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Al Barber

Pharm.D., CGP, FASCP
Golden LivingCenters

Dr. Al Barber has been with Golden Living for almost four years as a director of pharmacy. He is responsible for optimizing pharmacy and consultant pharmacy services with our contract providers in over 100 Golden LivingCenters across four states.  He also works on the corporate-level developing programs that promote education to the Golden Living staff on medication, and proper medication use.

Dr. Barber is President-Elect of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and a preceptor for the ASCP Pain Management Traineeship held twice a year in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has lectured extensively to nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare providers on medication use in the elderly and the cost-effectiveness of drug therapy.  

Working with medical, nursing, and other professionals to optimize outcomes related to medication therapy is one of the things he finds most rewarding about his role at Golden Living. Dr. Barber also enjoys working with both the clinical and operational management at Golden Living to help improve communication and collaboration among the two groups, and with our contracted providers. "Effective communication and multidisciplinary resident-centered care processes are the key drivers to providing excellent care to our patients and residents," says Dr. Barber. He values the exchange of the varying perspectives he has with other resident care, team members at Golden Living.

Dr. Barber holds Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Ohio Northern University.  He also has an M.A. in Economics from Kent State University.  He is Board Certified in Geriatric Pharmacy and a fellow in the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.  His major research interests include the cost-effectiveness of pharmacy products and clinical consulting services, and the recognition and prevention of drug-related problems in at-risk populations.