Meet the 2017-2018 APhA-APRS Executive Council

APhA-APRS President (2016-2018)
Robert DiCenzo, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Phar­macy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Adjunct appointments include Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Disease Unit of the Department of Medicine and the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. After almost 10 years of hospital pharmacy experience, completion of a PharmD degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and a post-doc Fellowship in Antiretroviral Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics at the University at Buffalo, he began an academic career which evolved from a faculty appointment at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo to an administrative and leadership role as the Director of Experiential Education at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St John Fisher College. After contributing to the development and operation of a new Experiential Education program, he was appointed the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
APhA-APRS President-elect (2017-2018)

Edward M. Bednarczyk, PharmD, FCCP is a Clinical Associate Professor and Chairman of Pharmacy Practice at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB). He received his BS in pharmacy from UB in 1984, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Buffalo General Hospital in 1985. He went on to receive his PharmD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina followed by a fellowship in Clinical Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. He came to the University at Buffalo in 1993 through the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Lab and the Department of Nuclear Medicine within the School of Medicine. He switched his primary appointment to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1998. He was named Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in 2007. His research is largely focused on the use of molecular imaging to explore drug effects, with his clinical responsibilities divided between nuclear medicine and neurology.

Basic Sciences Section Chair (2017-2018)

Eric J. Jarvi, PhD, is Associate Dean of the Husson University School of Pharmacy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Services from Southern Illinois University, a Masters in Forensic Science from George Washington University, and a PhD in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Oregon State University. His career in phar­macy education has spanned the last 30 years, with positions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy; the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy; and the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. Over the course of his professional career in pharmacy educa­tion he has generated in excess of $3 million in extramural funding and has authored or co-authored 33 abstracts, seven invited presentations, and 24 publications.

Basic Sciences Section Chair-elect (2017-2018)

Elvin T. Price, PharmD, PhD, FAHA is an Assistant Professor of pharmaceutical sciences (pharmacogenomics) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University in 2004 and subsequently his PhD from the University of Florida. He joined the faculty at UAMS after defending his dissertation. As a junior faculty member, he participated in the NIH NHLBI’s program to increase diversity among individuals engaged in health related research (PRIDE) where he completed additional training in cardiovascular genetic epidemiology at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Division of Biostatistics. He received additional mentoring as a NIH NCATS funded KL2 scholar and he was selected to serve as one of the AAAS Science Translational Medicine Associate Scientific Advisors for 2014–2015. Furthermore, he has received funding as the PI of grants from the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority and the Arkansas Claude Pepper Older American Independence Center. He studies the impact of genetic variation in nuclear hormone receptor genes on cardio-metabolic homeostasis and pharmacological responses. He is enthusiastic about fighting cardiovascular diseases and educating the next generation of practitioners and scientists.

Clinical Sciences Section Chair (2017-2018)

Kimberly Scarsi, PharmD, MS, BCPS-ID, is an Associate Professor at the University of  Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy and an HIV pharmacotherapy specialist. Scarsi received her PharmD from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Investigation from Northwestern University. After completing a PGY1 residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), she served as an infectious diseases clinical pharmacist. After 5 years of HIV-focused practice at NMH, Scarsi joined the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and began working with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Nigeria. Dr. Scarsi remains clini­cally active in her institution’s HIV Clinic and served on the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents.

Clinical Sciences Section Chair-elect (2017-2018)

Adriane N. Irwin, MS, PharmD, BCACP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Oregon State University/ Oregon Health & Science University College of Pharmacy. She maintains a practice site within the Community Health Centers of Benton & Linn Counties focused on rural primary care and oversees the pharmacy resident research requirement for Salem Hospital. Her research is focused on demonstrating the value of clinical pharmacy services through quality measure performance and improved clinical outcomes. She has served on multiple committees in APhA-APRS and is a former APhA Trustee and National President for the APhA-ASP. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry & Biophysics from Oregon State University and both a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. She completed pharmacy practice residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and fellowship in Ambulatory Care & Practice-Based Research with Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She is board-certified in ambulatory care.

Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section (ESAS) Chair (2017-2018)

Salisa C. Westrick, PhD, is Associate Professor of Health Outcomes Research and Policy at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, where her primary teaching responsibilities include the U.S. health care system, pharmacy manage­ment, research methods, and program evaluation. Westrick received her BSPharm from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), her MS in Industrial Technol­ogy from Illinois State University, and her PhD in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research expertise includes organizational change and program evaluation, with significant work related to the adoption, sustainability, and abandonment of pharmacy-based immu­nization services. She has served as the lead researcher for the RxVaccinate project provided by APhA, Chair of the APhA-APRS ESAS Research Roundtable Committee for 2014–2015 and Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) since January 2014.

Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section (ESAS) Chair-elect (2017-2018)

Michelle A. Chui, PharmD, PhD is an Associate Professor and Vice-chair in the Social and Administrative Sciences Division and Director of the Systems Approach to Medication Safety (SAMS) Research Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, School of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. The focus of her work is using human factors engineering theories, design principles, and methodologies to improve medication safety in the community pharmacy setting with independently living older adults. She was a National Institutes of Health K award scholar, funded by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the University of Wisconsin Center for Translational Science Award (CTSA). She is currently focused on understanding the work that both the community pharmacist and the older adult patient does to select non-prescription OTC medications in order to inform a state-wide intervention that will improve safe OTC use. She is an active member in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the American Pharmacists Association where she has served on the ESAS Methods Committee, Colleagues in Research Planning Committee, and the Strategic Planning Taskforce.

Postgraduate Officer (2017-2019)

Anthony Olson, PharmD, Med is a first-year PhD student in Social & Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota–College of Pharmacy. His research interests include medication-related health behaviors & decision making, tools for advancing pharmacy practice, and leadership. Dr. Olson currently teaches a course on Drugs in the US Healthcare System at the University of Minnesota and also has experience working in the community pharmacy practice setting. He has been involved with American Pharmacists Association (APhA) at the local, state, and national levels as both a student and new practitioner. Dr. Olson has served as a delegate in the APhA House of Delegates and the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Board of Directors. He is also a member of Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), Phi Delta Chi (PDX), and several other professional organizations.