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Adrienne Z. Ables, PharmD, MS

Adrienne Z. Ables

Adrienne Z. Ables, PharmD, MS

Assistant Dean for Faculty Development/Pharmacology Faculty
Professor of Pharmacology
Carolinas Campus


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Curriculum Vitae: 

Dr. Ables has been at the Carolina Campus since its inception in 2011. She served as Discipline Chair of Pharmacology for five years and was appointed Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in 2015. Dr. Ables earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Rutgers College of Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina, and Master of Science in Medical Education Leadership from the University of New England. She has been a medical educator for over 25 years, is one of our best teachers, and has mentored several student research projects. Dr. Ables is passionate about professional development as a contributor to faculty vitality, which she believes is paramount to supporting the institution’s mission.


2017 University of New England MS, Medical Education Leadership
1991 Medical University of South Carolina PharmD
1989 Rutgers University College of Pharmacy BS, Pharmacy


Awards and Honors

  • VCOM, Certificate of Appreciation for organizing the Cleveland Park event team, October 2015
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, 2014 Osteopathic Family Physician Attending Paper of the Year, March 2015
  • Student Osteopathic Medical Association, Biomedical Professor of the Year, 2013-2014
  • Sigma Sigma Phi Chi-Alpha, Biomedical Faculty Educator of the Year Finalist, 2013
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus, Lecturer of the Year Award, January 2013
  • Merck & Co., Inc., Award for Excellence, November 1997
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Residents’ Award for Outstanding Service and Education, June 1996

Current Professional Organizations

  • Associate Member, American Osteopathic Association
  • Member, North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Member, American College of Clinical Pharmacy

Current Research Projects

  • Concussion reporting among adolescent athletes
  • Healthcare students' perception of an interprofessional experience designed to assess fall risks among a community-dwelling population
  • Investigating the effectiveness of an Interprofessional Education curriculum on student attitudes toward interprofessional collaboration


Year Published Faculty Citation PMID

Rosati R, Ables AZ, Warren P. Improving Diabetic Retinopathy in an Indigent Population. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2017;28(2):635-42. PMID: 28529214.


Augustyniak RA, Ables AZ, Guilford P, Lujan HL, Cortright RN, DiCarlo SE. Intrinsic motivation:  an overlooked component for student success. Adv Physiol Educ. 2016 Dec; 40(4):465-6. PMID: 27697962.


Bungarz W, Little L, Rohloff M, Thomas R, Bendyk H, Ables AZ. The Relationship of Pediatric Obesity and Non-Pandemic Influenza. Osteopathic Family Physician. 2016; 8:12-14.


Ables AZ, Bouknight PJ, Bendyk H, Alsip R, Williams J, Beagle R. Standardized blood glucose control in non-critically ill patients is associated with a decreased length of stay. Published ahead of print in the Journal for Healthcare Quality. 2016, 38:e89-96.


Gums TH, Carter BL, Milavetz G, Buys L, Rosenkrans K, Uribe L, Coffey C, MacLaughlin EJ, Young RB, Ables AZ, Patel-Shori N, Wisniewski A. Physician-pharmacist collaborative management of asthma in primary care. Pharmacotherapy. 2014 Oct; 34(10):1033-42.


Kilgore T, Townsend AS, Ables AZ. Update on stroke management. Osteopathic Family Physician. 2014 Feb; 6(1).


Duncan B, Ables AZ. Do drug treatment POEMs report data in clinically useful ways? Journal of Family Practice. 2013 Feb; 62(2):E1-5.


Ballew JD, Moore N, Andrews S, Ables AZ. Preliminary report on health status of the Chayanta River Valley, Bolivia [abstract]. BIOMEA Seminar, 2012 Oct 7. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2013; 113(3):233. Abstract no. BIO1150.


Fritsche MD, Ables AZ, Bendyk H. Opportunities missed: improving the rate of contraceptive counseling or provision when prescribing reproductive-aged women potentially teratogenic medications in a family medicine resident clinic. Contraception. 2011 Oct; 84(8):372-6.


Januchowski RP, Ables AZ, Page L. Do osteopathic medical students maintain their Osteopathic identity in a dually accredited training hospital system? Osteopathic Family Physician. 2012 July; 4(4):96-100. doi:10.1016/j.osfp.2012.04.002.