Appointment of RPH Dr Frank Sanfilippo as Associate Professor

Photograph of Dr Frank Sanfilippo
June 24, 2020

Congratulations to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) Senior Pharmacist Dr Frank Sanfilippo, who has been successfully appointed as Associate Professor by the University of Western Australia (UWA) in the field of Epidemiology.

Frank started as an intern pharmacist at RPH Pharmacy in 1986 and continues to work in the department as a senior pharmacist. He has substantial knowledge of pharmacy technical database applications, and has worked with programmer Kashif Mukhtar to develop many key applications which influence our practice today.

In 2001 Frank joined the School of Population Health at UWA as a Research Associate working on the WA Audit of Surgical Mortality in collaboration with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Sharing his time between Royal Perth Hospital and UWA, he was awarded his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology in 2003. At RPH, Frank supervised the development of software applications for use within the RPBG pharmacy department and wards, with multiple hospital sites across the state also utilising them.

Since 2012 Frank has been a Senior Research Fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Group as part of the School of Population Health at UWA and has been involved in multiple grants as Chief Investigator.

Frank talks about his time at Royal Perth Bentley Group (RPBG), mentioning that one of the best things about his role is the ability to work in an environment that has a positive impact on people’s lives.

When it comes to the East Metropolitan Health Service values, Frank mentions that each of the values represent him. “I grew up with these values that were passed on by my parents,” he says, “sometimes it is hard work to maintain them, but if you understand people and their situations, then it gives you the perspective, so you don’t lose focus of your values.”

Congratulations Frank on this deserved appointment and thank you for your ongoing contributions to the Pharmacy Department and improvements in patient care across RPBG.