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 specialties. These appointments or re-appointments were effective January 1, 2017. 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. Seven (7) members of each Specialty Council are pharmacists holding BPS Board Certification in that pharmacy specialty. Two (2) members of each Specialty Council are pharmacists who do not hold Board certification in the specialty area under which the Council is responsible.


BPS Executive Director William Ellis commented, “The Board of Pharmacy Specialties is ecstatic to have nationally recognized subject matter experts and pharmacy leaders serve a pivotal role in the board certification process. The professionalism, knowledge and expertise of the Council members enable each specialty to maintain a high standard of quality in their work towards recognizing BPS board certified pharmacists at the leading edge of patient care.”


Ambulatory Care

Ambulatory Care pharmacy addresses the provision of integrated, accessible health care services for ambulatory patients in a wide variety of settings, including community pharmacies, clinics, and physician offices. The BPS Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist® (BCACP) has the advanced knowledge and expertise to focus on the special needs of patients who many have concurrent illnesses taking multiple medications, and who often administer these drugs themselves or with the assistance of a caregiver at home; provides patient care, developing sustained partnerships with ambulatory patients and practicing in the context of family and community; and integrates care of acute illnesses and exacerbations in the context of chronic conditions. BCACPs also educate and engage patients in health promotion and wellness; and help to manage patients in between provider visits through treatment assessment, monitoring compliance, refilling prescriptions and patient education.



Holly Divine, PharmD, BCACP, CGP, CDE, FAPhA (Specialist Member)

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Lexington, KY

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Vice Chair:

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

Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC                                    


Council Member Appointments:

Hyma Gogineni, MSc, PharmD, BCACP (Specialist Member)

Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

Pomona, California

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Josh Guffey, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, BCPS (Specialist Member)

Carolinas HealthCare System/UNC ESOP

Charlotte, NC


Critical Care Pharmacy

Critical Care Pharmacy 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 first BPS Critical Care Pharmacy Specialty Examinations were administered in the fall of 2015. The BPS Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist® (BCCCP) has the advanced knowledge and expertise to quickly assess clinical data and deliver direct patient care to the critically ill and injured patient who may require specialized pharmacologic or technological interventions to maintain blood pressure, respiration, nutrition, and other homeostatic functions, in addition to the patient’s primary condition. BCCCPs also review, analyze, and frequently reassess multifaceted clinical and technological data to make reasoned decisions for patients with life-threatening conditions and complex medication regimens whose pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters differ substantially from the non-critically ill patient.



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

Vice Chair:

Tyree Kiser, PharmD, BCPS

University of Colorado School of Pharmacy

Denver, CO


Council Member Appointments:

Judith Jacobi, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP (Specialist Member)

Indiana University Health

Lebanon, IN


Rachel Kruer, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP (Specialist Member)

The John Hopkins Hospital

Baltimore, MD


Paul O’Donnell, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP (Specialist Member)

Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy

Downers Grove, IL


Debbie Zock, RPh, MBA, BCPS, BCCCP (Specialist Member)

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Aventura, FL


Nuclear Pharmacy

Nuclear Pharmacy seeks to improve and promote public health through the safe and effective use of radioactive drugs for diagnosis and therapy. The BPS Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist® (BCNP) has the advanced knowledge and expertise required for the procurement, compounding, quality control testing, dispensing, distribution, and monitoring of highly toxic radiopharmaceuticals used for PET scans and other diagnostic procedures; and prepares medications, troubleshoots problems with scans, and consults on health and safety issues concerning radiopharmaceuticals, as well as the use of non-radioactive drugs and patient care. BCNPs play an important role in quality control and cost management by thoroughly testing each product before delivery, minimizing error and patient exposure to radiation, and identifying whether a patient is on any interfering medications.



Richard Green, RPh, BCNP (Specialist Member)

Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services

Dublin, OH


Vice Chair:

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

Cardinal Health

Dublin, OH


Council Member Appointments:

Kenneth Cheng, PhD, BCNP (Specialist Member)

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, MD


GT Dolan, PharmD, MS, BCNP (Specialist Member)

OUHSC Nuclear Pharmacy

Oklahoma City, OK


Garcia Simon-Clarke, MS, PharmD, BCNP (Specialist Member)

Nuclear Diagnostic Products

Plainview, NY                                                                                                                                                 


Nutrition Support Pharmacy

Nutrition Support Pharmacy addresses the care of patients who receive specialized nutrition support, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. The BPS Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist (BCNSP) has the advanced knowledge and expertise to promote maintenance of and/or restore optimal nutritional status through design and modification of individualized treatment plans. BCNSPs have responsibility for direct patient care including patient assessment; type of feeding design; clinical monitoring; dosing of specific nutrients; compatibility issues; and identification of unusual nutrient deficiencies to guarantee the safety of the patient. They also ensure that parenteral and enteral feeding formulations are properly prepared and administered, and are responsible for monitoring and maintaining the patient’s nutritional status during the critical transition to a care facility or home.



