Melissa Smith, PharmD, BCCCP

Melissa Smith, PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Specialist Critical Care
Residency Program Director, PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency
Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Phone: 440.312.2266
Fax: 440.312.7104
Email: raichm@ccf.org

Clinical Specialist at Hillcrest since: 2010

Education and Certifications

  • Board-Certified Critical Care Pharmacist, May 2017 
  • Critical Care Specialty Residency 2010, Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio
  • Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, October 2009-2016
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency 2009, Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
  • Doctor of Pharmacy 2008, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

Areas of interest:

  • Infectious diseases in the intensive care unit
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Medication safety

Current Projects and Committees

  • Residency Program Director, PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency 
  • Management of the Spontaneous Awakening Trial and Spontaneous Breathing Trial Protocol implementation in the medical/surgical intensive care unit
  • Sepsis Core Measure Fall-Out review and analysis
  • Clinical rounding in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Units
  • Clinical rounding with the Trauma/Acute Surgical Care team
  • PGY-1 Residency Advisory Committee: Research Subcommittee
  • PGY-1 Residency Advisory Committee: Recruitment and Interviewing Subcommittee
  • Member of CCHS ICU Pharmacy Operations Committee
  • Sepsis Fall Out Review Committee
  • Member of Hillcrest Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee
  • Member of ICU Performance Improvement Committee
    • Member of the Critical Response and Resuscitation sub-committee

Teaching

  • Preceptor for PGY-1 and PGY-2 critical care residents at Hillcrest Hospital 
  • Preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students
  • Provider of local continuing education for nurses, pharmacists and physicians

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Clinical Support Award, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital Nursing Excellence Awards, May 2019. 
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital Patient Safety Champion, April 2018.
  • Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program Regional Preceptor of the Year, June 2015.
  • Appreciation Award for Teamwork, Leadership Council, Hillcrest Hospital, March 2014.
  • Employee of the Month, Hillcrest Hospital Dept of Pharmacy, February 2012.
  • 10th Annual Mercy Health Partners Research Symposium Excellence Award for Poster Presentation, May 2010.
  • Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Fall Research Meeting Presentation Award, Oct 2008.

Publications

  • Hogue AN, Temple ME, Raich M, Worley S, Schwersenski J, Floyd R, Saker F. Effects of in-utero exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and venlafaxine on term and preterm infants. JNPM. December 2017; 10(4).
  • Temple ME, Lagzdins ML. Streamlining the residency interview process using web-based teleconferencing. Am. J. Health Syst. Pharm. 2014;71:697-701.
  • Huebner M, Temple-Cooper M, Lagzdins M, Yeh J. A pilot study evaluating the effect of daily education by a pharmacist on medication related HCAHPS scores and medication reconciliation. J Biosafety Health Educ. 2013;1:1-6.
  • Antiretroviral Medications. Melissa M. Lagzdins, Pharm.D., BCPS. Chapter contribution for Antimicrobianos: uso terapeutico en infectologia clinica by Luis Jauregui, Jr., M.D. 2013.
  • Hulisz D, Lagzdins M. Drug induced hypertension. U.S. Pharmacists. 2008;33(9):1-6.

Poster Presentations

  • ST segment elevation myocardial infarction following administration of tissue plasminogen activator for acute stroke. With Frank Rigelsky, PharmD, BCPS; Matthew Nagar, PharmD, BCPS; Julia Kuroski, PharmD, BCCCP. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2017.
  • Rebound elevation of international normalized ratio forty-eight hours after administration of four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate. With Frank Rigelsky, PharmD, BCPS. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2016.
  • Medication use evaluation of activated prothrombin complex concentrate. With Kimberly Augustyn, PharmD and Frank Rigelsky, PharmD, BCPS. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2015.
  • Does dexmedetomidine use decrease benzodiazepine requirements in patients undergoing alcohol withdrawal? With Kristen Funelli, PharmD. Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, May 2015; and American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2014.
  • Pharmacist’s Evaluation of Rivaroxaban Dosing for Atrial Fibrillation. With Colton Hutton, PharmD, and Frank Rigelsky, PharmD, BCPS. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2013.
  • Evaluation of Intravenous Acetaminophen Use at a Community Hospital. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2013.
  • A Pilot Study Evaluating the Effect Daily counseling by a Pharmacist on Medication Related HCAHPS Scores and Medication Reconciliation Satisfaction, Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, May 2013, with Megan Huebner, PharmD, and Mary E Temple, MS, PharmD, BCPS.
  • The Effects In-Utero Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Venlafaxine on Neonatal Outcomes, Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, May 2013, with Ashleigh Hogue, PharmD, and Mary Temple, MS, PharmD, BCPS.
  • Impact of Converting Levofloxacin to High-Dose Equivalent Regimen in a Community Teaching Hospital, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2012, with Nathan Wirick, PharmD, BCPS, and Nicholas Link, PharmD, BCOP.
  • Vasopressin Use in a Medical Intensive Care Unit, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2011, with Joshua Unsworth, PharmD, BCPS.
  • Justification of a Clinical Pharmacist Position in an Intensive Care Unit. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2010.
  • Impact of a Clinical Pharmacist on Blood Glucose Control in the Intensive Care Unit. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Practice and Research Forum, April 2010.
  • Impact of Pharmacist-Based Medication Discharge Counseling on Hospital Readmission Rates in General Medicine Patients. Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, May 2009.

Lecture Presentations

  • A Review of the 2018 PADIS Guidelines: Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacists, Columbus, OH; June 2019.
  • Cost Savings and Quality Initiatives in Hillcrest Hospital ICU: Intensive Care Unit Operations Leadership Committee, Cleveland Clinic, September 2018.
  • Cost Savings and Quality Initiatives in Hillcrest Hospital ICU: Intensive Care Unit Operations Leadership Committee, Cleveland Clinic, September 2017.
  • Management of the Unknown Overdose: Cleveland Society of Health System Pharmacists, Cleveland, OH; September 2017.
  • Vasopressors Bootcamp. Education Presentation: Critical Care Registered Nurses, Hillcrest Hospital Intensive Care Unit, March and April 2016.
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Non-Ketosis Crisis. With Jean-Louis Dupiton, MD, and Kathleen Kennedy, CCNS. Education presentation: Critical care Registered Nurses, Monthly Educational Lectures, Hillcrest Hospital Intensive Care Unit, September 2015.
  • Sedation and Pain Management. With Jean-Louis Dupiton, MD, and Kathleen Kennedy, CCNS. Education presentation: Critical care Registered Nurses, Monthly Educational Lectures, Hillcrest Hospital Intensive Care Unit, January and May 2015.
  • Hemodynamics & Vasopressors. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, April 2014.
  • ICU Pharmacy Bootcamp: How to Monitor Medications in the Patient with Hemodynamic Instability. Greater New York Health Association, Clinical Pharmacy Program, Feb 2014.
  • Epilepsy Review. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, November 2013.
  • Hemodynamics & Vasopressors. Cleveland Clinic Nursing Education, Critical Care Nursing Course, August 2013.
  • Sepsis. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, March 2013.
  • Hemodynamics & Vasopressors. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, December 2012.
  • Sedation & Analgesia. Hillcrest Hospital Trauma Lecture Series, August 2012.
  • Toxicology in the Intensive Care Unit. Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacists Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, Beachwood, Ohio, June 2012.
  • Electrolytes & Lab Values. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, April 2012.
  • Toxicology in the Intensive Care Unit. Cleveland Clinic Health System Regional Continuing Education Meeting, Lutheran Hospital, April 2011.