April N. Smith, PharmD, BCPS
April N. Smith, PharmD, BCPS

April N. Smith, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Expertise/Specializations

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) October 2008 - Present

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Pharmacy Practice

Position

  • Associate Professor

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Smith AN.  Book Chapter. Chapter 102 Overweight and Obesity. Pharmacotherapy Principles & Practice 5th Edition. McGraw Hill Education., McGraw Hill, 5th Edition, 1553-1563, 2018
  • Book Chapter: Nutritional Deficiencies after Bariatric Surgery. Book 3. Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment Program, 2017. Nutritional/Gastroenterologica Care. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2017., 2017
  • Book Chapter: Pancreatitis. In: Murphy JE, Lee MW, eds. Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program, 2016 Book 2. GI/Fluids and Nutrition. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2016., 2016
  • Smith AN. Book Chapter: Gastrointestinal System. Patient Assessment in Pharmacy Practice. Rhonda M. Jones. Wolters Kluwer Health; 3 edition (June 17, 2015), wolters, 2015
  • Smith AN. Book Chapter: Hepatic System. Patient Assessment in Pharmacy Practice. Rhonda M. Jones. Wolters Kluwer Health; 3 edition (June 17, 2015), wolters, 2015

Articles

  • Smith A.  Opioid prescribing patterns at discharge for surgical patients.  International Anesthesiology Clinics, International Anesthesiology Clinics, volume 58 Issue 2, 50-56, 2020
  • Patel G, Hyland S, Birrer K, Wolfe R, Lovely J, Smith A, Dixon R, Johnson E, Gaviola M, Giancarelli A, Vincent W, Richardson C, Parrish R.  Perioperative clinical pharmacy practice:  responsibilities and scope within the surgical care continuum., Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, volume 3, 501-519, 2019
  • Brethauer SA, Grieco A, Fraker T, Evans-Labok K, Smith AN, McEvoy MD, Saber AA, Morton JM, Petrick A.  Employing Enhanced Recovery Goals in Bariatric Surgery (ENERGY): a national quality improvement project using the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)., Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Volume 15 Issue 11, 1977-1989, 2019
  • Lovely JK, Jordan Hyland S, Smith AN, Nelson G, Ljungqvist O, Parrish RH. Clinical pharmacist perspectives for optimizing pharmacotherapy within Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS® ) programs., International Journal of Surgery, 63, 58-62, 2019
  • Lovely JK, Jordan Hyland S, Smith AN, Nelson G, Ljungqvist O, Parrish RH. Clinical pharmacist perspectives for optimizing pharmacotherapy within Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS® ) programs., International Journal of Surgery, 63, 58-62, 2019
  • Smith AN. Neurohormonal Influences on Obesity. Bariatric Times;14(11):10-14., 2017
  • Ramsdell TH, Smith, AN, Kerkhove E. Compliance with updated sepsis bundles to meet new sepsis core measure in a tertiary care hospital.  Hospital Pharmacy. 2017. 52(3);177-186. , 52 (3), 177-186, 2017
  • Klug MJ, Smith AN, Price PL. A retrospective analysis of inpatient utilization of paliperidone palmitate and readmission rates. The Mental Health Clinician. Volume 4, Issue 5. September 2014., The Mental Health Clinician, 4(5), 2014
  • Smith, A. N., Hoefling, V. C. A retrospective analysis of intravenous acetaminophen use in spinal surgery patients, Pharmacy Practice, 12, 417, 2014
  • Noe, Brooke, Smith, April Development of a community pharmacy disaster preparedness manual, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 53, 432-437, 2013
  • Cohen, Andrew R., Smith, April N., Henriksen, Brian S. Postoperative Opioid Requirements Following Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in Patients Receiving Continuous Bupivacaine Through a Pump System: A Retrospective Review, Hospital Pharmacy, 48, 479-483, 2013
  • Davis E, Foral P, Dull R, Smith A. Review of insulin therapy and pen use in hospitalized patients. Hospital Pharmacy. 2013;48(5):396-405., Hospital Pharmacy, 48(5), 396-405, 2013
  • Smith, April, Henriksen, Brian, Cohen, Andrew Pharmacokinetic considerations in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 68, 2241-2247, 2011

