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Robert V. DiGregorio

Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Full-time

B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacy), St. John’s University, Queens, NYPharm.D., Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Description

Robert DiGregorio is Senior Director of Pharmacotherapy Services at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) and a full Professor at Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy.  He is also the Residency Program Director for both the PGY1 and Ambulatory Care PGY2 programs at TBHC.  Dr. DiGregorio is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacotherapy specialist (BCACP) and practices in a series of Collaborative Drug Therapy Management clinics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He has over 24 years of experience as a pharmacist, having worked in a variety of settings, including: clinical research, pediatrics, emergency medicine, disaster management, pharmacy administration, ambulatory care, and academia.  He has published in the pharmacy, nursing, and medical literature; including serving as an editor of two editions of a textbook.  He has been an invited speaker to hundreds of presentations throughout the nation and has presented numerous poster and platform presentations at local, regional, and national conferences.

Dr. DiGregorio is an active member of the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists (NYSCHP) at the state and local level. He participates in both the Long Island and Royal Counties Chapters of NYSHP and is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors of NYSCHP as Director of Pharmacy Practice.  He has been a leader in the development of Collaborative Drug Therapy Management in New York State and has represented his colleagues on the ASHP PPMI Ambulatory Care Consensus Panel. Locally, Dr. DiGregorio co-founded the New York City Regional Pharmacy Residency Conference, held annually at Long Island University since 2006. Dr. DiGregorio founded the PGY1 pharmacy residency and implemented PGY2 programs in Ambulatory Care and Infectious Diseases.

Specialties

Ambulatory Care, Emergency Medicine, Disaster Management, Pharmacy Adminstration

Publications

Williams S, DiGregorio R, Chou A.  Evaluation of the implementation of a pharmacist-led pediatric asthma clinic in a teaching institution.  Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2012; 25(3) 405.

Scipione MR, Nogid B, Davanos E, DiGregorio RV.  Readministration of drotrecogin alfa (activated) in an adult with severe sepsis. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2011;68 1711-1715.

DiGregorio R.  Evolution of a Rapid Response Team: Using Outcome Data to Further Reduce Medical Emergencies.  Healthcare Association of New York State: Leading the Quest for Quality and Patient Safety.  HANYS Quality Institute. December 2011; p. 11.

DiGregorio RV, Fung HB.  Rapid Dosing of Critical Care Infusions: the Dopamine and Norepinephrine “Clocks”.  J Emerg Nurs.  2009 Apr;35(2):165-8.

DiGregorio R, Pasikhova Y.  Rhabdomyolysis Secondary to a Potential Interaction Between Sitagliptin and Lovastatin. Pharmacotherapy. 2009:29(3) 352-4.

Neilan R,  Cohen H, DiGregorio R, Borra S, Reilly J, Sharma R. The Effects of Renal Failure and Hypoalbuminemia on the Protein Binding of Cerivastatin in Hemodialysis Patients. Pharmacotherapy. 2002;22(10)1328.

Bessmertny O, DiGregorio RV, Cohen H, Becker E, Looney D, Golden J, Kohl L, Johnson T.  A randomized trial of nebulized magnesium sulfate in addition to albuterol in the treatment of acute mild-to-moderate acute asthma exacerbations in adults.  Ann Emerg Med. June 2002;39: 585-91.

Cohen V, Cohen H, DiGregorio RV,  Borgen E, Goldman W, Church A.  The appropriate selection of a low molecular weight heparin for an Acust Coronary Syndrome clinical pathway.  The New York Health-System Pharmacist.  21(1): 17-27. January/February 2002.

Woodall BS, DiGregorio RV. Comment: Olanzapine-induced acute pancreatitis. Ann Pharmacother. 2001 Apr;35(4):506-8.
DiGregorio RV.  Pharmacotherapeutic Advances in Cardiac Resuscitation: A Review of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)2000 Guidelines and their Impact on Pharmacy Practice.  Journal of Pharmacy Practice.  15(1): February 2001.

DiGregorio RV
and Katz S.  Pharmacoethics: Unblinding a clinical trial for personal gain.  The Pharmacist. 19(1):10-2 January 2000.

Cranin AN, DeGradoJ, Kaufman M, Baraoidan M, DiGregorio RV, Batgitis G, Lee ZB.  Evaluation of the periotest as a diagnostic tool for dental implants.  Journal of Oral Implantology. 24(3): 138145, 1998. {biostatistician}

Cranin AN. Klein M. Ley JP. Andrews J. DiGregorio R. An in vitro comparison of the computerized tomography/CADCAM and direct bone impression techniques for subperiosteal implant model generation.  Journal of Oral Implantology. 24(2):749, 1998. {biostatistician}

Taft DR. Iyer GR. Behar L. DiGregorio RV. Application of a firstpass effect model to characterize the pharmacokinetic disposition of venlafaxine after oral administration to human subjects. Drug Metabolism & Disposition. 25(10):12158, 1997 Oct.

