Timothy R. Brown, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP
Director of Clinical Pharmacotherapy in Family Medicine
Akron General Hospital, OH
Dr. Brown is employed by Akron General Medical Centers Department of Pharmacy and acts as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist in the Family Medicine Residency Program. He received his doctorate from Campbell University School of Pharmacy with residency training at the Medical College of Virginia. His current practice is based within a Family Medicine residency program where he also acts as a preceptor for pharmacy and medical students from across the country and is a Professor at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He received the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award multiple times from the Department of Family Medicine and was awarded the William C Kelly Safety Leadership Award by the Ohio Hospital Association. Dr. Brown also serves on the boards of the Ohio Patient Safety Institute and is currently the President Emeritus of the BOD for Project Learn of Summit County. He has been active with the creation of the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative by attending the inaugural session and subsequent planning sessions for implementation of the model into Ambulatory Care Practice. Currently, he is the Chair Elect of the Specialty Council on Ambulatory Care Pharmacy which represents the BCACP for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Dr. Brown is also the co-editor of the book, Building a Successful Ambulatory Care Practice: A Complete Guide for Pharmacists. In addition, he is also a past president of Ohio Society Health System Pharmacists and past Chair of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners of ASHP. Recently Dr. Brown was awarded Fellow status by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Douglas F. Covey, Pharm.D, FCCP, MHA
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Ambulatory Care
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
Douglas F. Covey, Pharm.D, FCCP, MHA, is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Ambulatory Care at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida. In addition, Dr. Covey is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the UF College of Pharmacy and one of the Regional Directors of the Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Dr. Covey received a B.S. (Pharmacy) and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Florida and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of South Florida. Dr. Covey’s areas of interest are anticoagulation, lipids, diabetes and cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, patient education, and professional training. For over 20 years he has had direct patient care responsibilities many areas of practice such as diabetes, lipid, hypertension and anticoagulation. He is the Hospital Anticoagulation Program Coordinator, and provides a consult service to many of the other specialty clinics including Rheumatology, Pulmonary and Pulmonary Hypertension, and GI. He is active in many state and national organizations having served as an FSHP Board member, Chair of the ACCP Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network, and Chair of the ACCP Leadership Task Force. In addition, he is an ASHP PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director who participates routinely on accreditation site surveys for ASHP and recently served on the ASHP Commission on Credentialing. He also participated in the writing of PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Goals and Objectives. Further, he is currently serving on the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) Ambulatory Care Council (2012 Chair, 2011 Vice Chair), charged with developing certification for ambulatory care specialists (BCACP). He has written numerous articles and several book chapters.
Michael DeCoske, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer for Ambulatory Services
Duke University Hospital
Michael DeCoske currently serves as the Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer for Ambulatory Services at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. He also serves as a residency advisor for the PGY1 resident in the 24-month Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program. Previously, Michael served as Coordinator of Pharmacy Administrative Services at Duke University Hospital. Prior to Duke, he completed a PGY1 and Health System Pharmacy Administration (PGY2) Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. DeCoske is committed to professional pharmacy involvement. He has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the ASHP New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee. He served one term as an ASHP delegate to the House of Delegates and one term as an alternate delegate. He served as a voting participant at the 2010 ASHP Pharmacy Practice Model Summit. Michael currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Business Management Section Advisory Group and is a member of the University Health System Consortium Specialty Pharmacy Committee. He is a co-author of the Pharmacy Leadership Field Guide. Michael holds distinction as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Kelly Epplen, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Cincinnati
James L Winkle College of Pharmacy
Dr. Kelly Epplen received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. She began her career at the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati where her primary role was the development and implementation of ambulatory clinical pharmacy services. She has been instrumental in developing pharmacist-managed anticoagulation clinics and pharmacotherapy clinics at University Health, Cincinnati, as well as St. Elizabeth Healthcare of Northern Kentucky. Her responsibilities include teaching and direct patient care. In addition, she is actively involved in residency training and has served as program director for both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency programs. She joined the University of Cincinnati faculty in 2009 and provides direct patient care at the Family Practice Center of St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky. She is an advisory board member for the ASHP/APhA Ambulatory Care BPS examination review course and has numerous publications in the area of ambulatory clinical pharmacy practice. She has co-authored the business plan development chapter in ASHPs recent publication: Building a Successful Ambulatory Practice and is a contributing author for ASHPs revision of the Minimum Practice Standards for Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice. She obtained board certification as an ambulatory practitioner in October, 2011.
Dawn C. Fuke, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist—Primary Care
Providence Medical Group
Dr. Dawn Fuke is a clinical pharmacy specialist with Providence Medical Group, a primary care medical group within the Providence Health & Services system in Portland, Oregon. The System’s combined scope of services spans hospitals, physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services across Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Providence Medical Group includes over 3000 physicians and more than 400 medical clinics, with locations across the 5 state system providing graduate medical education, hospital medicine, primary care, community based and program specialty services. At Providence Medical Group, Dr. Fuke provides direct pharmacotherapy patient care and practices evidence-based medicine in population-based disease management within the medical home clinics. In addition, Dr. Fuke is an affiliate faculty member of the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Dr. Fuke earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She completed her ASHP-accredited specialty residency training in primary care pharmacy with Providence Medical Group. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and has been recognized as the 2010 Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacists Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year.
Dr. Fuke’s practice interests include, but are not limited to, holistic diabetes treatment and prevention, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and complex medication management. In the past, she has served on the board of directors for the Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacists, and she is also an active member of ACCP and ASHP.
Hae Mi Choe, PharmD
Director of Innovative Ambulatory Pharmacy Practices at University of Michigan and Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Hae Mi Choe received her baccalaureate degree in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from University of California, San Diego in 1989 and completed Doctor of Pharmacy from University of California, San Francisco in 1993. She completed Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaiser Permanente in 1994. After residency, she moved overseas and developed and implemented Anticoagulation Services and Asthma Services for the first time in South Korea. After 5 years, Dr. Choe joined University of Michigan Health System to develop ambulatory clinical services for the first time at East Ann Arbor Health Center.
In her leadership role as the Director of Innovative Ambulatory Pharmacy Practices, she created a group practice model at 14 health centers at the University of Michigan Health System as part of the Patient Centered Medical Home. Also, she developed a new reimbursement process for clinical pharmacy services. She was the first pharmacist evaluated and endorsed by the Credentialing Committee at University of Michigan Health System and was granted special privileges in patient care. In addition, she has led her entire clinical pharmacist team through the credentialing process and obtained approval from the committee.
Dr. Choe serves is a co-chair for the UMHS Diabetes Quality Improvement Committee. In recognition for her practice in diabetes, she received the 2004 Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award from the Michigan Pharmacists Association. She was also one of the ten national winners for the Pharmacy Today One to One Counseling Recognition Program in 2005. In 2011, Dr. Choe and her colleagues received state and national recognition (MPA Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award and ASHP Best Practice Award) for their group practice model in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Dr. Choe has received many recognition for her teaching at University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and was awarded 2006 Teaching Excellence Award and received national award from American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Crystal APPLE Award. Dr. Choe has been invited to present her work at national meetings, including Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Association of American Medical Colleges Chronic Care Collaborative, Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meetings, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM
Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Dr. Haines is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Primary Care at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is a Past-President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), a former member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Commission on Credentialing (COC), and a member of the Task Force that petitioned the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) to recognize ambulatory care pharmacy practice as a specialty.
Dr. Haines is the Editor-in-Chief of iForumRx, an online journal club for ambulatory care pharmacy specialists, and a Scientific Editor for the journal Pharmacotherapy. He has served on numerous editorial boards including Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Current Medical Research and Opinion, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), and the Pharmacists'/Prescribers' Letter. He has authored more than 100 scholarly papers and book chapters regarding ambulatory care pharmacy practice and instructional methods. His scholarly interests include medication use behavior, diabetes management, cardiovascular disease prevention, and the evaluation of instructional methods.
Dr. Haines earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as well as an Ambulatory Care Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a board certified in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice (BCACP), Pharmacotherapy (BCPS), and Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). Dr. Haines is a fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP), and the American Pharmacists Association (FAPhA). Dr. Haines was elected a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice (2006) and received the Ambulatory Care Achieve Award from the ACCP Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network (2009) as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award in Ambulatory and Community Practice from APhA (2010). Lastly, Dr. Haines was the recipient of the ACCP Educator Award (2010).
Dennis K. Helling, BS Pharmacy, PharmD, DSc, FCCP, FAPhA, FASHP
Executive Director Emeritus
Pharmacy Operations & Therapeutics
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Dr. Dennis K. Helling is the Executive Director Emeritus, Pharmacy Operations &Therapeutics, Kaiser Permanente, Denver, Colorado. His Pharmacy Department employed over 900 staff at its 37 pharmacies emphasizing expanded roles for pharmacists and ambulatory clinical services. Dr. Helling’s department has been recognized nationally and internationally for innovative pharmacy services in managed care.
He is a Clinical Professor with the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and has been elected Fellow of ACCP, ASHP, and APhA. Dr. Helling was a Founding Member and President of ACCP and President of ACPE. While in academia for 19 years, Dr.Helling was the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs/ Professor/Chairman, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Houston (1988-92) and Associate Professor/Head, Division of Clinical/Hospital Pharmacy, University of Iowa (1973-88).
