Amy Calabrese Donihi is an Associate Professor and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1996 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and her Doctor of Pharmacy in 1998 from The State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1999, Dr. Donihi completed an ASHP-accredited residency in pharmacy practice at UPMC and then joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Donihi is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with a clinical practice focusing in inpatient diabetes management and medication education. Through her work with the Diabetes Patient Safety Committee at UPMC, she has collaborated with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers to develop, implement, and assess hospital-wide standardized protocols that target inpatient diabetes and hyperglycemia management.
Dr. Donihi is committed to the training of pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. She is a preceptor for both PharmD students from the University of Pittsburgh and pharmacy residents from UPMC on clinical rotation. In the PharmD program at Pitt, she currently coordinates the Gastroenterology and Nutrition course in the second professional year, and she co-coordinates the Endocrine course in the third professional year. She also serves as practicum facilitator for numerous courses throughout the curriculum.
Dr. Donihi's research interests mimic her clinical interests. She has authored papers based on her clinical practice and her application of the principles of continuous quality improvement to improve the hospital care of patients with hyperglycemia and those at high risk for poor outcome following hospital discharge.
Inpatient Diabetes Management
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Calabrese AT, Pasko MT. A review of the clinical efficacy of meropenem. Journal of Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy 1998; 3: 9-43.
Calabrese AT, Coley KC, DaPos SV, Swanson D, Rao RH. The risk of lactic acidosis with metformin: an evaluation of prescribing practices. Archives of Internal Medicine 2002; 162:434-437.
Calabrese AT, Cholka K, Lenhart SE, McCarty B, Zewe G, Sunseri D, Roberts M, Kapoor W. Pharmacist involvement in a multidisciplinary inpatient medication education program. Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2003; 60:1012-8.
Fedutes BA, Donihi AC, Culley CM, McCreery BJ, Ansani NT. An evidence-based summary of insulin analogs. P&T 2005; 30:112-120.
DiNardo M, Donihi AC, DeVita M, Siminerio L, Rao H, Korytkowski M. A nurse-directed protocol for recognition and treatment of hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients with diabetes. Practical Diabetology 2005; 24:37-40.
Donihi AC, DiNardo MM, DeVita MA, Korytkowski MT. Use of a standardized protocol to decrease medication errors and adverse events related to sliding scale insulin. Qual Saf Health Care 2006; 15:89-91.
Korytkowski M, DiNardo M, Donihi AC, Bigi L, DeVita M. Evolution of a diabetes inpatient safety committee. Endocrine Practice 2006; 12 (Suppl. 3):91-99.
Donihi AC, Raval D, Saul M, Korytkowski M, DeVita MA. Prevalence and predictors of corticosteroid-related hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients. Endocrine Practice 2006; 12:358-362.
Rea RS, Donihi AC, Bobeck M, Herout P, McKaveney TP, Kane-Gill SL, Korytkowski MT. Implementing an intravenous insulin infusion protocol in the intensive care unit. Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2007; 64:385-395.
Donihi AC, Yang E, Mark SM, Sirio CA, Weber RJ. Scheduling of pharmacist-provided medication education for hospitalized patients. Hosp Pharm; 2008;43:121-126.
Noschese ML, Donihi AC, Koerbel G, Karslioglu E, DiNardo M, Curll M, Korytkowski M. Effect of a diabetes order set on glycemic management and control in the hospital. Qual Saf Health Care 2008; 17:464-468.
Donihi AC, Weber RJ, Sirio CA, Mark SM, Meyer SM. An advanced pharmacy practice experience in inpatient medication education. Am J Pharm Educ 2009;73 (1): Article 11.
Noschese ML, DiNardo MM, Donihi AC, Gibson JM, Koerbel GL, Saul M, Stefanovic-Racic M, Korytkowski MT. Patient outcomes following implementation of a protocol for inpatient insulin pump therapy. Endocrine Practice 2009;15:415-424.
Reider J, Donihi AC, Korytkowski M. Practical implications of the revised guidelines for inpatient glycemic control. Pol Arch Med 2009;119(12):801-809.
