Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review and Recertification Course Faculty
Sheryl L. Chow, BCPS, AQ Card, FCCP
Dr. Sheryl L. Chow is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She received her BS in pharmacy at University of Connecticut, post-baccalaureate PharmD at State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo), and completed her residency at Kaleida Health Systems/ SUNY-Buffalo. She is involved in all aspects of acute care cardiovascular pharmacotherapy with an emphasis on heart failure practice and research. Her clinical activities focus on the treatment of heart failure at Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, CA. Her research at LA BioMed (Harbor-UCLA) includes both clinical and translational studies in cardiovascular pharmacology, heart failure, biomarkers, and stem cells. Prior to her faculty appointment at Western University, she was a clinical coordinator in cardiology and internal medicine at Kaleida Health Systems and adjunct faculty at the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine at SUNY-Buffalo.
Dr. Chow is associate editor of Pharma Scientist Journal and has authored several key articles papers in Pharmacotherapy related to heart failure and complementary and alternative medicine in cardiovascular disease, in addition to retrospective and prospective (randomized) clinical studies published in Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, International Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Cardiac Failure and Circulation Heart Failure. She was also a recipient of the ACCP investigator development award.
Dr. Chow has been an active ACCP member since 1999 and served as Cardiology PRN secretary from 2007-2008, PRN chair-elect from 2009-2010, and PRN chair from 2010-2011. She also served as chair/co-chair of the Cardiology PRN awards and recognition committee, preceptor for the ACCP heart failure traineeship, and chair/co-chair of numerous Cardiology PRN focus sessions and symposia including the Cardiology/Ambulatory Care PRN pre-meeting symposium, and PRN/American Heart Association joint symposia at the 2011 ACCP Annual Meeting and AHA Scientific Sessions.
Jennifer P. Dugan, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Jennifer Dugan obtained her Pharm.D. degree at the University of Texas in Austin. She completed a 2-year pharmacotherapy and primary care residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Dr. Dugan was a coinvestigator on several heart failure clinical trials at the VA and University Hospital in San Antonio. She then accepted a position as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she practiced at a community hospital, supporting the Inpatient Family Practice service and pulmonologists. Dr. Dugan moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2003 to work at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, where she practiced in geriatrics for 7 years and supervised clinical staff in palliative care, continuing care, infectious diseases, inpatient services, and gastroenterology. She recently moved to a new position in Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Services, but she continues with a passion for improving drug therapy in the elderly.
Shareen El-Ibiary, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Shareen El-Ibiary is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, Glendale, Arizona, and was previously a faculty member at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy for 7 years. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2000 and completed her general pharmacy practice residency at UCSF in 2001. Her areas of interest and clinical research include contraception, mood and hormones, postpartum depression, and pharmacogenomics. Dr. El-Ibiary has spoken on various women’s health topics, written book chapters, published papers, and developed continuing education programs related to women’s health topics. She is also involved in various local, state, and national pharmacy organizations. She is a fellow of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is a past chair for the Women’s Health PRN. Her other interests include pharmacy curriculum and innovative teaching. Dr. El-Ibiary has served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2010.
Shannon W. Finks, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP
Dr. Shannon Finks is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis. Dr. Finks has practiced for over a decade in the area of cardiology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, has Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy, and has received Added Qualifications in Cardiology. Her current practice includes Cardiology Service at the VA Hospital where she co-precepts students and residents in the cardiology intensive care unit. She maintains BLS and ACLS provider and instructor certification and is co-director of the ACLS and Cardiology elective courses at the University of Tennessee. Throughout her career she has mentored numerous students and residents and takes great pride in fostering scholarly activities among them. Dr. Finks received the Most Influential Professor Award from the UTCOP in 2010 and was given The University of Tennessee Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012. Dr. Finks is well published in the medical literature and has been invited to present locally, regionally, and nationally on numerous cardiovascular related topics. She maintains her professional career in a job-shared academic position on part time basis, allowing her to spend desired time with her husband and two children.
Edward F. Foote, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS
Dr. Edward Foote is professor and chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, at the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Foote received his bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, USP) in 1987. He earned his Pharm.D. degree from USP in 1991 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics (with an emphasis in nephrology) from Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 1991. Before his appointment to the Wilkes University faculty, he was assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Dr. Foote has published more than 45 peer-reviewed papers and abstracts and has written five chapters related to nephrology and renal pharmacotherapy. He has made many professional and research presentations at state, national, and international meetings on issues related to chronic kidney disease, anemia and iron management, and pharmacokinetics. Dr. Foote has been board certified in pharmacotherapy since 1993 and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 2002. Dr. Foote has served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2006.
Ila M. Harris, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS
Dr. Ila Harris is associate professor at the Medical School (Department of Family Medicine and Community Health) and adjunct associate professor at the College of Pharmacy (Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems) at the University of Minnesota. She is on the faculty of St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program. After obtaining her bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacy (1991) and Pharm.D. degree (1993) at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, she completed a pharmacy residency in family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (1993–1994). Before coming to the University of Minnesota in 1998, she was on the faculty at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis University Medical School, and Deaconess Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program from 1994 to 1998.
Dr. Harris maintains an active practice in family medicine at Bethesda Family Medicine Clinic, providing medication therapy management services. She sees patients for a variety of medication management issues, including asthma, COPD, and diabetes. She also comanages a pharmacist-run comprehensive smoking cessation program and anticoagulation service and has collaborative practice agreements in both areas. Dr. Harris provides didactic lectures at both the Medical School and the College of Pharmacy, precepts Pharm.D. students completing advanced pharmacy practice experiences, and precepts family medicine residents completing pharmacotherapy rotations. She provides the pharmacotherapy portion of the didactic curriculum of St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program. She is active in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and recently served on the Board of Regents (2006–2009). She has served on and chaired several ACCP committees and is a past chair for the ACCP Ambulatory Care PRN.
Brian A. Hemstreet, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS
Dr. Brian Hemstreet is an Associate Professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He received both his bachelor’s of science in pharmacy (1996) and Pharm.D. (1998) degrees from the Albany College of Pharmacy. He then completed residencies in pharmacy practice and adult internal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1998 to 2000. His current area of clinical practice is adult internal medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital, where he is a member of a multidisciplinary inpatient medical team. He also directs the School of Pharmacy's Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center. His areas of interest in research and scholarly activity include gastroenterology and hepatology drug therapies and medication safety in the hospital setting. He has served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2004.
Brian K. Irons, Pharm.D.,FCCP, BCACP
Dr. Brian Irons is the ambulatory care division head and an associate professor with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. He received his bachelor’s of science in pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin and his bachelor’s of science degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. He completed a pharmacy practice residency at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a specialty residency in managed care/ambulatory care at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who holds certification in Advanced Diabetes Management.
As a division head with the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy, he has supervisory and mentoring roles for junior faculty on all four of the school’s campuses. His practice on the Lubbock campus optimizes patient care for various disease states including diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and anticoagulation through pharmacist-physician collaborative drug therapy management in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Internal Medicine. He has made a consistent and productive contribution to the primary care clinical literature and has served as a teaching team leader for many different courses in the past decade.
He has consistently served the pharmacy profession at the local, state, and national levels in several capacities. He was the 2008–2009 chair of the Endocrine and Metabolism PRN of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and had previously served that PRN as secretary/treasurer as well. He was secretary of the Texas Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) from 2006 to 2008. Before that, he served 3 years on the TSHP Council on Educational Affairs as either cochair or vice chair. He is a past president of the Lubbock Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists and also served as that society’s program chair. Dr. Irons has served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2010.
Judith L. Kristeller, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Judith Kristeller received her Pharm.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 1992 and completed a critical care residency at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, in 1998. After her residency, she maintained a critical care practice site at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York. She is currently an associate professor, School of Pharmacy, at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She recently published a chapter in the sixth edition of PSAP titled, “Endocrine Syndromes in the ICU.” Her interest in clinical research primarily involves cardiac surgery patients. She recently published one clinical trial and one review article on the use of aprotinin in cardiac surgery patients. Currently, she is the primary investigator of a trial evaluating the effect of intravenous hydration on preventing acute kidney injury in cardiac surgery patients with underlying kidney disease. Dr. Kristeller has served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2008.
Kelly C. Lee, Pharm.D., BCPP
Dr. Kelly Lee is an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California, San Diego School of Pharmacy and a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist. Dr. Lee received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF). She completed a pharmacy practice residency and a 2-year fellowship in behavioral health sciences, also at UCSF. Her research interests involve optimization of drug therapy in patients with psychiatric disorders at individual and health system levels. She is also interested in developing MTM models within mental health systems locally and state-wide. Dr. Lee has written several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is currently a section coeditor of psychiatry in the textbook Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs. She is also involved in professional organizations such as ACCP, AACP and CPNP.
