Tejal Patel

Tejal Patel
Clinical Associate Professor, Schlegel Specialist in Medication Management and Aging
Location: PHR 7001
Phone: 519-888-4567 x21337


Dr. Patel’s research interests are in pharmacotherapeutic management of neurological conditions, in particular dementia, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease.

Her current research interests include the assessment, classification and management of drug related problems in persons presenting with cognitive impairment as well as the frail elderly in primary care settings with a particular focus on medication management capacity and adherence to medications.

Research Interests

  • Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
  • Evaluation of pharmacotherapeutic management of neurological disorders, in particular, epilepsy, cognitive impairment and dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and headache pain
  • Medication management and adherence in older adults


  • 2002 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Neurology/Pharmacokinetics (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • 1997 PharmD (University of Kentucky)
  • 1996 BScPharm (University of Kentucky)


  • 2017 Canadian Association for University Continuing Education Program Awards; Non-Credit Programming Under 48 Hours for Opioid Education Partnership
  • 2016 Canadian Pharmacists Association Patient Care Achievement Award in Specialty Practice
  • 2014 National Initiative for Care of the Elderly Knowledge Exchange Best Poster Award
  • 2013 Inter-professional Preceptor of the Year, KW and Area Family Medicine Residency Program, McMaster University
  • 1997 Most Valuable Player, St. Michael’s Hospital


  • Dr. Patel also works closely with Memory Clinic at the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team, and participates in providing care to patients with memory concerns and training pharmacists through the MINT Memory Clinic Training Program.

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Dr. Patel is affiliated with Schlegel – University of Waterloo Research Institute of Aging and Waterloo Institute of Complexity and Innovation.


  • OPTOM 231 - Introductory Clinical Pharmacology
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021
  • PHARM 323 - Integrated Patient Focused Care 7
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
  • PHARM 324 - Integrated Patient Focused Care 8
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
  • PHARM 466 - Advanced Geriatric Care
    • Taught in 2020

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Chen M, Patel T, Chang F. Impact of a primary care, pharmacist-driven intervention in patients with chronic non-cancer pain. Pharmacy MDPI. [Accepted, in press]
  • Patel T, Hasan S, Chang F, McFarlane T. Controlled substances in hospices after patient death: A cross-sectional survey. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. [Accepted, in press]
  • Guilcher SJT, Hogan ME, Guan Q, McCormack D, Calzavara A, Patel T, Hitzig SL, Packer T, Lofters AK. Prevalence of prescribed opioid claims among persons with traumatic spinal cord injury in Ontario, Canada: A population-based retrospective cohort study. Arch Physical Med Rehab. [Accepted, in press]
  • Guilcher SJT, Hogan ME, McCormack D, Calzavara A, Hitzig SL, Patel T, Packer T, Guan Q, Lofters AK. Prescription medications dispensed following a non-traumatic spinal cord dysfunction: A retrospective population-based study in Ontario, Canada. Spinal Cord. [Accepted, in press]
  • Cadel L, Hitzig SL, Packer TL, Patel T, Lofters A, Thompson A, Guilcher SJT. Spinal cord injury and medication management: A descriptive qualitative study exploring the experiences of community dwelling adults in Ontario. Disability and Rehabilitation 2020. [Accepted, in press]
  • Tabeefar H, Chang F, Cooke M, Patel T. Community Pharmacists and Chronic Pain: A Qualitative Study of Experience, Perception and Challenges. Can J Pain. [Accepted, in press]
  • Lee L, Jones A, Costa A, Hillier LM, Patel T, Milligan J, Pefanis J, Giangregorio L, Heckman GA, Parikh R. The C5-75 Program: meeting the need for efficient, pragmatic frailty screening and management in primary care. Can J Aging 2020; 1 – 13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0714980820000161
  • Lee C, Ivo J, Carter C, Faisal S, Shao YW and Patel T. Pharmacist interventions for persons with intellectual disabilities: A scoping review. Res Soc Admin Pharm. [Accepted, in press]
  • Patel T, Ivo J, Faisal S, McDougall A, Bauer J, Pritchard S, Chang F. A prospective study of usability and workload of electronic medication adherence products by older adults, caregivers and healthcare providers. J Med Internet Res 2020; 22(6): e18073. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/18073
  • Cadel L, Everall AC, Packer TL, Hitzig SL, Patel T, Lofters A, Guilcher SJT. Exploring the perspectives of medication self-management among persons with spinal cord injury/dysfunction and providers: A qualitative study. Res Soc Adm Pharmacy. [Accepted, in press]
  • For more on Dr. Patel's publications, see her ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tejal_Patel13

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