Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is pleased to announce the new Specialty Council Chairs, Vice Chairs and members for each of the eight BPS approved specialties. These appointments are effective January 1, 2015.

For the full roster of each BPS Specialty Council visit https://www.bpsweb.org/about/councils.cfm

A BPS Specialty Council serves the following purposes:

  • To recommend to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties standards and other requirements for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty.
  • To develop and administer examinations as required for certification and recertification of pharmacists in the specialty.
  • To evaluate the qualifications of individual pharmacists and to submit to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties the names of those pharmacists recommended for certification or recertification in the specialty.

A Specialty Council is composed of nine (9) members. Two-thirds (2/3) of the members of each Specialty Council are pharmacists holding BPS Board Certification in that pharmacy specialty. One-third (1/3) of the members of each Specialty Council are pharmacists who do not hold Board certification in the specialty area that the Council is responsible for.

BPS Executive Director William Ellis commented, “The Board of Pharmacy Specialties is very fortunate to have nationally recognized subject matter experts and pharmacy leaders as part of the board certification process. The professionalism and expertise of the Council members enable each specialty to maintain a high standard of quality in their work to recognize the advanced knowledge of pharmacists who are BPS Board Certified.”

Ambulatory Care

Ambulatory care pharmacy practice is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by pharmacists who are accountable for addressing medication needs, developing sustained partnerships with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. This is accomplished through direct patient care and medication management for ambulatory patients, long-term relationships, coordination of care, patient advocacy, wellness and health promotion, triage and referral, and patient education and self- management. Ambulatory care pharmacists may work in both an institutional and community-based clinic involved in direct care of a diverse patient population. Those who are granted certification in this specialty may use the designation Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and the initials BCACP, as long as certification is valid.

Chair:

Samantha Karr, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP  (Specialist Member)

Midwestern University College of Pharmacy

Glendale, AZ

Vice Chair:

Holly Divine, PharmD, BCACP (Specialist Member)                                                                                                

University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy

Lexington, KY


Council Member Appointments:

Joy Meier, PharmD, BCACP, PA (Specialist Member)                                

Department of Veterans Affairs

Martinez, CA

Macary Weck Marciniak, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, FAPhA  (Specialist Member)

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Chapel Hill, NC

Rachana Patel, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP (Specialist Member)

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado

Denver, CO

filling an unexpired term through 2015

Ruth Nemire, PharmD (Non-Specialist Member)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Alexandria, VA

 

Nuclear Pharmacy

Nuclear Pharmacy seeks to improve and promote the public health through the safe and effective use of radioactive drugs for diagnosis and therapy. A nuclear pharmacist, as a member of the nuclear medicine team, specializes in the procurement, compounding, quality control testing, dispensing, distribution, and monitoring of radiopharmaceuticals. In addition, the nuclear pharmacist provides consultation regarding health and safety issues, as well as the use of non-radioactive drugs and patient care. Those who are granted certification in this specialty may use the designation Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist and the initials BCNP, as long as certification is valid.

Chair:

David Barnes, RPh, BCNP (Specialist Member)

GE Healthcare

Miramar, FL

Vice Chair:

Richard Green, RPh, BCNP (Specialist Member)

Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services

Dublin, OH

 

Council Member Appointments:

Mark Gurgone, RPh, BCNP (Specialist Member)

PETNET Solutions, A Siemens Company

Des Plaines, IL

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2015.

Samuel E. Leveritt, PharmD, BCNP (Specialist Member)                            

Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services

Springfield, MO

Josh Caballero, PharmD, BCPP (Non-Specialist Member)

NOVA Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2015.

 

Nutrition Support Pharmacy

Nutrition support pharmacy addresses the care of patients who receive specialized nutrition support, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. The nutrition support pharmacist has responsibility for promoting maintenance and/or restoration of optimal nutritional status, designing and modifying treatment according to the needs of the patient. The

nutrition support pharmacist has responsibility for direct patient care and often functions as a member of a multidisciplinary nutrition support team. Those who are granted certification in this specialty may use the designation Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist and the initials BCNSP, as long as certification is valid.

Chair:

Phil Ayers, PharmD, BCNSP (Specialist Member)

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Jackson, MS

Vice Chair:

Anne M. Tucker, PharmD, BCNSP (Specialist Member)

University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Houston, TX


Council Member Appointments:

Arezoo Armaghan, PharmD, BCNSP (Specialist Member)

Northside Hospital

Atlanta, GA

Michael L. Christensen, PharmD, BCNSP (Specialist Member)

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Memphis, TN

Raymond R. Sieradzan, PharmD (Non-Specialist Member)

Sanofi US

Lighthouse Point, FL

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2015.

