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Melissa A. Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA

Office: 303 Baum, 7A- 5, 5607 Baum Boulevard, 15206

Phone: 412-624-8142

Fax: 412-624-8175



Dr. McGivney is committed to advancing pharmacist-provided patient care in the community.
She serves as a founding member of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network (PPCN), a Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) of over 150 community pharmacies in Pennsylvania, where she leads the research and quality improvement initiatives. Dr. McGivney also directs the PittPharmacy Community Leadership and Innovation in Practice (CLIP) Center that serves as the home to faculty, residents, fellows, students, staff, partners and alumni who are focused on advancing pharmacy practice and the health of people in our communities. She initiated the University of Pittsburgh Community Residency, and has served as Director for 27 Community Pharmacy Residents and 4 fellows in partnership with community pharmacy partner organizations. She led the development and coordinates the NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars Program which has engaged 31 community pharmacy faculty from 27 colleges of pharmacy nationally, and has been an invited speaker for over 60 presentations at state and national meetings. Dr. McGivney brings this passion to the classroom leading a second professional year experiential learning course partnering students with community pharmacies, and introduces patient care to our first-year students.

She has been honored as Fellow by both the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association. She has been recognized by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as Community Faculty member of the year in 2011, the American Pharmacists Association Community Residency Preceptor of the year in 2012, the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Excellence in Innovation Award in 2018, among other awards. Dr. McGivney was selected as a University of Pittsburgh representative to the inaugural class of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Leaders Network for 2018-19.

Dr. McGivney is Associate Dean for Community Partnerships and Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics. She received her PharmD degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed an Ambulatory Care Residency at UPMC Presbyterian/University of Pittsburgh. She joined the PittPharmacy faculty in 2003 after serving on the faculty of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program.

1. Doong K#, Berenbrok L, Patel A*, Coley K, Antinopoulos B, Carroll J, Richarson R, McGivney MS. Early implementations of pharmacist-provided patient care services of a statewide pharmacy network within a regional grocery chain pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc 2019. doi:

2. Dombrowski SK*, Bacci JL, Klatt PM, Osborne MA, Castelli G, Burns A, McGivney MS. Financial models utilized throughout the United States by non-academic, outpatient primary care practices to justify incorporation of pharmacists in team-based primary care. J Am Pharm Assoc 2019. (2019), doi: https://

3. Berenbrok LA, Hart KM*, McGrath SH, Coley KC, McGivney MS, Empey PE. Community pharmacists’ educational needs for implementing clinical pharmacogenomic services. J Am Pharm Assoc (2019), doi: j.japh.2019.03.005.

4. Carroll J^, McGivney MS, Grapsy J#, Renner H^, McCormick K, Cooney SS, Coley KC. Development of a Prescription Dispensing Data Infographic to facilitate collaboration between community pharmacists and prescribers. J Am Pharm Assoc 2019;59:232-237.

5. National Association of Chain Drug Stores. (Berenbrok L, Carroll J, Coley K, McGivney MS editors) Pharmacy Technicina Role Expansion: an evidence-based position paper. Alexandria, VA: National Association of Chain Drug Stores; July, 2018.

6. American Pharmacists Association. (McGivney MS, Dombrowski SK invited editors) Billing Primer: a pharmacist’s guide to outpatient fee-for-service billing. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association; February 2018.

7. Hayes KN#, Pan I#, Kunkel A#, McGivney MS, Thorpe CT. Evaluation of Targeted Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Education among Undergraduate College Students. J Am Coll Health. 2018:Dec 1-9.

8. Castelli G*, Bacci J^, Dombrowski S*, Osborne M, Difilippo A, Klatt PM, McGivney MS. Pharmacist Delivered Comprehensive Medication Management within Family Medicine Practices: An evaluation of the SCRIPT Project. Family Medicine 2018.50(8):605-612.

9. Campbell AM, Coley KC, Corbo JM, DeLellis TM, Joseph MP, Thorpe CT, McGivney MS, Klatt P, Cox-Vance L, Balestrino V, Sakely H. Pharmacist-led Drug Therapy Problem Management in an Interprofessional Geriatric Care Continuum: A subset of the PIVOTS (Pharmacist-led Interventions on Transitions of Seniors) group. American Health & Drug Benefits 2018.11(9):469-478.

10. Westberg SM, Beatty SJ, Corona Ar, Deines S, Gunning KM, Gurgle HE, Holtan HS, Marcinak MW, McConnell KJ, McGivney MS, Patel RJ. Residency pathways to ambulatory care practice: Essential insights for students, residents, and educators. J Am Pharm Assoc 2017; e1-e5.

