About Dr. Sahar Swidan

SAHAR SWIDAN, PHARM.D., R.Ph., ABAAHP, FAARFM, FACA

Meet Sahar

Sahar obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a 3 year Bio-Pharmaceutics research fellowship at the University of Michigan. She started her career as the clinical pharmacist for the Inpatient Head and Chronic Pain Service at Chelsea Community Hospital and then progressed to Director of Pharmacy. In 2001, she founded Pharmacy Solutions in Ann Arbor, MI, a unique, personal and educational specialty pharmacy, and serves as President & CEO. In addition, she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan, College of Pharmacy. She is board certified, an advanced fellow in anti-aging and regenerative medicine and an internationally known speaker in the areas of pain management and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), authoring several books, articles and patient education material in the area of pain management and functional medicine. Currently, she is completing a Master’s program in Cardio-Metabolic and Functional Medicine.

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Summary

In the world of pharmaceutical medicine, the pharmacist is the gatekeeper of knowledge and science. In the world of clinical pharmacists, Dr. Sahar Swidan, Pharm.D. BCPS, ABAAHP, FAARFM, FACA is a true visionary and key opinion leader.

For the past 25 years, since obtaining her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and then serving a 3-year tenure as research fellow in Bio-Pharmaceutics at the University of Michigan, Sahar has served in many leadership roles across many levels of care, from hospital to private and retail pharmacy services. Not only has she served patients directly in those roles, Sahar has also conducted trainings and continuing education for medical providers, both physicians and pharmacists. Her teachings focus on treatment trends and theory in the areas of pain management, Bio-Identical hormone replacement, and functional and regenerative medicine, domestically and internationally.

Along with her professional success, Sahar continues to advance her own knowledge of cardio-metabolic and functional medicine by completing a Master’s degree in that field. She is convinced that these areas are the future of medicine.

All this means nothing if not brought down to a pragmatic level that effects the lives of patients. At the heart of it all, Sahar sits down, listens, and works closely in partnership with physicians to help enhance the health and life of their patients. This is her passion and this is, ultimately, what motivates her and allows her to spread a vision of change across both the medical and lay communities.

I. Major Highlights

Sahar Swidan is a talented and seasoned health care provider and executive with over 25 years of experience in pharmacy services, and consulting. She brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as educational training of medical providers, evidence-based formulary design and development for compounding pharmacies, expert in drug interactions and avoidances, expert in clinical hormone replacement and pain management. Other major strengths include her effective style in interpersonal and cultural relationship management between pharmaceutical and clinical teams of people. With an abundance of international experience, Sahar has a strong understanding of pharmaceutical trends and healthcare throughout North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

II. Current & Past Work

Currently, Sahar operates a private specialty compounding pharmacy, Pharmacy Solutions, which she founded in 2000. Sahar serves as the Chief Executive Officer of this pharmacy as well as Neuropharm and SahaRx Skin Care. She has worked with many companies ranging from small scale start –ups to mid and large size hospitals, offering pharmaceutical consulting services across an array of disease states including neurological issues, pediatric medicine, hormone replacement and pain management. Sahar was an integral part of educational initiatives that have propelled groups such as A4M to be the North America’s leader in physician functional medicine education. Pharmacy Solutions has been in business with Sahar’s leadership for over 16 years and is one of the major national pharmacies and leaders in providing the best and most innovative compounded products in the industry.

Prior to forming Pharmacy Solutions, Sahar served in many leadership roles at Chelsea Community Hospital. She was Director of Pharmaceutical Services for the hospital as well as Clinical Pharmacist for the Head and Chronic Pain Unit for over 15 years. Under her guidance, Chelsea Hospital Pharmacy Department won numerous awards for innovative clinical patient care and underwent a stunning transformation financially.

III. Board Experience

In addition to her executive career, Sahar serves on several advisory boards and numerous affiliations. Aside from serving as a Board Member for DUR Michigan Medicaid, she also holds membership positions with Michigan Medication Safety Coalition, and Michigan Pharmacists Association. Previously, she served on the boards of American Headache Society and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan-Pharmacy. She served as former President for Southeastern Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists as well as Washtenaw County Pharmacist Society. She is also deeply committed to the cause of pediatric medicine within Michigan offering her consulting services pro-bono to all the major hospitals and helped to standardize the concentrations of compounded medications for pediatric patients across the state of Michigan to decrease dispensing and dosing errors.

Over the past twenty five years, Sahar has established herself as a thought leader in the field of pharmaceuticals and physician education. Her writings have been featured in over 25 national and international clinical journals and publications. With multiple public speaking engagements with over 40 national and international companies and businesses, her face-to-face engagements with the medical professionals are highly valued and sought after. She is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer for A4M in the areas of functional medicine and pain management and has authored many articles, book chapters and books.

IV. Education & Certifications

Sahar Swidan obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Eastern Michigan University. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also completed a post-doctoral fellow ship in BioPharmaceutics at the University of Michigan. She is also board certified in anti-aging and functional medicine and is currently completing a master’s degree in Cardio-Metabolic and Functional Medicine.

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