Seminar 2018 Keynote Speaker & Highlighted Sessions
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 Opening Session Keynote


Dennis Wagner, MPA
Director, Quality Improvement and Innovation Group
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Title: Priorities, Results, Resilience and Joy: Fostering & Celebrating Pharmacy Leadership in Healthcare Improvement & Action
Friday, October 5, 2018 | 10:15am - 11:15am | CPE: 1 Hour

Dennis Wagner, MPA is the Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. He also serves as the Co-Director of both the Partnership for Patients and the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. In these roles, Dennis leads a team of committed individuals in developing and delivering innovative and collaborative initiatives to improve healthcare.

Prior to his current roles at CMS, Dennis served as the Associate Deputy Director and then Acting Director of CMS’ Office of Clinical Standards and Quality. Dennis worked for 12 years at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including a final stint as Acting Director of HRSA’s Office of Health Information Technology and Quality. While at HRSA, Dennis led major national initiatives to increase the donation and transplantation of organs. After years of relatively flat national organ donation levels, this work generated unprecedented and lasting national increases in organ donation over a four-year period.

Dennis is a national and international leader in the fields of healthcare quality improvement, the environment and social marketing. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national conferences and symposia, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work in public service. Dennis is recognized by his peers as an enthusiastic, thoughtful and strategic person who believes in committing to and delivering on bold aims in work and life.

Dennis received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Montana State University. He recently co-authored a chapter entitled “The Key Elements of Effective Collaborative Design” in the book, All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care.

Dennis is also a recipient of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (known as the “Sammies”) 2016 Federal Employee of the Year Award. This award is from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and was awarded for CMS’s work on drastically reducing preventable medical harm on a national scale. The Sammies are a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process and are known as the “Oscars” of federal service.


Highlighted Session


Patti Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP
Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety
Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions

Title: Preparing Your Pharmacy for Updated Compounding Standards
Friday, October 5, 2018 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm | CPE: 1.5 Hour

Course Description: This session will review the requirements for proposed revised USP <795> and <797> for nonsterile and sterile compounding, and the final standard requirements for USP <800> concerning hazardous drugs. Strategies for practical compliance will be addressed.

Patti Kienle received her pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  She completed an Executive Fellowship in Patient Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as President of the Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists.  She is a Fellow of ASHP, was named Pharmacist of the Year by PSHP, and the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice from the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, the Distinguished Leadership Award from ASHP, and is the 2018 recipient of the John W. Webb Lecture Award.  She has served on the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, the Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee of The Joint Commission, and on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation.  She is a current member of the USP Compounding Expert Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Hazardous Drugs, and is a member of the inaugural BPS Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy Specialty Council.

Patti is the author of Compounding Sterile Preparations: ASHP’s Visual Guide to Chapter <797> video and Companion Guide, co-author of Assuring Continuous Compliance with Joint Commission Standards: A Pharmacy Guide, and author of The Chapter <800> Answer Book

With over 500 invited presentations and 50 publications, she has special interests in promoting medication safety, compounding sterile preparations, accreditation, and regulatory issues.

 Highlighted Session


Title: Navigating Your Career and Leadership Opportunities
Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 11:15am - 12:45pm

Course Description: Navigating the myriad of options in our profession can be daunting, especially early on in one’s career. Come to this round-robin event  and meet with a diverse number of leaders in various clinical, executive, industry and non-traditional  pharmacy roles. 

Co-moderator: Loriann De Martini, PharmD, BCGP
                                    Chief Executive Officer | California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP)
Martin Iyoya, PharmD, FCSHP
                                    Director of Pharmacy Services | John Muir Health System

Table Facilitators:
Vincent Cheng, PharmD, BCPS | Medical Science Liaison | Sanofi

Dan B. Dong, PharmD, FCSHP -  Regional Pharmacy Director , Northern California Pharmacy Operations Project Manager  | Kaiser Permanente

Connie Ha, PharmD | Senior Medical Science Liaison | AstraZeneca

Janice Hoffman, PharmD, EdD, APh, BCGP, FASCP - Director, Postgraduate Residency Program | Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Administration |  Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

Denis A. Kitayama, PharmD - Project Manager | KP HealthConnect Clinical Content, Inpatient Pharmacy | Kaiser Permanente

Lisa Kroon, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA - Professor and Chair of Clinical Pharmacy | University of California, San Francisco

Jerika T. Lam, PharmD, AAHIVP, FCSHP  - Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice | Chapman University School of Pharmacy

Marcie Lepkowsky, PharmD, BCGP - Director, PGY1 Acute Care Residency | Department of Pharmacy | University of California, San Diego

Emi Minejima
PharmD - Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy | University of Southern California

Aida Oganesyan, PharmD, BCGP - Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice | West Coast University

Helen Park, PharmD, BCPS, FCSHP, FCPhA - Associate Chief of Pharmacy | VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Laura Polonsky, PharmD, BCPS - Clinical Coordinator, Formulary Management & Clinical Programs | System Enterprise-Pharmacy
Sutter Health

James Scott, PharmD, MEd, APh, FCCP - Associate Dean for Experiential & Professional Affairs | WesternU College of Pharmacy

Maria Serpa, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP - Pharmacy, Sutter Medical Center

Armen Simonian, PharmD - Assistant Dean & Chair of Clinical | Administrative Sciences and Associate Professor | School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences | Keck Graduate Institute

Kethen So, PharmD, FCSHP - Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations | University of California, San Francisco

Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD - Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Vice Chair of Clinical Innovation | University of California, San Francisco

Sun Yang, B.Pharm, PhD, RPh, BCPPS, APh - 
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice | Department of Pharmacy Practice | Chapman University School of Pharmacy 



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