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Critical Care Pharmacy Faculty

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Samuel Aitken, Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Infectious Diseases
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Samuel AitkenSamuel Aitken, Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCIDP, received his pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011. He completed his pharmacy practice residency at Yale-New New Haven Hospital and an infectious diseases pharmacotherapy fellowship at the University of Houston/Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. He is currently a clinical pharmacy specialist in infectious diseases and program director of the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy residency at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with an active role in patient care and education of post-graduate pharmacy and medical trainees. His research is focused on the epidemiology, molecular mechanisms, and treatment of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in patients with hematologic malignancy. Additionally, Dr. Aitken is the founding chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship in Cancer Consortium (ASCC), a group dedicated to advancing antimicrobial stewardship research and practice in cancer patients.


Katie Barber, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi

Katie BarberKatie Barber, Pharm.D., is Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Jackson, Mississippi. She completed a PGY2 in infectious diseases at the Detroit Medical Center and a pharmacokinetic/pharmacokinetic fellowship in infectious diseases at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She currently engages in research in overcoming antimicrobial resistance, particularly in patients with altered pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.


Monique Bidell, Pharm.D., BCPS
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Monique BidellMonique Bidell, Pharm.D., BCPS, obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston MA, followed by a PGY-2 Residency in Infectious Diseases at the University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago, IL. Previously, Dr. Bidell was an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, NY. Currently, she is an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.


Amie Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, FASCP
Associate Professor & Division Head – Geriatrics
Texas Tech HSC School of Pharmacy
Dallas, Texas

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


Quinn Czosnowski, Pharm.D., BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care
Indiana University Health - Methodist Hospital
Indianapolis, Indiana

Quinn CzosnowskiQuinn A. Czosnowski, Pharm.D., BCCCP, is Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Indiana University Health - Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Czosnowski graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University and completed a PGY-1 residency at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN and a PGY-2 in Critical Care at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He then spent 5 years as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a practice site in the ICU at Cooper University Hospital. He currently practices in the Cardiac Medical ICU at Indiana University Health - Methodist Hospital. Dr. Czosnowski is active in several national organizations including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.


Brian Dee, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCNSP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Critical Care/Nutrition Support
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Brian DeeBrian Dee, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCNSP, is a Critical Care/Nutrition Support Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He received his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Toledo, completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Toledo Hospital/Toledo Children’s Hospital, and completed a PGY2 Critical Care/Nutrition Support Pharmacy Residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has been a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist since 2015, as well as a Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist since 2009. Brian maintains an active clinical pharmacy practice and particularly enjoys precepting and mentoring pharmacy students and residents. Additionally, he serves as the Coordinator for the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Karrie Derenski, Pharm.D., BCNSP, BCCCP, CNSC
Clinical Supervisor, Director PGY 2 Pharmacy Residency - Critical Care
Department of Pharmacy
CoxHealth
Springfield, Missouri

Karrie DerenskiKarrie Derenski, Pharm.D., BCNSP, BCCCP, CNSC, is a Metabolic Support Service and Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor at CoxHealth in Springfield MO. She also serves as Director of the PGY2 critical care residency at CoxHealth. Dr. Derenski earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, MO. As post-graduate training, she completed a nutrition support specialty residency at University Hospital, Denver, CO. Dr. Derenski teaches in the Nutrition Support elective course at UMKC School of Pharmacy. She serves as a nutrition support preceptor for APPE students as well as the pharmacy residents at CoxHealth. Dr Derenski’s research interests involve pharmacotherapy in critical illness and nutrition support therapy in critically ill patients. Dr. Derenski is an active member of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. She is a Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist, Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist as well as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician.


Heather Draper, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Mercy Health Saint Mary's
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Heather DraperHeather Draper, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a Clinical Pharmacist in Emergency Medicine at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her Pharm.D. from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy and completed residency training in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Draper is certified as an instructor by the American Heart Association for Basic Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support and an American Stroke Association National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale Provider. Dr. Draper’s research interests include evaluating the role and impact of the pharmacist in the resuscitation setting and antimicrobial stewardship.


Salia Farrokh, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Neuro ICU Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Salia FarrokhSalia Farrokh, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit Clinical Specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has published and presented on topics of neurocritical care and the treatment of neuro infectious diseases. Dr. Farrokh is a member of the Pharmacy Committee of the Neurocritical Care Society.