Lauster C, Gibson J, DiNellla J, DiNardo M, Korytkowski MT, Donihi AC. Implementation of standardized instructions for insulin at hospital discharge. J Hosp Med 2009;4:E41-E42.
DiNardo M, Donihi AC, Forte P, Gieraltowski L, Korytkowski MT. Standardized Glycemic Management Improves Peri-operative Glycemic Outcomes in Same Day Surgery Patients with Diabetes. Endocrine Practice 2011;17:404-411.
Donihi AC, Gibson J, DiNardo M, Koerbel G, Korytkowski MT. Effect of a targeted glycemic management program on provider response to inpatient hyperglycemia. Endocrine Practice 2011; 17:552-557.
DeSimone ME, Blank GE, Virji M, Donihi AC, DiNardo MM, Simak DM, Buranosky RA, Korytkowski MT. Effect of an educational inpatient diabetes management program on medical resident knowledge and measures of glycemic control: a randomized controlled trial. Endocrine Practice 2012; 18:238-249.
Lowery JB, Donihi AC, Korytkowski MT. U-500 Insulin as a Component of Basal Bolus Insulin Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics 2012;14:505-507.
Deusenberry CM, Coley KC, Korytkowski MT, Donihi AC. Hypoglycemia in Hospitalized Patients Treated with Sulfonylureas. Pharmacotherapy 2012;32:613-617.
Magaji V, Nayak S, Donihi AC, Willard L, Jampana S, Parachur N, Eder RA, Johnston J, Korytkowski M. Comparison of Insulin Infusion Protocols Targeting 110-140 mg/dL in Patients after Cardiac Surgery. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics 2012;14:1013-1017.
Hawkins K, Donihi AC, Korytkowski MT. Glycemic management in medical and surgical patients in the non-ICU setting. Curr Diab Rep 2013; 13:96-106.
Korytkowski MT, Koerbel GL, Fostel L, Donihi AC. Pilot trial of diabetes self-management education in the hospital setting. Prim Care Diab. 2014;8:187-194.
Nayak S, Magaji V, Donihi AC, Willard L, Jampana S, Parachur N, Eder RA, Johnston J, Korytkowski MT. Efficacy and Safety of Continuous Insulin Infusion Protocols with Glycemic Targets of 110-140 mg/dL in Patients With and Without Diabetes Following Cardiac Surgery. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 2014; 8:425-426.
Hawkins K, Donihi AC, Korytkowski MT. “Diabetes in intensive care units and non-ICU settings”. In: Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus and Related Disorders. 6th ed. Umpierrez GE, Ed. Alexandria, VA, American Diabetes Association, 2014, p. 559-581.
Kim JJ, Mohammad RA, Coley KC, Donihi AC. Use of an iPad to Provide Warfarin Video Education to Hospitalized Patients. J Patient Saf. 2015; Sep;11(3):160-5.
Sobel SI, Augustine M, Donihi AC, Reider JA, Forte P, Korytkowski MT Safety and efficacy of a peri-operative protocol for patients with diabetes treated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion who are admitted to Same Day Surgery. Endocr Pract. 2015;21(11):1269-1276.
Krall KS, Donihi AC, Hatam M, Koshinsky, J, Siminerio L. The Nurse Education and Transition (NEAT) model: educating the hospitalized patient with diabetes. Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology.2016, 2:1 DOI: 10.1186/s40842-016-0020-1
Lichvar AB, Hedges A, Benedict NJ, Donihi AC. Combination of a Flipped Classroom Format and a Virtual Patient Case to Enhance Active Learning in a Required Therapeutics Course. Am J Pharm Educ. 2016 Dec 25;80(10):175. doi: 10.5688/ajpe8010175.
Benedict N, Smithburger P, Donihi AC, Empey P, Kobulinsky L, Seybert A, Waters T, Drab S, Lutz J, Farkas D, Meyer S. Blended Simulation Progress Testing for Assessment of Practice Readiness. Am J Pharm Educ. 2017 Feb 25;81(1):14. doi: 10.5688/ajpe81114.
Donihi AC. Practical Recommendations for Transitioning Patients with Type 2 Diabetes from Hospital to Home. Curr Diab Rep. 2017 Jul;17(7):52. doi: 10.1007/s11892-017-0876-1.