URI grad, North Kingstown resident first
to hold Thomas M. Ryan/CVS Chair in Community Pharmacy
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Dec. 14, 1998 -- The nation's largest pharmacy chain
thinks so highly of Susan E. Andrade it recommended that she be the first
to occupy The Thomas M. Ryan/CVS Chair in Community Pharmacy at the University
of Rhode Island.
Acting on that recommendation, Louis Luzzi, dean of URI's College of
Pharmacy, selected Andrade to fill the chair.
The chair is designed to help URI expand its area of excellence in community
pharmacy research and to improve health care in Rhode Island and the nation.
URI's goal to raise $1.5 million in private donations, $800,000 of which
has come from the CVS Corporation and Ryan, was to attract a national expert
in the area of community pharmacy to fill the chair.
In Andrade, an assistant professor of pharmacoepidemiology at URI since
1994, the University already had a national leader in its midst.
"Tom Ryan is very impressed with Susan," said Luzzi of the
president and executive officer of CVS and URI pharmacy alumnus.
"She is a national leader," Luzzi said. "Scientists and
companies seek her out all the time. At this time, she has to turn down
work. Susan is the first of her kind, a registered pharmacist trained at
the highest levels in epidemiology," Luzzi said. "She's developed
excellent research skills in evaluating pharmacy practices as they relate
to improvements in pharmacy care models."
Andrade is a 1988 graduate of URI's College Pharmacy who went on to earn
her doctor of science in epidemiology from Harvard University's School of
The 33-year-old Warren native and current North Kingstown resident said
she is honored to be selected the first Ryan/CVS chair.
Despite being a relative newcomer to the URI faculty, Andrade has established
herself as a top-flight researcher. She is working with CVS; Harvard Pilgrim
Health Care in Boston and the Fallon Clinic in Worcester.
Much of her focus is on medications that lower cholesterol and on patients'
ability to follow their drug regimes, whether they be for asthma, diabetes
or heart disease.
"My goal is to improve patient care," Andrade said.
She said the University has already done numerous studies on how to improve
patients' compliance with their drug regimes. Simply defined, medication
compliance is taking a prescription medication on the correct schedule and
at the correct dosage.
"But you don't just focus on the drugs and the pharmacy," Andrade
said. "You look at rates of hospitalization and the rate of physician
In addition to her research duties, Andrade teaches undergraduate and
graduate pharmacy students at URI and has been in demand as a speaker at
national conferences on such topics as "Desktop Manipulation of Large
Health Care Databases", and "Statistical Issues in Clinic Research."
A graduate of the former Warren High School, Andrade and her husband
Rick, also a University of Rhode Island graduate, have a 17-month-old daughter,
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