 

Oncology Pharmacy

Oncology pharmacy specialists recommend, design, implement, monitor and modify pharmacotherapeutic plans to optimize outcomes in patients with malignant diseases. Those who are granted certification in this specialty may use the designation Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist and the initials BCOP, as long as certification is valid.

Chair:

Casey Williams, PharmD, BCOP (Specialist Member)                     

Avera Health

Sioux Falls, SD

 

Vice Chair:

Cyrine-Eliana Haidar, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP         (Specialist Member)    

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Memphis, TN

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2015.

 

Council Member Appointments:

Sean P. Cosgriff, PharmD, BCOP (Specialist Member)

Portland VA Medical Center

Portland, OR

Jacqueline L. Olin, MS, PharmD, BCPS (Non-Specialist Member)

Wingate University School of Pharmacy

Wingate, NC

 

Pharmacotherapy

Pharmacotherapy is the area of pharmacy practice that is responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in patient care. The pharmacotherapy specialist has responsibility for direct patient care, often functions as a member of a multidisciplinary team and is frequently the primary source of drug information for other healthcare professionals. Those who are granted certification in this specialty may use the designation Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and the initials BCPS, as long as certification is valid.

Chair:

Sharon See, PharmD., FCCP, BCPS (Specialist Member)

St. John’s University

Jamaica, NY

Vice Chair:

Jo Ellen Rodgers, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS (Specialist Member)
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Chapel Hill, NC

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2015.

 

Council Member Appointments:

Melissa Badowski, PharmD, BCPS (Specialist Member)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL

Scott P. Knishka, PharmD, BCNP (Non-Specialist Member)

University of Wisconsin Hospital
Madison, WI

                                                                                                                                               

Psychiatric Pharmacy

Psychiatric pharmacy addresses the pharmaceutical care of patients with psychiatric-related illnesses. As a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team, the psychiatric pharmacy specialist is often responsible for optimizing drug treatment and patient care by conducting such activities as monitoring patient response, patient assessment, recognizing drug-induced problems, and recommending appropriate treatment plans. Those who are granted certification in this specialty may use the designation Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist and the initials BCPP, as long as certification is valid.

Chair:

Leigh Anne Nelson, PharmD, BCPP (Specialist Member)

UMKC School of Pharmacy

Kansas City, MO

Vice Chair:

Stanley Weber, PharmD, FASHP, BCPP

University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Seattle, WA

 

Council Member Appointments:

Kelly C Lee, PharmD, MAS, BCPP (Specialist Member)

University of California, San Diego

San Diego, CA

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2015.

Troy A. Moore, BCPP (Specialist Member)

STVHCS- Villa Serena

San Antonio, TX

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2015.

Deborah Ann Ward, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS (Non-Specialist Member)

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Memphis, TN

 

Critical Care Pharmacy

Critical care pharmacy practice specializes in the delivery of patient care services by pharmacists, as integral members of interprofessional teams, working to ensure the safe and effective use of medications in critically ill patients. The practice requires informed, rapid assessment of clinical data for patients whose pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters differ substantially from the non-critically ill patient. Pharmacists in this practice are required to review, analyze, and frequently reassess multifaceted clinical and technological information to make reasoned decisions for highly dynamic patients with life-threatening conditions and complex medication regimens.

Chair:

Brian L. Erstad, PharmD, BCPS
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

 

Vice Chair:

Hal E. Richards, PharmD, BCNSP
St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital
Savannah, GA

 

Council Member Appointments:

Stacy A. Voils, PharmD, MS, BCPS

University of Florida School of Pharmacy

Gainesville, FL

filling an unexpired term through 2015

 

Pediatric Pharmacy

Pediatric pharmacy practice specializes in the delivery of patient care services by pharmacists that ensures the safe and effective use of medications for all children from neonates through adolescents. The practice includes direct patient care for children, often provided through interprofessional healthcare teams, as well as advocacy and education for children and their families, wellness and health promotion, and activities that advance knowledge and skills in pediatric pharmacy.

Chair:

Katherine Hammond Chessman, PharmD, FCCP, BCNSP, BCPS  

South Carolina College of Pharmacy

Charleston, SC

Vice Chair:

Elizabeth A. Farrington, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, BCPS                            

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Wilmington, NC

 

Council Member Appointments:

Mark Haase, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS 
Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy
Amarillo, TX

filling an unexpired term through 2015

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