (eds): Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs 16th Edition. American Pharmacists Association, 2009.
  • Wright EA, Culhane JM. Using pharmacology to improve pharmaceutical care in hypertensive patients. Pharmacy Times.2004;7:107-116.
  • Vickers MA, Wright EA. Erectile Dysfunction in the patient with Diabetes Mellitus. Am J Man Care. 2004;10:S3-16.

Selected Service

  • Wilkes University; Faculty Affairs Council, 2012-present (member and recording secretary )
  • Wilkes University; Director of Residency Programs, 2008-present
  • Geisinger Health System; Pharmacy Information Team, 2011-present (member)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (member); Task Force on Teaching Certificate Programs, 2011-present (chair),
  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (member);Health information Technology Advisory Council, 2012-present (member)
  • Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (member); Pennsylvania Pharmacists Collaborative Network Strategy Board, 2011-present (member)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Semester Sabbatical, Wilkes University, Fall 2011
  • Teacher of the Year, First-Year Foundations Faculty, Wilkes University, Fall 2009
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, Wilkes University, 2004