College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions
St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York
Dr. Judith Beizer is clinical professor with tenure at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, in Jamaica, New York. She previously served as chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at the university. As part of her duties, Dr. Beizer serves as a clinical pharmacist at the Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, a long-term care and rehabilitation facility that is part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Beizer is a certified geriatric pharmacist.
Dr. Beizer received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and then earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee. After pursuing a residency in clinical pharmacy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she completed a fellowship in geriatric pharmacy at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. During her fellowship, Dr. Beizer was involved in an NIA grant concerning medication use and pharmacist intervention in community-dwelling elderly.
Dr. Beizer has been very involved in the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). She served four years on the ASCP board of directors and is currently serving as president for 2008-09. Dr. Beizer was the 2001 recipient of the Richard S. Berman Service Award for her service and involvement in ASCP. She is a past-chair of the Educational Affairs Council and previously served three years on that council. She is also a past-chair of the Professional Affairs Council. Dr. Beizer is on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Consultant Pharmacist, the official journal of ASCP.
Dr. Beizer is a past-chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP), serving five years on the board. She also served three years on CCGP’s Examination Development Committee. Dr. Beizer served four years on the Niemerow Institute Council of Advisors for the Research and Education Foundation of ASCP. She is a past chairperson of the Special Interest Group on Geriatric Pharmacy Practice of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In 2003, Dr. Beizer received the Distinguished Alumna Award for Service to the Profession from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Dr. Beizer is a co-author of the book, Geriatric Dosage Handbook, which is currently in its 14th edition. Dr. Beizer regularly speaks on the topic of medication use in the elderly to both health professionals and senior adult groups. She has published articles and abstracts on various issues in geriatric pharmacotherapy.
In 2011, the first Baby Boomers will turn 65. Will the pharmacy profession be ready to care for the over 70 million Americans born during the baby boom years (1946-64)? What kind of health care will the boomers need and want? It is expected that Baby Boomers will not go quietly into the night.
Boomers want to stay "young" and functional, and have an active role in society. They will want an active role in their own health care, as well as the care of their even older parents. Pharmacists need to be prepared to care for this aging population. They will need knowledge and skills in patient-focused senior care, particularly preventive, maintenance and palliative care.Quoted from the 2009-2010 Philip C. and Ethel F. Ashby Lecture Announcement Announcement Brochure