Susan Bowles

Associate Professor

Mailing Address: 
5968 College Street
PO Box 15000
College of Pharmacy
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Geriatric pharmacotherapy
  • Immunization
  • Long-term care


  • BScPhm (U Toronto)
  • PharmD (SUNY)
  • MSc(CHE) (Dalhousie)

Research Interests

My research is largely informed by clinical practice, where research questions regarding medication use are identified at the bedside.  My primary research interests involve appropriate medication use in older patients and reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in older populations.

Selected awards and honours

  • Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Nova Scotia Branch, - Brian Tuttle Excellence in Hospital Pharmacy Award (2018)
  • Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists - Patient Care Enhancement Award (2017) – Ensuring appropriate use of antipsychotics in older patients with dementia. (Gehrig M and Bowles SK)
  • College of Pharmacy - Dr. Jessie I. MacKnight Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015)

Selected publications

  • Isenor JE, Wagg AC, Bowles SK. Patient experiences with influenza immunizations administered by pharmacists.  Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2018;14(3):706-711.
  • Gerges S, Peter E, Bowles SK, Diamond S, Bucci LM, Resnick A, Taddio A. Pharmacists as vaccinators: An analysis of their experiences and perceptions of their new role.  Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2018;14(2):471-477.
  • Andrew MK, Purcell CA, Marshall EG, Varatharasan N, Clarke B, Bowles SK. Polypharmacy and use of potentially inappropriate medications in long-term care facilities: does coordinated primary care make a difference? Int J Pharm Pract. 2017 Sep 27.doi:10.1111/ijpp.12397
  • Bowles SK.  Polypharmacy and Falls. In: Medication-Related Falls in Older People. Causative Factors and Management Strategies.   Huang A & Mallet L, Eds.  ADIS – Springer International, Swizterland. pp 41-54.
  • Isenor JE, Edwards NT, Alia TA, Slayter KL, Bowles SK.  Impact of pharmacists on immunization rates:  A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Vaccine 2016 Nov 11;34(47):5708-5723. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.08.085