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SICP Leadership

Executive Committee

The role of the Section Executive Committee is to provide leadership, guidance, and advice to ASHP on ways to better meet the day to day practice needs of members.

Chair (2021-2022)

Delia Charest Carias, Pharm.D., BCPS, DPLA

Delia CariasDelia Charest Carias is the Medication Use Policy Coordinator for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. After completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, she received her Pharm.D. degree from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital before settling in Memphis as a PGY2 health-system administration resident at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare. Delia joined St. Jude in 2012. She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Services leadership team and is responsible for coordination of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, formulary management, drug shortages management, and definition and implementation of drug therapy guidelines. She has a strong interest in performance improvement and change management and uses these skills to develop new clinical programs at her institution, including antimicrobial and opioid stewardship.

Delia serves as the residency coordinator for the PGY2 medication-use safety and policy program and is the primary preceptor for PGY2 oncology residents during their medication- use policy rotations. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science at the University of Tennessee and actively participates in educating pharmacy students. Her service to ASHP started while as a student serving on the Council on Pharmacy Practice. Since that time, she has served on numerous advisory groups within the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners and New Practitioners Forum. Most recently, she served the Section as the Chair of the Educational Steering Committee.

Delia Charest Carias can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Chair Elect (2021-2022)

Sarah StephensSarah S. Stephens, Pharm.D., R.Ph., CPPS

Sarah S. Stephens is the network medication safety officer for HonorHealth in Scottsdale, AZ. She earned her Pharm.D. at the University of Wyoming and completed two years of residency training at University of Utah Health specializing in drug information. She practiced as an acute care adult internal medicine pharmacist for the University of Utah, and then accepted a full-time faculty role for the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, at which time, her clinical practice transitioned to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City. After 15 years with the University of Utah, she transitioned to a medication safety role at Kaweah Health in Visalia, an underserved area of Central Valley California. She accepted a system-level, medication safety position for HonorHealth, a six-hospital health system, in 2020. Stephens has diverse acute care experiences, including academic tertiary care centers, government, and community hospitals. 

ASHP involvement includes service as the chapter president and treasurer of the Utah Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and House of Delegates representative during this time. She then served as a member, vice chair, and chair of the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners (SICP) Advisory Group on Medication Safety Section just prior to being elected to the SICP executive committee as a director-at-large. She was a faculty member for the Crisis and Pandemic Management Certificate program, author for the ASHP Guideline on Managing Adverse Drug Reactions, presenter at Midyear Clinical and Summer meetings, including workshops and pearls, and a facilitator at multiple networking sessions.

Sarah Stephens can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Immediate Past Chair (2021-2022)

Gregory P. Burger, Pharm.D., CPPS, FASHP, NREMT

Gregory BurgerGregORY Burger is the Accreditation/Performance Improvement Manager at The University of Kansas Health System-St. Francis Campus in Topeka, Kansas. He also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas (KU), where he teaches an elective on medication safety. Burger earned his Pharm.D. from the KU School of Pharmacy. He was recognized as an ASHP Fellow in 2018. At the state level, Burger has served as district director and president of the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy (KCHP) and has served as the Treasurer of the KCHP Foundation. Burger received the Kansas Council of Health System Pharmacy 2021 Legacy Award. Within ASHP he served on the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners (SICP) Advisory Group on Medication Safety and was previously a delegate at the ASHP House of Delegates. Burger also has participated in ASHP’s Great Safety Debate at the Summer Meetings and volunteers on the ASHP Foundation's Donor Outreach Committee. Burger has also served on the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee since 2018.

Gregory Burger can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large (2020-2022)

Allison R. King, Pharm.D.