Anne Tucker, PharmD, BCNSP (Specialist Member)

University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Houston, TX


Vice Chair:

Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP (Specialist Member)

University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Seattle, WA

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Council Member Appointments:

Karrie Derenski, PharmD, BCNSP (Specialist Member)

Cox Health

Springfield, MO


Christopher Miller, PharmD, MS, MBS, BCNSP (Specialist Member)

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Louisville, KY

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Oncology Pharmacy

Oncology Pharmacy provides evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management and direct patient care for individuals with cancer, including treatment assessment and monitoring for potential adverse drug reactions and interactions. The BPS Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist® (BCOP) has the advanced knowledge and experience to manage cancer-related and drug-related adverse events or clinical situations not encountered in other disease states due to the increasing number and complexity of drug therapies to treat and prevent cancer. BCOPs also are specially trained to recommend, design, implement, monitor, and modify pharmacotherapeutic plans to optimize outcomes in patients with malignant diseases and reduce medication errors, and recognize and respond to adverse physical and emotional issues that may arise during treatment, including pain, nausea, and hair loss.



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

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Memphis, TN


Vice Chair:

Sachin Shah, PharmD, BCOP, FCCP (Specialist Member)

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy

Dallas, TX


Council Member Appointments:

Deborah Hass, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS (Specialist Member)

Mt. Auburn Hospital

Boston, MA

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Mimi Lo, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP (Specialist Member)

UCSF Medical Center

Mountain View, CA


Kamakshi Rao, PharmD, BCOP (Specialist Member)

UNC Hospitals

Cary, NC

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Pediatric Pharmacy

Pediatric Pharmacy ensures safe and effective drug use and optimal medication therapy outcomes in children up to 18 years of age. The first BPS Pediatric Pharmacy Certification Examinations were administered in 2015. The BPS Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist® (BCPPS) has the advanced knowledge and expertise to provide patient care to children, including providing alternative dosage forms and specialized drug therapy monitoring required for pediatric patients. BCPSS credentialed pharmacists also advocate for and educate children and their families; and promote wellness, health and other activities that advance knowledge and skills in pediatric pharmacy.



Elizabeth A. Farrington, PharmD, BCPS                              

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Wilmington, NC


Vice Chair:

Sandra Benavides Caballero, PharmD

Larkin Health Science Institute College of Pharmacy

South Miami, FL


Council Member Appointments:

Beth Deen, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS (Specialist Member)

Cook Children’s Medical Center

Fort Worth, TX


Jamalee Huntley, PharmD, BCPPS (Specialist Member)

Mercy Hospital Systems

Springfield, MO


Marla Tanski, PharmD, MPH, BCPPS (Specialist Member)

John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

St. Petersburg, FL



Pharmacotherapy ensures the safe, appropriate, and economical use of medications as part of interprofessional treatment teams in a variety of settings, including hospitals and health systems. BPS Board Certified Pharamacotherapy Specialists® (BCPS) have the advanced knowledge and expertise to optimize medication use, improve patient outcomes, and serve as an objective, evidence-based source for therapeutic information and recommendations. The BCPS works with physicians in hospitals to design and/or modify patient’s medication therapy regimens, recommending adjustments to dosage or alternate medications when appropriate, and with physicians in outpatient settings to optimize medication therapy, tracking progress and compliance as well as making suggestions about diet and lifestyle changes to better manage their health.



Jo Ellen Rodgers, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, FCCP, FHFSA, FAHA (Specialist Member)

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Chapel Hill, NC


Vice Chair:

Melissa Blair, PharmD, BCPS (Specialist Member)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Wilmington, NC

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Council Member Appointments:

Sheryl Herner, PharmD, MHSA, BCPS (Specialist Member)

Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Denver, CO


Dawn Fuke, PharmD, BCPS (Specialist Member)

Providence Medical Group

Portland, OR

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Psychiatric Pharmacy

Psychiatric Pharmacy addresses the pharmaceutical care of patients with psychiatric-related illnesses and multifaceted symptoms. The BPS Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist® (BCPP) 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, helping to reduce costs by recommending the most cost-effective mediations. BCPPs have the advanced knowledge and expertise to safely manage complex medications, monitor for potential adverse reactions and interactions and adjust medication regimens accordingly; serve as a valuable resource for patients and healthcare teams in inpatient and outpatient settings; and fill important administrative roles in psychiatric, mental retardation, and substance abuse facilities.



Troy A. Moore, PharmD, MS, BCPP (Specialist Member)

South Texas Veterans Health Care System – Villa Serena

San Antonio, TX


Vice Chair:

Sheila Botts, PharmD, MS, BCPP (Specialist Member)

Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Aurora, CO

Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2017.


Council Member Appointments:

Jeannine Conway, PharmD, BCPS (Non-Specialist Member)

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Re-appointed to a two-year unexpired Council term beginning in 2017.


Eugene Makela, PharmD, BCPP (Specialist Member)

VA Medical Center

Weaverville, NC


Marketa Marvanova, PharmD, BCPP (Specialist Member)

North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy

Fargo, ND


About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  The purpose of the BPS certification programs is to grant recognition of appropriate pharmacy practice specialties based on criteria established by BPS; to establish standards for certification and recertification of pharmacists in recognized pharmacy practice specialties; to serve as a coordinating agency and informational clearinghouse for organizations and pharmacists in recognized pharmacy practice specialties; and to enhance public/consumer protection by developing effective certification programs for specialty practices in pharmacy.


Board Certification through BPS has become recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Through the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification, the BPS board certified pharmacist stands out as the most qualified to accept today’s expanding professional expectations.  Currently over 28,000 pharmacists hold BPS Board Certification.




Ernest K. Wright



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