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Updates in Therapeutics® 2017 Preparatory
Review and Recertification Courses
February 17-19, 2017


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Jacksonville Riverfront,
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The Pediatric Pharmacy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course content is developed by board-certified pharmacists and pediatric pharmacy experts. To learn more about the course faculty see below.


M. Brooke Bernhardt, Pharm.D., M.S., BCOP, BCPPS

Hematology/Oncology

Brooke Bernhardt is the Assistant Director of Clinical Services and Outcomes at Texas Children's Hospital. She previously served as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Hematology and Oncology at Texas Children’s Hospital and as the Pharmacist for the Children’s Oncology Group. She moved all around the South during her training; she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia, completed post-graduate training at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and the University of Virginia, and most recently completed her Masters of Science in Pharmacy Administration at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. Brooke’s practice and research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and quality-related outcomes in pediatric oncology. She would also like to find a way to cure to the plague of drug shortages.


 

Allison B. Blackmer, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

Fluids, Electrolytes, and Nutrition

Dr. Blackmer graduated with a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 pediatric pharmacotherapy residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Upon completion of her postgraduate training, Dr. Blackmer joined the faculty at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she was an assistant professor and practiced as the clinical pharmacist for the pediatric surgery service at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan for four years. In October 2014, she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as an assistant professor of pharmacy. She has practice and research interests in fluids, electrolytes, and parenteral nutrition, and is particularly interested in investigating complications associated with the long-term administration of parenteral nutrition such as parenteral nutrition–associated liver disease (PNALD). To date, her work has mainly focused on the efficacy and safety of alternative lipid strategies for the prevention and treatment of PNALD.


 

Edmund V. Capparelli, Pharm.D.

Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Pharmacogenomics

Dr. Capparelli is the currently a Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Capparelli received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of California San Francisco in 1985 followed by fellowship training at Hartford Hospital and the University of California Irvine.

In 1992 he helped establish the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group Pharmacology Lab at UCSD and currently serves as principal investigator for a NIAID supported Pharmacology Laboratory within the Infant Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Trials (IMPAACT) Network. He has served on several PACTG and IMPAACT Committees and has been the pharmacologist or vice-chair on over 20 pediatric studies within these Networks. In related HIV research activities, he serves as the pharmacologist for the UCSD HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC). His research expertise is in pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) modeling and application of population models and simulation methods to the design and analysis of clinical pharmacologic studies.

Dr. Capparelli is currently the principal investigator for the NICHD supported Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit (PPRU) at UCSD. He serves in a leadership role within this Network including membership in the Executive Committee and Chair of the Pharmacometrics Core where he has directed pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic design and analysis for the several multicenter PPRU Network studies. Dr. Capparelli has been working in the area of pediatric population PK/PD using the program NONMEM for 20 years. Dr. Capparelli is currently a member of the FDA Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee. He also serves on WHO Antiretroviral Working Group and AIDSinfo Pediatric HIV treatment Guideline Committees. Dr Capparelli has over 60 publications relating to HIV and its complications.


 

Christina Cox, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

Gastroenterology/Hepatology

Dr. Cox is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (2006) and completed her PGY1 and PGY2 residencies at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee (2007, 2008). Upon finishing her residency, she returned to South Carolina, where she worked as a pediatric clinical pharmacy specialist at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, before joining the South Carolina College of Pharmacy faculty in May 2010. Her research interests include necrotizing enterocolitis and gastrointestinal perforations) in neonates, pediatric obesity, and pain management in neonatal and pediatric critical care patients.


 

Barrett R. Crowther, Pharm.D., BCPS

Pediatric Transplantation

Dr. Crowther received his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2009. He completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency in 2010 and an ASHP-accredited PGY2 solid organ transplant pharmacy residency in 2011 at the University Health System in San Antonio, Texas, in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Dr. Crowther currently serves as the pediatric transplant clinical pharmacist at University Health System, San Antonio, Texas. He also holds adjunct faculty positions with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He serves as the PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency Program Director at University Health System. Dr. Crowther currently serves as the chair-elect for the ACCP Immunology/Transplantation PRN. In addition, Dr. Crowther is an active member of the AST Pharmacy CoP Organ Donation Subcommittee, which works with schools of pharmacy and professional organizations to improve public knowledge regarding organ donation in the United States.


 

Robert DiCenzo, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS

Biostatistics

Dr. DiCenzo is currently the Dean and Professor at the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, Shenandoah University. He earned his B.Sc. degree in pharmacy from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, and his Pharm.D. degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York. He completed a postgraduate fellowship in antiretroviral pharmacology and pharmacometrics at the University at Buffalo. He has been an associate professor at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and at the St. John Fisher College – Wegmans School of Pharmacy in Rochester, New York. Dr. DiCenzo was a professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and he also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.


 

Shannan K. Eades, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Cardiology

Dr. Eades received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1995. She completed a residency and research fellowship in pediatric pharmacotherapy at the University of Tennessee and the LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, both in Memphis, Tennessee. After completing her postdoctoral training in 1998, she became the pediatric pharmacy clinical specialist at Tulane Children’s Hospital and an instructor for Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2002, Dr. Eades accepted a position as a pediatric clinical pharmacy specialist at Inova Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, and became the residency program director for their PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program. Dr. Eades joined the clinical staff at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC, in 2006 as the clinical manager and PGY1 pharmacy practice residency program director. She became the director of research and education for CNMC in 2007. In 2009, she made the difficult decision to follow the love of her life and relocate to the great state of Texas. She joined Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, as a pediatric pharmacy clinical specialist and developed a PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency program in 2011. She continues to be active in research, postdoctoral education, and quality improvement initiatives for her current facility.


 

Elizabeth A.S. Goswami, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

Practice Management

Dr. Sinclair Goswami is currently a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins Hospital, she was a critical care preceptor and clinical pharmacy specialist at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) and Pediatric Specialty Residency (PGY2) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing her PGY2 residency, Dr. Sinclair joined Indiana University Health as a clinical pharmacist and preceptor of PGY1 and PGY2 residents and students from Butler University and Purdue University. In 2014, she moved into her current position at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Sinclair is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist.


 

Jenana Halilovic Maker, Pharm.D., BCPS

Immunology

Dr. Maker received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, followed by a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a PGY2 residency in infectious diseases at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Stockton, California. At her clinical practice site at the UC Davis Medical Center, she is involved in inpatient care and ambulatory pediatric infectious diseases as well as young adult HIV management.


 

Naomi House, Pharm.D., BCPP

Neurology/Psychiatry

Dr. House is the psychiatric pharmacist for Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Medical Center-Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also holds the position of pharmacy residency coordinator for Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida, and is the PGY1 preceptor for psychiatry. Dr. House earned her Pharm.D. degree from Idaho State University in Boise, Idaho. She completed an internal medicine residency with Idaho State University and a psychiatric pharmacy residency at Western Missouri Mental Health Center in Kansas City, Missouri (UMKC). She went on to complete a fellowship in psychiatric pharmacy at UMKC. Since 2006, she has established the clinical services for Baptist Behavioral Health for both the adult and pediatric population. In addition, she is a clinical adjunct faculty member and preceptor for the University of Florida, Florida A&M University, South University, and Palm Beach P4 students for the psychiatric advanced practice experience.


 

Karen Kovey, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

Pediatric Nephrology

Dr. Kovey is a pediatric clinical specialist at the Parkview Women's and Children’s Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended Ohio State University, where she received her B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees. She then completed a PGY1 residency at the University of California, San Francisco, in San Francisco, California. Dr. Kovey’s practice has been focused on critical care since she completed her PGY1 residency.


 

Joseph M. LaRochelle, Pharm.D., BCPPS

PICU I

Dr. LaRochelle received his B.A. degree in biology from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He then completed a 1-year pharmacy practice residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and a pediatric specialty residency at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland Medical System Hospital for Children in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently a clinical associate professor at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, also in New Orleans, Louisiana. He practices as a specialist in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. Dr. LaRochelle is active in many pharmacy organizations, including PPAG, and is currently the chair of the Pediatric PRN of ACCP.


