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photo Joseph T. Hanlon, PharmD, MS


Health Scientist


Phone: 412-864-2507

Office: 3471 Fifth Ave.
Kaufmann Building, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-2507
Fax: 412-692-2370
Administrative Assistant:
Beth Thomas
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Bldg
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-2507
Fax: 412-692-2370
Education and Training
B.S. Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, 1978
M.S. Pharmacy Practice, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1981
PharmD Clinical Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1990
Residency in Pharmacy Practice, Moses H. Cone Hospital, Greensboro, NC, 1980
Post-Doctoral Training in Biometry, Duke University Medical School, 1992
Post-Doctoral Training in Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Univ. of North Carolina, 1992
Research Interest
A Professor of Medicine, Dr Hanlon is also a geriatric pharmacist and Health Scientist with both the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Pittsburgh VA. His research focuses on three themes: 1) drug-related problems; 2) racial disparities in medication use; and 3) drug-induced geriatric syndromes. He serves as a PI and Co-I on a number of federally-funded grants and on the editorial board of several journals.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Hanlon, J. T., Cutson, T., Ruby, C. M. Drug-related falls in the elderly. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 1996; 11: 38-54.
Hanlon, J. T., Fillenbaum, G. G., Kuchibhatla, M., Artz, M. B., Boult, C., Gross, C. R., Garrard, J., Schmader, K. E. Impact of inappropriate drugs use on mortality and decline in functional status in representative community dwelling elders. Medical Care. 2002; 40: 166-76.
Bohannon, A., Hanlon, J. T., Landerman, L. R., Gold, D. T. Relationship between race and other potential risk factors and nonvertebral fractures in community dwelling elderly women. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1999; 149: 1002-9.
Gray, S. I., LaCroix, A.Z., Hanlon, J. T., Penninx, B., Blough, D. K., Leveille, S.G., Artz, M. B., Guralnik, J.M., Buchner, D. Benzodiazepine use and physical disability in community dwelling older adults. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2006; 54: 224-230.
Hilmer, S. N., Mager, D.E., Simonsick, E. M., Cao, Y., Ling, S. M., Windham, B. G., Harris, T. B., Hanlon, J.T., Rubin, S. M., Shorr, R. I., Bauer, D. C., Abernethy, D. R. Drug burden index to define the functional burden of medications in older people. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2007; 167: 781-87.
Boudreau, R. M., Hanlon, J.T., Roumani, Y. F., Studenski, S. A., Ruby, C. M., Wright, R. M., Hilmer, S. N., Shorr, R. I., Bauer, D. C., Simonsick, E. M., Newman, A. B. Central nervous system medication use and mobility limitation in community elders: The Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. 2009; 18(10): 916-22.
Gray, S. L., Boudreau, R. M., Newman, A. B., Studenski, S. A., Shorr, R.I., Bauer, D. C., Simonsick, E. M., Hanlon, J. T. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and statin medication use and incident mobility limitation in community older adults. Journal of American Geriatric Society. 2011; 59: 2226-2232.
Peron, E. P., Hanlon, J. T., Gray, S. L. Medication use and functional status decline in older adults: a narrative review. American Journal of Geriatri Pharmacotherapy. 2011; 9: 378-391.
Hanlon, J. T., Schmader, K. E., Semla, T. P. Update of studies on drug-related problems in older adults. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2013; 61: 1365-68.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: De-prescribing of Anti-Dementia Medications
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: The Donaghue Foundation
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2018
Title: Improving Outcomes of UTI in LTC Facilities: The IOU Study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: R18 HS023779
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2018
Title: Dual Use of VA-Medicare Drug Benefits and Unsafe Prescribing in Dementia Patients
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: VA HSR&D
Grant Number: I01 IIR 12-379
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Title: Pittsburgh Older Americans Independence Center PESC
Role: Core Leader
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: P30 AG024827
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020