Stormi Gale, Pharm.D., BCCP
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Baltimore, Maryland

Stormy GaleDr. Stormi Gale, Pharm.D., BCCP, is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Gale earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Wingate, North Carolina. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as a PGY2 cardiology pharmacy residency at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She practices as a cardiology specialist on the advanced heart failure service at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is also a member of the Applied Therapeutics, Research, and Instruction at the University of Maryland (ATRIUM) Cardiology Collaborative, a program focused on the pharmaceutical care of patients with cardiovascular diseases.


James Gilmore, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCPS
Pharmacy Manager, Critical Care & Emergency Department
Cedars-Sinai
Los Angeles, California

James GilmoreJames Gilmore, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCPS, is the Pharmacy Manager for Critical Care and the Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Prior to moving to California, James was a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. James graduated from the Pharm.D. program at Northeastern University and completed an ASHP Accredited PGY-1 residency as well as a PGY-2 in Critical Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. James has an active role in bedside practice, clinical research, and guideline development/implementation in several clinical areas. James has held leadership positions within several interdisciplinary groups at to further patient care in the inpatient setting. James has given multiple national presentations on topics including pain management and glucose management in the ICU. James has peer reviewed publications in several areas including infectious disease, anticoagulation, and glucose management.


Benjamin Hohlfelder, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Critical Care Pharmacy Clinical Specialist
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Benjamin HohlfelderBenjamin Hohlfelder, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, is a Critical Care Pharmacy Clinical Specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. His clinical practice is centered in the cardiothoracic surgery ICU, including patients undergoing heart and lung transplant, ventricular assist device implantation, and alternative modes of mechanical circulatory support. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. He is board certified in both Pharmacotherapy and Critical Care Pharmacy. Areas of research interest include anticoagulation in mechanical circulatory support, management of pain, agitation and delirium, and treatment of venous thromboembolism. Most recently, he has served as faculty for the 2019 ASHP Literature Studies modules in Pharmacotherapy and Critical Care, and presented for the Intensive Studies session at the 2018 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.


Kaitlin M. Hughes, Pharm.D., BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacist Pediatric Intensive Care
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
Indianapolis, Indiana

Kaitlin HughesKaitlin Hughes, Pharm.D., BCPPS, is a clinical pharmacist at Riley Hospital for Children. Her specialty practice area is pediatric intensive care. She also serves as a preceptor for students from Purdue University and residents from the PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs at Indiana University Health. Dr. Hughes received her Pharm.D. from Purdue University in 2013. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Indiana University Health followed by her PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hughes then attained her board certification as pediatric pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPPS). Her current interests include ECMO, infectious diseases, pain management, and pain and sedation in the critically ill.


Lauren A. Igneri, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care
Cooper University Healthcare
Camden, New Jersey

Lauren IgneriLauren A. Igneri, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care at Cooper University Healthcare in Camden, NJ. Dr. Igneri earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. She went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with her main practice site at Cooper. Following residency, Dr. Igneri served as the Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania for five years before more recently returning to Cooper. While at St. Mary, she served as co-chair of the Trinity Health Clinical Pharmacy Committee and was a member of the Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Igneri is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Communications Committee, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She frequently presents at local, regional, and national meetings and serves as a preceptor for student pharmacists from University of the Sciences, Jefferson College of Pharmacy, and Rutgers University. Dr. Igneri’s research interests include anticoagulation and thrombolysis in venous thromboembolism, glycemic control, and sedation practices in critically ill patients.


Rachel Kenney, Pharm.D., BCIDP
Pharmacy Specialist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Residency Program Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan

Rachel KenneyRachel M. Kenney, Pharm.D., BCIDP, is a Pharmacy Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital and PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at the Mayo Clinic-Rochester. Dr. Kenney is the program director for the Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Residency and the lead pharmacist for antimicrobial stewardship at Henry Ford Health System. In her clinical practice, she supports infectious diseases consult services, manages antimicrobial stewardship practice and policy, and precepts pharmacy students and residents. She has over 20 peer reviewed publications with primary research interests in antimicrobial stewardship and antibiotic safety.


Patricia Kienle, B.S.Pharm., M.P.A., FASHP
Director, Accreditation and Medication Safety
Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Patricia KienlePatricia Kienle, B.S.Pharm., M.P.A., FASHP, is the Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety for Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions. She received her pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and a Masters in Public Administration from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She completed an Executive Fellowship in Patient Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as President of the Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She is a Fellow of ASHP, was named Pharmacist of the Year by PSHP, the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice from the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, the Distinguished Leadership Award from ASHP, and is the 2018 recipient of the ASHP John W. Webb Lecture Award. She has served on the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, the Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee of The Joint Commission, and on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation. She is a current member of the USP Compounding Expert Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Hazardous Drugs. Patti is the author of Compounding Sterile Preparations: ASHP’s Visual Guide to Chapter 797 video and Companion Guide, co-author of Assuring Continuous Compliance with Joint Commission Standards: A Pharmacy Guide, and author of The Chapter 800 Answer Book. With over 500 invited presentations and 50 publications, she has special interests in promoting medication safety, compounding sterile preparations, accreditation, and regulatory issues.


John Marshall, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM
Director, Clinical Pharmacy Programs
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

John MarshallJohn Marshall, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, is Director, Clinical Pharmacy Programs at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He attended Gonzaga University and Graduated with a Pharm.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. He completed his residency training at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is board certified in both pharmacotherapy and critical care pharmacotherapy. His research interests include analgosedation in the ICU and enhancing pharmacist services throughout the continuum of care. He is currently the Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at MCPHS University.


Brianne Ritchie, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCCCP, BCPS
Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Brianne RitchieBrianne Ritchie, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCCCP, BCPS, is Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She obtained her Pharm.D. and M.B.A. from Creighton University in Omaha, NE with subsequent completion of PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 critical care residencies at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She is currently an emergency medicine and critical care pharmacist at Mayo Clinic.


Jennifer Robertson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Medication Outcomes & Safety Officer
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee

Jennifer RobertsonJennifer Jones Robertson, Pharm.D., BCPS, is Medication Outcomes & Safety Officer for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Pharm.D. Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed her Drug Information Specialty Residency at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis. Dr. Robertson leads medication use policy and medication safety efforts at St. Jude and chairs the Medication Use Safety Team. She leads and manages projects related to improving the safety of medications at St. Jude, conducts event investigation and coordinates subsequent process improvements. She also serves as Residency Director for the Medication-Use Safety Residency. Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee. She is currently serving on the Nominations Committee of the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners for ASHP.


Ashley Schenk, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP
Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Ashley SchenkAshley Schenk, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP, is Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist at UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky. She is originally from Prague, Nebraska, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May 2015. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Joseph East in Lexington, KY, and went on to complete a PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at UK HealthCare in Lexington, KY. After completion of her PGY2 residency, she accepted a position as a Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist at UK HealthCare, where she provides pharmaceutical care to medical cardiology patients. Dr. Schenk is actively engaged in both teaching and precepting activities. She is currently involved in precepting pharmacy students and residents on rotation and leading didactic therapeutic lectures at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Her research involves the impact of pharmacist-run transitions of care programs on hospital readmission rates in the setting of acute coronary syndrome. Her practice areas of interest include acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, anticoagulation, and congenital heart defects.


Amy Sipe, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Kansas City VA Medical Center
Kansas City, Missouri 

Amy SipeAmy Sipe, R.Ph., has served as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Anticoagulation at the Kansas City Veteran Affairs Medical Center since 2012 and has an appoint as Adjunct Clinical Professor with the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy.

Amy is a dynamic leader in clinical pharmacy practice, technician, student and resident training and in volunteer positions at the local, state and national levels. She has actively contributed to the Missouri Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (MSHP) since 2000, including a three year term in 2005 as President-Elect, President and Chair of the Research and Education Foundation. She began her service to ASHP as a selected speaker for the Leadership Speaker’s Bureau, and has continued as an elected member of the ASHP House of Delegates, representing the state of Missouri on 7 occasions. Amy was appointed to the ASHP Council on Therapeutics for a third term and served as council Chair. She served as Network Facilitator for Anticoagulation in the Section of Clinical Scientists and Specialists and is now serving as a member of the Section Advisory Group on Clinical Leadership. She regularly speaks to pharmacy students and residents, and continues to promote leadership in pharmacy. Amy recently initiated a PGY2 Pharmacy Resident rotation in her anticoagulation clinic and spearheads population medication management initiatives on local and national platforms. Amy remains an active member of the Board of Directors for the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, having served two years as President. Amy’s achievements have been acknowledged through the UMKC School of Pharmacy Excellence Award, the Pharmacists Mutual Award, and the UMKC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Hospital Pharmacy Alumni Service Award.


