Thomas Caraccio, PharmD
I work with a team of pharmacy students and residents to provide medication counseling and clinical pharmacotherapy consultations for high-risk patients, including those with congestive heart failure, in the cardiac telemetry unit at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island.
As a clinical pharmacotherapy specialist, I also teach clinical toxicology to fourth-year medical students, pharmacy students, and residents. In addition, I serve as a preceptor and assistant director of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program. I am certified in medication therapy management, as an asthma educator, and as a pharmacotherapy specialist. I also serve as a diplomat of the American Board of Applied Toxicology.
I first became interested in pharmacy in my youth, when I discovered that I enjoyed tinkering with my chemistry set and gardening. I wanted to understand how chemicals work and how plants grow into foods that we can eat to be healthy. After working at a pharmacy in the Bronx, I discovered that many medications are derived from plants.
I decided to study pharmacy at St. John’s University, completed a pharmacy internship at Montefiore Medical Center, and earned a PharmD at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science. I completed my fellowship in clinical pharmacology and toxicology under the mentorship of Howard C. Mofenson, MD, at Nassau University Medical Center.
After my fellowship, I served as a clinical pharmacist at Long Island Regional Poison and Drug Information Center, where I helped staff a 24-hour emergency telephone service that provided free help to the public and local health professionals.
I’ve held faculty appointments with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and several local pharmacy and nursing schools.
Early in my career, I was fortunate to receive grant funding for various research projects from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance® (RADARS®) System; and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. More recently, I’ve received funding from the New York State Department of Health to provide medication reconciliation training.
I have presented and published pharmacy and toxicology case reports and studies and have coauthored a chapter in a medical textbook on the management of poisonings. My current interests include educating high-risk patients about their medication to reduce hospital readmission rates and educating current and future healthcare providers about pharmacotherapy and toxicology.
Outside of work, I enjoy gardening and growing my own food to stay healthy. I encourage everyone to exercise and thank our creator for our families and the many gifts that we are given every day.
Education and Training
- Fellowship, Nassau University Medical Center, Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1977–78
- Internship, Montefiore Medical Center, Pharmacy, 1978
- PharmD, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, 1980
- Postdoctoral Training, Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Nassau University Medical Center, 1981–82
- Diplomat, American Board of Applied Toxicology, 1988
- Certified Asthma Educator, 2015
- Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, 2017
NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island
259 First Street
Mineola, New York 11501