Allen J. Vaida, BSc, PharmD, FASHP is Executive Vice President at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). He served as a trustee of ISMP from its incorporation as a nonprofit organization in 1994 until his employment in 2000. Dr. Vaida works closely with ISMP’s board of directors and leadership team to carry out ISMP’s mission and vision. He is an active participant in making strategic decisions and forges new relationships to build ISMP’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.
Prior to joining ISMP, Allen served as Director of Pharmacy, Assistant Vice President, Vice President of Clinical Operations, and Chief Operating Officer at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, PA. Dr. Vaida has been an advocate of medication safety throughout his career and served as the first chair of the Center for Proper Medication Use, an organization formed under the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists that co-sponsored the first fellowship in medication safety, in cooperation with ISMP. He served on the inaugural United States Pharmacopeia's Safe Medication Use Expert Committee from 2000 through 2005, and currently serves as a member of the US FDA Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee. He has also served as clinical assistant professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, adjunct assistant professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy, and adjunct associate professor for the Centers for Health Policy and Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University and Stanford University School of Medicine. He has published numerous articles and given professional presentations in the US and internationally on hospital and pharmacy systems and management, error prevention strategies, healthcare outcomes, integrated systems, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Dr. Vaida received a BSc in Biology from the University of Scranton, a BSc in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. In 2017 he received the Sister Gonzales Lecture Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists.