Dr. Philip Empey is the Associate Director for Pharmacogenomics of the Pitt/UPMC Institute of Precision Medicine and leads the PreCISE-Rx and Test2Learn teams to implement pharmacogenomics clinical, research, and educational initiatives. He also directs the University of Pittsburgh - Thermo Fisher Scientific Pharamcogenomics Center of Excellence which is deploying population scale preemptive pharmagenomics testing (to >150,000 patients) in western Pennsylvania. As a clinician-scientist in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Dr. Empey conducts NIH-funded clinical and translational research aimed at understanding the mechanisms of the variability in drug response to improve medication-related outcomes in critically-ill patients.
He received his PharmD from the University of Rhode Island and completed PGY1 and PGY2 residencies in Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care at the University of Kentucky. He earned a PhD in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky before completing postdoctoral research training at the University of Pittsburgh.
Current research interests include understanding the role/impact of xenobiotic transporters following neurological injury, transporter pharmacogenomics, pharmacogenomics clinical implementation, collection of medication-related phenotype information, and genotype-phenotype discovery. Dr. Empey teaches at the graduate level in pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, and drug transporters in the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Nursing. He also has a research interest in innovative educational models to transform education.
Role of transporters in drug disposition and pathophysiology in critical care patients; clinical importance of pharmacogenomics in drug response; pharmacogenomics implementation and education.
71 publications (as of 5/2019).
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Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2018.
Pitt Innovator Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2018
Rufus A. Lyman Award (2017 Best Paper in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education), awarded by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2018
Innovations in Teaching Award, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2015.
Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award, Rho Chi Society, 2015 and 2017.
Young Investigator Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine, January 2013.
Distinguished Paper Award, AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics, 2013.
Pharmacokinetic modeling and neuropharmacometabolomics to ensure target engagement, National Neurotrauma Symposium in Toronto, CA, August 2018.
Learning Through Personal Genomes, International Society of Nursing Genetics in Orlando, FL, November 2018.
Advancing Pharmacogenomics Implementation in Health Systems: PreCISE-Rx and Test2Learn, International Society of Nursing Genetics in Orlando, FL, November 2018.
Improving Health Through Focused Screening of Populations. BIO2018 in Boston, MA. June 2018.
Test2Learn: Increasing Fidelity, Engagement, and Learning Outcomes in the Classroom through Personal Genomic Testing. Association of Professors of Medical Genetics Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. May 2018.
Impact of Targeted Temperature Management on Drug Disposition and Response. Chillin’ at the Beach in Miami, FL. March 2018.
Delivering precision medicine in Pittsburgh through PGx. Veterans Affairs Medical Center Grand Rounds in Pittsburgh, PA, February 2018.
The Future of Precision Medicine. American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, TX. February 2018.
Genomics Implementation in Pittsburgh: The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. Presented at the NHGRI IGNITE Network meeting in New York, NY, December 2017.
Pharmacogenomics Implementation in Pittsburgh. American College of Clinical Pharmacy in Phoenix, AZ. October 2017.
Pharmacogenomics: The Prescription for Better Medication Outcomes. University of Pittsburgh Senior Vice Chancellor’s Lecture Series 12 at 12 in Pittsburgh, PA. July 2017.
Significance of Gene-Drug-Drug Interactions. Precision Medicine Conference in Orlando, FL. February 2017.
Essential Pharmacogenetics Knowledge and Skills for Health Care Providers: Building your Clinical Pharmacogenetics Team. Precision Medicine Conference in Orlando, FL. February 2017.
Pharmacogenetics: Overcoming Implementation Barriers in Community Pharmacy. National Association of Chain Drug Stores in West Palm Beach, FL. January 2017.
Educational Strategies for Teaching Pharmacogenomics to Pharmacy Students. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Pharmacogenomics Webinar Series, Online. August 2016.
Educational Strategies to Provide Pharmacogenomics-Based Care: A Path Forward. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Anaheim, CA. July 2016.
Creating data-driven systems to personalize care through pharmacogenomics. Fondazione Ri.MED Personalized Medicine in Rome, Italy. October 2015.
PGx Test2LearnTM: Advancing pharmacogenomics education in the core PharmD curriculum through student personal genomic testing. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in National Harbor, MD. July 2015.
A Cross-Institutional Approach to Multi-Disciplinary Graduate Education and Personal Strengths Development for Team Science. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in National Harbor, MD. July 2015.
Pharmacogenomics: Pitt’s Prescription for Personalized Medicine. University of Pittsburgh Winter Academy in West Palm Beach, FL and Naples, FL. March 2015.
Testing Considerations for the Application of Pharmacogenomics. American Society of Health-system Pharmacists, Anaheim CA. December 2014.
Pharmacogenomics in critical care. SCCM Critical Care Congress in San Francisco, CA January 2014.
Phenytoin concentrations are elevated in children receiving therapeutic hypothermia following traumatic brain injury. SCCM Critical Care Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. January 2013.
Ethnic variation in drug response: Is it all pharmacogenetics? SCCM Critical Care Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. January 2013.
Genes to predict drug response. SCCM Critical Care Congress in Houston, TX. February 2012.
Effect of moderate induced hypothermia on fentanyl and midazolam clearance in a rat model of hypoxic cardiac arrest. SCCM Critical Care Congress in Miami, FL. January 2010.
Utilization of a web-based vendor registration system to enhance corporate compliance. ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, FL. December 2004.
Meet the experts: How to build an interactive departmental website. Annual Meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. November 2003.
PDA Resources for the Clinical Pharmacist. West Virginia Pharmacists Association/West Virginia Health-System Pharmacists Annual Convention in Charleston, WV. September 2003.
Survey of ASHP-accredited residencies: evaluation of program structure and benefits. ASHP National Residency Preceptors Conference in San Diego, CA. August 1999.
Assessment of outpatient milrinone therapy as a bridge to heart transplantation: A prospective evaluation. Great Lakes Pharmacy Residents Conference in Lexington, KY. April 1999.
The effect of sepsis on hepatic metabolism of lidocaine and formation of monoethylglycinexylidide (MEGX) in a perfused rat liver. AACP Annual Meeting at Snowmass Village in Aspen, CO. July 1998.