Jill Starykowicz, Pharm.D., BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology/Medical Intensive Care Advocate
Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge, Illinois

Jill StarykowicsJill Starykowicz, Pharm.D., BCCCP, is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology/Medical Intensive Care at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Dr. Starykowicz practices in the medical and cardiac intensive care units, 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. Dr. Starykowicz is a Board-Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.


Cortney Swiggart, Pharm.D.
System Medication Safety Officer
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Memphis, Tennessee

Cortney SwiggartCortney Swiggart, Pharm.D. is the System Medication Safety Officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She completed a Pharmacotherapy residency at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by a post-graduate year 2 (PGY2) Critical Care/ Nutrition residency at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to leading the medication safety efforts at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Dr. Swiggart is also involved with opioid stewardship, antibiotic stewardship, and medical clinical decision support efforts. She also serves as a preceptor for student pharmacists from The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and Union University School of Pharmacy.


Rachel Swope, Pharm.D., BCCCP
Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist
Norton Healthcare
Louisville, Kentucky

Rachel SwopeRachel Swope, Pharm.D., BCCCP is a Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Swope completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington, KY. Following graduation, she completed both PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at UK Healthcare. She is a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist who practices in a cardiothoracic surgery ICU and a medical/surgical ICU. She is actively engaged with development of new policies and protocols, formulary management, and EMR optimization at Norton Healthcare, a five hospital community health system. Dr. Swope enjoys precepting pharmacy students and residents on critical care rotations and through the longitudinal research experience.


Paul M. Szumita, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCPS, FASHP, FCCM
Clinical Pharmacy Practice Manager
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Paul SzumitaPaul M. Szumita, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCPS, FASHP, FCCM, is Clinical Pharmacy Practice Manager and Program Director of the postgraduate year 2 critical care pharmacy residency at Brigham and Women¹s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Northeastern University in Boston, and he is dual board certified in pharmacotherapy and critical care pharmacy. He is a fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy. Paul has helped develop and is responsible for managing clinical programs aimed at optimizing pharmacotherapy and improving patient outcomes. As a practicing clinical pharmacist in critical care, Paul has an active role in bedside education, clinical research, and guideline development/implementation with a focus inpatient glucose management, ICU pain, agitation and delirium, hemodynamics in shock states, and therapeutic hypothermia. Paul an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacy at three colleges and helps coordinate 15 clinical rotations, training more than 100 students each year. He has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, and he serves on several committees focused on improving clinical practice at the local and national level, including the program advisory board for the ASHP Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Examination Review Course, guideline writing committee for the 2018 Society of Critical Care Medicine guidelines for the management of pain, agitation, delirium, immobility and sleep disruption, and serves on the taskforce to revise the Society of Critical Care Medicine Guidelines stress ulcer prophylaxis in critically ill patients.


Heather Torbic, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Medical Intensive Care Unit Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Heather TorbicHeather Torbic, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, is Medical Intensive Care Unit Clinical Specialist at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Torbic received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts; completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Boston Medical Center; and, a PGY2 Critical Care Residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Torbic is actively involved with student and resident training and is an advisor for the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She is also actively involved in research, which includes vasopressors, inhaled pulmonary vasodilators, and sedation/agitation/delirium in critically ill patients. Dr. Torbic is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and its local Ohio chapter, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Todd Walroth, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP
Pharmacy Manager - Clinical Services
Eskenazi Health
Indianapolis, Indiana

Todd WalrothTodd A. Walroth, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, is Pharmacy Manager for Clinical Services and is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Burn/Critical Care at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. A graduate of Purdue University, he completed a PGY1 residency with IU Health and a PGY2 residency in Critical Care with IU Health/Eskenazi Health. Todd serves as adjunct faculty for Purdue and Butler Universities. Professional interests include serving as a member of the Specialty Council on Critical Care Pharmacy with the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, volunteer site surveyor for ASHP, Chair of the Smart Pump Safety Workgroup with the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, and immediate Past Chair of the Pharmacy Special Interest Group within the American Burn Association, as well as a certified Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt. Todd has received precepting and mentoring awards from Purdue and Butler Universities and College Mentors for Kids, patient safety awards from the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, and Indiana University School of Medicine, and research awards from the Society of Hospital Medicine, Southern Medical Association, and American Burn Association. Clinical research interests include medication use in critically ill populations such as burn and trauma, medication safety, nutrition, and developing clinical services. Todd is happily married to his loving wife of 12 years, Sara, a second grade teacher. The couple has two daughters, Allie (8) and Brynn (6).

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