John PapastergiouJohn Papastergiou, BSc, BScPhm
John Papastergiou Pharmacy Ltd.
Collaborator, Pharmacists as immunizers project

John Papastergiou graduated from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 2002. After graduation he was employed as a staff pharmacist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center.

In 2005, John joined Shoppers Drug Mart and acquired his first store at Pape and Danforth. He now owns and operates two locations in downtown Toronto. In addition to managing a large business, John employs his unique background in clinical research to explore an expanded role for the community pharmacist. He is actively involved in a number of research initiatives that investigate this expanded role.

In April 2014, John joined OPEN as collaborator on the program’s Pharmacists as immunizers project, a research study that is evaluating the effectiveness and uptake of influenza vaccination in pharmacies.

John strongly believes that the accessibility of the community pharmacist places them in a unique position to actively screen and monitor patients for various chronic diseases. His primary goal is to employ quantitative methods to validate the effectiveness of various innovative clinical programs and, ultimately, use his work as a template for future clinics in community pharmacies across Ontario, and nationally. Most recently, he has developed an A1C screening program, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment and Lipid Screening Program, and Home Medication Review Outreach Program.

Moreover, John is actively involved in the education of undergraduate pharmacy students and interns and is affiliated with the Faculty of Pharmacy as an SPEP and PharmD preceptor. In 2012, John was named the Shoppers Drug Mart Associate of the Year. In 2014, he received the OPA Mentorship Award and was named Canadian Pharmacist of the Year.