Family Medicine Residency Program

Heather Sakely, PharmD, BCPS

Director of the Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program

Biography

Heather Sakely, PharmD, BCPS, received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy, completed a specialty pharmacy residency in Family Medicine and participated in the Faculty Development Fellowship at UPMC St. Margaret, and is board-certified in pharmacotherapy. Dr. Sakely provides care to older adults across the continuum of their health care at the UPMC St. Margaret Geriatric Care Centers, and affiliated senior living communities.

She belongs to national pharmacy and geriatric organizations, sits on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society — Western Division, and is a contributing editor for the Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin. She is the co-course director for the regional Refresher Course in Family Medicine and sits on the planning committee for the regional Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference. 

She leads the PIVOTS (Pharmacist-led Interventions on Transitions of Seniors) research group focused on evaluation of the role of the pharmacist within geriatric health care.  In 2016 she was selected as part of the Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health, a highly competitive nationwide program aimed at building leadership capacity among professionals who have a leadership role in a health care delivery system caring for older adults. Through this program Dr. Sakely will implement the PIVOTS-S:  Pharmacist-led InterVentions On Transitions of Seniors – Scalability, A Skilled Nursing Facility Intensive Intervention For Hospital Readmission Reduction, which will demonstrate the role of the pharmacist within the interprofessional geriatric team, as both a direct patient care provider and change agent for improving care quality. Her specific areas of interest within geriatric care include medication management across the care continuum and pharmacist practice development. Dr. Sakely is married with two children.