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Penicillin Allergy Skin Testing Certificate Program
Christopher M. Bland, Pharm.D.
Christopher M. Bland is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia
College of Pharmacy, Southeast Georgia campus in Savannah, Georgia. He received his
Pharm.D. degree from the University of South Carolina in 2000 and has been board certified
in pharmacotherapy since 2003. He was recently named a Fellow of both the Infectious
Diseases Society of America and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Bland's
primary practice is in infectious diseases and internal medicine at St. Joseph's/Candler
Health System in Savannah. Dr. Bland is co-founder of the Southeastern Research Group
Endeavor (SERGE-45) - a practice-based research network primarily in the Southeast
with over 40 institutions and 50 pharmacists. Dr. Bland has given several regional
and national presentations as well as published several manuscripts related to allergy
assessment and skin testing.
P. Brandon Bookstaver, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS
Brandon Bookstaver, Pharm.D., is an Associate Professor & Director of Residency &
Fellowship Training in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at
the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Columbia, South Carolina.
He also serves as an Infectious Diseases Pharmacist at Prisma Health Richland. Following
graduation from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2004, he completed
a Pharmacy Practice residency and Infectious Diseases specialty residency at Wake
Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Brandon thoroughly enjoys coordinating student
research and is heavily involved in pharmacy residency training, including his role
as the Infectious Diseases PGY2 Residency Director and Clinical Fellowship Director
at UofSC/Prisma Health. He has over 75 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of
infectious diseases and teaching and learning. Outside of work, he enjoys spending
time with his family (wife Nicole, son Aaron & daughter Maddie Paige), traveling and
Justin Chen, M.D.
Justin Chen, M.D., is an adult & pediatric allergist at East Texas Allergy & Asthma
Associates in Longview, TX. He earned his M.D. at the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center in Dallas. His residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Allergy
& Immunology were completed at the UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics,
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chen is board-certified
by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Internal
Medicine. He serves on the clinical faculty of the University of Texas Health Science
Center at Tyler and is a registered Pediatric Immunology Consultant for the Texas
Department of State Health Services. Dr. Chen has authored multiple scholarly articles
on drug allergies, food allergies and chronic urticaria. His research on penicillin
allergy testing was honored by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
in 2016 and he was named the Daniel W. Foster Fellow by UT Southwestern in 2017.
Nicole Griffith, Pharm.D.
Nicole (Nikki) Griffith is a PGY1 resident at the University of Virginia Health System
in Charlottesville, VA. She graduated from the University of South Carolina College
of Pharmacy. During her student career she worked extensively on expanding pharmacist
driven penicillin allergy skin testing both locally and across the state of South
Carolina. Currently, her research has focused on the impact of penicillin skin testing
as an antimicrobial stewardship tool. Nikki was active in several pharmacy organizations
including SSHP, ACCP and the local ASHP state affiliate, SCSHP. Her career goals include
completion of a PGY1 residency and PGY2 specializing in Infectious Diseases.
Emily Heil, Pharm.D.
Emily Heil, Pharm.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice
and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She also serves as the
Pharmacy Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the University of Maryland
Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate and Pharm.D. at the University of
North Carolina in Chapel Hill and subsequently completed her pharmacy practice and
infectious diseases pharmacy residency training at the University of North Carolina
Hospitals. She is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Society of Infectious
Diseases Pharmacists. Her research interests include individualization of antimicrobial
dosing, particularly in critically ill patients, antibiotic allergies, gram-negative
resistance, and antimicrobial stewardship.
Bruce Jones, Pharm.D.
Dr. Bruce M. Jones is an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at St. Joseph’s/Candler
Health System practicing in the Savannah City-Wide Antimicrobial Management Program.
He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Georgia
College of Pharmacy and a Clinical Preceptor for Mercer University, University of
Georgia, and South University Schools of Pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy
degree from East Tennessee State University Gatton College of Pharmacy in Johnson
City, Tennessee. He then completed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice
Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System. Dr. Jones is a member of IDSA, GSHP,
ACCP, SIDP, and the Southeastern Research Group Endeavor (SERGE-45). Dr. Jones is
board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and has completed the Advanced Antimicrobial
Stewardship Training Program through MAD-ID.
Caitlin Mardis, Pharm.D.