Allison KingAllison King is an Investigational Drug Pharmacist and PGY1 Residency Coordinator at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Previously, she served as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and practiced in the school’s Drug Information Center. King earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed an ASHP-accredited drug information residency at the University of Kansas Hospital. King is an active member of ASHP. She has served on the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners Advisory Group on Pharmacy Practice Experiences for five years with leadership roles as Vice Chair and Chair. Additional ASHP service includes the New Practitioners Forum Professional Practice Advisory Group; PGY1 Residency Accreditation Practitioner Surveyor; editorial reviewer for multiple publications; and multicycle CV and poster reviewer. She has also held leadership roles on the Executive Boards for state and local ASHP affiliate chapters.

Allison King can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large (2021-2023)

Lucas T Schulz, Pharm.D., BCIDP

Lucas SchulzLucas T Schulz is Clinical Coordinator of Infectious Diseases and PGY2 ID Residency Program Director at University of Wisconsin Health. Schulz is also a Clinical Professor at the UWSchool of Pharmacy, contributing clinical rotations and clinical lectures in Pharmacotherapy. Previously, he practiced as a Critical Care Pharmacist in medical, surgical, and neurosurgical intensive care units at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. Schulz received his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. He completed a PGY1 and PGY2 critical care residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He is the author of 50 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 abstracts. In his current role, he leads an antimicrobial stewardship program recognized by The Joint Commission and Infectious Diseases Society of America as a Center of Excellence.

Lucas has been an active member of ASHP since 2003. He serves in the ASHP House of Delegates. He has participated in the ASHP New Practitioners Forum and ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting as a moderator and presenter. Lucas supports the development of ASHP Board Certification in infectious diseases as reviewer. He is the residency program director of an ASHP accredited PGY2 infectious disease program since 2012. Lucas is also involved in leadership roles nationally and within the state of Wisconsin.

Lucas Schulz can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large Elect (2021-2022)

Indrani KarIndrani Kar, Pharm.D.

Indrani Kar is the clinical pharmacy specialist for drug policy/formulary at University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. She oversees the system adult formulary, system pediatric formulary, ambulatory medication guidance, and system medication policy. She also supports the over 30 residents at UH in their professional development and conducts student APPE rotations in drug information. She earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, completed her specialty fellowship in drug information at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, and completed her PGY2 residency in drug information at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

She currently serves ASHP as the chair of the Section for Inpatient Care Practitioners’ Educational Steering Committee . She has previously served as the new practitioner member of the Council on Therapeutics and as a member of the Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Medication Safety. She is an active member of the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists, serving as the inaugural chair for the Clinical Resilience and Well-Being Taskforce and supporting the ASHP as a curriculum vitae reviewer and annual meeting continuing education session reviewer. She is actively involved in supporting ASHP’s guideline development process and education as a guideline reviewer and professional poster abstract reviewer. She also has a vested interest in developing students and residents and has served as a multi-cycle poster reviewer at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Indrani Kar can be e-mailed at [email protected]

ASHP Staff

Erika Lutz Thomas, M.B.A., B.S.Pharm.
Director, Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners

Erika ThomasErika Lutz Thomas, M.B.A., B.S.Pharm., is Director of the ASHP Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners. In this role, Ms. Thomas serves as staff liaison to the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners Executive Committee. She also acts as an ASHP information resource and provides guidance to ASHP members on pharmacy practice in various inpatient care environments in hospitals and health systems.

Previously, Ms. Thomas was Senior Director of Scientific Projects and CE Liaison in the ASHP Office of Professional Development (OPD) where she was responsible for developing scientific needs-based educational activities for pharmacists and other health care professionals and served as the continuing education liaison for the OPD. She has also worked as Scientific Project Manager with ASHP Advantage, Director of Educational Programming in the ASHP Educational Services Division, and Director of Meeting Programming Department in the ASHP Educational Services Division. Her pharmacy practice experience includes inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services, Joint Commission accreditation survey preparation, benchmarking, and supervisory responsibilities.

Ms. Thomas received her Master of Business Administration degree from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, Texas and Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She completed an ASHP-accredited residency in hospital pharmacy at Harper-Graces Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Thomas also has experience in planning professional association activities at the state and local levels, including planning educational programming for ASHP state affiliate meetings and regional residency conferences.

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