Care Collaboration, CureMed Pharmacy & DrFirst Focused on the Patient's Health | RxSafe Podcasts


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August 04, 2021

Today's podcast is a "Care Collaboration" conversation between a Medical Doctor and a Doctor of Pharmacy, the two most powerful providers in healthcare working together with the patient's health at the center of their focus.

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Ghada Zuhair Abukuwaik, PharmD

Ghada Zuhair Abukuwaik, PharmD is the President of CureMed Pharmacy. Ghada is a clinical pharmacist who exemplifies experience and expertise, working for over two decades internationally while holding several managerial positions in both pharmacy and hospital backgrounds. Ghada also holds a certificate of pharmacology, working as a team with doctors to consult on dosage, drug interaction and ultimately helping to launch new drugs into the market.

Thomas E. Sullivan, M.D.

Thomas E. Sullivan, M.D., is a board-certified specialist in cardiology and internal medicine with over 40 years of clinical practice. He currently works for DrFirst and sees patients part-time in Massachusetts. Dr. Sullivan’s expertise in the application of information technology to health care has helped to create an international standard (ASTM) for the exchange of medical record information called the Continuity of Care Record (CCR). With AMA, he was founding chair of their e-Medicine Advisory Committee, worked with the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, represented the AMA and helped create the Physician EHR Coalition, and is past chair of the AMA Council on Medical Service. Dr. Sullivan is the physician author of the TEPR Clinical Documentation Challenge. He received the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s annual “Investing in Information” award and the Essex County Medical Society “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2010. He gave Congressional testimony on the impact and value of e-prescribing, and since 2004 has been on the senior management team at DrFirst. DrFirst has been a national pioneer in DEA sanctioned e-prescribing of controlled substances. He is also helping the US Dept. of Commerce as the current Chair of the Healthcare Industry Committee that deals with emerging strategies for “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.”

Dr. Sullivan graduated from Holy Cross College with an AB in French, having spent a year at the Sorbonne. Pre-med studies were pursued at Harvard and Columbia, and he received his MD from Jefferson in Philadelphia. Dr. Sullivan pursued his Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at St Vincent’s in New York and Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. He also served in the US Navy as LCDR at the Naval Hospital in Boston/Chelsea during the Vietnam era.