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COVID-19: Pharmacy Practice Leaders – Lesson Learned Series (Part 1)


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In our latest episode, Dr. Eric Maroyka, Pharm.D., BCPS, Director, Center on Pharmacy Practice Advancement sits down with Dr. Christopher Fortier, Pharm.D., FASHP, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital to discuss COVID-19 preparation, response, and mitigation lessons learned to share with the field.

Dr. Fortier discusses lessons learned and key planning considerations for hospital and health-system pharmacy leaders with respect to pandemic planning, response, and mitigation. The coronavirus pandemic is stressing our healthcare system infrastructure, has the potential for a devastating economic fallout, and will test the outer limits of healthcare worker resilience. The potential and actual surge in COVID-19 patients is threatening the capability and capacity of the US healthcare system as well as the safety and welfare of healthcare workers.


Christopher FortierChristopher Fortier is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. At MGH, he oversees a staff of 400 and all on and off-campus inpatient, clinic, and retail pharmacy services. Chris is the Chair of the Partners Healthcare Chief Pharmacy Officers Council and works to move pharmacy strategic initiatives forward at the Partners system-level.

Dr. Fortier received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut in 2003 and completed both a PGY-1 Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center. Additionally, Chris serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

In 2013 Dr. Fortier was recognized as a Fellow of ASHP and received the Tradition of Excellence Award from the University of Connecticut Alumni Association. Additionally, in 2008 he received the ASHP New Practitioner Forum’s Distinguished Service Award. He currently is on the Chair of the ASHP Council on Public Policy, Chair of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Education Steering Committee, and member of the Committee on Nominations. Previously, Dr. Fortier served 8 years on the Vizient AMC Pharmacy Network (formally University HealthSystem Consortium) Executive Committee and chaired the Medication Use Informatics and Technology Committee.


Eric MaroykaEric Maroyka, Pharm.D., BCPS, joined ASHP in May 2016 as the Director, Center on Pharmacy Practice Advancement. He is responsible for the Practice Advancement Initiative focused on transforming the practice of pharmacy to enhance the role of the pharmacist in providing direct patient care services.

Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Pharmacy at Fauquier Health in Warrenton, Virginia. Dr. Maroyka also served over 22 years as a commissioned pharmacy officer in the United States Army working in a variety of clinical, pharmacy management/director, and senior leadership roles within the Military Health System.

He earned a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. from Rutgers University and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Dr. Maroyka is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and is a graduate of the Pharmacy Leadership Institute.

Dr. Maroyka was a past appointed member of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Section Advisory Group on Pharmacy Business Management and the Council on Pharmacy Management.  He served as a delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates representing the Commonwealth of Virginia and as a Federal Delegate with the American Pharmacists Association.  He currently serves as ASHP Secretary for the Council on Pharmacy Management and secretary for the Federal Pharmacy Consultants’ Advisory Group.  Dr. Maroyka readily accepts and enjoys serving as a preceptor for student pharmacists and pharmacy residents. 


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.