Dr. Ephrem Abebe

Dr. Ephrem Abebe is a pharmacy health services researcher, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at The Johns Hopkins University-School of Medicine, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Ephrem trained as a pharmacist at Addis Ababa University-School of Pharmacy in Ethiopia, where he later held academic and leadership positions, including as lecturer of pharmacotherapy and director of the clinical pharmacy program and the School’s Drug Information Center, located in Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As part of the Howard-Addis Ababa University twinning partnership, Ephrem worked closely with educational leaders and partner organizations and played a key role during the revision and development of pharmacy curriculum aimed to promote Ethiopian pharmacists’ role in direct patient care.

Ephrem served as the associate director for academic programs and staff affairs of the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University. He obtained a MS in Pharmacy Practice from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research in India. He also received a MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy in the United States. In his scholarship, Ephrem is centrally interested in application of systems theory and human factors engineering methods to understand risks to safe medication use and design programs, tools, and processes to mitigate safety hazards across the healthcare continuum, including in patients’ homes. Ephrem’s current research examines safety and quality of medication management among older adults and children with chronic and complex conditions. He is also passionate about collaborative research and healthcare improvement projects that transcend professional and disciplinary boundaries, including a partnership with patients and their families. Ephrem is a certified professional in patient safety with the National Patient Safety Foundation in the United States.

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