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Thomas Franko

Dr.  Thomas  S.  Franko

Assistant Professor
Pharmacy Practice

After service as a clinical pharmacist in outpatient chronic pain management, Dr. Franko joined Wilkes University in 2013. He maintains an ambulatory care practice site with the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Clarks Summit, PA. He is highly involved with the pain management and anticoagulation programs within the Wright Center. Along with pharmacy students, Dr. Franko trains pharmacy and medical residents from Moses Taylor Hospital and the Wright Center. His interests are in pain management, primary care and incorporating the arts into pharmacy education.

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Certificates and Certifications

  • Basic Life Support
  • Pennsylvania Licensed Pharmacist
  • Pennsylvania Authorized Immunizing Pharmacist
  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist

Selected Teaching

  • Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
  • Pharmacotherapy of Pulmonary Disorders
  • Comprehensive Pain Management

Selected Scholarship

Franko, T. (2014). The symphony of chronic pain, finding your corner of the sky. Cranberry, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. PA.

Franko, T. (2015). From bobsleds to yoda: developing preceptor and mentoring skills through study of popular films (webinar). Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. Harrisburg, PA.

Franko T. (2015) Using a Community Theatre as a Self Directed Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (SD IPPE) Site. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting. National Harbor, MD.

Franko T., Kane D, et al. (2015). Improving medication reconciliation through pharmacists oversight. Wilkes University Annual Research Day. Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Franko T., Caprio M, et al. (2014). Pharmacist evaluation of ACC/AHA 2013 lipid guideline compliance in the primary care setting. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting. Anaheim, CA.

Franko, T. Management of Diabetic Neuropathic Pain. Presented at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Midyear Meeting in Bedford, PA January 2014

Franko T, Dougherty B. New Paths in Chronic Pain Management. Pennsylvania Pharmacist. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association; May/June 2013

Franko T, Borowski J. Impact of a Computerized Clinical Reminder on the Monitoring of Vitamin B12 Levels in Patients Taking Metformin. Eastern States Residency Conference. May 2012

Selected Service

  • 2014-2016 Northeast Director, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association
  • Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association “Know Pain Know Gain” Committee
  • Member, Pharmacy Student Affairs Committee
  • Advisor, Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society Gamma Lambda Chapter