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From the Frontline of COVID-19: Clinician Perspectives on Cytokine Storm

Broadcast Date: May 18, 2020


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ASHP sits down with Dr. Jill Starykowicz, PharmD, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Medical/ Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Director, PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois as she discusses cytokine storm in critically ill COVID-19 patients. 


Jill StarykowiczJill Starykowicz, Pharm.D., BCCCP, is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology & Medical Intensive Care at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Dr. Starykowicz rounds with a pulmonary critical care team and covers the cardiac catheterization laboratory, and interventional radiology. She received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Starykowicz completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago and a PGY2 Cardiology Specialty Residency at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. Dr. Starykowicz participates in a multitude of critical care and cardiology committees to improve the care provided to patients in these settings. She is currently the PGY2 Pharmacy Critical Care Residency Director for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and is involved in a variety of research and quality improvement projects in medical and cardiac critical care.

Vicki BasalygaVicki Basalyga, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, is the Director for the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists. In this role Vicki serves as an information resource and provides guidance to ASHP members regarding science and scientific developments affecting pharmacy practice in health systems. She serves as secretary to the Section executive committee and coordinates activities to accomplish the objectives established by the Section. Additionally, Vicki has assumed the position of Council Secretary for the ASHP's Council on Therapeutics.

Vicki received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University and completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Vicki is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Prior to her current position at ASHP, Vicki practiced as critical care pharmacist in both the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Other activities Vicki performed included drafting policies and procedures, co-chairing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, creating and drafting order sets for CPOE conversion and precepting residents and students.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.