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SOPIT Leadership

Executive Committee

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

Chair (2022-2023)

Benjamin J. Anderson, PharmD, MPH

Benjamin Anderson

Benjamin J. Anderson is a medication management informaticist at Mayo Clinic, serving the Mayo Clinic enterprise across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Florida. Anderson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 with his Pharm.D. degree, in 2008 completed his Masters in public health from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed a postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency in pharmacy and a PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a Residency Program Director for a PGY2 residency in informatics and serves as a preceptor to residents and students through Mayo Clinic.

Anderson has been active in the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology for several years, serving as a vice chair and chair for the Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Clinical Information Systems. He is currently in his third year as director-at-large on the Section’s executive committee and will be moderating the Informatics Gems: Resident and New Practitioner Bytes of Informatics sessions at the upcoming ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Benjamin Anderson can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Chair Elect (2022-2023)

Hesham Mourad, PharmD, EMBA, BCCCP, BCPS, CPHIMS

Hesham Mourad

Dr. Mourad is a Medication Management Informaticist at Mayo Clinic and an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. His primary responsibilities are to support and optimize medication-related changes in the Electronic Medical Records systems. Within his role, Dr. Mourad is a member of committees that oversee medication safety and smart pumps drug library. He is also a member of the Pharmacy Education Advisory Committee. He serves as primary preceptor for Pharmacy Informatics learning experience within the PGY1 program. He earned his PharmD from Purdue University. He completed a PGY-1 residency at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center, Kentucky. After practicing as clinical pharmacist for two years he completed the Critical Care Traineeship from the ASHP Research and Education Foundation and a PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics residency with Indiana University Health, Indiana. He is board-certified in Pharmacotherapy and Critical care; he is also Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. Dr. Mourad has been an active member of Section of Pharmacy Informatics for the last eight years. His previous services include Chair and Immediate Past Chair for the Clinical Application Advisory Group, serving as a Work Group Lead within the Section Advisory Group and representing ASHP within the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative. 

Hesham Mourad can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Immediate Past Chair (2022-2023)

Barry McClain, PharmD, MS

Barry McLain

Barry McClain is Director of Pharmacy Information Systems at Advocate Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he leads a world-class team that supports the best use and design of pharmacy applications for 25 hospitals, 70+ retail pharmacies, and many clinics. He graduated with a Pharm.D. from The Ohio State University and a M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison while completing a combined PGY1/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. McClain serves as the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency and is also a preceptor for the PGY1 practice and PGY2 administration residencies. McClain’s favorite professional contribution has been being Director-at-Large of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology. Otherwise, he has been involved at the regional pharmacy school, has presented numerous times at state/national conferences, and been involved with various state/national informatics groups over the years.  

Barry McClain can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large (2021-2023)

Jeffrey R. Chalmers, PharmD

Jeffrey ChalmersJeffrey Chalmers is the System Director of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology for the Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland. He leads teams that support all pharmacy automation and technology, as well as the medication management tools within the enterprise electronic medical record in both the inpatient and ambulatory environments. His teams support both national and international operations within 11 hospitals in Ohio and Florida in addition to the services at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and London. His responsibilities also include support for 20 retail pharmacies and nearly 1000 ambulatory clinics and surgery centers. Dr. Chalmers earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Toledo and his Pharm.D. from the University of Florida. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northeast Ohio Medical University teaching classes in pharmacy informatics. 

Jeff prides himself as an informatics pharmacist with expertise in clinical decision support, data analytics, inventory management, and the use of artificial intelligence to improve caregiver efficiency. Jeff created the Cleveland Clinic pharmacy informatics PGY-2 residency program in 2013, illustrating his passion for pharmacy informatics and his desire to give back to the profession. He served as the Residency Program Director until 2018. 

Within ASHP, Jeff has served as a member and Vice Chair of the SAG on Clinical Information Systems in 2015-16 and the Chair for the 2016-17 year. He is a frequent presenter at ASHP Midyear and Summer meetings as well as other user group meetings and conferences.

Jeffrey Chalmers can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large (2022-2024)

David AgueroDavid Agüero, PharmD, MSTL, DPLA

David A. Agüero is the director of medication systems and informatics as well as the program director, PGY2 pharmacy informatics, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a pharmacy leader specializing in the coordination, communication, and support of pharmacy services and the medication use process with experience spanning multiple electronic health record and medication distribution platforms in multi-hospital systems as well as academic medical centers.

In his role at St. Jude, He is responsible for leadership of medication-use systems and supporting technologies including informatics, pharmaceutical data analytics, and supply chain service lines.

Agüero graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University before pursuing a specialized residency in medication-use systems and technology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He later earned a master’s degree in science and technology leadership from Brown University. He is also a diplomate of the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy.

He has been deeply involved with the section since first volunteering as a pharmacy student, serving as member and chair on multiple advisory groups and volunteering on the Education Steering Committee for multiple years.

David Aguero can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large Elect (2022-2023)

Ryan Cello, PharmD

Ryan CelloRyan Cello, is a Pharmacy Supervisor at UC Davis Health specializing in pharmacy automation, diversion prevention, informatics & analytics. Cello received his Pharm.D. from UCSF and completed a PGY1 acute care residency at UC Davis Health where he has worked in a variety of practice settings including Pain Management, Emergency Medicine, ICU and Perioperative Services. For the past 9 years he has provided leadership and oversight for health system pharmacy initiatives in automation, diversion and informatics. Projects Cello has facilitated include ADM upgrades; IV workflow software implementation; inventory management software implementation; diversion software implementation and IT facility strategic planning to support future pharmacy enterprise expansion projects.  Cello is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UC San Francisco and precepts students and residents on automation and informatics rotations. Cello is currently the chair of the ASHP Section Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (SOPIT) Advisory Group on Operations and Automation and served as vice-chair the previous term. He has presented at ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting and was one of the authors of the recently published ASHP Guidelines on the Safe Use of Automated Dispensing Cabinets. Cello also recently served as an advisory committee member for ASHP Foundations report on Advancing Medication Safety Through Technology Innovations: Focus on RFID Technology.

Ryan Cello can be e-mailed at [email protected].

ASHP Staff

Amey C. Hugg, BSPharm, CPHIMS, FKSHP
Director, Member Relations,
Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology

Amey Hugg Amey C. Hugg, B.S. Pharm., CPHIMS, FKSHP is the Director of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology. Her responsibilities include acting as the staff liaison and secretary for the SOPIT Executive Committee and coordinating activities to accomplish established Section objectives. She also acts as an ASHP information resource and provides guidance to members on pharmacy informatics in various health care environments.

Previously, Ms. Hugg was the Manager of Pharmacy Informatics and the Organizational Leader for Physician Adoption and Order Sets at the University of Louisville Hospital. Additionally, she was the Director of the PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency Program and has been an active preceptor during her entire career. For several years, she served ASHP as a volunteer informatics residency site surveyor. In addition to health-systems, her pharmacy practice experience includes corporate level pharmacy management, clinical pharmacy, Medicaid and managed care.

Ms. Hugg has been a leader in various pharmacy and informatics organizations throughout her career, including the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She served on the KSHP Executive Committee in various capacities, including President of the association. Most recently, she was awarded KSHP Fellow status.

Ms. Hugg, a fourth generation pharmacist, received her pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems.

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