Other Publications

DiGregorio R.  , Evolution of a Rapid Response Team: Using Outcome Data to Further Reduce Medical Emergencies.  Healthcare Association of New York State: Leading the Quest for Quality and Patient Safety.  , HANYS Quality Institute. 2011, December, p. 11.

DiGregorio RV.  Managing heart failure in diabetic patients.  US Pharmacist.  June 1998.

DiGregorio RV and Katz S.  Pharmacoethics: Witholding prescribing data from a utilization review committee.  The Pharmacist. 1997.

Papadopoulous J and DiGregorio RV.  The use of magnesium sulfate in asthma.  The Pharmacist. 1996;16.

DiGregorio RV and Katz S.  Pharmacoethics: The therapeutic use of a placebo inhaler.  New York State Journal of Pharmacy.  1995;15(2).

Longmore W and DiGregorio RV.  Three medication protocols for Emergency Medical Technicians.  The Blanket.  (Spring 1995).

DiGregorio RV.  Enhancing pharmaceutical srvices in the emergency department.  RV.   Pharmacoethics.  New York State Journal of Pharmacy.  1993;13(2):40-42.

Books/Book Chapters

DiGregorio RV and Ferrara LR.  Health Promotion: in Singleton JK, DiGregorio RV, Green-Hernandez C, et al. editors, Primary Care (2nd edition). Springer, 2014.

Singleton JK, DiGregorio RV, Green-Hernandez C, et al. The Structure of Primary Care: in Singleton JK, DiGregorio RV, Green-Hernandez C, et al. editors, Primary Care (2nd edition).  Springer, 2014.

Singleton JK, DiGregorio RV, Green-Hernandez C, et al. editors, Primary Care (2nd edition). Springer, 2014.

Singleton JK, DiGregorio RV, Yim V. Eye Conditions: in Youngin E, Isreal D, et al, editors; Pharmacotherapetics: A Primary Care Clinical Guide.  Second Edition. CT; Appleton & Lange, 2003.

Singleton JK, Sandowski S, Green-Hernandez C, Horvath T, DiGregorio RV, Holzemer SP. editors, Primary Care. Lippincott-Raven, 1998.

DiGregorio RV and Singleton JK.  Health Promotion: in Singleton JK, Sandowski S, Green-Hernandez C, Horvath T, DiGregorio RV, Holzemer SP. editors, Primary Care. Lippincott-Raven, 1998.

DiGregorio RV, Singleton JK. Eye Disorders: in Youngin E, Isreal D, et al, editors; Pharmacotherapy: A Primary Care Clinical Guide. Appleton & Lange, 1998.

Grants/Contracts

Health First Quality Incentive Program 2015 - $30,000
CMS: PCMH Grant Transitions of Care 2013 - $811,800
CMS: Community-Based Care Transition Program (CCTP) 2012 - $3,934,435
The Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on First-Line, Evidenced Based Smoking Cessation Interventions. Pace University. 2004 - $5,000 

 

Lectures and Presentations

Evaluation of presumed heparin induced thrombocytopenia management. Cafarini E, Giancarelli A, DiGregorio R, Muzykovsky K. Presented as an abstract/poster at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 49th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2014. Anaheim, CA.

Medication utilization review of H2-antagonist and proton-pump inhibitor use in non-critically ill settings. Luteran B, Rubin R, DiGregorio R. Presented as an abstract/poster at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 49th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2014. Anaheim, CA.

Evaluating the impact of health literacy and warfarin knowledge on clinical outcomes in outpatient anticoagulation clinics. Hopke C, DiGregorio R Presented as an abstract/poster at the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists Annual Assembly. May 2014. Saratoga Springs, NY.

Drug Use Evaluation of ketamine in the Emergency Department. Yam J, DiGregorio R . Presented as an abstract/poster at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 48th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2013. Orlando, FL
Delayed use of thrombolytic therapy in massive pulmonary embolism: case report.  Baron N, Muzykovsky K, DiGregorio R.  Presented as an abstract/poster at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 47th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2012. Las Vegas, NV.

Evaluation of the implementation of a pharmacist-led pediatric asthma clinic in a teaching institution.  Williams S, DiGregorio R, Chou A.  Presented as an abstract/poster at the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists Annual Assembly. May 2012. Saratoga, NY.

Elevated international normalized ratio (INR) with concomitant use of warfarin and Jamaican sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa) tea. Bhuiyan J, DiGregorio R.  Presented as an abstract/poster at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 46th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2011. New Orleans, LA.

Evaluation of albumin prescribing and implementation of an albumin clinical decision support system.  Robinson T, Muzykovsky K, Davanos E, DiGregorio R.  Presented as an abstract/poster at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 46th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2011. New Orleans, LA.

