American Pharmacists Association Announces Council to Guide Strategy to Engage Hospital and Health System Pharmacists

CONTACT: Frank Fortin

The American Pharmacists Association proudly announces the formation of its inaugural Hospital and Health System Strategy Council. This distinguished group of pharmacists and pharmacy residents is charged with providing APhA guidance as it develops tools, resources and unique member benefits for pharmacists and leaders in hospital and health system practice.

APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Scott J. Knoer, who is also former Chief Pharmacy Officer at Cleveland Clinic, signaled his desire to strengthen APhA’s hospital and health system membership and resources earlier this fall upon hiring APhA’s new Chief of Staff, Rafael Saenz, who is the former Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Virginia Health System.

Knoer said, “Many in Washington and across our profession look to APhA as a voice for all of pharmacy. I want to state, very clearly, that APhA does not just represent one segment of the profession, but all of pharmacy. This council will help strengthen us in an area where we have been underrepresented.”

The inaugural council will consist of 16 pharmacists, 2 PGY2 health system pharmacy residents and 1 APhA staff member.


John Armitstead, MS, RPh, FASHP

System Director of Pharmacy

Lee Health


Javon Artis, PharmD, MS

Specialty Pharmacy Manager

Houston Methodist Pharmacy


Amy Beatty, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Senior Director of Pharmacy Services, Population Health



Lauren Bristow, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital


Nick Capote, PharmD, MS, BCSCP

Pharmacy Manager, Sterile Compounding

Tufts Medical Center


Paul Carby, PharmD, MBA, BCNP

Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Services, US Army

Fellow, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs

American Pharmacists Association


Noelle Chapman, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP

Vice President, Pharmacy Operations

Advocate Aurora Health


Kavish Choudhary, PharmD, MS

Senior Director, Inpatient & Infusion Pharmacy Services

University of Utah


Brian Cotter, MS, RPh

Senior Director - System Pharmacy Services

University of Maryland Medical System


Matt Curran, PharmD, CPh

Director of Pharmacy & Residency Program Coordinator

Memorial Healthcare System - Memorial Hospital



Jorge Garcia, PharmD, MS, MHA, MBA, FACHE

Assistant VP - System Oncology Pharmacy & Infusion

Pharmacy Services

Baptist Health South Florida


Ryan Haumschild, PharmD, MS, MBA

Director of Pharmacy

Emory Healthcare


Laura Mark, PharmD, MHM

Vice President, Pharmacy

Allegheny Health Network


Steve Rough, MS, RPh, FASHP

Senior Vice President

Visante, Inc.


Long Trinh, PharmD, MS, MBA, BCPS

Regional Director of Pharmacy Operations &

Compliance, Oregon

Providence Health & Service


Thomas Worrall, BS Pharm, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA

Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Clarissa Cho, PharmD

PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership


University of Virginia Health


Joelle Hall, PharmD

PGY2/MS Health System Pharmacy Administration &

Leadership Resident

UW Health