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., MPH, BCGP

Associate Clinical Professor
St. John's University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Literature Study

Emily AmbizasDr. Emily Ambizas 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 Walgreens Pharmacy in Whitestone, New York. Dr. Ambizas has 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, FASCP

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

Trista Bailey

Dr. Trista Askins Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Geriatric Division – Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Abilene, TX. 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 (FASCP).

 

Jazmin Black, Pharm.D., BCGP

Assistant Professor
Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy
Geriatric Selected Readings

Jazmin BlackJazmin Black received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Northeastern University and Harbor Health Services, Inc in Boston, MA and a PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Black is an Assistant Professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy. She practices as a clinical pharmacist with Gilchrist Elder Medical Care at Home, conducting home visits for geriatric patients. Her professional interests include medication safety, polypharmacy, and deprescribing. 

 

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

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

Amie Blaszczyk

Amie Taggart Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS, FASCP is a 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, CDES

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

Associate 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 Associate 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.

 

Danielle Fixen, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS

Assistant Professor
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Literature Study

Danielle FixenDr. Danielle Fixen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is also a geriatric clinical pharmacy specialist for the Seniors Clinic at the University of Colorado Health. She is involved in multiple clinical pharmacy services such as Transitional Care Management, Diabetes and Hypertension management, and Osteoporosis management. Her areas of interest include cannabis use in older adults, transitional care management, and medication deprescribing.

Carol Fox, Pharm.D., BCGP

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research
University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy
Review and Recertification Course

Carol Fox

Dr. Carol Fox 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 and Vice Chair
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Review and Recertification Course

Emily Frederick

Dr. Emily Frederick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy in Winchester, Virginia and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Geisinger Medical Center in central Pennsylvania. Dr. Frederick is an associate professor and the Vice Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Louisville, Kentucky. She practices as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Louisville Hospital as part of the Emergency Department Hospitalist Team. Dr. Frederick is active in local and national professional organizations and serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 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 and Vice Chair
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Review and Recertification Course

Lisa Hutchinson

Lisa Hutchison is Vice Chair and 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 PharmD 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 Health system 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
Orlando VA Healthcare System
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.

 

Jamie McCarrell, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
BSA Health System
Literature Study

Jamie McCarrellDr. Jamie McCarrell is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager and PGY-1 Residency Program Director for BSA Health System in Amarillo, Texas. He received his Pharm.D. from Texas Tech School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1&2 Pharmacotherapy Residency there as well. He then went on to teach at Texas Tech for 9 years with a focus on geriatric pharmacotherapy, renal pharmacotherapy, and drug information. He has a lovely wife, Kristin, and two children, Lincoln and Ivy

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., BCPS, BCGP, FASHP

Assistant Chief Consultant, Clinical Pharmacy Practice Program and Outcomes Assessment
Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Service 12 PBM, Clinical Pharmacy Practice Office
Department of Veterans Affairs
Review and Recertification Course

Heather Ourth

Heather Ourth, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, FASHP is the Pharmacy Benefits Management Assistant Chief Consultant 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, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and a Fellow of ASHP. Dr. Ourth was a past recipient of the ASHP Board of Directors’ Award of Excellence, 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 previously served on 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, Literature Study, and Geriatric Selected Readings

Maria Shin

Dr. Maria Shin 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, Arkansas. 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. 

Chanel Whittaker, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASCP

Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Geriatric Selected Readings

Chanel WhittakerDr. Whittaker is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland. In additional to residency training, she participated in the Stanford Geriatric Education Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics. She currently serves as Director of Education and Training with the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging and the Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program. In 2017, she helped to establish the Peter Lamy Champion Coalition, a diverse group of practitioner leaders who provide specialized geriatric care in various practice settings. This coalition has been instrumental in assisting the Lamy Center to further its mission and promote an agenda for developing clinical, educational and research initiatives to improve geriatric care.


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