Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), an agency whose purpose is to recognize pharmacy specialties and certify pharmacists’ knowledge and skills at the advanced practice level, today announced the conferral or renewal of Added Qualifications to 82 Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists.

With the growing complexity in pharmacologic information, there is an increased need for focused areas within established pharmacy specialties. The term, “Added Qualification,” is used to denote an enhanced level of training and experience within one segment of a BPS-recognized specialty that targets specific diseases or patient populations. Cardiology and Infectious Diseases, both within the Pharmacotherapy specialty, have been approved to date.

Added Qualifications in Cardiology were awarded to:  

Teena Abraham, Jonathan Bain, Dustin Bezy, Danielle Blais, Diana Xuan Cao, Jessica Crow, Robert DiDomenico, Stephanie Edwin, Lori Fiallo, Cory Hansen, Bethany Kalich, Margaret Lassiter, Matthew Lillyblad, Atinuke Ogunsan, Kerry Pickworth Pierce, Krista Riche, Amy Rodriguez, Joe Slechta, Raisa Telis, Phillip Weeks, and Kevin Wohlfarth.

Kimberly Birtcher, Richard Mullvain, Mary Parker, and Sheila Stadler had their Added Qualifications in Cardiology renewed.

Board certified Pharmacotherapy specialists with Added Qualifications in Cardiology may use the following designations:

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Cardiology.
  • BCPS with Added Qualifications in Cardiology.
  • BCPS-AQ Cardiology.

Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases were awarded to:

Ahmed Allam, Jered Arquiette, Archana Banerjee, Viktorija Barr, Sareen Bedrossian, Russell Benefield, Tiffany Bias, Lisa Blanchette, Jeffery Brock, James Carr, Benjamin Colton, Thomas Dilworth, Ramy Elshaboury, Jeremy Frens, Kristen Fuhrmann, Alan Gross, Zhe Han, Amy Hanson, Elizabeth Hermsen, Jon Hiles, Erica Housman, Angela Huang, Immanuel Ijo, Julie Ann Justo, Wissam Kabbara, Stephanie Kuhn, Safia Kuriakose, Matthew Labreche, Katelyn Lappin, Thy Le, Helen Lee, David Leedahl, Tyler Liebenstein, Cheryl Lim, Bryan Love, Hanine Mansour, Christopher McCoy, Milena McLaughlin, Sarah Minor, Maricelle Monteagudo-Chu, Jessica Ortwine, Katherine Perez, Heather Rhodes, Patricia Saunders-Hao, Jeffrey Steele, Michele Swihart, Michelle Tan, Liza Vaezi, Kersten Weber Tatarelis, Amy Wojciechowski, Mongkon Wungwattana, and Kristie Zappas.

John Ahern, John Bosso, Linda Cheung, Curtis Collins, and Joyce You had their Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases renewed.

Board certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases may use the following designations:

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases.
  • BCPS with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases.

Conferees each submitted a detailed portfolio describing their training and experience. A Portfolio Review Committee of the Specialty Council on Pharmacotherapy evaluated and recommended successful candidates to BPS for recognition of Added Qualifications. These credentials are effective through December 31, 2022. There are now 428 pharmacists with Added Qualifications with 153 in Cardiology and 275 in Infectious Diseases. The current requirements for portfolio content and the review and scoring process used by the Specialty Council are available on the BPS web site.




The Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world.

Board certification through BPS is recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Today close to 25,000 pharmacists are BPS board certified in eight specialties: ambulatory care pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pharmacotherapy and psychiatric pharmacy.

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