Robert J. Weber is currently Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Pharmacy & Therapeutics at the School of Pharmacy of the University of Pittsburgh. He is also Chief Pharmacy Officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) two largest hospitals, Presbyterian and Shadyside, comprising 1093 beds. His lifelong interest is changing pharmacy practice through programs that establish patient-centered roles for pharmacists to improve the safety and efficiency of medication use.
Mr. Weber was born and raised in Ohio, receiving his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Ohio State University (OSU), while also completing a two-year hospital pharmacy residency at Grant Hospital. Committed to life-long learning, Mr. Weber is currently a student in the Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTPD) Program at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. After his residency, he completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) fellowship in critical care pharmacy at The OSU College of Pharmacy. This fellowship represented the first post-graduate training program in critical care pharmacy. From 1983-1995 he served as a clinical pharmacist then manager at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania continuing to serve as Director of Pharmacy from 1995 until 1998. In 1998, he assumed pharmacy operational responsibilities for both Presbyterian and Shadyside hospitals of the UPMC. In 2000, he was appointed Executive Director, Chief Pharmacy Officer and Department Chair in the School of Pharmacy.
Mr. Weber has directed UPMC pharmacy departments to establish the highest quality pharmacy services. These include unit-based pharmacy models and advanced practice programs, bar-code medication administration, pharmacy inventory automation, prescriber order entry, antibiotic management program, a comprehensive patient medication education program, system-wide Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and drug utilization program. In addition, the School of Pharmacy Residency program under his direction has grown by 40% since 2000 with 5 new programs and 4-5 residents yearly. 60 residents have completed a University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy Residency since Mr. Weber's appointment as Department Chair in 2000.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy department he oversees has generated nearly $2M in federal funding (Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality) in patient safety since 2000 as well as additional $1M dollars in funding from industry, foundations and other agencies. In 2005-2006, he was selected and completed the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program. He has also been appointed as Chair of the Council of Deans/Faculty Taskforce on the National Patient Safety Goals through the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Faculty under Mr. Weber's direction has excelled in academics by collectively publishing 60 peer-reviewed papers yearly since 2002. Mr. Weber played a key role in transforming the medication safety culture in Western Pennsylvania by developing an error reporting process for Pittsburgh hospitals using the USP, MEDMARX program and established the nation's first region-wide quality indicators for medication safety. Me. Weber's efforts in establishing region-wide indicators for safe use of patient controlled analgesia with the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative is cited by the FDA and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) as a model for implementing patient safety interventions.
In 2006, he served as editor of the Handbook on Storing and Securing Medications that published safe practices for medication storage and control. He serves as co-editor of a column in Hospital Pharmacy titled "Director's Forum" that provides articles of practical importance for pharmacy directors and managers to develop patient-centered pharmacy services. He has published 45 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, books and other publications related to medication safety and hospital pharmacy practice.
He is the recipient of two Cheers! Awards from ISMP (2003, 2006), with departments in his responsibility receiving group and individual awards for excellence including the APhA Pinnacle Award (1999), ASHP Best Practices Award (2000), the Pennsylvania Society for Health-System Pharmacists Award for Innovation (2003), ASHP Residency Patient Safety Grant (2003, 2005) numerous grant awards from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and an individual Cheers! Award from ISMP (Joanne G. Kowiatek, 2005). Mr. Weber is a Fellow in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP). He resides outside Pittsburgh with his wife Barbara and their three children David, Natalie and Lauren.