Ciguatera toxin poisoning in a pediatric patient successfully treated with atropine and terbutaline.  Bockenstedt T, Chou A, Davanos E, DiGregorio R.  Presented as an abstract/poster at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 45th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2010. Anaheim, CA.

Treatment of hypersomnia post bilateral paramedian thalamic artery infarct with modafinil: a case report.  Khalabuda M, Muzykovsky K, DiGregorio R.  Presented as an abstract/poster at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 45th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting. December 2010. Anaheim, CA.

Evaluating the Management of Diabetes Mellitus Type-2 in HIV-Infected Patients Agnes Cha, Eva Berrios-Colon, Leonard Berkowitz, Jennifer Huang, Robert DiGregorio.  Presented as an abstract/poster at American Conference for the Treatment of HIV (ACTHIV)! May 20-23, 2010. Denver, CO.

Acute Anemia Associated with High Dose Aspirin Therapy in Kawasaki Disease.  Charnicia E. Huggins, Agnes Chou, Robert V. DiGregorio. Abstract/Poster presented at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 44th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2009, Las Vegas, NV

Azithromycin and Torsade de Pointes in a Patient on Long-Term Methadone Therapy: A Case Report Irina Tykhonova, Evangelia Davanos, Robert V. DiGregorio Abstract/Poster presented at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 44th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2009, Las Vegas, NV

Efficacy of Ampicillin plus Ceftriaxone for the Treatment of Presumed Endocarditis Due to Enterococcus faecalis Resistant to Vancomycin and Aminoglycosides: A Case Report Mikesha Anderson, Boris Nogid, Shafiqur Rahman, Robert V. DiGregorio. Abstract/Poster presented at American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists 44th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 2009, Las Vegas, NV

Continuous Heparin Infusion For The Treatment Of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation. Muzykovsky K, Vincent W, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 43rd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, FL, December 2008.

Successful Treatment Of Enterococcus Faecalis Bioprosthetic Valve Endocarditis With High-Dose Ceftriaxone And Ampicillin In A Penicillin-Allergic Patient Following Penicillin Desensitization. Sarosky K, Davanos E, Nogid B, DiGregorio R. Presented at the 43rd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, FL, December 2008.
Successful Rechallenge With Dye-Free Warfarin In A Patient Who Experienced A Warfarin-Induced Skin Reaction.Rangel R, Berrios-Colon E, DiGregorio R. Presented at the 43rd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, FL, December 2008.

Successful Course Of Therapy With Drotrecogin Alfa (Activated) In A Human Immunodeficiency Virus Positive Patient. Omoloju A, Scipione M, Nogid B, Davanos E, DiGregorio R. Presented at the 43rd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, FL, December 2008.

Isolated Seizure Episode Secondary To Long Term Desmopressin Therapy For Hypopituitarism. Bor Y, Davanos E, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 43rd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, FL, December 2008.  
Cockroft-Gault (CG) Using Ideal Body Weight (IBW) Versus Cockroft-Gault (CG) Using Adjusted Body Weight (Ajbw) Equation In Obese Patients And Drug Clearance. Scipione M, Lerner P, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 43rd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, FL, December 2008.

Potential Drug Induced Psychosis In Pediatric Patients Exposed To High Dose Prednisone. Brown D, Chou A, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 43rd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, FL, December 2008.

Warfarin Re-Challenge In A Patient With Warfarin-Induced Skin Necrosis And Factor V Leiden Mutation: A Case Study. Gurevich A, Berrios-Colon E, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 42nd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, NV, December 2007.

Impact Of A Pharmacist On Resuscitation And Survival-To-Discharge Following Cardiac Arrest. Davanos E, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 42nd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, NV, December 2007.

Rhabdomyolysis Secondary to a Potential Interaction Between Sitagliptin and Lovastatin. Pasikova Y, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 42nd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, NV, December 2007.

Improvement In Total Cholesterol And Triglycerides: Replacing Lopinavir/Ritonavir With Boosted Darunavair:  A Case Report. Gelber E, Berkowitz L, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 42nd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, NV, December 2007.

Re-Administration Of Drotrecogin Alfa (Activated) In An Adult With Severe Sepsis in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Scipione M, Nogid B, DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 42nd annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, NV, December 2007.

Evaluation of In House, Around the Clock Clinical Services Provided as Part of a Pharmacy Practice Residency.  Won C., DiGregorio RV.  Presented at the 41st annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Anaheim, California, December 2006.

Proficiency of Healthcare Providers in the Use of Inhaled Aerosol Medication Delivery Systems in the Management of Airway Disease.  Huang J., Berrios-Colon E., DiGregorio R.  Presented at the 41st annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Anaheim, California, December 2006.

