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Making that Leap from Professional Dance to Pharmacy

Broadcast Date: June 11, 2021


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In this podcast, Kelly Brunk and Daniel Cobaugh will discuss Kelly’s journey from a career as a professional dancer followed by a promising pharmacy career. They will hit upon Kelly’s’ career and life experiences, and his guidance for other LGBTQ pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and pharmacists.


Dan CobaughDaniel J. Cobaugh, Pharm.D. FAACT, DABAT, is the vice president of publishing at ASHP and the editor-in-chief of AJHP. His responsibilities include executive leadership for the AHFS Drug Information product suite, the ASHP Special Publishing program, and AJHP. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree, magna cum laude, from Duquesne University in 1989. He completed an ASHP-accredited residency in hospital pharmacy at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and a clinical toxicology fellowship at the Pittsburgh Poison Center/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He practiced as pharmacist-clinical toxicologist and held faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center. He was recognized in June 2012 by the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy as a distinguished alumnus and was a 2013 recipient of the University of Pittsburgh 225th Anniversary Medallion.

Kelly BrunkKelly M. Brunk, Pharm.D., BCOP, is a clinical oncology pharmacist at The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, KS. He received his Pharm.D. with distinction from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and completed PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 Oncology residencies at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the University of North Carolina Medical Center, respectively. His professional interests include genitourinary and gastrointestinal oncology, research, and student and resident education. Before his career in pharmacy, Dr. Brunk was a professional dancer, graduating with honors from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and performing nationally and internationally with renowned dance companies and choreographers. He continues to teach dance and choreograph when he is not being a pharmacist.


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.
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