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Benjamin Chavez, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy


Mailing address:

University of Colorado
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mail Stop C238
12850 E. Montview Blvd. V20-1126F
Aurora, CO 80045

Office Location:

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building (V20)
First Floor
Room 1126F



Training and Education:

  • Psychopharmacology Specialty Residency - Nova Southeastern University (2004-2005)
  • PharmD - University of Florida (2004)


  • Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (2006)
  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (2012)

Clinical Activities:

Dr. Chavez is a Clinical Pharmacist at Salud Family Health Center in Brighton and Commerce City. His current focus is in bringing together primary care and behavioral health, and working collaboratively with other health care professionals to provide the best treatment possible to patients. At Salud, Dr. Chavez practices under Collaborative Drug Therapy Management protocols to treat patients with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. This is also a rotation site for pharmacy students and residents. Specific areas of interest include diabetes, depression, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.

Scholarly Activities:

Dr. Chavez participates in research related to primary care (diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia) and behavioral health (depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, child/adolescent). He is also involved in scholarship of teaching. He has published research articles, review articles, book chapters, and continuing education materials.

Recent Publications:

Bridgeman MB, Chavez B. Febuxostat for the treatment of gout. Exper Opin Pharmacother 2015;16(3):395-

Davis J, Chavez B, Juarez DT. Adjustments to diabetes medications in response to increases in hemoglobin A1C: an epidemiologic study. Ann Pharmacotherapy 2014;48(1): 41-7.

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.

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 Psychopharm2009;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 Posters:

Chavez B, Turner RB, Wegrzyn N, Bradley B, Marcus K. Implementation of a simulated electronic health record in a PharmD program: successes and challenges. Presented at the AACP Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in July 2015

Chavez B. The Role of a Psychiatric Pharmacist in a Family Medicine clinic. Presented at CPNP Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ in April 2014.

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, Colo., 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, Hawaii, in March 2013.

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

Selected Invited Presentations:

Pharmacists' Role in a Family Medicine Clinic: A Focus on Patients With Diabetes, presented as a platform presentation at Annual Spring Conference for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, May 2014

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, Hawai‘i in February 2012

Previous Academic Appointments:

2013-2015 | Pacific University Oregon School of Pharmacy, Associate Professor Practice Site: Central City Concern

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, 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


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​​