Implementation of a Pharmacy Discharge Planning Program in an Urban Community Teaching Hospital.  Hon S., Chacko B., DiGregorio RV. Presented at the 41st annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Anaheim, California, December 2006.
Development of a Warfarin Nomogram in an Urban Population.  Chou A., Berrios-Colon E., DiGregorio RV.  Presented at the 40th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2005.
.  Comparison of Intravenous Route versus Oral Route for Phenytoin Loading in Patients with Renal Impairment.  Tang J.. Nogid B., DiGregorio RVPresented at the 40th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2005.

Evaluation of INR Fluctuation of Brand Warfarin Versus Two Different Generic Manufacturers.  Choudry S., DiGregorio RV., Berrios-Colon E.  Presented at the 40th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2005.

Evaluation of a Standardized Insulin Protocol in a Critical Care Setting.  Goldberg T., Nogid B., DiGregorio RV.  Presented at the 40th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2005.

Prospective Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) On The Appropriate Use Of Insulin.  Okobiah M., Nogid B., Berrios-Colon E., DiGregorio RV.  Presented at the 39th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, Florida, December 2004.

Evaluation of the Usefulness of an Aerosol Inhalation Training Aid on Asthma Control. Dedeyan S., DiGregorio RV.  Presented at the 39th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, Florida, December 2004.

Evaluation of an Antimicrobial Management Team with Clinical Pharmacist Participation in a Community Teaching Hospital.  Bacchus  S., Nogid B., DiGregorio RV.  Berkowitz L.  Presented at the 39th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, Florida, December 2004.

Appropriate administration of albuterol in the emergency treatment of acute asthma in adult patients. Cascio L, DiGregorio RV. Presented at the 2003 Summer Meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, San Diego, CA. June 2003.
Appropriate use of albuterol versus ipratropium and albuterol for the treatment of acute exacerbation of mild to moderate asthma in adult patients. Cascio L, DiGregorio RV.  Presented at the 2003 Summer Meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, San Diego, CA. June 2003.

Nebulized ipratropium in addition to standard therapy in asthmatic patients.  Abraham T, Becker E, Cohen, H., Looney D, Goldan J, Kohl L, Johnson T.,  DiGregorio, R. V.  Presented at the 1999 Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, February 2000.  (Abstract in Critical Care Medicine, December 1999 (Supplemement) Vol 27: A55.)
Effect of nebulized magnesium sulfate on serum magnesium levels in asthmatic patients.  DiGregorio, R. V., Bessmertny, O., Pringle, G., Cohen, H..  Presented at the 34th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Orlando, Florida, December 1999.

Nebulized magnesium sulfate in addition to standard therapy in asthmatic patients.  Bessmertny, O., Becker E, Cohen, H., Looney D, Goldan J, Kohl L, Johnson T.,  DiGregorio, R. V.  Presented at the 1999 annual meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Kansas City, Missouri, October 1999.

Nebulized magnesium sulfate in addition to standard therapy in asthmatic patients.  Bessmertny, O., Becker E, Cohen, H., Looney D, Goldan J, Kohl L, Johnson T.,  DiGregorio, R. V.  Presented at the 1999 Research Symposium of the West Virginia College of Pharmacy, Morgantown, West Virginia, October 1999.

Actual versus perceived contraindications to thrombolytic therapy in a teaching hospital.  Brass SM & DiGregorio RV.  Presented at the 30th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 1995.

Antiarrhythmic use post myocardial infarction and on discharge.  Eappen T & DiGregorio RV.  Presented at the 30th annual mid-year clinical meeting of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 1995.

Assessment of unlabeled uses of medications in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  DiGregorio RV,  Mangione RA, Kay BG.  Presented at the 47th annual meeting of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Boston, Massachusetts, June 1990.

Honors/Awards

Founding Member, Department of Homeland Security

Commonwealth of Virginia Graduate Fellowship

Smith, Kline & French Award for Clinical Pharmacy Skills

Upjohn Award for Outstanding Service to St. John's University

McKesson Drug Co. Leadership Award

Warner Lambert Scholarship for Community Health Service

American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Student Leadership Award

Congressional Certificate of Merit

Other Professional Activities

American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists PPMI Ambulatory Care Consensus Panel

Professional Affairs Committee. New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists (NYSCHP).

Unlicensed Support Personnel Committee. New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists (NYSCHP).

Scientific Reviewer. Journal of Pharmacy Practice

Scientific Reviewer. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

Scientific Reviewer. Pharmacotherapy

Forensic reviewer/expert witness for the Office of Professional Discipline – NYS Education Department 

Professional Affiliations

American Association of University Professors
Rho Chi, Pharmacy Honor Society
Phi Lambda Sigma, Pharmacy Leadership Society
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists
Director of Pharmacy Practice (2013-2018)
Royal Counties Pharmacists Society
Long Island Society of Health-systems Pharmacists