Dr. Bolesta received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wilkes University and completed a PGY1 residency at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, and a PGY2 residency in Critical Care at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice with an active clinical practice in critical care at Commonwealth Health’s Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Prior to working in academia he was a clinical pharmacy specialist in cardiology and cardiothoracic critical care at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, and in medical critical care at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. His academic interests include pharmacogenomics, interprofessional education and simulation, and his practice interests include the impact of critical care pharmacy and transitions of care for critically ill patients.
Dr. Bolesta is certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in Pharmacotherapy. He is an active scholar with research interests in cardiovascular science, critical care, and a particular focus on post-operative atrial fibrillation. Dr. Bolesta is a member of several professional organizations, but devotes most of his time serving in various capacities within the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Association of Clinical Pharmacy.
Critical Care Advanced
Pharmacy Practice Experience
Pharmacotherapeutics of Cardiovascular Disorders
Pharmacotherapeutics of Renal Disorders
Introduction to Hospital Pharmacy Practice
Continuum of Care: Closing the Gap from the ICU to the Floor to Home. Society of Critical Care Medicine 47th Annual Critical Care Congress, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section Pre-Congress Symposium. San Antonio, TX; February 24, 2018.
Specialized Topics in Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics. Jacksonville, FL; February 17, 2018.
Bolesta S. Specialized Topics in Cardiovascular Disease. In: Baker WL, Beavers C, Bolesta S, et al., eds. Updates in Therapeutics®: Cardiology Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course, 2018 ed. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2018:231-270.
Being Precise with Antibiotics in the Critically Ill. Baptist Health South Florida Eight Annual State of the Science Symposium. Miami, FL; December 9, 2017.
Can Critical Illness and the Microbiome Play Nice Together? Baptist Health South Florida Eight Annual State of the Science Symposium. Miami, FL; December 9, 2017.
The Impact of Drug Shortages on ICU Medication Therapy. Society of Critical Care Medicine: Baltimore Chapter. Baltimore, MD; August 17, 2017.
Hammond DA, Oyler DR, Devlin JW, Painter JT, Bolesta S, Swanson JM, Bailey BJ, Branan T, Barletta JF, Dunn B, Haney JS, Juang P, Kane-Gill SL, Kiser T, Shafeeq H, Skaar D, Smithburger P, Taylor J. Perceived Motivating Factors and Barriers for the Completion of Postgraduate Training Among American Pharmacy Students Prior to Beginning Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Am J Pharm Educ. 2017 June;81(5):Article 90. Available at: http://www.ajpe.org/doi/full/10.5688/ajpe81590
Bolesta S, Montgomery PA. Pancreatitis. In: DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2017. 39;545-560.
Bolesta S. Acute kidney injury. In: Schwinghammer TL, Koehler JM, Borchert JS, Slain D, Park SK, eds. Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2017. 54;151-152.
Rivosecchi RM, Kellum JA, Dasta JF, Armahizer MJ, Bolesta S, Buckley MS, Dzierba AL, Frazee EN, Johnson HJ, Kim C, Murugan R, Smithburger PL, Wong A, Kane Gill SL. Drug class combination-associated acute kidney injury. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2016 Nov;50(11):953-972.
Rezaei Y, Samiei N, Hosseini S, Bolesta S, Kong F. Do statins attenuate postoperative atrial fibrillation in isolated heart valve surgery? Pharmacotherapy. 2016;36(3):e16-7.
Charting the Course for ICU Pharmacy Practice: An Update on the Position Paper on Critical Care Pharmacy Practice. Society of Critical Care Medicine 45th Annual Critical Care Congress, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section Pre-Congress Symposium. Orlando, FL; February 20, 2016.
Chair-Elect, Research Section, Society of Critical Care Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine
Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation: 2017