Speakers

Val Adams, Amy Billimoria, Allison Butts, David DeRemer, Emily Eastman, Jenna Houranieh, Seth Larkin, Amber Lawson, Rachael Morgan, Danielle Otto, Jeannie Patrick, Kathryn Plahn, Jill Rhodes, Philip Schwieterman

Val Adams, Pharm.D, FCCP, FHOPA, BCOP

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy
Oncology Clinical Specialist
Markey Cancer Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Adams is an Associate Professor in the department of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky. He is on the graduate faculty and is a member of the Markey Cancer Center where he has a clinical practice site. He co-chairs the protocol review and monitoring committee for the NCI Designated Markey Cancer center. As the director of the hematology / oncology residency program, he has trained forty PGY2 oncology residents and maintains an active research program. He has trained two post-doctoral fellows, been the thesis advisor for 6 masters students, and served on 22 PhD dissertation student committees and was advisor or co-advisor for 7 of them. He received his B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Utah and received his doctor of pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin jointly with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a residency in hematology / oncology at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial V.A. Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He then completed a two-year fellowship in immunology and transplantation at the University of Florida. Following the completion of the fellowship he joined the University of Kentucky faculty in 1996.

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Amy Billimoria, PharmD

Pharmacist Associate Director
University of Kentucky HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Amy Billimoria received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Finance degree. Amy has worked with the oncology team for the past 10 years and previously served as the Lead Pharmacist for 5 years. Her current role is the Pharmacy Associate Director of Oncology Operations. Areas of interest include sterile compounding, USP 797 and 800 compliance, and pharmacy technician education and development.

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Allison Butts, PharmD, BCOP

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy
Clinical Coordinator
Medical Oncology
Markey Cancer Center Comprehensive Breast Care Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Butts received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky. She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a PGY2 specialty residency in hematology/ oncology at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Dr. Butts provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care to patients at UK’s Markey Cancer Center, primarily practicing in the Comprehensive Breast Care Center. Additionally, she serves as the PGY2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program Director and is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Teaching activities include precepting students and residents on ambulatory oncology rotations and the inpatient medical oncology service, and participating in the therapeutics curriculum. Her research interests include breast oncology, supportive care, financial toxicity, and optimizing residency training.

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David DeRemer, Pharm.D., BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA

Clinical Associate Professor
Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Assistant Director of Experimental Therapeutics incubator (ETI)
UF Health Cancer Center
Gainesville, Florida

David DeRemer, Pharm.D., BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and serves as the Assistant Director of Experimental Therapeutics Incubator (ETI) program at the University of Florida Health Cancer Center. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2002. Following graduation, he completed a PGY1 and a Hematology/Oncology Residency (PGY2) from the UK Medical Center. Following his residencies, he completed a 1- year oncology fellowship with emphasis in drug discovery and development at the UKCOP.

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Emily Eastman, PharmD, MBA, CSP

Clinical Services Coordinator
UK Specialty Pharmacy and Infusion Services
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Emily Eastman PharmD, MBA, CSP holds the position of Clinical Services Coordinator at UK Specialty Pharmacy and Infusion Services. Dr. Eastman obtained her PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, MBA from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics in 2016 and obtained Board Certification in Specialty Pharmacy in 2018. She is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Her research interests include oral oncology and hematology therapies, financial toxicity implications on patient reported outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, and lean system initiatives.

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Jenna Houranieh, PharmD, BCOP

Clinical Oncology Pharmacist
Lexington VA Medical Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Jenna Houranieh is the clinical oncology pharmacist at the Lexington VA Medical Center. She earned her PharmD from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston MA in 2011 and then went on to complete her PGY-1 and Oncology PGY-2 at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare system from 2011-2013. She has been a clinical oncology pharmacist at Lexington VAMC since August 2013. She obtained Board Certification in 2014. She is a preceptor for PGY1 and PGY2 residents at the VA as well as University of Kentucky students. Her practice site covers the outpatient oncology clinic, infusion clinic, and oral chemotherapy clinic.

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Seth Larkin, PharmD

Investigational Drug Service Coordinator
Albert B. Chandler Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

Seth A. Larkin, PharmD, has been the Coordinator of the Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy (IDS) at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY for the past 5 years. Dr. Larkin earned his PharmD at the University of Kentucky and started working in the UK department of Pharmacy as a clinical staff pharmacist upon graduation in 2008.

