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Scott Bolesta

Visiting Investigator
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University


Geisinger Heart Institute
1000 East Mountain Blvd.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18708

Scott Bolesta, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCM

Research Interests

Scott Bolesta has over 15 years of clinical practice and research experience in the acute care setting, mostly in the areas of critical care and internal medicine. In addition to his Geisinger appointment, he holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor at Wilkes University and practices as an intensive care unit pharmacist. He has spent the last several years focusing his research efforts on prevention of complications following cardiac surgery, specifically postoperative atrial fibrillation and acute kidney injury. Dr. Bolesta also has an interest in prevention of cardiovascular disease, specifically primary and secondary prevention of acute coronary syndromes. He currently conducts research in Geisinger’s Heart Institute focusing on prevention of atrial fibrillation following cardiac surgery.

Recent Publications

  • Hammond DA, Oyler DR, Devlin JW, Painter JT, Bolesta S, Swanson JM, Bailey BJ, Branan T, Barletta JF, Dunn B, Haney JS, Juang P, Kane-Gill SL, Kiser T, Shafeeq H, Skaar D, Smithburger P, Taylor J. Perceived Motivating Factors and Barriers for the Completion of Postgraduate Training Among American Pharmacy Students Prior to Beginning Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Am J Pharm Educ. 2017 June;81(5):Article 90. 
  • Rivosecchi RM, Kellum JA, Dasta JF, Armahizer MJ, Bolesta S, Buckley MS, Dzierba AL, Frazee EN, Johnson HJ, Kim C, Murugan R, Smithburger PL, Wong A, Kane Gill SL. (2016, July). Drug class combination- associated acute kidney injury: a review of the literature. Annals of Pharmacotherapy , 50(11):953-972. Full Text    
  • Bolesta S, Kong F. (2015, Nov). Effect of Statins on the Incidence of Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Valve Surgery. Pharmacotherapy , 35(11), 998-1006. Full Text 
  • Bolesta S, Chmil JV. (2014, June). Interprofessional education among student health professionals using human patient simulation. Am J Pharm Educ , 78(5), 94. Full Text 
  • Bolesta S, Trombetta DP, Longyhore DS. (2011, March). Pharmacist instruction of physical assessment for pharmacy students. Am J Pharm Educ , 75(2), 29. Full Text 
  • Boruah PK, Bolesta S, Shetty SM. (2011, Sept). Possible lenalidomide-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome during treatment for multiple myeloma. Pharmacotherapy, , 31(9), 925. Full Text


Doctor of Pharmacy, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University, 2000
Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Arizona Medical Center, 2001
Critical Care Pharmacy Residency, University of Kentucky Medical Center, 2002


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