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Dr. Michael Rush

Director, ONU HealthWise
Pharmacy Practice
RE 205B
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
Michael Rush, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, CTTS serves as the Director of ONU HealthWise. Dr. Rush is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ohio Northern University and the Residency Program Director for both the PGY 1 pharmacy residency at ONU HealthWise and the PGY1 community residency program offered in by Kroger Pharmacy in collaboration with Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Rush also serves as the Chair of the Ohio Pharmacy Residency Conference. Previously, he served as the Director of Clinical Pharmacy at Physicians Inc. Dr. Rush has a strong background in ambulatory care and has developed multiple interdisciplinary care teams and services. While at Physicians Inc. Dr. Rush provided disease state management services in areas including anticoagulation, heart failure, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, smoking cessation, weight loss, thyroid disease, and peripheral arterial disease. In 2009, he obtained status as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). In 2010 Dr. Rush became the director of ONU HealthWise, an employee disease state and medication therapy management clinic for the employees and retirees of Ohio Northern University and their families. ONU HealthWise is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of certified diabetes educators, exercise physiologists, nurses, nutrition coaches, pharmacists and PGY-1 pharmacy residents focusing on providing preventive health services and monitoring of chronic conditions including hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and tobacco abuse. In 2011 Dr Rush became a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist (BCACP) and was awarded the Upsher-Smith Excellence in Innovation Award for his work in developing the ONU HealthWise program.
Professional Experience: 


  • 2005-2006       Pharmacy Practice Resident, Physicians Inc., Lima, OH 
  • 2006-2010       Director of Clinical Pharmacy, Physicians Inc., Lima, OH
  • 2006-Present    Residency Program Director, Physicians Inc./Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
  • 2006-Present    Assistant Clinical Professor, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
  • 2010-Present    Director, ONU HealthWise, Ada, OH
  • 2010-Present    Residency Program Director, ONU HealthWise Ada, OH
  • 2014-Present    Residency Program Director, Kroger/Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
  • 2014-Present    Residency Program Preceptor, Mary Rutan Hospital Bellefontaine, OH


  • 2005 Doctor of Pharmacy, with Distinction, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH 45810
  • 2006 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Emphasis in Ambulatory Care, Physicians Incorporated/Ohio Northern University, Lima, OH
Research Interests: 
  • Ambulatory care,
  • Employee health
  • Public health 
  • Preventive medicine
  • Cardiometabolic disease
Selected Publications: 

Fanous AM, Rush MJ, Kier KK Terrell SL. Implementation of a 12-week pharmacist-directed, multidisciplinary walking program into an established employee preventive care clinic. AJHP. 2014;71:1219-1225.  

Bright DR, Rush MJ. Disease state management patient action plan checklist. Ambulatory care survival guide. 1st ed. Lenexa KS: ACCP; 2013.

Rush MJ, Wargo R. Pharmacy visit note.  Ambulatory care survival guide. 1st ed. Lenexa KS: ACCP; 2013.

DiPietro NA, Rush MJ, Bright DR, Kroustos KR, Milks MM.  Strategies to Engage Pharmacy Students and Residents in Worksite-Based Health and Wellness Programs. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2013;68-74

Bright DR, Terrell SL, Rush MJ, Kroustos KR, Stockert AL, DiPietro NA. Employee attitudes toward participation in a work site-based health and wellness clinic. J Pharm Pract 2012;25(5):530-536. [PMID: 22572221]

Murphy BL, Rush MJ, Kier KL. Design and implementation of a pharmacist-directed preventive care program within a university-based employee health clinic. AJHP. 2012;69(17):1513-8. [PMID: 22899747]

Bright DR, Rush MJ, Kroustos KR, Terrell SL, Swanson SC, Stockert AL, Kier KL, Thompson RE, Milks MM, Murphy BL, DiPietro NA. Preliminary results from a University-based disease state management program focused on hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. J Am Pharm Assoc 2011;51(2):264-5.