Sarah Ball, Pharm D
Sarah Ball, PharmD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), with a focus on patient-centered care, patient safety and educational outreach. Current efforts include the integration of research and programmatic opportunities to identify interventions that change prescriber behavior to reduce the risk of opioid overuse, misuse, abuse and overdose. Dr. Ball is currently leading the MUSC team that partnered with the South Carolina (SC) Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Bureau of Drug Control, on the CDC’s Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States Program to evaluate the impact of policy strategies on required use of SC’s prescription drug monitoring program (SCRIPTS) and to implement and evaluate academic detailing in targeted areas of the state. She is also a member of the MUSC team partnering with SC’s Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) on the SAMHSA State Response to the Opioid Crisis project intended to expand access to medication assisted treatment in our state. Prior to joining the College of Medicine, she developed and implemented an academic detailing service (SCORxE) under the umbrella of the SC College of Pharmacy. Dr. Ball has twenty plus years with a career focus on improving patient care through the application of technology and effective communication of clinical knowledge, information and data-derived findings. She is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, where she received both a B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy.