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Stephanie Dwyer Kaluzna, PharmD, BCCP
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy
Dr. Stephanie Dwyer Kaluzna is a Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Illinois Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy. She is the primary pharmacist for the Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery services. She also serves as the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program. She completed her PharmD degree at UIC College of Pharmacy – Rockford campus, a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and a PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at UIC. Her main areas of interest within cardiology include acute decompensated heart failure, antithrombotic therapy, and transitions of care.
Conference Co-Chair and Speaker:
Marc McDowell, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy
Dr. Marc McDowell is an emergency medicine and medical intensive care pharmacist at University of Illinois Health in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, and completed a PGY1 residency, and PGY2 emergency medicine residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. In his role as an emergency medicine and medical ICU clinical pharmacist, Dr. McDowell has the unique role of providing care across the continuity of acute, critical illness. His research areas of interest include resuscitation science, anticoagulation reversal, and neurosciences. In addition to clinical responsibilities, he serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy where he lectures on a myriad of topics.
Chair of Pediatric Track:
Kirsten H. Ohler, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Clinical Pharmacist, NICU/Pediatrics
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Ohler received a B.S. degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Toledo. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a pediatric pharmacy specialty residency at Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and a board certified pediatric pharmacy specialist (BCPPS). Dr. Ohler is currently the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy, as well as, a pediatric clinical pharmacist specializing in neonatal intensive care at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.
Sherri Loeb, RN, BSN
Sherri Loeb has been a health care professional for over 40 years. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Medical Technology she continued her studies and received a BSN in 1983. Sherri has extensive nursing experience in a wide range of disciplines including intensive care, outpatient medicine and surgery, and clinical research.
In 2011, her husband, a Joint Commission Officer, was diagnosed with advanced metastatic prostate cancer. As his condition worsened, she became his caregiver, personal navigator and ombudsman. Even after almost 30 years as a registered nurse, their experience with the fractured healthcare system was an eye-opening experience. Her goal was to make sure that the care her husband received was safe, high quality, patient centered, compassionate and evidenced based as long as possible. Since her husband passed away in October of 2013, Sherri has spoken at numerous national and local healthcare conferences about their healthcare journey. Sherri also serves on the Patient Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety at MedStar, a large hospital system in Baltimore Maryland, as well as a being a member of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.
Elizabeth J. Beckman, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric Cardiac ICU
Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Healthcare
Assistant Adjunct Professor, UK College of Pharmacy
Dr. Elizabeth Beckman is the pediatric cardiac ICU clinical pharmacy specialist at Kentucky Children’s Hospital at University of Kentucky HealthCare and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She is active in a number of professional organizations, and serves as the chair-elect for the ACCP Pediatrics PRN and chair of the Critical Care SIG for PPA. She is the current vice chair for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Pediatrics Specialty Council and a member of the editorial board for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine journal. Dr. Beckman hails from the Hoosier state, received her PharmD from Butler University in Indianapolis, completed a PGY1 and PGY2 pediatrics pharmacy specialty residency at Indiana University Health, and is board certified in pharmacotherapy, pediatrics, and critical care pharmacy.
Ben (Bow) Chung, MD
Clinical Associate, Section of Cardiology
University of Chicago
Ben Chung, MD specializes in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices (VADs) and mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Chung’s clinical focus is expanding the reach of the University of Chicago heart failure team to underserved populations in the greater Chicagoland area, northwest Indiana and downstate Illinois. He believes that compassionate cardiology care and access to advanced heart failure should be available to all people regardless of geographic region.
M. Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS, FASPEN
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Akron Children’s Hospital
Professor – Pharmacy Practice, Director of Professional Development
Northeast Ohio Medical University, College of Pharmacy
M. Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS, FASPEN, attended the University of Tennessee, College of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and her PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and PGY1 Residency Program Director at Akron Children’s Hospital where she provides clinical services and precepts pharmacy students, PGY1 pharmacy residents, and PGY3 medical pediatric residents. She is also the Section Lead for Specialty Care and a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). She is the recently appointed Director of Professional Development for the Office of Education at the NEOMED, College of Pharmacy. Her didactic teaching is in the areas of pediatrics, women’s health, and nutrition. Dr. Cober’s expertise is in pediatric pharmacotherapy, nutrition, ethanol lock therapy, and management of patients with intestinal failure. She was awarded the 2021 Stanley Serlick Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition recognizing her contributions to parenteral nutrition safety, the 2020 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Pediatrics PRN Outstanding Practitioner Award, and the 2021 NEOMED College of Pharmacy Excellence in Scholarship Award.
Patrick Costello, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Medical Intensive Care Unit
University of Chicago Medicine
Dr. Costello is a clinical pharmacy specialist for the medical intensive care unit at the University of Chicago Medicine. He also serves as the residency program coordinator of the PGY1 pharmacy residency program. He received his PharmD from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Dr. Costello then completed both is PGY1 pharmacy residency and PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is board certified in critical care medicine, and his clinical interests include shock states, vasoactives, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics alterations in the critically ill.
Leslie A. Hamilton, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, FNCS, BCPS, BCCCP
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
Leslie A. Hamilton, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, FNCS, BCPS, BCCCP, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in Knoxville, TN. She practices in neurocritical care at UT Medical Center and is a full-time faculty member. Prior to joining UT, Dr. Hamilton served on faculty at Auburn University for three years and practiced in pulmonology and critical care. Her interests are critical care, neurology, nutrition, and infectious disease and she serves on several committees for AACP, ACCP, NCS, and SCCM.
Aaron Harthan, PharmD, BCPPS
Pediatric Critical Care Pharmacist
OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois
Dr. Harthan received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Iowa. He then completed a pharmacy practice residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas followed by a pediatric pharmacy specialty residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received board certified pediatric pharmacy specialist (BCPPS) in 2016. He is currently the lead pediatric critical care pharmacist at OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
K. Sarah Hoehn, MD, MBe
Director, Pediatric Supportive Care and Comfort Team
Co-Director, Ethics Consultation Service, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care
University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital
K. Sarah Hoehn, MD, MBe, is board certified in pediatric critical care medicine, pediatrics, and pediatric hospice and palliative medicine. At the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, she is the Director of the Pediatric Supportive Care Team program, which encompasses pain, palliative care and integrative medicine. She is also an Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and she co directs the Ethics Consultation program for the hospital. In addition, she is an assistant program director of the pediatrics residency, for wellbeing and resilience. Her research interests include studying the impact of standard triggers for palliative care consultation, addressing health care disparities in palliative care and studying burnout among trainees and attending. She is involved in addressing food insecurity at a local level, by managing a community fridge. Her passion is to encourage patients, families and health care workers to find peace amidst difficult circumstances.
She has been working with patients and families at LaRabida since 2019, and is thrilled to focus on LaRabida in her role as Chief Medical Officer. She will continue to work with patients and their families, both for palliative care and respiratory care. She is passionate about finding helping families find joy in everyday activities. She is thrilled to join such an outstanding team, and to partner with all the providers throughout the institution.
Amy S. Lay, MD
Director of Acute Care Cardiology, Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit
Attending Physician, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
Amy S. Lay is an attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She trained at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in both pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, with her first job at the formerly named Children’s Memorial Hospital. She is the medical director of the acute care cardiology teams housed in the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, working with a multi-disciplinary team of colleagues. Amy is the co-creator of the interstage single ventricle home monitoring program (HeArT), working with this patient population for more than a decade. She is an echocardiographer, with a focus on fetal care. This allows her to provide a continuum of care for the patients and families, with a focus on creating safe inpatient to outpatient transitions. She lives with her husband, daughter and multiple pets in the Chicago land suburbs.
Christine A. O’Malley, APN, NNP-BC
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
University of Chicago and Advocate Aurora Health
Christine O’Malley was born in Chicago, Illinois and is a graduate of St. Xavier University. She obtained her master’s degree at The University of Illinois Chicago, and completed the neonatal nurse practitioner program at Rush University with an NCC Board Certification.
Ms. O’Malley has thirty five years’ experience in neonatology, with 20 years as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She completed the Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship in 2019. In addition Ms. O’Malley is a Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor. She currently practices at the University of Chicago and Advocate Aurora Health.