LeAnn B. Norris, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP
Dr. LeAnn Norris completed her Pharm.D. degree at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Columbia in 2004. After graduation, she completed a PYG1 residency at the Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2006, she completed her PGY2 residency at the Regional Cancer Center within the Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro.
Dr. Norris is now an assistant professor at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Her practice site is located at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Hospital, where she is the clinical pharmacy specialist in medical oncology and hospice/palliative care. She was the 2010 recipient of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association New Practitioner of the Year Award. Her research interests include supportive care, hospice/palliative care issues, and medication safety.
Kirsten H. Ohler, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Kirsten Ohler received a bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University (1994) and a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Toledo (1996). In 1997, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago 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 the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. During her career, she has served as the program director for the pediatric specialty residency at Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and has served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2003.
Dr. Ohler’s research interests include neonatal and pediatric pharmacokinetics, antimicrobial stewardship, and bacterial resistance.
Robert L. Page, II, Pharm.D., MSPH, FCCP
Dr. Robert Page is an associate professor in the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and Physical/Rehabilitative Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver, Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine (Aurora), and the clinical pharmacy specialist for the Division of Cardiology and Heart Transplantation.
Dr. Page received his bachelor’s of science degree in biology and chemistry from Furman University (Greenville, SC); bachelor’s of science in pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC; Charleston); master’s of science degree in public health with an epidemiology focus from the University of Colorado School of Medicine (Denver); and specialty residency in pharmacotherapy from MUSC. He is presently a Ph.D. student in health services research and health policy in the Colorado School of Public Health (Aurora). He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist with added qualifications in cardiology, a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and a fellow of the following organizations: the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Heart Association (Council on Clinical Cardiology), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Dr. Page has written several abstracts, journal articles, and book chapters in the areas of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and has received many teaching awards. His research interests consist of drug-drug and drug-herbal interactions, medication adherence, and pharmacotherapy complications in the heart transplant recipient and the patient with heart failure.
Dr. Page served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course from 2009-2012.
Erin C. Raney, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Raney received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona and then completed pharmacy practice and ambulatory care specialty residencies at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. In her current position as Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy she practices as a clinical pharmacist at Midwestern University Clinic providing disease management services and diabetes education in collaboration with family practice physicians. Her teaching, research and clinical interests are in the area of endocrinology, with an emphasis on women's health.
Melody Ryan, Pharm.D. FCCP, BCPS,
Dr. Melody Ryan received her Pharm.D. and master’s of public health degrees from the University of Kentucky. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University and a neurosciences fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She holds appointments as associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Science, and at the College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, at the University of Kentucky. Her practice site is the neurology clinic at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dr. Ryan earned her certification in geriatric pharmacy in November 1998, and she attained board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist status in 2000. In 2006, she was named the Rho Chi Society National Faculty Advisor. Dr. Ryan currently serves as chair-elect for the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, Clinical Sciences section, of the American Pharmaceutical Association. She is also vice chair for the Neurology/Otorhinolaryngology/OphthalmologyExpert Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia.
Dr. Ryan has served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2003.
Curtis L. Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Curtis Smith received a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University in Michigan and then completed a Pharm.D. degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. After completing a fellowship in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics at the University of Oklahoma, he returned to Ferris State University as a faculty member at the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Smith is a professor, Ferris State University, and practices in pharmacokinetics in special populations, internal medicine, infectious diseases, and surgery/trauma. Dr. Smith is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has given presentations and published in pharmacokinetics and infectious diseases. Dr. Smith has served as a faculty member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Updates in Therapeutics: The Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Review Course since 2002.
Kevin M. Sowinski, Pharm.D., FCCP
Dr. Kevin Sowinski is professor of pharmacy practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Sowinski received a bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacy in 1990 and a Pharm.D. degree in 1992 at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. From 1992 to 1995, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He has been at Purdue University since 1995.
Dr. Sowinski has served as chair of several ACCP committees and task forces as well as the ACCP Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics PRN. He has also served as a specialist member and chair of the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.
Dr. Sowinski has published more than 100 original publications or abstracts, as well as more than 20 book chapters, letters, or editorials. These papers have mostly focused on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, biostatistics, and issues in pharmaceutical education. Dr. Sowinski teaches cardiovascular therapeutics, biostatistics, and research design to Pharm.D. and graduate students.