Joan Kapusnik-Uner, PharmD

Title(s)Associate Clinical Professor, Clinical Pharmacy
SchoolSchool of Pharmacy
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    Senior Vice President, Informatics and Clinical Content at First Databank (FDB)

    Dr. Kapusnik-Uner serves as Vice President at First Databank and has been in many roles at FDB since her start in 1996. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California at San Francisco School of Pharmacy and advanced training in Clinical Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases and a Pharmacokinetics Antimicrobials research fellowship where she initiated research on single daily dosing of aminoglycosides and computerized research protocol data entry formats. As faculty member at UCSF she started an HIV Pharmacy Care Clinic, practiced at San Francisco General Hospital with the Infectious Disease Services and implemented a specialized antimicrobial ordering system and a stewardship program. In 1993, she received the distinguished honor of Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at UCSF. Joan joined the First Databank team as the Senior Knowledge Engineer working on advanced dosing decision support and drug disease & laboratory decision support knowledge bases. Dr. Kapusnik-Uner has been a leader on First Databank's drug vocabulary standards initiatives, including past participation in the HL7 and RxNorm development with the National Library of Medicine. Joan orchestrated the design and release of knowledgebases with ICD10 and SNOMED context-sensitive problem list disease mappings, High Risk Medication decision support including actionable content for Boxed Warning drugs. Her teams are now creating knowledgebases that promote optimized alerts utilizing rich patient context for Pharmacogenomics and Advanced decision support deployments called PatientFirst.
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    1. PillHarmonics™: An Orchestrated Pharmacogenetics Medication Clinical Decision Support Service. Appl Clin Inform. 2024 Feb 22. Dolin RH, Shenvi EC, Alvarez C, Barrows R, Boxwala A, Lee B, Nathanson B, Kleyner Y, Hagemann R, Hongsermeier T, Kapusnik-Uner J, Lakdawala A, Shalaby J. PMID: 38388174.
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    2. Iodine allergy: Common misperceptions. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2021 04 22; 78(9):781-793. Wulf NR, Schmitz J, Choi A, Kapusnik-Uner J. PMID: 33547463; PMCID: PMC7929401.
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    3. Using Medicare Data to Assess the Proarrhythmic Risk of Non-Cardiac Treatment Drugs that Prolong the QT Interval in Older Adults: An Observational Cohort Study. Drugs Real World Outcomes. 2021 Jun; 8(2):173-185. Fung KW, Baye F, Kapusnik-Uner J, McDonald CJ. PMID: 33569737; PMCID: PMC7875170.
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    4. Successful deployment of drug-disease interaction clinical decision support across multiple Kaiser Permanente regions. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2019 10 01; 26(10):905-910. Bubp JL, Park MA, Kapusnik-Uner J, Dang T, Matuszewski K, Ly D, Chiang K, Shia S, Hoberman B. PMID: 30986823; PMCID: PMC7647201.
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    5. Variation in Generic Drug Manufacturers' Product Characteristics. P T. 2018 Aug; 43(8):485-504. Matuszewski K, Kapusnik-Uner J, Man M, Pardini R, Suko J. PMID: 30100689; PMCID: PMC6065490.
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    6. Quality assurance of chemical ingredient classification for the National Drug File - Reference Terminology. J Biomed Inform. 2017 09; 73:30-42. Zheng L, Yumak H, Chen L, Ochs C, Geller J, Kapusnik-Uner J, Perl Y. PMID: 28723580; PMCID: PMC5652327.
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    7. Comparison of three commercial knowledge bases for detection of drug-drug interactions in clinical decision support. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Jul 01; 24(4):806-812. Fung KW, Kapusnik-Uner J, Cunningham J, Higby-Baker S, Bodenreider O. PMID: 28339701; PMCID: PMC6080681.
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    8. Introducing the Big Knowledge to Use (BK2U) challenge. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2017 01; 1387(1):12-24. Perl Y, Geller J, Halper M, Ochs C, Zheng L, Kapusnik-Uner J. PMID: 27750400; PMCID: PMC5266662.
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    9. Depression screening for prescribed medications with mental health risk: Considerations for clinical decision support, workflow redesign, and health information exchange arrangements. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017 May - Jun; 13(3):485-493. Miller MJ, Burns CF, Kapusnik-Uner J, Carreno R, Matuszewski KA. PMID: 27514236.
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    10. Drug-drug Interaction Discovery Using Abstraction Networks for "National Drug File - Reference Terminology" Chemical Ingredients. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2015; 2015:973-82. Ochs C, Zheng L, Gu H, Perl Y, Geller J, Kapusnik-Uner J, Zakharchenko A. PMID: 26958234; PMCID: PMC4765653.
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    11. Recommendations to improve the usability of drug-drug interaction clinical decision support alerts. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Nov; 22(6):1243-50. Payne TH, Hines LE, Chan RC, Hartman S, Kapusnik-Uner J, Russ AL, Chaffee BW, Hartman C, Tamis V, Galbreth B, Glassman PA, Phansalkar S, van der Sijs H, Gephart SM, Mann G, Strasberg HR, Grizzle AJ, Brown M, Kuperman GJ, Steiner C, Sullins A, Ryan H, Wittie MA, Malone DC. PMID: 25829460.
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    12. Prevalence and Therapeutic Classifications of FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs With Boxed Warnings. Ther Innov Regul Sci. 2014 Mar; 48(2):165-172. Cheng CM, DeLizza C, Kapusnik-Uner J. PMID: 30227516.
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    13. Identifying knowledge gaps in the labeling of medications for geriatric patients. P T. 2013 Sep; 38(9):535-40. Hinshaw T, Kapusnik-Uner J, Zarowitz B, Matuszewski K. PMID: 24273400; PMCID: PMC3828932.
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    14. An approximate matching method for clinical drug names. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011; 2011:1117-26. Peters L, Kapusnik-Uner JE, Nguyen T, Bodenreider O. PMID: 22195172; PMCID: PMC3243188.
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    15. Methods for managing variation in clinical drug names. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13; 2010:637-41. Peters L, Kapusnik-Uner JE, Bodenreider O. PMID: 21347056; PMCID: PMC3041346.
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    16. A concept-based medication vocabulary: an essential requirement for pharmacy decision support. Pharm Pract Manag Q. 1998 Apr; 18(1):1-20. Broverman C, Kapusnik-Uner J, Shalaby J, Sperzel D. PMID: 10184876.
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    17. The need for a concept-based medication vocabulary as an enabling infrastructure in health informatics. Proc AMIA Symp. 1998; 865-9. Sperzel WD, Broverman CA, Kapusnik-Uner JE, Schlesinger JM. PMID: 9929342; PMCID: PMC2232271.
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