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Sebok Pharmacy Lecture Series

The Sebok Pharmacy Lecture was established by alumni and friends of the College of Pharmacy to honor Dr. Albert A. Sebok, BSPh ’53, Hon. D. ’88, one of the Raabe College of Pharmacy’s most distinguished alumni. Sebok joined Standard Drug as a store manager after graduation. In 1961, Revco acquired Standard. Under Sebok's leadership as senior vice president for store operations, Revco DrugStores Inc. became the largest discount drug chain in America. Sebok was an original member of ONU’s Pharmacy Advisory Board and the founder and instructor of the college’s contemporary pharmacy practice class. He received an honorary doctorate from Ohio Northern in 1988.

The 2019 Sebok Pharmacy Lecture

The 2019 Sebok Pharmacy Lecture, "Opioid Stewardship: Opportunities and Obligations," will be delivered by Suzanne Amato Nesbit, BSPh ’84, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, FCCP. Nesbit is a nationally recognized expert in pain management and opiate stewardship who practiced in pain management for more than 30 years.

Nesbit is president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She is a clinical specialist in pain management and palliative care with the Department of Pharmacy at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She also is a member of the Palliative Care Service and the Neuroscience Pain Resource Team at Hopkins. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Oncology and the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Hopkins, as well as in the schools of pharmacy at the University of Maryland and Notre Dame University of Maryland. Nesbit is co-chair of The Johns Hopkins Hospital Pain Management Committee, charged with reviewing current pain protocols and making recommendations for improvements in clinical care and staff education regarding pain management.

More recently, Nesbit was named co-chair of The Johns Hopkins Health System Opioid Stewardship Clinical Community. During her tenure at Hopkins, she has participated in several research protocols and health system pain initiatives. Nesbit is the residency director for the PGY2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency at Hopkins.

Nesbit has served as chair of the Pain Management Subcommittee of of the Maryland Cancer Plan, chair of the Pain and Palliative Care Practice Research Network of ACCP, and chair of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pain and Palliative Care Section Advisory Group, and she was appointed to the Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel for Pain Management. She served on the Board of Regents for the ACCP from 2012-15 and was elected a fellow in 2016. In July 2018, she was appointed to a workgroup developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The workgroup focuses on estimating opioid prescribing based on best practices and actual prescription data.

Previous Sebok Lecture Speakers
  • 2018 – Brian Douglas "Doug" Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
  • 2017 – Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health
  • 2016 – John Armitstead, BSPh ’79, 2015 ASHP President and System Director of Pharmacy Services at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Fla. ONU Video
  • 2015 – Peggy Piascik, Ph.D, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy ONU Video
  • 2014 – Lisa Tonrey, MHA, BPharm, PhC, FAPhA, CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service ONU Video
  • 2013 – Dr. Julie A. Johnson, V. Ravi Chandran Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Florida Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine ONU Video
  • 2012 – Thomas E. Menighan, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), ONU Video
  • 2011 – Dr. Carmen A Catizone, Executive Director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
  • 2010 –Steven C. Anderson, President and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores