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Leonard Rappa

Faculty RankProfessor
InstitutionFlorida A&M University
DepartmentCollege of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Address10650 W. State Rd. 84
Suite 200
Davie FL 33324
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    2000 - 2000FAMU COPPS Teacher of the Year, Miami Center, Florida A&M University
    2004 - 2004FAMU COPPS Teacher of the Year, Miami Center, Florida A&M University
    2004 - 2004Florida A&M University Service Award , FAMU - Tallahassee, FL
    2004 - 2005Memorial Hospital Lifesaver Awards, Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, FL
    2008 - 2008FAMU COPPS Teacher of the Year, Miami Center, Florida A&M University
    2010 - 2010FAMU COPPS Teacher of the Year, Davie Center, Florida A&M University
    2011 - 2011FAMU COPPS Teacher of the Year, Davie Center, Florida A&M University
    2014 - 2014FAMU COPPS Teacher of the Year, Davie Center, Florida A&M University

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    Dr. Rappa teaches Doctor of Pharmacy students in their fourth professional year, who are performing their clinical rotation experiences. His courses include PHA5696, PHA5917L, PHA5918L, and PHA5919L. He also advises and precepts the PGY1 General Pharmacy Practice Resident each year.

    Dr. Rappa received his Pharm.D. degree in 1995 from Nova Southeastern University, and subsequently became their first Psychopharmacology resident from 1995-1996. After completion of his residency, he moved to Sarasota, Florida to become Sarasota Memorial’s Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist. In 1997, he became Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy. In December of 1998, he returned to South Florida to to assume a full-time faculty position with Florida A&M University’s Miami Campus, College of Pharmacy. At that time, he established a practice site at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida teaching fourth year doctoral students on their Psychiatry Pharmacy clinical clerkship rotation. At Memorial, he has integrated himself and the students well into the non-teaching environment, making the milieu very open to a pseudo-teaching atmosphere. He has consistently exceeded his student teaching capacity and in his 1st, 5th, 9th, 11th and 12th years was awarded Teacher of the Year at FAMU. In 2010, Dr. Rappa facilitated a tremendous move of the entire Miami Campus to a new campus in Ft. Lauderdale, now referred to as the South Florida Instructional Site.

    Dr. Rappa’s weekly activities in the Behavioral Health Department at Memorial include attending twice weekly treatment team meetings on each of the inpatient psychiatric units. His students prepare a summary of the patients’ medications for each treatment team meeting for all of the participants. In addition, he frequently provides drug therapy suggestions to prescribers in reference to alternative medications, drug interactions, side effects, monitoring, cost containment, polypharmacy, and dosing. Dr. Rappa has been awarded the Lifesaver Award twice at Memorial.

    Other activities performed by Dr. Rappa are: Staff education via inservices, continuing education, or answering individual questions, physician-ordered Psychopharmacology Consultations on patients, (ie. pain management, treatment-resistance cases, difficult patients), and Guardian Advocate services for patients without ability to give informed consent. Dr. Rappa also provides the staff with computer assistance, as he is very proficient in this area.

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    1. Norwood DA, Parke CK, Rappa LR. A Comprehensive Review of Potential Warfarin-Fruit Interactions. J Pharm Pract. 2015 Dec; 28(6):561-71. PMID: 25112306.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. McKee BD, Larose-Pierre M, Rappa LR. A survey of community pharmacists and final-year student pharmacists and their perception of psychotherapeutic agents. J Pharm Pract. 2015 Apr; 28(2):166-74. PMID: 24346959.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Leonard Rappa and James Viola. Condensed Psychopharmacology 2013 - A Pocket Reference for Psychiatry and Psychotropic Medications. 2013; 50. View Publication.
    4. Lewis K, Rappa L, Sherwood-Jachimowicz DA, Larose-Pierre M. Aripiprazole for the treatment of adolescent Tourette's syndrome: a case report. J Pharm Pract. 2010 Jun; 23(3):239-44. PMID: 21507820.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Leonard Rappa. Dr. Rappa's Psychiatric Pharmacy CD. 2009; 6(19):93.
    6. Leonard Rappa and Devon-Anne Sherwood. Psychopharmacology Lecture Book - 2009. 2009; 6(19):93.
    7. Rappa L, Hill AM, Sherwood- Jachimowicz DA. . Psychiatric Medication Pearls Booklet. 2009; 6(19):24.
    8. Singh AC, Massey AJ, Thompson MD, Rappa LR, and Honeywell MS. Journal Pharmacy Practice. Addressing Non-Adherence in the Schizophrenic Population. 2006; 6(19):361-368.
    9. Rappa LR, McDonald C, Massey AJ, Singh AC, and Larose-Pierre M. Journal Pharmacy Practice. Integrating Innovative Technologies into a Psychiatric Pharmacy Clerkship Rotation. 2006; 6(19):386-394.
    10. Rappa L, Eraikhuemen N, Larose-Pierre M. Formulary. Vancomycin Resistance: Means of Prevention, Control, and Treatment Revisited. 2004; 10(39):490-504.
    11. Rappa LR, Larose-Pierre M, Payne DR, Eraikhuemen NE, Lanes DM, Kearson ML. Detoxification from high-dose zolpidem using diazepam. Ann Pharmacother. 2004 Apr; 38(4):590-4. PMID: 14966257.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Larose-Pierre M, Scrivens JJ, Norwood D, and Rappa L. Journal Pharmacy Practice. Necrotizing Fasciitis Caused by Group A Streptococcus: Case Report and Therapy Update. 2002; 3(15):290-6.
    13. Rappa L, Branch E, Iglesias A, Norwood D, Simon WA, and Larose-Pierre M. . Journal Pharmacy Practice. Desperately Seeking Serendipity: The Past, Present and Future of Antidepressant Therapies. 2001; (14):560-569.
    14. Lacknauth S, Patel R, Rappa L, and Branch E. Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Metformin/Glyburide Combination Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes. 2001; 5(26):268-72.
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