Charles D. Ponte, B.S., Pharm.D., BC-ADM, BCPS, CDE, CPE, DPNAP, FAADE, FAPhA, FASHP, FCCP

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine

Department of Clinical Pharmacy
West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
1124 Health Sciences North
P.O. Box 9520
Morgantown, WV 26506-9520

Phone: (304)293.1460
Fax: (304)293.7672
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Charles D. Ponte, PharmD, BC-ADM, BCPS, CDE, FAPhA, FASHP, FCCP



BSc (Pharmacy) - University of Connecticut, 1975; ASHP Residency in Hospital Pharmacy, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 1975-1976; Doctor of Pharmacy - University of Utah, 1980. Licensed pharmacist in Connecticut, Utah, and West Virginia

Current Position:

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine, Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, The Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University; Former Director - Post-Baccalaureate and Track-In Doctor of Pharmacy Programs

Professional Achievements:

Dr. Ponte’s career has focused on pharmacy education, the training of medical students and residents in Family Medicine and the provision of pharmaceutical care. At WVU, he has received three outstanding teacher awards from the School of Pharmacy and received the 2008 School of Pharmacy Board of Advisors Award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Ponte was the 2008-2009 School of Pharmacy nominee for the WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching. He has been honored three times for excellence in resident teaching in the Department of Family Medicine and received the inaugural Department of Family Medicine Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award for 2002-2003. He has also been recognized as a seven-time finalist for the excellence in student teaching award in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Ponte was inducted into the 2009 inaugural class of the WVU Health Sciences Center Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ponte is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, is board-certified in advanced diabetes management, holds additional certifications in diabetes education and pain education and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. His practice interests include the management of diabetes mellitus and its complications, pain management and women’s health issues. He has authored numerous articles in a wide variety of professional journals and is an active lecturer. He currently serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy (chairman – family medicine editorial panel, 2003-2013), the APHA DrugInfo  Line (section advisor – diabetes care ), Pharmacotherapy and the Pharmacist’s/Prescriber’s Letters. He completed a five year term (2005-2010) as a member of the USP Expert Committee on Endocrinology. In 2010, he was appointed to the USP Medicare Model Guidelines Expert Panel.  He also completed a three- year term as a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and The Diabetes Educator. He also served as an editorial board member (and section advisor Pharmacotherapy) for Practical Pain Management.  He is a former two-term member of the USP Advisory Panel for Family Practice and was an elected member of the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Specialty Council on Nutrition Support Pharmacy Practice. He also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Diabetes Education Program, a member of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), as a board member and past president of the West Virginia Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association and completed terms as a member of various ad hoc committees and task forces of the NCBDE. He also briefly served as a member of the Content Expert Panel of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which administers the advanced diabetes management examination. He also served as a board member and past president of the WV Association of Diabetes Educators. He is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Pharmaceutical Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Dr. Ponte is a member of many professional and honorary organizations (including service as WVU chapter president for Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi) and has received many professional awards and honors including the 2003 APhA/APPM Distinguished Achievement Award in Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice, the 2005 University of  Connecticut School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus Award (Academia Category) and the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. He was elected into the National Academies of Practice (Academy of Pharmacy) in November 2007. In 2009, Dr. Ponte received the inaugural Academic Pain Educator of the Year Award from the American Society of Pain Educators. In 2011, Dr. Ponte was the recipient of the USP Award for an Innovative Response to a Public Health Challenge in recognition as a member of the 2010-2015 Medicare Model Guidelines Expert Panel.


Teaching interests:

My teaching interests lie in the traditional classroom (didactic) and clinical (patient care) settings. I serve as a Family Medicine clinical preceptor for PharmD students and participate as coordinator and lecturer in a variety of didactic offerings of the School of Pharmacy. Specific topics include the medical management of diabetes mellitus and its complications, pain management and selected topics in women’s health and geriatric pharmacotherapy. I also provide monthly didactic presentations in the Department of Family Medicine to residents, medical students and faculty. Importantly, in all my teaching endeavors, I try to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning which incorporates traditional and novel interactive methodologies.

Courses taught:

Doctor of Pharmacy

PharmD Clerkship Preceptor (Family Medicine) - Pharmacy 760-761
Module Coordinator - Endocrinology - Pharmacy 730 (Pharmacotherapeutics III)
Course Coordinator - Therapeutic Patient Monitoring - Pharmacy 739
Invited Lecturer - Introduction to Research - Pharmacy 704
Invited Lecturer - Pharmaceutical Care Labs 5 & 6 - Pharmacy 735-736
Invited Lecturer - Pharmacotherapeutics I & II - Pharmacy 715 & 725

Family Medicine

Third Year Medical Student Curriculum - didactic and clinical teaching
Residency Training Program - didactic and clinical teaching
Invited Lecturer - Medical Pharmacology - Pharmacology 761 (SOM, MS II)
Invited Lecturer - Summer Externship Program (Rising MS II students)


My clinical activities center on the provision of focused pharmaceutical care services to Family Medicine patients primarily in the in-patient setting. Examples of these services include patient interviews to evaluate drug taking behaviors, diabetes self-care assessment, therapeutic patient monitoring, pharmacokinetic consultations and drug therapy management. Solicited consultations are also provided for ambulatory patients seen in the Clark K. Sleeth Family Practice Center (CKSFPC).  I also participate as a member of an interdisciplinary provider team in a discharge clinic affiliated with the Center.