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Amber Lawson, PharmD, BCOP

Associate Adjunct Professor
Pharmacy Program Coordinator Hematology/Oncology
Markey Cancer Center
College of Pharmacy
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Amber Lawson completed her Doctor of Pharmacy training at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2002 and went on to complete a Pharmacy Practice Residency and an Oncology Pharmacy Residency at Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center at University of Kentucky HealthCare. After a two-year absence where she worked as a pharmacy hematology specialist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, she returned to Lexington and UK HealthCare. She has served as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in hematologic malignancies and hematopoietic cell transplantation, Clinical Coordinator for Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Services, and Program Coordinator for Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Services at UK HealthCare. She has been Board-Certified Oncology Pharmacist for 13 years and is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the UK College of Pharmacy. She is actively involved in national hematology/oncology pharmacy organizations where she has served as committee chair for multiple committees and has delivered several regional and national presentations related to hematology/oncology pharmacy practice.

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Rachael Morgan, PharmD BCOP

Assistant Adjunct Faculty
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
UK College of Pharmacy
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Rachael Morgan, PharmD is a clinical oncology pharmacist specializing in solid tumors. She received her doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Morgan completed her Pharmacy Practice residency at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis and a Hematology/Oncology residency at the University of Kentucky. She is certified in oncology by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and is adjunct faculty at the UK College of Pharmacy.

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Danielle Otto, PharmD, BCOP

Assistant Adjunct Faculty
Hematology/Oncology
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy
Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
University of Kentucky HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Danielle E. Otto, PharmD received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. She completed her first year of residency at the University of North Carolina Medical Center with a focus in ambulatory care. Dr. Otto then completed a second year of residency specializing in hematology/oncology at the University of Kentucky and is a board certified oncology pharmacist (BCOP) with the Board of Pharmacy Specialities (BPS). She currently practices as an ambulatory oncology pharmacist in the Multidisciplinary Solid Tumor clinic at Markey Cancer Center and additionally serves as an assistant adjunct faculty member with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

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Jeannie Patrick, PharmD, BCOP

Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Specialist
Baptist Health Lexington Cancer Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Patrick is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Baptist Health Lexington Cancer Center located in Lexington, Kentucky. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Lexington VA Medical Center followed by a PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Patrick currently serves as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the pharmacy-led Oral Chemotherapy Clinic at Baptist Health Lexington. She is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP) through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS).

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Kathryn Plahn, CPhT, CSPT

Hazardous Drug Compliance Coordinator
University of Kentucky Healthcare
Lexington, Kentucky

Kathryn Plahn, a pharmacy technician, has been the Hazardous Drug Compliance Coordinator at University of Kentucky Healthcare, Lexington, KY since March 2020. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 2009. She has been a pharmacy technician since 2001, and joined the staff at UK in 2018. Kathryn received her Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) designation in 2007, and her Certified Sterile Product Technician (CSPT) designation in 2018, both from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

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Jill Rhodes, PharmD, BCOP, CSP, FHOPA

Clinical Oncology Specialist
University of Louisville Healthcare
James Graham Brown Cancer Center
COO
St. Matthews Specialty/Community Pharmacy
Louisville, Kentucky

Jill Blancett Rhodes, PharmD, BCOP, CSP, FHOPA is a native of Paintsville, Kentucky. Dr. Rhodes is co-founder of St. Matthews Community & Specialty Pharmacy in Louisville, KY. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, has advanced training in pharmacy practice and is one of the few board certified oncology pharmacists and Certified Specialty Pharmacists in Kentucky. She completed her residency in hematology and oncology at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, KY Dr. Rhodes established the first PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program in Louisville at University of Louisville Hospital, where she served as the founding residency director and care for individuals affected by cancer. She is highly involved in pharmacy education, mentoring residents and students as well as teaching graduate students. To date, Dr. Rhodes has precepted over 20 PGY1 / PGY2 pharmacy residents and 40 students.

Dr. Rhodes is active in pharmacy practice, serving the public as an appointed member of the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy and holding leadership roles on a national level with the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association. She is an advocate for pharmacy practice advancement and patient access to services. Dr. Rhodes has testified before the Kentucky Senate supporting legislation that improved oral cancer drug parity. She helped revise the Kentucky statute defining pharmacy collaborative care agreement to expand pharmacy access. She successfully led St. Matthews Community and Specialty Pharmacies to achieve PCAB accreditation and dual specialty accreditation with URAC and ACHC. At St. Matthews Pharmacy, Dr. Rhodes helped develop the first in state pharmacist-led MAT (medication assisted therapy) program for opioid addiction. The program was featured in Pharmacist Today is currently one of only six pharmacies in Kentucky in the KORE (Kentucky Opioid Recovery Effort) grant pilot program. This program is focused on growing pharmacist-provided non-opioid MAT for addiction treatment and expanding access to treatment.

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Philip Schwieterman, PharmD

Director
Oncology and Specialty Pharmacy
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Philip Schwieterman obtained his bachelors and doctorate of pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University and his Master in Health Administration from the University of Kentucky. He joined UK HealthCare in 2008 where he has served in a variety of staffing, clinical and administrative roles. He currently serves as the Director for Oncology and Infusion Pharmacy where he manages the operational, clinical, financial, and regulatory components of their oncology services.

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