Specialty Council on Infectious Diseases Pharmacy

2023 Members

Jennifer Girotto PharmD, BCPPS, BCIDP {Chair}
IFD_GirottoGirotto is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Assistant Department Head at the University of Connecticut. She is also the Co-Director of the antimicrobial stewardship program at Connecticut Children’s. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut and completed an ASHP accredited specialty residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Her interests include optimizing PK/PD in pediatric patients, antimicrobial stewardship and immunizations.

Conan MacDougall, PharmD, MAS, BCPS, BCIDP {Vice Chair}
CMacDougalMacDougall is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy. He provides clinical service to the Infectious Diseases Consult and Antimicrobial Stewardship teams at UCSF Medical Center. His research and reviews have been published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Archives of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, and Pharmacotherapy. He is co-author of Antibiotics Simplified, and chapter author in Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, and Emergency Management of Infectious Diseases.

Kirthana Beaulac, PharmD, BCIDP
Kirthana “Kira” Beaulac is an Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and went on to complete PGY1 residency at Baystate Medical Center and PGY2 in Infectious Diseases at Hartford Hospital. Subsequently, she served as the co-coordinator of the Antimicrobial Management Team at Tufts Medical Center, while serving as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and preceptor for Northeastern University, School of Pharmacy. More recently, she transitioned from an academic medical center to a community hospital setting. Her research focuses on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Non-Traditional Settings, including long-term care, special populations, and veterinary medicine.

Curtis Collins, PharmD, MS, BCPS-AQ ID, BCIDP, FASHP 
CollinsCollins is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Trinity Health Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University, and completed a PGY2 residency and obtained a MS in Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University. His professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship, quality improvement, and pharmacoeconomics.

Sean Cosgriff, PharmD, BCOP, FOSHP
Cosgriff is Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy, and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University. Dr. Cosgriff completed an oncology pharmacy specialty residency at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He currently holds adjunct faculty appointments at Oregon State University and Pacific University. He previously served two terms on the Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Council, and served as chair of this council in 2019.

Fiona Doukas, BPharm, MPH, FSHPA
Fiona Doukas has experience in establishing and maintaining Antimicrobial Stewardship programs, medication safety, and developing national clinical care standards. In 2020, she updated the national Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard used by all Australian health service organisations.

After completing a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Master of Public Health (Infectious Diseases Epidemiology & Control), Fiona enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Her thesis is evaluating the impact of interventions in hospital antimicrobial stewardship programs. Fiona is currently appointed to the FIP Commission on Antimicrobial Resistance, and the SHPA Infectious Diseases Leadership Committee.

Wesley D. Kufel, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, AAHIVP
Kufel is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Binghamton, NY. He is also a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at SUNY Upstate University Hospital, where he provides clinical services for the antimicrobial stewardship program and the infectious diseases consultation teams. He is the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program. He holds a Clinical Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Kufel graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buffalo, NY, completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY, and completed a PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Kathryn G. Merkel, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, BCIDP
IFD_MerkelMerkel is a Clinical Pharmacy Manager at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas practicing previously as a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Dell Children’s Medical Center for six years. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 infectious diseases residency at Indiana University Health. Her interests include antimicrobial stewardship, quality/process improvement, and education of the public on antimicrobial resistance.

Steve Mok, PharmD, MBA, BCIDP, BCPS
Steve MokMok is Clinical Program Manager, Clinical Surveillance and Compliance and Program Director of the Fellowship in Health Outcomes and Analytics at Wolters Kluwer, Health. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his Infectious Diseases residency at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in St Petersburg, Florida. His current practice focuses on using advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify patients at high risk for epidemiologically significant infection or drug resistant organisms and helping pharmacists optimize antimicrobial stewardship practices with real time clinical analytics tools.

Radhika S. Polisetty, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS-AQ ID, FIDSA, AAHIVP
Radhika PolisettyPolisetty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL. Dr. Polisetty is a graduate of the University Of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY 2 Infectious Diseases Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Polisetty’s primary area of focus is managing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program and conduct research optimizing antimicrobial utilization in a community setting.