Dr. Helling has been an elected leader in ACCP, AACP, ASHP and APhA. He currently serves as Vice President of The Denver Hospice Board of Directors, the APhA Foundation Board of Directors and is the immediate past President of the APhA Foundation. His practice emphasis and research have been focused on documenting the impact pharmacists have on improving patient outcomes and the costs of health care. Dr. Helling is the 2013 Remington Honor Medalist.
Mary Ann Kliethermes, BS, PharmD
Vice-Chair Ambulatory Care
Chicago College of Pharmacy
Mary Ann Kliethermes graduated from University of Michigan in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science with a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1981. She currently is Vice-Chair - Ambulatory Care and Associate Professor at the Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University where her primary responsibilities are to further develop clinical pharmacy services with the ambulatory care faculty through advancement of clinical services, mentoring and scholarship. Current initiatives include expanding ambulatory clinical service research, and expanding clinical pharmacy services using the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)/Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and Medication Therapy Management models. Mary Ann maintains a practice two days a week within a large internal medicine physician owned ambulatory clinic. The practice is a cutting edge PCMH/MTM model.
She has served as Chair of the Section of Ambulatory Care for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and represented ASHP at the Joint Commission Ambulatory Professional and Technical Advisory Group and The Care Transitions Work Group spearheaded by the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. She is a member of the ASHP SAG on Clinical Business Development. Mary Ann is the APhA’s representative to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) since its inception and is currently the co-chair of the MTM/PCMH Workgroup for PQA. She has served on several CMS and AMA committees representing pharmacist ambulatory care services. Mary Ann has been awarded Pharmacist of the Year from the Illinois Council of Health System Pharmacists and the Distinguished Service Award from ASHP.
Sandra Leal, PharmD, CDE
Director of Pharmacy
El Rio Health Center
Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE is the Director of Clinical Pharmacy and the Medical Director for the Broadway Clinic, which serves Special Populations at El Rio Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Leal is a practicing clinician and in her administrative capacity is leading the integration of clinical pharmacy services in a large Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Her work has been to develop the role of pharmacists in new models of health care including Patient Centered Medical Home and an Accountable Care Organizations.
Dr. Leal received her BS in Pharmacy and PharmD from the University of Colorado and her MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Leal completed her residency at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. She currently serves as Co-Chair for the Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) in order to promote clinical pharmacy service integration nationally to improve both health outcomes and patient safety.
Steve Riddle, PharmD, BCPS
Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Pharmacy OneSource/Wolters Kluwer Health
Dr. Riddle serves as Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Pharmacy OneSource/Wolters Kluwer Health; a company that provides web-based technology solutions and evidence-based content to support optimal quality in point-of-care delivery of health services. Steve is responsible for strategic planning and clinical marketing and serves as liaison for the company to the healthcare profession.
Steve received his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Washington State University and his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Washington. He is currently a Clinical Affiliate Professor at the UW School of Pharmacy and serves on the Washington State University College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council. Mr. Riddle’s specific professional interests are quality improvement, health care system reform, population management and wellness-centered healthcare.
Dr. Riddle serves as the Immediate-past Chair for the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners for the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and is a member of the advisory committee for the ASHP Center on Pharmacy Practice Advancement. He currently acts as a representative for the ASHP on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance where he is also the editor of the PQA Quality Connection. Steve served for 3 years as inaugural Chair for the Washington State Pharmacy Association’s Health Systems Academy. He is a member of ASHP, ACCP and WSPA and supports these association’s goals of integrating and expanding pharmacy practice to improve patient care. Steve was named a Fellow of ASHP in 2009 and has received distinguished leadership awards from ASHP and WPSA.
Gloria Sachdev, BS Pharm, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy, IN
Dr. Gloria Sachdev received a BS and PharmD from the University of Oklahoma, and completed a primary care pharmacy residency at the VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She is clinical assistant professor at Purdue University College of Pharmacy and has an adjunct faculty position at Indiana University School of Medicine. She consults in the space of strategic planning for sustainable outpatient clinical pharmacist services, as well as participates in several healthcare quality improvement initiatives locally and nationally. She has served as the director of the Central Indiana Beacon Community Diabetes Care Coordination initiative and co-director of the Beacon Value-Based Insurance Design initiative. She also has served as Legislative Chair for Indianas state pharmacy association and Vice Chair/Chair for ASHP Clinical Business Development section advisory group. Currently serves as the executive Director-at-Large for ASHPs Ambulatory Care Practitioners Section. She is a chapter author for ASHPs 2012 book titled, Building a Successful Ambulatory Care Practice: A Complete Guide for Pharmacists.