Specialty Council on Infectious Diseases Pharmacy

2018 Members

Brian Potoski, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID {Chair}
Potoski serves as the Associate Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is also the Program Director of the ASHP accredited PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency.  He is also Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Potoski received his PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY-2 infectious diseases residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Kathryn Dzintars, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID {Vice Chair}
Dzintars obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She completed her pharmacy practice residency at University Health System and specialty residency in infectious diseases at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, both in conjunction with the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX. She is currently a clinical pharmacy specialist in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her current professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship, antifungal therapy, and gram-negative resistance. 

Edina Avdic, PharmD, MBA, BCPS-AQ ID
Avdic is the Associate Director of the Adult Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Program Director for the PGY-2 infectious diseases residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received her combined Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration from Drake University and completed pharmacy practice and infectious diseases specialty residencies at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Avdic’s practice and research interests are in the areas of antimicrobial stewardship, rapid diagnostics, and management of patients with multidrug-resistant organisms.

Russell Benefield, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Benefield is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Program Director for the PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency at the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City, UT. He received his BS from the University of Washington and PharmD from Washington State University. Dr. Benefield completed a PGY-1 residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy/OU Medical Center, and PGY-2 residency in infectious diseases at the Oklahoma City VA.  His primary clinical practice focus is in immunocompromised infectious diseases.

Whitney Buckel, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Buckel is the System Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist Manager at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University, and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Buckel’s main interests include implementation of antimicrobial stewardship interventions, antibiotic de-escalation, and variability in care. 

Douglas Fish, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID

Fish is Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in infectious diseases/critical care at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Fish earned his PharmD at the University of California at San Francisco. He completed a PGY-1 at Duke University Medical Center, followed by a PGY-2 in infectious diseases and a fellowship in infectious diseases/critical care at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, the use of antimicrobials in critically ill and immunocompromised patients, drug dosing in severe organ dysfunction, and antimicrobial resistance.

Jason Gallagher, PharmD, BCPS
Gallagher is Clinical Professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Temple University Hospital. He is the Director of the PGY-2 residency in infectious diseases pharmacy at Temple. Gallagher received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Rutgers University. He completed residency programs in Pharmacy Practice at Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia and in Infectious Diseases in the Immunocompromised Host at Duke University. Dr. Gallagher is also a past President of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and the Mid-Atlantic College of Clinical Pharmacy. He has co-authored four editions of Antibiotics Simplified and is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Elizabeth Leung, PharmD, MSCI, BCPS-AQ ID
Leung is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial. Stewardship, and the co-lead of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at St. Michael’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at UCSF, then completed two further years of residency in Chicago, where she specialized in both infectious diseases and critical care (Northwestern University, Rush University, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy). She received her PharmD from MCPHS, and completed a Masters of Clinical Investigation (MSCI) at Northwestern University.  Her interests include antimicrobial stewardship, optimizing PK/PD for multi-drug resistant organisms, and enhancing antibiograms for clinical use.

Dennis Williams, PharmD, BCPS
Dennis Williams is an Associate Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Clinical Specialist at UNC Medical Center. He received his BS and PharmD from the University of Kentucky. His practice, teaching, and research focus on patients with pulmonary and infectious diseases.