Administration & Faculty

Benjamin Chavez, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP

Associate Professor




2004 – 2005 Psychopharmacology Resident

Nova Southeastern University 

2000 - 2004 Doctor of Pharmacy

University of Florida Gainesville, Florida 


Teaching/Clinical Experience 

2010 – 2013 University of Hawaii at Hilo

Daniel K Inouye College of Pharmacy

Assistant Professor

Practice Site:  Physician Center at Mililani as an ambulatory care pharmacist with University of Hawaii Family Medicine Residency program 

2005-2010  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Clinical Assistant Professor

Practice Site:  Monmouth Medical Center as an psychiatric pharmacist  


Other Clinical Appointments 

2013 – Present

University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine

Clinical Associate Professor 

2011 – 2013

University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor 

2007 – 2010

Drexel School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor  


Primary Teaching

PHRM 644 – Neurological and Psychiatric II


Areas of Research and Specialization

Psychiatric pharmacy, primary care, and providing psychiatric services in a primary care setting.  Active learning in the classroom, including using gameshows effectively in the classroom.



Faculty of the Year, Family Medicine Residency Program, John A Burns School of Medicine – 2013  

Faculty Preceptor of the Year, University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy – 2013 

Innovative Practice Award, Hawaii Pharmacists Association – 2012  

Therapeutic Case Report Award (College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists) – 2010  


Selected Posters  

Chavez B, Juarez D, Davis J, Inouye J. Type of Antidepressant Medication Related to Adherence and Medication Costs in Patients with Diabetes and Comorbid Depression and/or Anxiety.  Presented at CPNP Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO in April 2013. 

Juarez D, Chavez B. Relationship of Antidepressant Use to Anti-diabetic Medication Adherence, Health Care Utilization and Costs in Patients with Diabetes in Hawaii.  Presented at Pacific Institute of Nursing Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI in March 2013.   

Chavez B, Zeszotarski P.  Perceived utility of a distance learning system in a professional university by students and faculty.  Presented at AACP Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL in July 2012. 

Chavez B, Chaisri I.  Description and Impact of Pharmacy Services in a Family Medicine.  Presented at Hawaii Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI in April 2012. 

Chavez B, Volino LR, Gilliam EH, Pathak R. Fun with Pharmacy: Game Show Activities in the Classroom. Presented at AACP Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA in July 2010.  


Selected Publications 

Chavez B, Cummings V. Treatment Options for Tourette Syndrome. Ment Health Clin. 2013;2(11):88. 

Chavez B.  The role of second generation antipsychotics in autism disorder.  Ment Health Clin. 2012;2(3):13 

Chavez B, Gilliam EH, Pathak R, Volino LR. Popular game shows as educational tools in the pharmacy classroom.  Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2012;4:146-149. 

Chavez B, Hughes F. The Use of Short Downloadable Lectures to Supplement Didactic Lectures.  Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2012;4(1):16-18.  

Ornellas T, Chavez B. Naltrexone SR/Bupropion SR (Contrave): A New Approach to Weight Loss in Obese Adults.  P&T 2011;36(5).:255-62.  

Chavez B, Reilly T. Manic and psychotic symptoms following subcutaneous leuprolide in a male patient with no prior psychiatric history.  J Clin Psych 2010;71(12):1696-98. 

Gerhard T, Chavez B, Olfson M, Crystal S. National patterns in the outpatient pharmacological management of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. J Clin Psychopharm 2009;29(3):307-10. 

Chavez B, Sopko M, Ehret M, et al.   An update on central nervous system stimulant formulations in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Ann Pharmacother 2009; 43(6):1084-95. 

Chavez B, Chavez-Brown M, Rey JA. Role of risperidone in children with autism spectrum disorder. Ann Pharmacother 2006;40:909-16.    


Selected Invited Presentations 

Game Shows in the Pharmacy Classroom

Presented as part of 1-hour webinar series for American Association of College of Pharmacy, March 2012  

Depression for the Primary Care Physician

Presented as a 1-hour CME program to physicians at the Hawaii Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting, February 2012 

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Treatment Overview and Counseling Points.

Presented a 90-minute CE program for Ohio Pharmacists Association in Honolulu, HI in February 2012


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