Allen J. Vaida

Allen J. Vaida, Pharm.D, BSc

Executive Vice President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
CHP/PCOR Adjunct Affiliate

Institute for Safe Medication Practices
1800 Byberry Road, Suite 810
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-3520

(215) 947-7797 (voice)
(215) 914-1492 (fax)

Research Interests

medication safety specifically prevention of medication errors leading to patient harm; error reporting programs, health literacy, culture, technology, and leadership


Allen J. Vaida is the Executive Vice President for the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in Huntingdon Valley, PA. He previously served as Vice President of Clinical Operations (Chief Operating Officer) at Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown, PA. Prior to his appointment as Vice President in 1995, Vaida held the positions of Director of Pharmacy and then Assistant Vice President and Director of Pharmacy at Suburban General Hospital in Norristown, PA.

Dr.Vaida has served on various committees and as a board member for several healthcare organizations including as a Trustee for ISMP from its incorporation in 1994 through his employment as Executive Director in 2000. Vaida served on the United States Pharmacopeia's Safe Medication Use Expert Committee from 2000 through 2005 and is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Assistant Adjunct Professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy, Adjunct Associate for the Centers for Heath Policy and Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University and Stanford University School of Medicine, and adjunct faculty for the Executive Patient Safety Fellowship offered through Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Maryland Patient Safety Center and the Union of Risk Management for Preventive Medicine.

He has given professional presentations on hospital and pharmacy systems and management, error prevention strategies, healthcare outcomes, integrated systems and interdisciplinary collaboration. Vaida has published numerous articles in the pharmacy literature and served as a script and production consultant for the videos, Reducing Medication Errors through Failure Mode and Effects Analysis and Pharmaceutical Care in OncologyTherapy: Caring Enough to Understand. He has made numerous presentations on medication error reduction strategies and the importance of nonpunitive reporting programs. Dr.Vaida is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a recipient of the Pharmacist of the Year Award in Pennsylvania and the Jonathan Roberts Award from the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1995.

Vaida received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Scranton, a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota.

Other Affiliations

Temple University School of Pharmacy;University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; Virginia Commonwealth University; Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System;Maryland Patient Safety Center; National Quality Forum;Union of Risk Management for Preventive Medicine