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Profile: J. Douglas Thornton

James Thornton
J. Douglas Thornton, Ph.D., Pharm.D., BCPS
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy

Physical Address: Science and Research Building 2, 3455 Cullen Blvd., Room 122B, Houston, TX 77204
Mailing Address: Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2, 4849 Calhoun Road, Room 3044, Houston, TX 77204-5047

Education

Ph.D., Health Services and Outcomes Research, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV

Certificate of Advanced Study in Healthcare Administration, Department of Public Administration, West Virginia University John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy & Politics, Morgantown, WV

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV

Pharm.D., Magna Cum Laude, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV

Research Interests

My research focuses on using medications safely and effectively in addition to reducing morbidity and mortality associated with chronic opioid therapy and opioid use disorders. Through my various opioid-related research projects using primary and secondary data collection and analysis, I have worked with patients, pharmacists, law enforcement officers, and faculty as well as undergraduate, professional, and graduate students.

My dissertation research focused on the transitions within chronic opioid therapy including risks for continued use of opioids, health care costs and use evaluation, and patients access to opioid use disorder medications through community pharmacies.

Awards

  • National Institutes of Health T32 Training Grant Recipient GM 081741-07 and GM 081741-08 (renewal) Research Training Program in Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Awarded for combined scholarship and service West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
  • Bronze Medal Abstract Stocking and Dispensing of Opioids and Related Medications: A Survey of Community Pharmacists in a High Abuse Region Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Nexus Meeting 2016, National Harbor, MD
  • Distinguished Service Award International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research In recognition of service to the Society and Newsletter Chair 2015-16 21st Annual International Meeting in Washington, DC
  • First Place Outstanding Student Chapter during presidency year International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 21st Annual International Meeting in Washington, DC
  • ISPOR Student Travel Grant Recipient 21st Annual International Meeting in Washington, DC

Certifications

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)
  • Registered Pharmacist, West Virginia Board of Pharmacy
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), American Heart Association
  • Certificate in Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Publications

Peer-reviewed Manuscripts

Goyat R, Thornton JD, Tan X, Kelley GA. (2017). Cardiovascular Mortality and Oral Anti-diabetic Drugs: Protocol for a Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. BMJ Open. [Accepted for publication].

Deb A, Thornton JD, Sambamoorthi U, Innes K. (2017). Direct and Indirect Cost of Managing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in the United States. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research. DOI: 10.1080/14737167.2017.1313118

Thornton JD, Goyat R, Dwibedi N, Kelley GA. (2017). Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients Receiving Long-term Opioid Therapy: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis. Quality of Life Research Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-017-1538-0

Deb A, Sambamoorthi U, Thornton JD, Schreurs B, Innes K. (2017). Direct Medical Expenditure Associated with Alzheimer's and Related Disorders (ADRD) in a Nationally Representative Sample of Elderly Individuals- An Excess Cost Approach. Aging and Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1286454

Thornton JD, Lyvers E, Scott V, Dwibedi N. (2017). Pharmacists’ readiness to provide naloxone in community pharmacies in West Virginia. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. DOI: 10.1016/j.japh.2016.12.070

Thornton JD, Agarwal P, Sambamoorthi U. (2016). Use of selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors and platelet aggregation inhibitors among individuals with co-occurring heart disease and depression or anxiety. SAGE Open Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/2050312116682255

Thornton JD, Deb A, Kelly KM. (2016). Car seat safety: Typologies of protective health and safety behaviors for mothers in West Virginia. Maternal and Child Health Journal, DOI: 10.1007/s10995-016-2117-7

Rudisill T, Zhu M, Abate M, Davidov D, Delagarza V, Long DL, Sambamoorthi U, Thornton JD. (2016). The characterization of drug and alcohol use among senior drivers fatally injured in U.S. motor vehicle collisions, 2008-2012. Traffic Injury Prevention, 16;17(8):788-95. DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1165809

Other Publications

Thornton JD, Patterson J, Simmons D, and Yang M. (2016). ISPOR News Student Corner: Student Network Chapter Event Highlights. Value & Outcomes Spotlight: 2(1) p.45.

Abstracts

Thornton JD, Dwibedi N, Zhao X, LeMasters TJ. (2017). Law Enforcement Officers' Readiness To Provide Naloxone in an Emergency Situation in the Communities of West Virginia. Value in Health.

Thornton JD, Dwibedi N, Sambamoorthi U. (2017). Differences in Health-Related Quality Of Life Based On Analgesic Regimens in Patients with Chronic Pain. Value in Health.

