Division of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology

Lisa Dolovich

BScPhM, PharmD, MSc

Scientist, Centre for Evaluation of Medicines, St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Ambulatory Care Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Pharmacy Department, St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Family Medicine


Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Lisa Dolovich obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. She completed a Canadian Society of Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at the Centre for Evaluation of Medicines and completed her Master of Science degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University.

Dr. Dolovich leads the Team for Individualizing Pharmacotherapy in Primary Care for Seniors (TIPPS) research program tippsnetwork, a research program associated with over 45 research studies that aim to find better solutions to the problems seniors face when choosing or using medications in the primary care setting. She is also co-leading a large demonstration project examining pharmacist integration into family practice, IMPACT. Dr. Dolovich also runs a Medication Assessment Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton together with Dr. Mitchell Levine.

She was recognized with the Piafsky Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society of Clinical Pharmacology in 2001 and was the first-ever Canadian Pharmacist of the Year (2003).

Research Interests

Dr. Dolovich's research interests include the following main areas; the patient perspective about using or deciding to use medications, pharmacist integration into primary care practice, continuity of healthcare, pharmacy and health services practice research, and evaluating the clinical and policy relevance of interventions that can improve prescribing and patient medication-taking behaviour.

Selected Publications

  1. Dolovich L , Nair K, Ciliska D, Lee H, Birch S, Gafni A, Hunt D. The Diabetes Continuity of Care Scale: the development and evaluation of a scale that measures continuity from the patient perspective. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2004;12(6):475-487.
  2. Dolovich L . The challenge and importance of ensuring that patient information needs are met. (editorial) Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. 2003;56:133-135.
  3. Howard M, Trim K, Woodward C, Dolovich L, Sellors C, Kaczorowski J, Sellors J. Collaboration between community pharmacists and family physicians: Lessons learned from the Seniors Medication Assessment Research Trial (SMART). Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association. 2003;43:566-72.
  4. Sellors J, Kaczorowski J, Woodward C, Willan A, Sellors C, Dolovich L, Goeree R, Cosby R, Trim K, Sebaldt R, Howard M, Poston J. Randomized controlled trial of a pharmacist consultation program for family physicians and their elderly patients. CMAJ 2003;169:17-22.
  5. McCormack JP, Dolovich L, Burns S, Levine M, Nair K, Cassels A, Mann K, Gray J. Providing evidence-based information to patients in general practice and pharmacies: what is the acceptability, usefulness and impacy on drug use? Health Expectations 2003; 6:281-9.
  6. Nieuwstraten C, Dolovich L, Chase H. The use of goal attainment scaling in the provision of pharmaceutical care to hospitalized patients: a pilot study. Can J Hosp Pharm 2002;55:262-71.
  7. Dolovich L , Ho CS, Wichman K, Bowles Jordan J. The provision of enhanced pharmacy services in Ontario . CPJ 2002; 5: 29-36.
  8. Dolovich LR , Ginsberg JS, Douketis JD, Holbrook AM, Cheah G. A meta-analysis comparing low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) to unfractionated heparin in the treatment of venous thromboembolism: examining some unanswered questions regarding location, product type, and dosing frequency of LMWHs. Archives of Internal Medicine 2000;160:181-88.
  9. Dolovich L , Addis A, Vaillancourt JMR, Power JDB, Koren G, Einarson TR. Benzodiazepines in Pregnancy and Major Malformations or oral cleft: a meta-analysis of cohort and case control studies. BMJ 1998;317:839-844.