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Neal J. Benedict received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2002 from Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dr. Benedict completed two residencies accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The first being a Pharmacy Practice residency through Kaleida Health in Buffalo, NY; and the second a Critical Care Specialty residency through the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Benedict currently holds an Associate Professor title within the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He is also a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). At the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Benedict is the primary course coordinator for Critical Care Nephrology and Special Topics electives. In addition, Dr. Benedict is a co-director of the Pharmacotherapy Scholars Program Area of Concentration (ARCO).
In 2009 and 2014, Dr. Benedict received the “Cohen Teacher of the Year Award” for exceptional dedication, knowledge, and teaching skills. In 2011 and 2018, Dr. Benedict received the Rho Chi “Innovations in Teaching Award” recognizing those professors who utilize their ability to implement new and creative methods in order to optimally teach the challenging pharmacy curriculum. Dr. Benedict received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) “Innovations in Teaching Award” in 2014; the AACP Award for Excellence in Assessment in 2017; and the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.
Dr. Benedict’s clinical practice sites are the Surgical/Trauma and Medical Intensive Care Units. His primary role in this capacity is to coordinate with interdisciplinary healthcare teams to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to critically ill patients. In addition, Dr. Benedict serves as a faculty preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students in introductory and advanced professional experiential rotations. In 2012, Dr Benedict was honored with University of Pittsburgh “Faculty Preceptor of the Year” for his work and dedication to training the next generation of clinical pharmacists. Dr. Benedict also precepts both 1st and 2nd year residents enrolled in the ASHP accredited University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Residency Program.
Dr. Benedict holds publications in Clinical Therapeutics, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of Critical Care, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists, and American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. His educational research focuses on the effective use of patient simulation and educational technologies to propel students to higher levels of mastery regarding patient care outcomes. His clinical research focus involves the management of patient reported sedation outcomes, as well as the management of alcohol withdrawal syndromes. In 2018, Dr. Benedict was awarded AACP’s Rufus A. Lyman Award presented annually to the author of the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.