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 eleven BPS specialties. These appointments and re-appointments were effective January 1, 2018. For the full roster of each BPS Specialty Council visit https://www.bpsweb.org/about-bps/specialty-councils/

 

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 excited to welcome new and seasoned subject matter experts and pharmacy leaders to the Specialty Councils.  We are proud of their high level of professionalism, expertise, and knowledge to advance board certification.”

 

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

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.

 

Chair:
Holly Divine, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, CDE, FAPhA (Specialist Member)
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, KY

 

Vice Chair:
Macary Weck Marciniak, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, FAPhA (Specialist Member)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Chapel Hill, NC
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2018

 

Council Member Appointments:
Joy L. Meier, PharmD, BCACP, PA (Specialist Member)
Veterans Health Administration
Martinez, CA
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2018

 

Ruth E. Nemire, PharmD, EdD
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Alexandria, VA
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2018

 

Cardiology Pharmacy

The BPS Board Certified Cardiology Pharmacist® (BCCP) program is a credential for pharmacists who specialize in the delivery of direct patient care and work as members of interprofessional health care teams to ensure safe and effective use of medications in patients with cardiovascular disease.

The purpose of the BCCP program is to validate that the pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and experience to optimize patient outcomes by focusing on disease prevention and treatment, including evidence-based medication use and related care that improve both short and long‐term outcomes for patients; practicing across the spectrum of care, including ambulatory, acute, and intensive care; and reviewing, analyzing, and monitoring multifaceted clinical information to make reasoned decisions for patients with multiple comorbidities and highly complex medication regimens.

 

Chair:
Kristen B. Campbell, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology
Duke University Hospital
Durham, NC

 

Vice Chair:
Joseph J. Saseen, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, CO

 

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 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.

 

Chair:
Tyree Kiser, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, BCPS
University Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Aurora, CO

 

Vice Chair:
Stacy A. Voils, PharmD, BCPS
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Gainesville, FL

 

Council Member Appointments:
Jennifer Cole, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP (Specialist Member)
Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks
Fayetteville, AR

 

Todd Walroth, PharmD, BCPS. BCCCP (Specialist Member)
Eskenazi Health
Indianapolis, IN

 

Geriatric Pharmacy

The Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP), founded in 1997 by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), became part of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in 2017.

The BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist® (BCGP) provides pharmaceutical care to the elderly, including wellness, treatment, monitoring and patient safety services. As the clinical role of pharmacists continues to expand, the BPS Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists have the advanced knowledge and experience to focus on the special needs of older patients who may have concurrent illnesses taking multiple medications.

 

Chair:
Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP (Specialist Member)
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, CO

 

Vice Chair:
Crystal D. Burkhardt, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCGP (Specialty Member)
University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Lawrence, KS

 

Infectious Diseases Pharmacy

The BPS Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist® (BCIDP) program is a credential for pharmacists who specialize in the use of microbiology and pharmacology to develop, implement, and monitor drug regimens that incorporate the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of antimicrobials to optimize therapy for patients.

The purpose of the BCIDP program is to validate that the pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and experience to optimize patient outcomes by using clinical and evidence-driven knowledge to develop appropriate antimicrobial therapies to more rapidly resolve infections while decreasing adverse events, complications, and resistance; providing direct patient care through interprofessional health care teams, collaborative leadership of antimicrobial stewardship programs, education of health care providers, preventive services including immunizations; advocating for appropriate antimicrobial utilization; and  improving public health by optimizing antimicrobial potential in individual patients and narrowing the resistance trends that occur in society by preventing progression of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases.

 

Chair:
Brian Potoski, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Campus
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Vice Chair:
Kathryn Dzintars, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

 

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.

 

Chair:
Richard L. Green, RPh, BCNP (Specialist Member)
Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services
Dublin, OH

 

Vice Chair:
Samuel E. Leveritt, PharmD, BCNP (Specialist Member)
Cardinal Health
Springfield, MO
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2018.

 

Council Member Appointments:
Melissa Foster, PharmD, BCNP (Specialist Member)
Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services
Chattanooga, TN

 

Charles Leonard, PharmD, MSCE
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

 

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.

 

Chair:
Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP (Specialist Member)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

 

Vice Chair:
Michael Christensen, PharmD, BCNSP, FPPAG (Specialist Member)
University of Tennessee
Memphis, TN
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2018.

 

Council Member Appointments:
Angela Bingham, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP (Specialist Member)
University of the Sciences – Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
Philadelphia, PA

 

Katayoon Ghomeshi, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

 

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.

 

Chair:
Sachin Shah, PharmD, BCOP, FCCP (Specialist Member)
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Dallas, TX

 

Vice Chair:
Sean P. Cosgriff, PharmD, BCOP (Specialist Member)
VA Portland Health Care System
Portland, OR
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2018.

 

Council Member Appointments:
Deborah Ward, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS (Specialist Member)
St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Memphis, TN

 

Jin Han, PharmD, PhD, BCPS
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

 

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. BCPPS 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.

 

Chair:
Anita Siu, PharmD, BCPPS (Specialist Member)
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers
Township, NJ

 

Vice Chair:
Sabrina Boehme, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS (Specialist Member)
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City, UT

 

Council Member Appointments:
Elizabeth Beckman, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, BCCCP (Specialist Member)
University of Kansas HealthCare
Lexington, KY

 

Kelly Bobo, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCPPS (Specialist Member)
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Memphis, TN

 

Pharmacotherapy

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 Pharmacotherapy 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 patients’ health.

 

Chair:
Melissa M. Blair, PharmD, BCPS (Specialist Member)
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Wilmington, NC

 

Vice Chair:
Aimée LeClaire, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM (Specialist Member)
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
Lawrence, KS

 

Council Member Appointments:
Felix K. Yam, PharmD, MAS, BCPS-AQ Cardiology (Specialist Member)
University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
San Diego, CA

 

Courtney Eatmon, PharmD, BCPP
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Lexington, KY

 

Melissa Badowski, PharmD, BCPS
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy
Chicago, IL
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2018.

 

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.

 

Chair:
Sheila Botts, PharmD, FCCP, BCPP (Specialist Member)
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Aurora, CO

 

Vice Chair:
Kelly C. Lee, PharmD, M.A.S., BCPP, FCCP (Specialist Member)
University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
San Diego, CA
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2018.

 

Council Member Appointments:
Kelly Gable, PharmD, BCPP (Specialist Member)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Edwardsville, IL

 

Melissa Durham, PharmD, MACM, BCACP, DAIPM
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Los Angeles, CA

 

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 mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is 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 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 30,000 pharmacists hold BPS Board Certification.

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