Research activities have included survey assessments of provider attitudes and beliefs related to the prescribing and dispensing of opioids in the management of malignant and nonmalignant chronic pain and provider management of selected gynecologic disorders. Publications in the form of reviews, case reports and editorials have primarily arisen from my clinical/patient care activites in the Department of Family Medicine. I maintain active interests in the areas of diabetes education and management, gynecologic infections, pain management, instructional methodologies and competency, clinical pharmacy education, faculty development and ethics.


Research Articles:

Ponte CD and Johnson-Tribino J. Attitudes and knowledge about pain among West Virginia pharmacists. J Am PharmAssoc 2007; 47:379-382.

Ponte CD and Tribino- Johnson J. Attitudes and Knowledge About Pain: An Assessment of West Virginia Family Physicians. Family Medicine 2005; 37(7):477- 480.

Nau DP and Ponte CD. Effects of a community pharmacist-based diabetes patient-management program on intermediate clinical outcome measures. J Managed Care Pharm 2002; 8:48- 53.

Ponte CD. Women’s Health Issues and Counseling Behaviors: A Pilot Survey of West Virginia Pharmacists. J Pharm Technol 1997; 13:27-31.

Review Articles and other Papers:

Ponte CD. A reconsideration of the faculty peer-review process for promotion and tenure.  Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning 2013;5(3):233-235. (Opinion)

Ponte CD. Dont' Assume Anything (Practice Pearls) - AADE IN PRACTICE 2013; January: 32.

Ponte CD. Improving communication in the health care setting.  Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2011;68:666-667 (New Practitioners Forum).

Ponte CD. 'Head to Toe' - Nonprescription Durg History.  Practical Pain Management 2008;(July/August): 82.

Ponte CD. The Practical use of non-opioid analgesics for the management of pain.  Practical Pain Management 2006;6 (November/December):54, 56-59.

Book Chapters

Ponte CD.  Bacterial vaginosis.  In: Schwinghammer TL and Koehler JM, eds. Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach.  8th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2011:355-357.

Carbonara G, Ponte CD. Acute pain management.  In: Schwinghammer TL, Koehler JM, eds.  Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient Focused Approach.  8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011:191-193.

Abate MA, Ponte CD.  Diarrhea.  In: Schwinghammer TL, Koehler JM, eds.  Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach.  8th ed. New York: MacGraw-Hill, 2011:120-122.

Ponte CD.  Leave them just a little different (Essay) - In: Zlatic TD, Zellmer WA, eds.  Nourishing the Soul of Pharmacy - Stories of Reflection.  Lenexa, Kansas: ACCP, 2011:279-283.

Ponte CD.  A tale from the trenshes.  In: Pangilinan JM and Waddell JA, eds.  On Being a Pharmacist - True Stories by Pharmacists.  Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association, 2013:134.

Dang D, Pucino F, Ponte CD, and Calis K.  Glucose and insulin dysregulation.  In: Tisdale JE and Miller DA, eds.  Drug-Induced Diseases: Prevention, Detection and Management.  2nd ed.  Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2010:571-585.

Ponte CD.  Chapter 11.  Revention of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs - 14th ed. - Berardi RR et al. eds. (American Pharmacists Association) - 2004, pgs. 225-236.


"Diabetes Management Challenges - How Sweet It Is!" - The West Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists Annual Spring Meeting - Charleston, WV - April 27, 2012.

"Taking the Hurt Out of Pain" - Hospice of Southern West Virginia 12th Annual Palliative Care Conference (Making the Connection) - Beckley, WV - June 15, 2012.

"Joint Session: Women Faculty SIG and Pharmacy Practice Section: Work-life balance: Part-time and co-funded faculty positions.  Considerations and challenges" - 2011 Annual Meeting - American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy - San Antonio, TX - July 11, 2011.

"Overview of Drug-induced Dysglycemia" - 71st Scientific Sessions - American Diabetes Association - San Diego, CA - June 26, 2011.

"Making wise analgesic choices: avoiding drug-drug and drug-disease state interactions" - 21st Annual Clinical Meeting - American Academy of Pain Management - Las Vegas, NV - September 22, 2010.

Mid-Atlantic College Health Association Meeting 2009 (Climbing to New Heights in College Health) - "Pharmacotherapeutic Pearls/Clinical Vignettes" - Waterfront Place - Morgantown, WV - October 12, 2009.


Unrestricted Grant - Purdue Pharma L.P. – Oct. 2002
$2000Pharmacist Survey – Pain and Its Management