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Looking ahead: AMA/ASHP Pharmacogenomics Summit


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In this podcast, Vicki Basalyga, ASHP Director of Clinical Specialists and Scientists, chats with team members from AMA and ASHP about the upcoming six-week summit and the combined efforts by both organizations to advance pharmacogenomics in the healthcare field.


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.

Sean McConnellSean C. McConnell, Ph.D., is a senior policy analyst with the American Medical Association. Dr. McConnell serves on the National Academies Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health and collaborates with The Jackson Laboratory and Scripps on a free education series called “Precision Medicine for Your Practice.” He is actively engaged in precision medicine initiatives including serving on the steering committee of the Standardizing Laboratory Practices in Pharmacogenomics (STRIPE) collaborative community.

Karen ReinboldKaren K. Reinbold, MBA, is the Health and Science Director for the American Medical Association (AMA) where she builds partnerships and strategies to advance emerging areas in medicine. Prior to joining the AMA, she served as the Associate Vice President for Certification Standards and Programs at the American Board of Medical Specialties and as Assistant Dean for Finance & Administration at DePaul University’s College of Science and Health.

Bayli LarsonBayli Larson, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, is Strategic Initiatives Associate at ASHP in Bethesda, MD. In her role she helps manage and lead a variety of collaborative cross-organizational strategic activities to help advance ASHP’s mission and vision. Bayli recently completed the ASHP Executive Fellowship in Association Leadership and Management at ASHP and prior to that completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., and earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2018. She previously obtained a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a master’s degree in Environmental Health: Toxicology from Colorado State University.

Sophia ChhaySophia R. Chhay, Pharm.D., is the Assistant Director of the ASHP Innovation Center. In this role, Sophia helps lead and manage efforts to implement new programs, and identify new partnerships and collaboration opportunities that support and advance ASHP’s mission and vision. She also provides leadership and management support for strategic planning, external stakeholder engagement, business and program development, executive communications, and operations for the Office of the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President. 

Sophia received her Pharm.D. from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy in Ohio before completing a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at the Erie VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining ASHP as staff, Dr. Chhay was the 2017-2018 ASHP Executive Fellow in Association Leadership and Management. During her year-long fellowship, Dr. Chhay received hands on training in all facets of not-for-profit association management and direct mentorship from ASHP’s Senior Leadership.

She also currently serves as the program coordinator for the ASHP Executive Fellowship in Association Leadership and Management.

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.