Abraham Hartzema

Abraham Hartzema, Pharm.D., MSPH, Ph.D., FISPE


Department: Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy
Business Phone: (352) 273-6273
Business Email: hartzema@ufl.edu

About Abraham Hartzema

Abraham G. Hartzema is Professor and Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy. He is the Perry A. Foote Chair in Health Outcomes Research, and Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine. In the year 2007, he was awarded the University of Florida Foundation Research award.

Dr. Hartzema has widely published on various aspects of prescription drug safety, including several books on Pharmacoepidemiology. His last book is entitled “Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management” was published by Harvey Whitney Book Publishers. Co-edited with Hugh Tilson (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Arnold Chan (Harvard University) the book reflects the new therapeutic risk management paradigm as implemented by the US FDA.

He has served on the scientific board of the FIP from 1988-1996; and on editorial boards, including Medical Care, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Clinical Therapeutics, the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Pulmonary Circulation and others. In 2003 he was bestowed fellow status in the International Society on Pharmacoepidemiology. He has been the Chair of Data Safety and Monitoring Boards. He has also served on the University of Florida Graduate Council, and grant review panels for AHRQ, FDA, HealthCanada, DSEN, NASA, NIH, and NIHBL. He currently serves on the United States Pharmacopeia: Nomenclature, Safety and Labeling Expert Committee. He was recently appointed as Senior Advisor to the FDA, Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Dr. Hartzema’s research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, NIH, the FDA, the Florida Office of Rural Health and several pharmaceutical companies. His theoretical interests are in data mining techniques, developing metrics for the benefit/risk ratio of drugs, methods development for active medical product safety surveillance, and bias calibration in observational methods.

Dr. Hartzema was on faculty leave (2008–2009) in the US Food and Drug Administration’s Immediate Office of the Commissioner working on the Congressional mandated Sentinel Initiative. He also served as a Principle Investigator on the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP), a public-private partnership between the US-FDA, the Foundation of the National Institute of Health and PhRMA. He is currently a participant in the research group Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) research program.

Research Profile

Health outcomes research with an emphasis on: Pharmacoepidemiology, Active Drug Safety, Surveillance methods development, Therapeutic risk management and Program evaluation


2014 Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
2013 Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
2006 American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
2004 American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

Contact Details

(352) 273-6273

recent news

Gators recognized at the 35th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology in Philadelphia

Dr. Hartzema appointed advisor at Chinese health economics research institute

Hartzema to serve as advisor at Institute for Health Economics Research Institute at Sun Yat-Sen University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.