Geriatric Pharmacy Faculty

Learn from the recognized experts in Geriatric Pharmacy

CONTENT MATTER EXPERTS

Amie Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FASCP
Dana Carroll, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, CDE
Maria Shin, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Faculty

Emily Ambizas, Pharm.D., B.S.Pharm., M.P.H., BCGP

Associate Clinical Professor
St. John’s University
Clinical Sessions

Emily Ambizas, Pharm.D., B.S.Pharm., M.P.H., BCGP, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Department of Clinical Health Professions at the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Queens, New York. She is a double alumna of St. John’s University, having received her BS in Pharmacy in 2000 and her post-BS Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2002. Following graduation, Dr. Ambizas completed a residency in pharmacy practice at the Veterans Administration New York Harbor Healthcare System. She earned a Master in Public Health degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2014. Since 2003, Dr. Ambizas has been a full-time faculty member at St. John’s University, teaching and conducting scholarly work concentrating in the area of self-care and the use of nonprescription drugs and language access services in pharmacy. As part of her academic appointment, she serves as a Clinical Specialist at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Whitestone, New York. Dr. Ambizas has most recently served as Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Self-Care Therapeutics/Nonprescription Medicines Special Interest Group. She also authors the bimonthly column “Consult Your Pharmacist” in the nationally circulated periodical US Pharmacist. This column is dedicated to the use of nonprescription medications and therapeutic reviews of contemporary self-care topics.

Trista Askins-Bailey, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Assistant Professor
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - School of Pharmacy
Review and Recertification Course

Trista BaileyTrista Askins-Bailey, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, joined TTUHSC School of Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Pharmacy Practice – Geriatrics Division in July 2012. She is involved with didactic lessons, laboratory teaching, facilitating case-based learning, and Geriatric clerkships. Dr. Bailey currently has a practice site as a consultant pharmacist for two nursing homes and an assisted living facility in the Abilene area, where she looks after around 120 patients. Her duties include monthly chart reviews, anti-infective and psychotropic drug monitoring, medication pass observations, nursing education, and drug destruction. Dr. Bailey received her Bachelors of Science with Honors from Texas Tech University in 2007 and her Doctorate of Pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin/The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio dual degree program in 2011. She then went on to complete an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 ambulatory care/geriatrics focused residency with the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. She is dual board certified in both Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and Geriatrics (BCGP). Dr. Bailey is also a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

 

Amie Taggart Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FASCP

Associate Professor and Division Head – Geriatrics
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy
Review and Recertification Course, Literature Study, Selected Readings, Clinical Sessions

Amie BlaszczykAmie Taggart Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FASCP, is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Pharmacy Practice and the Division Head of Geriatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy on the Dallas/Fort Worth campus. She has an affiliated practice with Advanced Healthcare Solutions, a long-term care company with ownership of over 40 nursing facilities across the state of Texas. There she focuses on the population level interventions, which can positively affect the quality of care of long-term care residents. She is also the residency director for the ASHP-accredited PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacotherapy residency. Dr. Blaszczyk earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the VA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a PGY2 geriatric pharmacotherapy residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Her practice and research interests include neurodegenerative diseases affecting older individuals, senior education and the impact of a clinical pharmacist working in the long-term care setting. She is the author of 22 peer-reviewed publications, 2 book chapters, and has been asked to speak on various geriatrics-focused topics at both international and national meetings. She is the past-president of the Texas chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, serves on the editorial board of The Consultant Pharmacist and is the 2018 recipient of the Armon Neel Senior Care Pharmacist award. She is also an active member of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, currently serving on the Council on Therapeutics and is a senior-level contributor to the ASHP/ACCP BCGP course and materials for recertification credit.

 

Dana Carroll, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, CDE

Clinical Professor
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
University of Alabama Family Medicine
Review and Recertification Course, Literature Study, Selected Readings, Clinical Sessions

Dana CarrollDana G. Carroll, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, CDE, is a Clinical Professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, AL. She graduated from Auburn University School of Pharmacy with her BS (1998) and Pharm.D. (1999). She completed a residency in primary care at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2000. She worked at Duke Medical Center in the emergency room as a clinical pharmacist and as an Assistant Professor at University of Oklahoma (Tulsa campus) before joining the faculty with Auburn in 2006 as an Associate Clinical Professor. Her current clinical practice at University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL focuses on providing direct patient care as part of interdisciplinary teams in a geriatric clinic and a transition of care clinic (which primarily serves geriatric patients). In addition, Dr. Carroll provides one on one patient education and drug therapy consults in diabetes and serves as part of an interdisciplinary team to deliver ADA certified diabetes self-management classes. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and geriatrics (BCGP). She also is a certified diabetes educator (CDE). She teaches and precepts pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, graduate students (psychology and social work) and medical residents. She also holds adjunct faculty appointments with the College of Community Health Sciences Family, Internal and Rural Medicine Department and the Psychology Department at the University of Alabama. Dr. Carroll’s current scholarly endeavors include assessing outcomes in geriatric patients from interdisciplinary care and the scholarship of teaching and learning in both didactic and clinical settings.

Kalin Clifford, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Assistant Professor, Geriatrics & Pediatrics Division, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - School of Pharmacy
Review and Recertification Course

Kalin CliffordKalin Clifford, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Division of Geriatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Dallas, Texas. His current practice site is within the North Texas Veterans Affairs Hospital within the Community Living Center (CLC-A), a sub-acute rehab facility. Dr. Clifford also precepts students on the required Geriatric Clerkship rotation during their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) year. Prior to beginning his career at Texas Tech, Dr. Clifford received his degree from Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2011. He also completed a PGY-1 in Pharmacy Practice from Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana in 2012 and a PGY-2 in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland in 2013. He also became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2014 and a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist in 2016.

Emily Ellsworth, Pharm.D., BCGP

Home-Based Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital
Review and Recertification Course

Emily EllsworthEmily Ellsworth, Pharm.D., BCGP, received her doctorate degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She further completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago, IL. Her passion for the aging population led her to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy where she completed her PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency. Her professional interests include geriatric ambulatory care, long-term care, and academia. She is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) who currently works as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Her current role in Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) allows her to work directly with geriatric veterans providing disease state management in their homes. She is also heavily involved with the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency program and precepts students from Midwestern University.

Carol Fox, Pharm.D., BCGP

Associate Professor and Chair
University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy
Review and Recertification Course

Carol FoxCarol Fox, Pharm.D., BCGP, is an Associate Professor and Chair at the University Of South Florida Taneja College Of Pharmacy in the department of Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research. She is a consultant pharmacist at an independent living center and a local skilled nursing facility where she serves as a preceptor for advanced practice pharmacy students on their Geriatric rotation. She is course coordinator for the required Geriatric Pharmacotherapy course and also teaches geriatric related topics in the Pharmacotherapeutics course sequence. Dr. Fox obtained her Pharm.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and completed a Geriatric Pharmacy Practice residency at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina. Dr. Fox is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

Emily Frederick, Pharm.D., BCPS

Associate Professor
Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Review and Recertification Course

Emily FrederickEmily Frederick, Pharm.D., BCPS, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy in Winchester, Virginia. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Geisinger Medical Center in central Pennsylvania. Dr. Frederick is an assistant professor at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Louisville, Kentucky and practices as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Louisville Hospital, where she also precepts students and residents as part of an interdisciplinary internal medicine rounding team. She is active in state and national professional organizations such as the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she serves as a Co-Chair on the Programming and Practitioner Education Committee as well as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy where she chairs the membership committee for the pharmacy practice section. In her free time, Dr. Frederick enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, baking, and evaluating literature.

Lisa C. Hutchison, Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCGP, BCPS, FCCP

Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
Review and Recertification Course

Lisa HutchinsonLisa C. Hutchison, Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCGP, BCPS, FCCP, is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a secondary appointment as Professor in the UAMS College of Medicine. Dr. Hutchison earned her BS Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida. She is dual Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy and Geriatric Pharmacy. Dr. Hutchison is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. She won the Award for Achievement in the Professional Practice of Pharmacy in Organized Health Care Settings from the American Society of Healthsystem Pharmacy (1993) and the American Pharmacists Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice (2008). She is the editor of Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, 2nd edition and an annual lecturer for ASHP/ACCP’s Geriatric Pharmacy Certification Course.

Jill R. Johnson, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCGP, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Review and Recertification Course

Jill Johnson

Jill R. Johnson, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCPS, is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. As a clinical pharmacy specialist with the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Lexington, Kentucky, and Memphis, Tennessee, her roles have included providing geriatric clinical pharmacy services to veterans in the Community Living Center and Home Based Primary Care programs, providing pain and symptom management services to hospice and palliative care patients as a member of the Palliative Care Consult Team, and providing ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services to veterans in the Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

Dr. Johnson earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Pharmacy, completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency with emphasis in geriatrics at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, and obtained a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. She is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Kathryn Dorward King, Pharm.D., BCGP

Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist
Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association
Literature Study

Kathryn Dorward KingKathryn Dorward King, Pharm.D., BCGP, graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2007. She became a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2011 after graduating from St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Dr. Dorward completed her post-graduate year one (PGY-1) residency program from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York class="photoLeft"in 2012. During her residency, Dr. Dorward focused on internal medicine, geriatrics, infectious disease, education and medication reconciliation. After completing her residency, Dr. Dorward was a clinical pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Hospital where she piloted a transition of care program on the cardiac floor, worked on Antibiotic Stewardship and rounded with medical teams on various services. Dr. Dorward joined the Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (GRIPA) in 2012 where she is using her inpatient acute care experience to help with complex ambulatory patients. She also works with ElderONE, where she collaborates with providers in optimizing their participants’ treatment regimens, completes medication reconciliation and serves on multiple committees. She became a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist in 2015. Her specialty areas include geriatrics, internal medicine, pain management, infectious disease and cost savings initiatives.

Kena Lanham, Pharm.D., BCCP, BCGP, BCPS

Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Ascension St. Vincent
Literature Study

Kena LanhamKena Lanham, Pharm.D., BCCP, BCGP, BCPS, is a Cardiovascular Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Ascension Saint Vincent, Indianapolis, Indiana. Kena received her Pharm.D. from University of Kentucky in 2008, completed her PGY1 residency at St. Joseph Hospital and PGY2 Cardiology residency at UKHealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky. Kena is board certified in Pharmacotherapy, Geriatrics and Cardiology with current interests in transitions of care in the heart failure patient population and antithrombotic therapies in cardiovascular diseases.

Nick Leon, Pharm.D., BCACP, BCPS, FCPP

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Pharmacy
Clinical Sessions

Nick LeonNicholas Leon, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, FCPP, is an associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the New Mexico Veteran Affairs Healthcare System in Albuquerque, NM and a PGY-2 ambulatory care residency at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD. Since 2009, as part of his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Leon has practiced as an ambulatory care clinical specialist at the Penn Center for Primary Care where he was the first pharmacist to provide comprehensive medication management and chronic disease management services. He is a past-president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) and continues to serve as the chair of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN). Since 2008, Dr. Leon has frequently volunteered as a clinic pharmacist for Global Medical Brigades in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Additionally, he is an alum of AACP’s Academic Leaders Fellowship Program (cohort 13), is dual certified as a specialist in pharmacotherapy and ambulatory care by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), and was elected into Fellowship at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 2017.

Eric MacLaughlin, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FCCP

Professor and Chair
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Clinical Sessions

Eric MacLaughlin, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FCCP, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine at TTUHSC School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy, Pharm.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed a Primary Care Specialty Residency at the University of Colorado. His practice specialty is family medicine. Dr. MacLaughlin is an expert in the management of chronic cardiovascular diseases, especially hypertension and dyslipidemia. He is an American Society of Hypertension Certified Hypertension Clinician, is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, and is a former member and chair of the BPS specialty council on pharmacotherapy. He has published multiple research and review articles related to the management of cardiovascular diseases. He is also the only pharmacist member of the ACC/AHA hypertension guideline writing committee and served on the APhA committee tasked with reviewing both the 2013 and 2018 ACC/AHA High Blood Cholesterol Guidelines.

Jamie McCarrell, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
TTUHSC School of Pharmacy; Department of Geriatrics
Literature Study

Jamie McCarrell, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, is a graduate of the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy and completed a two-year Pharmacotherapy Residency at the same institution with an emphasis on academia and geriatrics. He is now a BCPS and BCGP who practices in an interdisciplinary environment at a PACE center as the clinical pharmacy specialist. As a faculty member at TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, Dr. McCarrell has served within a Geriatric Education Center and has published research on PACE prescribing patterns compared with long-term care, and currently teaches geriatric pharmacotherapy to 3rd and 4th year pharmacy students.

Michelle Moseley, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Geriatrics
Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
Selected Readings

Michelle MoseleyDr. Michelle Moseley, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, is a clinical pharmacy specialist in geriatrics at the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS) where she works within the geriatric patient-aligned care team. Additionally, she is the clinical lead for ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services at VA TVHS. Her background includes academia and geriatric acute medicine. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, completed her residency training at VA TVHS, and maintains board certifications in pharmacotherapy and geriatrics.

Heather L. Ourth, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

National Program Manager: Clinical Pharmacy Practice Program and Outcomes Assessment
Pharmacy Benefits Management Services 10P4P
Department of Veterans Affairs
Review and Recertification Course

Heather OurthHeather Ourth, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, is the Pharmacy Benefits Management National Program Manager for Clinical Pharmacy Practice Program and Outcomes Assessment with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, Dr. Ourth’s work has an emphasis on program development, implementation and outcomes/impact assessments designed to evaluate the impact of clinical pharmacy services on the costs and quality of patient care. She also works to identify proven, innovative roles for pharmacists, lead clinical pharmacy health services research and quality improvement projects, author numerous publications, and apply pharmacoeconomic principles to support VA initiatives in this area. Heather received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Ferris State University in 1995 and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Florida in 2007. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. Dr. Ourth was a past recipient of the VA Under Secretary for Health Pharmacy Benefits Management Innovation Award, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations’ (NASPA) Excellence in Innovation Award and the Michigan Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. Dr. Ourth is a long-standing member of several professional associations including ASHP, ACCP, APhA, and the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) where she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees.

 

Maria Shin, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine
Robley Rex Louisville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Review and Recertification Course, Study, Selected Readings

Maria Shin

Maria Shin, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2008. Following graduation, Dr. Shin completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She then completed a PGY-2 Geriatrics Residency at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, AR. During Dr. Shin’s residency programs, she served as a clinical instructor at Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy at Long Island University and The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy. Following her residency trainings, Dr. Shin was an assistant professor for the Clinical and Administrative Sciences Department at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky from 2010 until 2019. She currently is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kristin Watson, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ Cardiology

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Clinical Sessions

Kristin Watson, Pharm D, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Dr. Watson earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She completed two years of residency, specializing in cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Watson is a co-founder and member of the ATRIUM Cardiology Collaborative at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She currently practices in ambulatory care in an interdisciplinary heart failure clinic.


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