 

Kalen B. Manasco, Pharm.D., BCPS, AE-C

Infectious Diseases

Dr. Manasco is a residency program director in general pediatrics and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a B.S. degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in 1993 and a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, also in Athens, Georgia, in 2001. After graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and a pediatric specialty residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in January 2007, she served as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Manasco maintains an active practice site in general pediatrics at the GHSU Children’s Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, where she precepts students and residents. Dr. Manasco is an active member of PPAG, ACCP, ASHP, AACP, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP). She currently serves on the Pediatric PRN Education Committee of ACCP and the Student and Resident Affairs Committee of GSHP and is the asthma education coordinator for Camp Breathe Easy, a camp for children with asthma. She served as the district director for the Central Savana River Area region of GSHP from 2007 to 2010. In 2009, she was named Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Georgia Pharmacy Association. Her research interests include pediatric infectious disease, pediatric asthma, and increased education and awareness among pharmacists and pharmacy students regarding the appropriate use of medications in pediatric patients.


 

Jennifer L. Morris, Pharm.D., BCPS

PICU II

Dr. Morris received her Pharm.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2003. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency (2003–2004) as well as a 2-year PGY2 pediatric residency and pediatric clinical research fellowship (2004–2006) at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. After completing her postgraduate training, Dr. Morris provided direct patient care as part of a pediatric critical care team, first as a clinical faculty member at Purdue University and then as a clinical pharmacist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Her current clinical practice is at Texas Children’s Hospital where she is involved in the development and monitoring of patient-specific pharmacotherapy plans for critically ill children, and helps train pharmacy students and residents.


 

Kirsten H. Ohler, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS

Neonatology

Dr. Ohler received a B.S. degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio (1994), and a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio (1996). In 1997, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and, in 1998, a pediatric specialty residency at Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Afterward, she focused her clinical practice primarily in the neonatal intensive care unit, most recently at UIC, where she is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. In addition, she serves as the program director for the PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at UIC and has served as a faculty member for the ACCP Updates in Therapeutics®: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2003.


 

Thomas M. Parker, Pharm.D., CDE, CPT

Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

Dr. Parker is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the Pediatrics Division at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy. He is involved with didactic, laboratory, and case-based learning, including being team leader of the endocrine pharmacotherapy course for past 5 years. He also precepts students on primary care and pediatric clerkships. In addition, he maintains a practice site at the TTUHSC Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic, where he works under a collaborative practice agreement as a primary provider of care for children with diabetes and other special needs. Dr. Parker received his B.S. degree in chemistry at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, and his Pharm.D. degree at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy. He then went on to complete a pediatric specialty residency there as well. Dr. Parker has also been the director of the Rotary Club Camp for Children with Diabetes for the past 4 years. His research interests center on diabetes management and education.


 

Rebecca S. Pettit, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCPPS

Pulmonary

Dr. Pettit received her Pharm.D. and MBA degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. After pharmacy school, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 pediatric specialty residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Pettit currently is the pediatric pulmonary clinical specialist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. She works with both inpatient and ambulatory care pediatric pulmonary patients. Her research interest areas include cystic fibrosis and asthma.


 

Mate M. Soric, Pharm.D., BCPS

Study Designs: Design and Application

Mate M. Soric, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a Clinical Pharmacist and Residency Program Coordinator at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center in Chardon, OH. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy in Rootstown, OH. He received his B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of Toledo in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He completed an ASHP-Accredited Pharmacy Residency at The Toledo Hospital Family Medicine Residency and obtained Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2010. He precepts pharmacy students from a number of Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy along with students from other health professions.

Dr. Soric is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy (OCCP) and the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP). He serves on the Student and Resident Committee of the ACCP Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network and on the Education Committee of the ACCP Adult Medicine Practice and Research Network. He is also chair of the OCCP Communications Committee. He has authored articles and chapters on a number of subjects. His interests include direct patient care of both inpatients and outpatients, education of student pharmacists and residents and evidence-based medicine.


 

Jeanette D. Trella, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Toxicology

Dr. Trella is the managing director at the Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Pharm.D. degree at the James L. Winkle School of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist in general pediatrics from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Trella is an adjunct assistant professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and serves as a preceptor for PACT (Philadelphia-Area Collaboration of Toxicologists). She serves on the hospital’s Adverse Drug Reaction, Drug Utilization Evaluation, Formulary Review, and Therapeutic Standards committees and is a member of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, ACCP, and PPAG. She is a reviewer for the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the Journal of Clinical Toxicology. Dr. Trella’s areas of practice and research interest include patient family education, pediatric pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics, medication safety, and change management.