Dr. Mardis is the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development for
the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and a clinical assistant professor
in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences. Dr. Mardis graduated
from the Columbia campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and completed a
pharmacy practice and a solid organ transplantation residency at the Medical University
of South Carolina in Charleston. Prior to returning to the University of South Carolina
College of Pharmacy, Dr. Mardis practiced as a solid organ transplant clinical specialist
at Virginia Commonwealth University and at the Medical University of South Carolina
and served as the Assistant Director of Transplant Quality and Compliance at the Medical
University of South Carolina.
Nathon Parker, Pharm.D.
Dr. Parker graduated from University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of
Pharmacy in 2006. Since graduation he has worked at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
(CRMC), which is a 220 bed community hospital, for the past 13 years and has run the
antimicrobial stewardship program since 2009. He is a Board Certified Specialist in
Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) since 2012, granted the Added Qualification for Infectious
Diseases in 2017/2018. Dr. Parker has also completed the Society of Infectious Diseases
Pharmacists certification in Infectious Diseases, and a specialty certification in
Anticoagulation. He precepts pharmacy residents and pharmacy school students during
their infectious disease rotations at CRMC. Dr. Parker was born and raised in Cheyenne,
WY and most of his family still lives there so he is invested in helping improve healthcare
in the local community. He loves doing outdoors with my spare time such as camping,
Hana Winders, Pharm.D.,
Dr. Hana Winders is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina
College of Pharmacy and practices as the lead antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist
with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative of South Carolina (ASC-SC). She
graduated from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2015. After graduation,
she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Emory University Hospital followed by a
PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency at the University of Mississippi Medical
Center. She is a Board Certified Infectious Diseases Pharmacist.
Mary Staicu, Pharm.D.
Mary L. Staicu, Pharm.D., is an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist practicing
at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy
degree from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
in Buffalo, NY, then completed her PGY1 general pharmacy residency and PGY2 Infectious
Diseases specialty residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester,
NY. In her current position, Mary is a founding and active member of the Antimicrobial
Stewardship Team and serves on various hospital and system-wide committees, striving
to promote the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents through clinical stewardship
interventions, program and guideline development, and active research. She serves
as a mentor and preceptor for PGY-1 and PGY-2 pharmacy residents, and teaches house-staff
and medical students. Although involved in multiple antimicrobial stewardship research
projects, her specific area of interest is the clinical and economic implications
of the penicillin allergy label.
Nicholas Torney, Pharm.D.
Nicholas Torney graduated from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in 2014
(Go Bulldogs!). He completed his Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) and PGY2 Infectious Diseases
(ID) pharmacy residency training at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. As
a PGY2 resident with the leadership of his residency program director, Nick started
a pharmacist-managed inpatient penicillin skin testing program. In addition to de-labeling
penicillin allergies, Nick’s responsibilities include being co-director of the antimicrobial
stewardship program at Munson Medical Center, as well as the PGY2 ID residency program
director. In his spare time, he enjoys stand up paddle boarding, running, playing
guitar, Michigan craft beer, and traveling with his fiancé.
Luis Tulloch, MD
Dr. Tulloch graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed
a general internal medicine residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals.
He continued his training in infectious diseases, completing an Infectious Diseases
Fellowship at the UCLA multi-campus program. His interests include antimicrobial stewardship,
quality improvement, and medical training. Dr. Tulloch is particularly interested
in using health information technology to streamline antibiotic selection and subsequent
de-escalation. His goal is to spread the principles of antimicrobial stewardship to
as many healthcare personnel as possible. Recent projects include creating and implementing
an antimicrobial stewardship curriculum for second-year medical students and familiarizing
Infectious Diseases fellows with penicillin skin testing as a method for decreasing
inappropriate antibacterial use.
Geoffrey Wall, Pharm.D.
Dr. Geoffrey C. Wall is a Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
at Drake University and Director of the Drake Drug Information Center. His clinical
practices include the Internal Medicine and Medical Intensive Care Teaching Services
at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. Dr. Wall received his Bachelor
of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Utah in 1992 and his Doctor of Pharmacy
from Idaho State University in 1998. He completed an ASHP-accredited Internal Medicine
Specialty Residency at Scott and White Memorial Hospitals and Clinics in 1999. He
is Board-Certified in Pharmacotherapy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical
Pharmacy. Dr. Wall has written a number of peer-reviewed papers and textbook chapters
on a variety of topics and has designed or participated in several clinical trials.
His research interests include drug treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, clinical
evaluation of drug allergy, pulmonary pharmacotherapy, and rheumatologic disorders.
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