General

Presentations

  • Multimodal Pain Management & Discharge Prescribing.  Invited podium presentation at Obesity Week.  Las Vegas, NV. , 2019
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: National Experience and Medication Protocols. Invited podium presentation at Obesity Week. , 2019
  • Pharmacotherapy in Bariatric Surgical Patients: A Clinical & Research Challenge.  Invited podium presentation at the American College of Clinical Pharmacology Annual Meeting.  Chicago, IL. , 2019
  • Medical Management of Chronic Disease Post Bariatric Surgery.  Invited podium presentation at Obesity Weekend. , 2019
  • What's the Physiology behind Enhanced Recovery?:Reducing Opioid-Related Adverse Drug Events (ORADE).  Invited podium presentation at Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium.  Las Vegas, NV., 2019
  • Implementing ERAS: Postoperative Medications & the Pharmacist’s Role.  Invited podium presentation at Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium. , 2019
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Course:  Pain Management Best Practices.  Invited podium presentation at Obesity Week.  Nashville, TN., 2018
  • Pharmacology Course:  Medication Protocols for Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS). Invited podium presentation at Obesity Week.  Nashville, TN., 2018
  • Implementing ENERGY techniques into your practice. Invited podium presentation given at Obesity Week.  Nashville, TN., 2018
  • University of Michigan Tom D. Rowe Annual Pharmacy Lectures: Pharmacotherapy Considerations in Bariatric Surgery Patients.  Invited speaker for CE program.  Ann Arbor, MI. , 2018
  • Implementing ENERGY techniques into your practice. Invited podium presentation given at the ASMBS Weekend.  New York, NY. , 2018
  • How does the Pharmacist fit in to ERAS?  Invited podium presentation given at the 18th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium.  Las Vegas, NV., 2018
  • Opioid Crisis in America: Can ERAS help? Invited podium presentation given at the 18th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium.  Las Vegas, NV., 2018
  • Pharmacist’s Role on the Bariatric Surgery Team. Invited faculty for webinar sponsored by Greater New York Health Association. 1.0 hour CE webinar, 2017
  • Clinical Practice Hot Topics in Bariatric Surgery & Pharmacology. Integrated Health Pharmacology Course: Obesity Week 2017. Washington, DC. , 2017
  • A growing problem: absorption issues related to bariatric surgery.  GI/Liver/Nutrition PRN Focus Session.  American College of Clinical Pharmacists Annual Meeting.  Phoenix, AZ. , 2017
  • Teaming up for ERAS: Example from Bariatric Surgery.  Perioperative Care PRN Focus Session.  America College of Clinical Pharmacists Annual Meeting.  Phoenix, AZ. , 2017
  • Pharmacist's Role on the Bariatric Surgery Team.  Midwest College of Clinical Pharmacists Local Meeting.  Omaha, NE.  , 2017
  • Surgical and Non-Surgical Management of Obesity. Presentation and Workshop. Invited faculty at the 2nd annual Advancing Practice Through Patient Centered Care conference. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates., 2017
  • The Pharmacist’s Role on the Bariatric Surgery Team. Invited faculty at the 2nd annual Advancing Practice Through Patient Centered Care conference. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. April 21st, 2017., 2017
  • Neurohormonal Influences on Obesity. Invited faculty at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). New Orleans, LA., 2016
  • Nausea/Vomiting in Gastric Balloon Patients. Invited faculty at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). New Orleans, LA., 2016
  • Management of Medical Conditions Immediately after Weight Loss Surgery: Drug Interactions & Modifications. Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome: Primary Care Update. Omaha, NE., 2016
  • Understanding the Use of Obesity Medications: When, Why and How. Invited faculty at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). Los Angeles, CA. November 3rd, 2015., 2015
  • VTE Prophylaxis Strategies. Invited faculty at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). Los Angeles, CA. November 3rd, 2015., 2015
  • Integrated Health Pharmacology Course. Moderator & Course Developer. Invited faculty at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). Los Angeles, CA. November 3rd, 2015., 2015
  • Weight Loss Medications in a Post-op Bariatric Surgery Patient. Invited faculty at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). Los Angeles, CA. November 2nd, 2015., 2015
  • Periop Pharmacology – Who, What, Where, and Why All the Prep? Invited faculty/speaker at Obesity Week-end. American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Las Vegas, NV. June 27th, 2015., 2015
  • Pharmacologic Treatment of Obesity. Invited faculty/speaker at Obesity Week-end. American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Las Vegas, NV. June 26th, 2015., 2015
  • Integrated Health Pharmacology Course. Moderator & Course Developer. Invited faculty at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). Boston, MA. November 3rd, 2014., 2014
