John Kessler, Pharm.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor

John Kessler, Pharm.D., is the founder and chief clinical officer of SecondStory Health, LLC. He has more than 35 years of experience in safe medication systems design, adverse drug event reporting and errors analysis. He has chaired the United States Pharmacopoeia’s advisory panel on medication errors and he has served as an ex-officio member of the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention. He has consulted with healthcare organizations and regulatory authorities in the United States, South Africa, Brazil and the Middle East on medication safety.

Kessler is the designated patient safety expert for the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety (APMS), a federally-listed patient safety organization that provides safety consulting and medication error-related data analytics to more than 3,000 community pharmacies.

Kessler co-founded and co-directed the North Carolina Consortium for Medication Safety. This 3 year federally funded project assessed medication safety practices in critical access and rural hospitals in N.C. and established a collaborative framework to improve medication safety.

He has been a designated representative for the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) on various work groups convened by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance.

He co-chaired the Quality and Safety Task Force, for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and has served in various leadership positions in the Association.

Kessler is an adjunct associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He precepts Doctor of Pharmacy students and he teaches a graduate-level course on Medication Safety and Quality in the Masters program.

Research Interests

  • Medication Safety
  • Patient Safety
  • Safety in Clinical Research

International/National

  • “Safety Fatigue” Presented as part of the Pharmacy Grand Round national webinar series, sponsored by ASHP and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, 2015.
  • “Normas e protocolos tambem poder levar a erros: entenda como” Presented at V Fórum Internacional sobre Segurança do Paciente: Erros de Medicação,” Ouro Preto, Brasil, 2014.
  • “Transferência e comunicação de informações críticas de forma efetiva: Os fatores negligenciados” Presented at V Fórum Internacional sobre Segurança do Paciente: Erros de Medicação,” Ouro Preto, Brasil, 2014.
  • “Reuniões seguras: garantindo a confidencialidade e aprendendo com os eventos adversos” Presented at V Fórum Internacional sobre Segurança do Paciente: Erros de Medicação,” Ouro Preto, Brasil, 2014.
  • “Patient Safety in Clinical Research – avoiding adverse events and unanticipated problems” Presented at V Congresso Sobre Uso Racional de Medicamentos, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2014.
  • “HIPAA-The Privacy Rule”. Presented at Cluster Randomized Trials: Ethical, Regulatory and Practical Issues –NIH HCS Collaboratory – hosted Workshop Meeting 2013
  • “A integração profissional: elemento-chave para emprego correto de medicamentos em nível hospitalar visando à segurança do paciente.” Presented at IV Uso Racional de Medicamentos, Salvador, Brazil August 2012.
  • “Research to reduce preventable problems in clinical studies.” Presented at IV Uso Racional de Medicamentos, Salvador, Brazil August 2012.
  • “O que realmente funciona em seguranca de medicamentos….isso depende do seu ponto de vista.” Presented at IV Fórum Internacional sobre Segurança do Paciente: Erros de Medicação,” Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2012.
  • “Praticas seguras no uso de medicamentos: enfase em medicamentos potencialmente perigosos.” Presented at IV Fórum Internacional sobre Segurança do Paciente: Erros de Medicação,” Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2012.
  • “Pharmaceutical Care: An evidence-based foundation for a medication safety program.” Presented to King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, February 21, 2011.

State/Local

  • New perspectives on adverse events and latent errors in clinical research. SOCRA-FDA. 2016.
  • Adverse Events, Safety, Risk and Error in Human Research. SOCRA Clinical Sciences Course. 2016.
  • Common Errors in Pharmacy and Ideas for How to Avoid Them. EpicRx 24th Annual Convention. 2015.
  • Quality Assurance and Medication Safety: How to Design the Worst System Possible. Mountain AHEC. 2014.
  • Patient Safety in Clinical Research – avoiding adverse events and unanticipated problems. Association Clinical Research Professionals. 2014.
  • Quality Assurance (QA): Simple steps to comply with the regulations and mistake-proof your Pharmacy. Mutual Drug Annual Convention. 2010.
  • B.S. Pharm. – West Virginia University
  • Pharm.D. – Duquesne University
  • Hospital Pharmacy Residency – WVU Hospitals, WV
  • Clinical Pharmacy Residency – Mercy Hospital/Duquesne University
  • Fellowship Postmarketing Surveillance – Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Cape Town, South Africa