Specialty Council on Solid Organ Transplantation Pharmacy

2019 Members

Christopher R. Ensor, PharmD, BCPS, FAST, FCCP {Chair}
Ensor is an international thought leader in thoracic transplantation. He practices clinically at AdventHealth Orlando. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and completed his PGY2 residency in critical care pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. Ensor is extensively involved in the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, serving as the first elected chairman of the pharmacy and pharmacology scientific council, and the American Society of Transplantation, in which he was elected fellow in 2018.

Barrett Crowther, PharmD, BCPS, FAST {Vice Chair}
Crowther is a Solid Organ Transplant Clinical Pharmacist at University of Colorado Health. He received his PharmD from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency and PGY2 solid organ transplant pharmacy residency at the University Health System in San Antonio, Texas, in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Previously, Crowther was the pediatric transplant clinical pharmacist specialist at University Health System where he served as the PGY2 solid organ transplant pharmacy residency program director. He has authored and reviewed content for pharmacy board recertification products through ACCP.

Stephanie Anders, PharmD, BCPS
Anders is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Abdominal Transplant at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Rush University Medical Center (previously Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Center). In addition to her eleven years of experience with inpatient and ambulatory clinical practices, Anders served as the Program Director for the PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant for seven years, prior to her current role as Supervisor for Transplant Pharmacy Services.

Emily Benefield, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Benefield is an Advanced Clinical Pharmacist in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant and the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Intermountain Healthcare-Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT. After receiving her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University, she completed both her PGY1 pharmacy residency and PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at the University of Oklahoma. Benefield’s clinical practice includes caring for pediatric patients throughout the kidney, liver, and heart transplantation process from birth to transition to adult care.

Matt Harris, PharmD, MHS, BCPS
Harris is currently the Director of Transplant Pharmacy Programs at Duke University Hospital and the Program Director of the PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant pharmacy residency. He maintains an inpatient clinical practice in adult and pediatric abdominal transplantation. Harris received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida at Gainesville, a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research from Duke University School of Medicine and completed both a PGY1 residency and PGY2 transplant specialty residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Heather J. Johnson, PharmD BCPS

SOT_JohnsonJohnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and practices as a Clinical Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with focus in abdominal transplantation. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and completed a fellowship in renal transplant pharmacotherapy at Hennepin County Medical Center. Johnson developed transplant pharmacy services and trained numerous pharmacists at the Istituto Mediterraneo per I Trapianti e Terapie ad alta Specialiazzione in Palermo, Italy. She has served previously as Residency Program Director for both Transplant and Pharmacy Residencies.

Laura J. Myhre, PharmD, BCPS

Myhre is a Senior Manager of Pharmacy Clinical Practice for abdominal solid organ transplantation at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, MN and an Instructor of Pharmacy for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her areas of interest include hepatology, liver transplantation, quality improvement, and medication safety.

Nicole Pilch, PharmD, MSCR, BCPS, FAST

Pilch is director of regulatory affairs/accreditation and an Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she works in a post-kidney transplant clinic and oversees quality and regulatory activities for all solid organ transplant at MUSC. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed both a PGY1 practice residency and a PGY2 critical care residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center. Pilch also completed a fellowship in Transplantation Clinical Research at Univeristy of Cincinnati. Prior to her current role, she has served as the residency program director for the PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 solid organ transplant residency at MUSC and has served as a primary investigator in several clinical trials.

Demetra Tsapepas, PharmD, BCPS, FAST
Tsapepas is the Program Director of Quality, Education and Research for Solid Organ Transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgical Sciences at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She received her Bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She completed both a PGY1 and PGY2 Solid Organ Transplantation residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Her professional interests focus on quality and outcomes improvement through the evaluation of immunosuppressive strategies, medication adherence, and healthcare information technologies.