  • Drug Absorption Challenges Post-Bariatric Surgery. Invited faculty/speaker at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). Boston, MA. November 3rd, 2014., 2014
  • Medication Issues in the Post-Bariatric Surgery Patient. Invited speaker at the 6th annual Bariatric Symposium presented by Alegent Health Weight Management. Omaha, NE. September 12th, 2014., 2014
  • Drug Absorption Issues Post-Bariatric Surgery. Invited speaker at the Ferris State College of Pharmacy Annual Spring Seminar. Grand Rapids, MI. May 20th, 2014., 2014
  • Ricceri A, Smith A, Anderson, R. Pharmacist Identified Discrepancies in Nursing Performed Medication Histories of Hospitalized Patients and Resultant Medication Reconciliation Interventions. American Society for Health System Pharmacists MidYear Clinical Meeting. Orlando, FL, 2013
  • Pharmacology: Help or Hindrance? (A review of medications that cause weight gain and medications that induce weight loss). Invited faculty/speaker at Obesity Week (combined annual meeting of The Obesity Society and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery). Atlanta, GA. November 14th, 2013., 2013
  • Moderator of Focus Session: New Advances and Controversies in Nutrition. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting. Albuquerque, NM. October 15th, 2013., 2013
  • Smith A, Foral P, Knezevich J, Monaghan M. Development of Criteria for Clinical Activities for Pharmacy Practice Faculty at Annual Evaluations. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM., 2013
  • Hoefling V, Smith A. A Retrospective Analysis of Intravenous Acetaminophen Use in Spinal Surgery Patients. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM., 2013
  • Medication Management of Chronic Diseases in the Post-Bariatric Surgery Patient. Guest speaker at the 5th annual Bariatric Symposium presented by Alegent Health Weight Management. Omaha, NE. June 21st, 2013., 2013
  • Holinej C, Price P, Smith A. A Retrospective Evaluation of Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics and Readmission Rates. College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting. Colorado Springs, CO, 2013
  • Hoefer S, Smith A, Kerkhove E, Kerkhove C. Impact of Rapid Blood Pathogen Polymerase Chain Reaction (RBP-PCR) coupled with pharmacist intervention to optimize antimicrobial therapy for bacteremia. American Society for Health System Pharmacists MidYear Clinical Meeting. Anaheim, CA, 2012
  • Bird J, Smith A, Breiling G. A Retrospective Review of Intravenous Acetaminophen Use in Surgical Patients. American Society for Health System Pharmacists MidYear Clinical Meeting. Las Vegas, NV., 2012
  • Medication Management of Chronic Diseases in the Post-Bariatric Surgery Patient. Invited faculty/speaker at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting. Hollywood, FL. October 22nd, 2012., 2012
  • Klug M, Smith A, Price P. A Retrospective Analysis of Inpatient Utilization of Paliperidone Palmitate. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. Hollywood, FL., 2012
  • Integrated Health Pharmacology Course: Role of the Pharmacist on the Bariatric Surgery Team. Invited faculty/speaker at the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery annual meeting. San Diego, CA. June 18th, 2012., 2012
  • Psychiatric Medication Use in the Bariatric Population. Guest speaker at the 4th annual Bariatric Symposium presented by Alegent Health Weight Management. Omaha, NE. May 11th, 2012., 2012
  • Ringgenberg B, Smith A, Grimm L. Community Pharmacy Disaster Preparedness Manual. American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA, 2012
  • Cohen A, Smith A, & Henriksen B. Post‐operative Opioid Requirements Following Roux-en‐Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) Surgery in Patients Receiving Continuous Bupivacaine Through a Pump System: A Retrospective Review. American Society for Health System Pharmacists MidYear Clinical Meeting New Orleans, LA, 2011
  • Role of the Pharmacist on the Bariatric Surgery Team. Guest speaker at the 3nd annual Bariatric Symposium presented by Alegent Health Weight Management. Omaha, NE. April 1th, 2011., 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Bariatric Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, How gastrointestinal surgery impacts drug absorption, Obesity Pharmacotherapy, Anticoagulation, Hematology

Current Research Projects


  • Co-Investigator:  Effect of bariatric surgery on antiseizure medication serum levelsCreighton University  School of MedicineFundedGME ENDOWMENT STUDY PROPOSAL
    FUNDED BY THE FOLLOWING ENDOWMENTS
    Dr. Edward C. Faulkner Endowment
    Dolan Medical Endowment
    Haynes Family Endowment
    Michael A. and Agnes MarchigianoDecember 2018-2019  $5,000Kalyana Nandipati, MD and Matthew Dale, MD, PhD
     

Awards and Honors

  • Creighton University SPAHP Educator of the Year, 2012 Graduating Pharmacy Class, 2012
  • National Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu , 2006