Dr. Nicole M. Acquisto received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, NY and an Emergency Medicine (EM)/Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Acquisto works as the EM Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pharmacy and Emergency Medicine at URMC. She is a leader in EM pharmacy and active at advancing practice at the national level through advocacy, education, and research. For over 10 years, Dr. Acquisto was the PGY2 EM Pharmacy Residency Director or primary preceptor where she developed unique EM learning opportunities for pharmacy trainees, medical residents, advanced practice providers, paramedics, and international pharmacists. She currently mentors a team of EM pharmacists, manages an ED antimicrobial stewardship program, was Chairman of the ED Opioid Task Force, has a leadership role on the enterprise-wide Opioid Task Force, and develops and organizes emergency response team efforts and simulation activities for pharmacists. Dr. Acquisto is active in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). She is a past-Chair of the ACCP Emergency Medicine Practice and Research Network and has been a member of both the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Advisory Group on Emergency Care and Clinical Leadership. Her national recognitions include the ACCP New Clinical Practitioner Award, two ASHP Best Practices Awards, the ASHP Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award, and multiple ASHP Foundation grants. She is an Editorial Board member for the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, a Fellow of ACCP, and a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.
In addition to clinical practice responsibilities, Dr. Acquisto is the director of the PGY2 EM Pharmacy Residency programs, manages an emergency department (ED) antimicrobial stewardship program and is actively involved in the education of pharmacy and medical students and residents as well as the pre-hospital providers and nursing staff. She has research and therapeutics publications, has been the recipient of several American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation research grant awards, an ASHP Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy, New York State Chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Research Award, ASHP Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award, and ACCP New Clinical Practitioner Award. She is a Past-Chair of the ACCP Emergency Medicine Practice and Research Network, a past-member of the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Section Advisory Group on Emergency Care, current member of the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Section Advisory Group on Clinical Leadership, is a Fellow of ACCP, and a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.