Jessica Geiger was never afraid to take the harder road to end up in the right place. She would be a magician’s assistant, talented saxophonist, vet technician and serve in the Marine Corp before landing with solid footing in the pharmacy profession. And, as a chronic pain sufferer since the age of 14, Jessica understands better than most the frustration and unnecessary suffering that comes when pain is not believed or not managed well. Since herniated disks don’t typically happen to 14-year old’s, she was constantly up against being afraid to ask for what she needed, or physicians who either didn’t want to or know what to prescribe for her to function; no one wanted to do anything for her.
Pharmacy in a hospice and palliative care setting allows Jessica the satisfaction of making a profound impact in symptom management for countless pain sufferers by providing appropriate treatment coupled with compassionate care. Jessica leads the integration of palliative care pharmacy into OhioHealth. She is passionate about customized care specific to each patient, and multi-disciplinary palliative care education, especially the pharmacology of medications used commonly in palliative care.
Jessica has a passion for travel and loves both knitting and crochet. She is a self-identified cat lady. When Jessica retires, she intends to be a swimming guide with the manatees tours in Florida.
- Member, Opiate Task Force, Ohio Pharmacists Association, Columbus, Ohio
- Board of Trustees, Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists
- Adjunct Faculty, University of Findlay College of Pharmacy
- Faculty for Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Curriculum (PCIC)
- Program Director for Post Graduate Year Two Residency, Pan and Palliative Care Pharmacy
- Master of Science in Palliative Care, University of Maryland. 2017-2019
- Pharmacy Residency, St Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio. 2011-2012
- Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio. 2006-2011
- Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
- Certified Pain Educator
- Adjuvant Analgesics. Geiger JE. In: Bruera E, Higginson I, von Gunten C, et al. (3rd ed) Textbook of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care. Boca Raton FL. CRC Press. “In press”
- What derailed our Standardization Train? Geiger J, Burns B, Lookabaugh B et al. Poster at: European Association of Palliative Care Research Congress. 2020. Virtual
- Not Another Opioid Crisis: Assessing pharmacists knowledge and attitudes about opioid use for pain management and palliative care. Malone N, Wetshtein A, Geiger J. Poster at: PainWeek. 2020. Virtual
- A multi-centered case series highlighting the clinical use and dosing of lidocaine and mexilitine for refractory cancer pain. Atayee R, Naidu D, Geiger-Hayes J, et al. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2020;34(2):90-98. Doi10.1080/15360288.2019.1704339
- Is the fear of respiratory depression with opioids justified? Geiger-Hayes J, Burns B, Poth A, et al. Poster at: European Association of Palliative Care Research Congress. 2018. Bern Switzerland
- Frequent Pharmacologic Interactions in Palliative Care. Mendoza K, Geiger-Hayes J, McPherson ML. In: Yennurajalingam S, Bruera E, eds. Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Flashcards. Oxford University Press, 2018.
- Ketamine, It’s not just for Horses. Geiger-Hayes J. PWJ. 2018;4:27-31
- Depression. J Geiger-Hayes. In: Protus BM, Kimbrel JK, Grauer PA, eds. Palliative Care Consultant: Guidelines for Effective Management of Symptoms. 4th ed. Montgomery, AL: HospiScript, a Catamaran Company; 2015: 60-66.