11. Steltenpohl ES#, Barry BK#, Coley KC, McGivney MS, Olenak JL, Berenbrok L. An Evaluation of Successful
Point-of-Care Testing in Community Pharmacies: Keys to Success from Pennsylvania Pharmacists. J Pharm Pract 2017; online.

12. Haver A*, Sakely H, McGivney MS, Thorpe C, Zaharoff J, Corbo J, Cox-Vance L, Klatt P, Schleiden L, Balestrino V, Coley KC. A qualitative study exploring geriatric care team perceptions of pharmacists caring for older adults across health care settings. Ann Long Term Care 2017;25(4):20-26.

13. Angelo LB. (McGivney MS Invited Advisory Board Member) Post-graduate Year 1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program Implementation Guide. 2016. Available at:

14. Hall DL, Schonder KS, Pater KS, McGivney MS, Meyer SM. The PITT Form: Pharmacist Interaction Tracking Tool for capturing student-patient interactions in direct and simulated patient care activities. Am J Pharm Ed 2016; 80(6), Article 105.

15. Bacci JL^, Akinwale TP^, Adams AJ, McGivney MS. An analysis of community pharmacy shared faculty contributions to practice, teaching and scholarship. Am J Pharm Ed 2016; 80(7) Article 115.

16. Snyder ME, Frail CK, Gernant SA, Bacci JL, Colip L, Ferreri SP, Hagemeier NE, McGivney MS, Rodis JL, Smith MG, Smith RB. Fellowships in Community Pharmacy Research: Experiences of Five Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016; 56: 316-322.

17. Bacci JL^, Coley KC, McGrath K. Abraham O, Adams AJ, McGivney MS. Strategies to facilitate the implementation of collaborative practice agreements in chain community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016: 257-265.

18. McCartney EM*, Bacci JL^, Ossman KL*, Richardson RM, DelPizzo DM, DeJames JR, McGivney MS. Mobile application features sought after by patients of a grocery store chain pharmacy. J Am Pharm Assoc 2016;56:62-66.

19. Sakely H, Corbo J, Coley K, McGivney MS, Thorpe C, Klatt PM, Schleiden L, Zaharoff J, Cox-Vance L, Balestrino V. Experience with Pharmacist-led Collaborative Practice for Older Adults Across the Continuum of Care. Am J Health-Sys Pharm 2015;72(8): 606-9.

20. Bacci JL*, McGrath SH, Pringle JL, Maguire MA, McGivney MS. Implementation of targeted medication adherence interventions within a community chain pharmacy practice: The Pennsylvania Collaborative. J Am Pharm Assoc 2014; 54(6): 584-93.

21. Kauffman Y*, Barkowitz, E, Cerussi N, Pringle JL, McGivney MS. Identifying medication-related needs of HIV patients: foundation for community pharmacist-based services. INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy 2014; 5(1): Article 139.

22. Adams AJ, Clark DR, DeLander GE, Mackinnon GE, Malloy M, McGivney MS, Mobley C, Nuffer, W, Parsons P, Smesny AL, Smith M, Ives TJ. Report of the AACP Task Force on Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations. Am J Pharm Ed 2013;77(7) Article 142.

23. Elrod SE*, Snyder ME, Hall DL, McGivney MS, Smith RB. Practice Change in Community Pharmacy: A Case Study of Multiple Stakeholders’ Perspectives. INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy 2012; 3(3): Article 82.

2018 ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Academic Leaders Network - University of Pittsburgh representative
2017 National Association of State Pharmacy Associations Excellence in Innovation Award for Pennsylvania
2015 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award
2015 APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Award for best poster at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting (team award)
2014 Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (FAPhA)
2012 American Pharmacists Association Community Residency Preceptor Award
2012 American Pharmacists Association Wiederholt Prize (co-author) best paper in Social and Administrative Sciences in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association in 2012
2011 Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year Award
2011 National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Community Faculty of the Year Award
2009 Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP)
2007 American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Professional Merit Award
2007 University of Pittsburgh Bands - Alumnae of Distinction
2006 University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year
2006 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award - Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA)
2001 Outstanding Faculty Award of Merit - Wilkes University

1. “Community Engagement: The Pitt Experience”. Invited speaker. Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Leaders Consortium. Georgia Tech University. Atlanta, GA. February 8, 2019

2. “Building a Community Pharmacy Network – The Road to a Payor Contract:  Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network” – APhA PharmTalk Series. Invited speaker and session moderator. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. Nashville, TN. March 18, 2018.

3. “Early implementation of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network” to the Pennsylvania Medicaid Medical Directors Meeting. Invited expert. Harrisburg, PA. March 8, 2018.

4. “Applying a common language for comprehensive medication management to practice.” Invited speaker. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Patient-centered Team-based Practice Forum. Jacksonville, FL. February 17, 2018.

5. “Quality Assurance within the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network” Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) USA Quality Assurance Workgroup Webinar. Invited speaker. February 13 & 14, 2018.

6. “Early implementation of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network: Successful techniques in independent pharmacies.” Invited speaker and panel moderator. Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-year Meeting. Lancaster, PA. January, 27, 2018.

7. “Early implementation of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Care Network (PPCN).” Keynote speaker and moderator. Community Leadership and Innovation in Practice Workshop Series. University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Pittsburgh, PA. January 12, 2018.

8. “Stimulating implementation science research at FQHC’s/CHC’s: Rational for training and capacity building.” Invited workshop session co-chair. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Bethesda, MD. November 6-7, 2017.

9. “Early implementation of a pharmacist-practice network.” Invited panel speaker. Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Team-based Care Workshop. Alexandria, VA. November 1, 2017.

10. “Leading by example.” Co-presenter. Amerisource-Bergan Conference. Las Vegas, NV. July 20, 2017.

11. “Integrating the pharmacist patient care process into the PharmD curriculum.” AACP Annual Meeting Teacher’s Seminar. Nashville, TN. July 18, 2017.

12. “Leading by example.” Co-presenter. APhA Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. March, 2017.

13. “Preparing Pharmacy’s Workforce of the Future.” RelayHealth “Empowering better health” users meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. October 27, 2016.

14. “Pharmacist Patient Care Process.” University of Pittsburgh Alumni Continuing Education Series. Pittsburgh, PA. August, 2016.

15. “Creating an action plan to integrate the patient care process into the classroom and experiential learning.” AACP Annual Meeting Teacher’s Seminar. Anaheim, CA. July, 2016.

16. “Leading the charge for patient care services.” Co-presenter. APhA Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. March, 2016.

17. “Utilizing patient encounters to personalize advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotation selection.” AACP Experiential Education Section Webinar. April, 2015. Bacci JL, Coley KC, McGivney MS.

18. “Getting your foot in the door as a health care provider: strategies for success” Co-presenter. APhA Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. March, 2015.

19. “Collaboration between Schools of Pharmacy and State Pharmacy Organizations”. AACP Annual Meeting. Grapevine, TX. July, 2014.

20. “Qualitative Research Methods” Roundtable Speaker APhA Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. March, 2014.

21. “Deans Networking Session II: Partnering with ACOs and Medical Homes” Panel Speaker AACP Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. July, 2013.

22. “Research in Community Pharmacy: the need, the resources, the opportunity” Panel Speaker AACP Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. July, 2013.

23. “Advancing a Comprehensive and Consistent Practice for Clinical Pharmacists—The Future Is Now: Community/Ambulatory Perspective” Keynote Panel Speaker ACCP Annual Meeting. Hollywood, FL. October, 2012.

24. “APhA/AACP Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Curricular Project Expert Panel Recommendations”. [Expert Panel Speaker] APhA Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. March, 2012.

1. Community Pharmacy Practice Transformation Initiative: Facilitating partnerships between Community Pharmacy Enhanced Service Networks (CPESN) and schools of pharmacy. Community Pharmacy Foundation.
Principal Investigator. 2019-2020.

2. A Statewide Community Pharmacy Research Network Aligning Patients, Providers, and Researchers. PCORI Co-investigator (K. Coley, Principal Investigator). 2018-2020.

3. CDC:  Improving the Health of Americans Through Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke. CDC/PA Department of Health. Subcontractor of PPA, serving as Principal Investigator for the Development of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN). Principal Investigator. 2018-19.

4. Utilizing community pharmacy prescription dispensing data to impact opportunities for pharmacist-prescriber collaboration. Community Pharmacy Foundation. Co-investigator (H. Renner, Principal Investigator). 2017-19.

5. PA Cares. NIH All of Us Precision Medicine Initiative. NIH. Co-Investigator (S. Reis, Principal Investigator) 2016-21.

6. Improving vaccination rates through community partnerships and technology. NACDS. Co-Investigator. (K.Coley Principal Investigator). 2016-18.

7. State public health actions to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, obesity and associated risk factors and provide school health. CDC/PA Department of Health. Subcontractor of PPA, serving as Principal Investigator for the Development of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN). Principal Investigator. 2013-18.

8. NACDS Foundation Community Residency PREP Grant with Giant Eagle Pharmacy. NACDS Foundation.
Principal Investigator. 2015-18.

9. The Philly Difference: Connections for better chronic care. CDC/Philadelphia Department of Health. Subcontractor of PPA, serving as Primary Investigator for the development of training resources and outreach materials and program evaluation. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Principal Investigator. 2015.