Frank P. Paloucek, PharmD, FAACT, FASHP
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Dr. Frank Paloucek is a Clinical Professor in Pharmacy Practice at UIC where and has been a faculty member for 35 years. Dr. Paloucek was the Residency Program Director for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program from 1999-2019 and prior the RPD for a PGY2/fellowship in Emergency medicine/Clinical Toxicology from 1989-1999. Dr. Paloucek ‘s clinical practice areas have been predominantly in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology.
Dr. Paloucek is a Fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacy and a DPLA certified by the ASHP Foundation Professional Leadership Academy. Dr. Paloucek is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology. Dr. Paloucek has served as an appointee to the ASHP Advisory Group for PhORCAS and as the first faculty liaison to the ACCP National Residency Advisory Committee. Dr. Paloucek has authored numerous publications and speaks frequently on residency training issues.
Nick Panos, PharmD
Clinical Lead, Critical Care
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Neurosciences ICU
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Dr. Panos is a board certified critical care pharmacist and clinical pharmacy specialist in neurocritical care at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He received his PharmD and completed his pharmacy practice residency (PGY-1) at the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy. He is an active member of the Neurocritical Care Society, leading the pharmacy research committee, which focuses their clinical research efforts on the pharmacotherapy of various neurological emergencies and curing coma. His research areas of interest include quality improvement in critical care utilizing interprofessional models of care and pharmacotherapy of neurological emergencies.
Sajni Patel, PharmD, BCCP
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Cardiology
The University of Chicago Medicine
Dr. Sajni Patel received her PharmD degree from Northeastern University. She then completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Boston Medical Center and her PGY2 cardiology pharmacy residency at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Patel is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Gary D. Peksa, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Manager, Clinical Pharmacy
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
Dr. Peksa is Manager of Clinical Pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Illinois, completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy residency at Rush University Medical Center, and received his Master of Business Administration from University of Illinois. In his current role, he works with a team of Internal Medicine, Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine pharmacists. Additionally, he serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Peksa’s research interests include hyperkalemia, anticoagulation reversal, and statistics.
Poorvi Shah, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Medical Intensive Care Unit
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Dr. Shah is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Dr. Shah received her Pharm.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. She then completed a pharmacy practice residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a critical care residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a member of SCCM and ACCP and is board certified in critical care. She also serves on the Advocate Aurora Critical Care Council and Pharmacy Critical Care Specialty Team.
Dr. Shah practices in a 24-bed medical ICU with a wide variety of critical care patients. She led several initiatives in her unit during the COVID pandemic with a special focus on sedation and paralytic use for ARDS. She also has specialized interests in alcohol withdrawal and pulmonary hypertension.
Gideon Stitt, PharmD, BCPPS, BCCCP
T32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Center for Clinical Pharmacology
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Gideon completed his undergraduate studies at Clemson University before earning his PharmD from the Medical University of South Carolina. He then completed his PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and PGY-2 pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is dual board certified in pediatrics and critical care, and has worked as a pediatric ICU clinical pharmacy specialist for approximately 5 years at Texas Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. His primary research interest is the study of antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in pediatric patients, particularly those extracorporeal support in the ICU. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in the Center for Clinical Pharmacology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (PI: Athena Zuppa, MD, MSCE) where his research focuses on PK/PD modeling of antimicrobials in critically ill children.
Speaker Disclosures Heading link
All speakers, planning committee members, and reviewers who contributed to this activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Thank you to the Planning Committee Members for all of their hard work in making this program possible!
- Stephanie Dwyer Kaluzna, PharmD, BCCP (CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR)
- Marc McDowell, PharmD, BCPS (CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR)
- Scott Benken, PharmD, BCPS
- Olga Amusina, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC (NURSE PLANNER)
- Dustin Fraidenburg, MD (PHYSICIAN PLANNER)
- Laura E. Celmins, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
- Kevin Chang, PharmD, BCCCP
- Sean P. Kane, PharmD, BCPS
- Kirsten H. Ohler, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS (CHAIR OF PEDIATRIC TRACK)
- Deborah Bondi, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
- Thomas Moran, MS, PharmD, BCPS
- Jennifer T. Pham, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
- Karla Resendiz, PharmD, BCPPS
- Sana J. Said, PharmD, BCPPS