Toronto-area Pharmacist Named 2016 Pharmacist of the Year Award by the Ontario Pharmacists Association

Toronto, ON (May 30, 2016) – Toronto-area pharmacist Carlo De Angelis has been named the 2016 Pharmacist of the Year Award by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). The award will be presented on June 11, 2016, at the Association’s conference in Toronto.

“Carlo De Angelis is an outstanding example of what a pharmacist can do for patients and for the healthcare system when they make full use of their leadership skills, expertise in health and medication management, and passion for pharmacy practice,” says Dennis Darby, CEO, OPA. “We are proud to present the 2016 Pharmacist of the Year Award to such a deserving pharmacist.”

De Angelis is a passionate advocate for pharmacists becoming more involved in the care of cancer patients. As the Clinician Scientist in Oncology at the Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, he knows first-hand the positive impact that pharmacists can have on patients who are undergoing cancer treatment, as well as on their families and caregivers. As the owner and manager of Panacea Pharmacy in Woodbridge, ON, he has gained unique insight into the challenges that oncology patients face in the community pharmacy.

“It is critical for patients to understand how to take their medications appropriately, manage side effects and avoid serious adverse events to ensure optimal benefit from their prescribed therapy and maintain health and quality of life,” says De Angelis. “Having an ongoing professional relationship with your pharmacist enables an open dialogue about medications; ensuring the best possible health related outcomes.”

De Angelis has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications related to medications in oncology treatment. His areas of research interest include the prevention and management of treatment-related side effects in cancer patients, with a particular interest in nausea and vomiting, neutropenia, anemia, neuropathic pain management and end of life care. Additional interests include practice based research to support the clinical activities of pharmacists in symptom management, patient counselling and the roll of pharmacists in promoting good medication taking behavior in the oncology setting.

In addition to his roles at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Panacea Pharmacy, De Angelis is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy where he co-coordinates and lectures in the third year Oncology Therapeutics course. He has given numerous presentations on oncology-related topics, and been involved in several advisory boards and planning committees including at Cancer Care Ontario and the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology where he served as president from 2009-11.

Most recently, he participated in the development the Oncology for Pharmacists through the Continuing Professional Development Program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

De Angelis earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto in 1981 and completed a Hospital Pharmacy Residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 1982. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.

About The Ontario Pharmacists Association

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession, and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. As Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and continuing education and drug information provider for pharmacists, the Association represents pharmacy professionals across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, enabling them to practice to their fullest potential, and making them more accessible to patients, OPA is working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system.

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