Patricia W. Slattum, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science / Department of Pharmaceutics
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  • School of Pharmacy
    Dept of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science

    410 N 12th Street
    P.O. Box 980533
    Richmond, VA 23298-0533
I am a geriatric clinical pharmacologist and director of the Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program at VCU. The focus of my research, teaching and service is reducing medication-related problems among older adults with a particular interest in drug-induced cognitive and functional impairment. I apply clinical pharmacology principles (pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics) to understanding medication-related problems in older adults. I develop geriatrics-focused curriculum for interprofessional training and have ten years of experience establishing pharmacy practice models in senior living communities. I serve as core faculty in the Virginia Geriatric Education Center and a member of Virginia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission. I have experience mentoring early career faculty through VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence Junior Faculty Mentoring Program, the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research Academy of Mentors and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Mentoring Program.

Area of Focus

  • Medication-Related Problems in Older Adults
  • Drug-Induced Cognitive Impairment


  • B.S., Pharmacy (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1985)
  • Pharm.D., Pharmacy (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1992)
  • Ph.D., Pharmaceutics (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1992)
  • Certificate in Aging Studies, Gerontology (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1991)

Post-Graduate Training

  • Fellowship - Geriatrics Fellowship (VAMC, Richmond, VA, 1992)
  • Postdoctoral Trainee - Curriculum in Toxicology (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1994)
  • Fellowship - Postdoctoral, Department of Pharmaceutics (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996)

Professional Experience

  • 4/1996 - 9/1999. Research Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2001 - Present. (Joint Appointment) Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • (1999 - 2006) Assistant Professor of Pharmacy,
  • (2103 - Present) Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • (2014 - Present) Vice-Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • (2008 - Present) Director, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • (2006 - 2013) Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Professional and Scholarly Interests

  • Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology
  • Alzheimer's Disease

Research Interests

  • Medication-related Problems in Older Adults
  • Anticholinergic burden and older adults
  • Age-related Changes in CNS Pharmacodynamics


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