Lyvers E,* Thornton JD,* Dwibedi N. (2016). Stocking and Dispensing of Opioids and Related Medications: A Survey of Community Pharmacists in a High-Abuse Region. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, 22(10a) S47. DOI: 10.18553/jmcp.2016.22.10-a.s1 (*:co-first authors)

Thornton JD, Dwibedi N, Zheng T, Jha A, Foster D, Sambamoorthi U. (2016). Prescriber Characteristics and their Relationship with Antibiotic Prescribing for Patients in a Public Insurance Program in Appalachia. Value in Health: 19(3) p. A224. DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2016.03.1865

Thornton JD, Agarwal P, Sambamoorthi U. (2015). Use of selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors and platelet aggregation inhibitors among individuals with co-occurring heart disease and depression or anxiety. Value in Health: 12(3) p. A134. DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2015.03.780

Presentations

Poster Presentations

Thornton JD, Dwibedi N, Zhao X, Scott V, Ponte CD, Ziedonis DM, Sambamoorthi U. Developing education strategies for pharmacists licensed and working in a high drug-death state. International Conference on Opioids, June 2017 in Boston, MA

Thornton JD, Dwibedi N, Zhao X, LeMasters T. Law enforcement officers’ readiness to administer naloxone in an emergency situation in a high drug-death state. International Conference on Opioids, June 2017 in Boston, MA

Thornton JD, Dwibedi N, Sambamoorthi U. Differences in Health-related Quality of Life Based on Analgesic Regimens in Patients with Chronic Pain. International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s Annual International Meeting, May 2017 in Boston, MA

Thornton JD, Dwibedi N, Zhao X, LeMasters T. Law enforcement officer’s readiness to provide naloxone in an emergency situation in the communities of West Virginia. International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s Annual International Meeting, May 2017 in Boston, MA

Thornton JD, Goyat R, Dwibedi N, Kelley G. Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients Receiving Long-term Opioid Therapy: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis. Accepted for 2017 American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, March 2017 in San Francisco, CA

Shah D, Alhussain K, Thornton JD, Kelly KM. Using a family systems framework to assess the impact of familial opioid misuse on the overall well-being of young adults. Accepted for 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, March 2017 in San Diego, CA

Lyvers E,* Thornton JD,* Dwibedi N. Stocking and Dispensing of Opioids and Related Medications: A Survey of Community Pharmacists in a High-Abuse Region. Presented at Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Nexus, October 2016 in National Harbor, MD (*: co-first authors)

Thomas S, Misra R, Shawley S, Dwibedi N, Thornton JD. Medication Adherence among Participants in a Community-Based Diabetes Program. Presented at West Virginia Rural Health Association Conference, October 2016 in Logan, WV

Thornton JD, Dwibedi N, Zheng T, Jha A, Foster D, Sambamoorthi U. Prescriber Characteristics and their Relationship with Antibiotic Prescribing for Patients in a Public Insurance Program in Appalachia. Presented at International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s Annual International Meeting, May 2016 in Washington, DC

Thornton JD, Deb A, Kelley KM. Unexpected extended rear-facing car safety seat usage in parents with children under three years of age. Presented at 37th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, March 2016 in Washington, DC

Thornton JD, Kamal K. Chronotherapy strategies in patients with hypertension versus standard of care. Presented at Pharmacy Regional Research Forum, June 2015 in Morgantown, WV

Thornton JD, Agarwal P, Sambamoorthi U. Use of selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors and platelet aggregation inhibitors among individuals with co-occurring heart disease and depression or anxiety. Presented at International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s Annual International Meeting, May 2015 in Philadelphia, PA

Thornton JD, Jones S. Effect of an electronic order clarification system to timely patient care Residency Research Project. Presented at the 2012 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2012 in Las Vegas, NV

Other Presentations

AMCP Student Chapter Guest Speaker (PharmD curriculum) Introduction to Formulary Management and the 2017 AMCP P&T Competition West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV, September 2016.

AMCP Student Chapter Guest Speaker (PharmD curriculum) Introduction to Formulary Management and the 2016 AMCP P&T Competition West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV, September 2015.

Opioid abuse-related hospitalization trends among University Healthsystem Consortium facilities Database Analysis Research Project West Virginia University Institutional Review Board Approved, Morgantown, WV, November 2014 - May 2015.

Who Gives a Crap about C. diff? : Economic Comparison of Newer Therapies for Clostridium difficile Infections Lunch and Learn In-service, CPE Approved Presented to interdisciplinary team at Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, March 2013.

Turn the Bleed Around: Management of Bleeding Events, Lunch and Learn In-service, CPE Approved Presented to an interdisciplinary team at Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, January 2013.

Stimulant Use in Pediatric Patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Lunch and Learn In-service, CPE Approved # WV2012-06-05-CEG Presented to an interdisciplinary team at Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, October 2012.

The Value of Pharmacy Practice Residencies Panel discussion member for second and third year pharmacy students West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV, September 2012.

There’s No Such Thing as A Cute Kidney Injury, Lunch and Learn In-service, CPE Approved # WV2012-06-04-CEC Presented to an interdisciplinary team at Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, August 2012.

Memberships and Editorial Appointments

Memberships
  • American Pharmacists Association (APhA), 2016-Present
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), 2016-Present
  • Phi Lambda Sigma - Pharmacy Leadership Society, 2015-Present
  • Rho Chi- Pharmacy Honorary, 2015-Present
  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), 2014-Present
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), 2011-Present
  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), 2010-Present
  • Pharm.D. Experiential Advisory Committee, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, 2017-Present
  • Graduate Education Advisory Committee, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, 2017-Present
Editorial Appointments
  • Peer Reviewer, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 2017-present
  • Peer Reviewer, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education,2017-present
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 2016-present
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Pharmacy Technology, 2016-present
  • Peer Reviewer, SAGE Open Medicine, 2016-present
  • Peer Reviewer, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2016-present
  • Merit Reviewer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), 2017-present
  • Abstract Peer Reviewer, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2016
  • Abstract Peer Reviewer, Society of Behavioral Medicine