UTHSC’s Dr. Ken Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO, Addresses World Korean Medical Organization on Pharmaceutical Safety Issues

Dr. Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for UTHSC, second from left, was a guest speaker at the recent World Korean Medical Organization meeting.

Dr. Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for UTHSC, second from left, was a guest speaker at the recent World Korean Medical Organization meeting in New York.

Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was a guest speaker at the recent World Korean Medical Organization meeting in New York City, addressing the issue of pharmaceutical supply chain safety. His participation in the international health care convention reflects UTHSC’s growing presence on the national and international pharmaceutical stage, as the university prepares to build a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility on campus.

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Hohmeier Named NACDS Faculty Scholar

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has selected Kenneth C. Hohmeier, PharmD, assistant professor of Clinical Pharmacy, as one of the 2014-15 NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars. As a NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholar, Dr. Hohmeier will participate in a program focused on community pharmacy-based patient research.

After earning his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Toledo in Ohio, he began his post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) community pharmacy residency training with Kroger Pharmacy and the University of Toledo. Upon completion of his residency year, Dr. Hohmeier began practicing at an independent pharmacy chain in Northern Ohio. After three years, Dr. Hohmeier had built a profitable pharmacy including compounding and medication therapy management services, a disease state management program with a local employer group, and he worked collaboratively with University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic.  He also gained appointment as a clinical assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice at Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he taught in both the MTM and pharmacy leadership courses, and provided experiential education instruction to introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experience student pharmacists.

In addition to his practice responsibilities, Dr. Hohmeier has also served on several American Pharmacist Association standing committees, and recently served as an elected member of the Ohio Pharmacist Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Hohmeier also has had several publications, including grant-funded research. His research interests include clinical services in the community pharmacy, pharmacy leadership and entrepreneurship, and innovative health care reimbursement models.

Timothy Howze Appointed ACCP Member-At-Large

Timothy Howze, fourth year student pharmacist, has been appointed Member-at-Large of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) National Student Network (StuNet) Advisory Committee. His duties will include advising the ACCP Executive Committee on student concerns and contributing to student newsletters and the annual student report.

“It’s really exciting,” said Tim. “When I attended the ACCP Annual Meeting last year as a poster presenter and Travel Award recipient, I knew I wanted to be more involved. The StuNet Committee is a great opportunity and allows students to be active and engaged.” Tim will assume his new role at the upcoming 2014 ACCP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Maxwell Installed as National Pharmacist Association President

Carleton Maxwell, PharmD (’06) was installed as the National Pharmacist Association President (NPhA) for 2014-16. He is the youngest President in the history of the organization and the second person to serve as National President of both NPhA and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

Dr. Maxwell completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, and a Cardiology/Internal Medicine residency was at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in addition to a preceptor for fourth year pharmacy students at Wingate University School of Pharmacy and the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Maxwell is currently the Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He has published several articles in major pharmacy journals, and his interests are in heart failure and anticoagulation in acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Maxwell was appointed to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy Alumni Board earlier this year.

Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari DVP to be Held on Saturday, September 20

The Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari Endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorship will be held on Saturday, September 20, from 8am until 1:30pm at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The topic is: Multidisciplinary Cancer Symposium: Contemporary Insights into the Management of Pancreatic Neoplasms, featuring Dr. James Yao, Associate Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

To register for the DVP, please go to www.utconferences.com/dilawaridvp to reserve your spot soon. The full PDF brochure for the Dilawari DVP can be viewed online by clicking here: www.tinyurl.com/dilawaridvp.

The Raza A. Dilawari DVP features a world-class lineup of presenters and speakers, featuring:

  • “Management of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors” – James Yao, MD, Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari Distinguished Visiting Professor
  • “Genetics and Management of Familial Pancreatic Cancer” – Teresa Brentnall, MD
  • “Multidisciplinary Management of Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer:”
    Endoscopic Evaluation – Mohammed Ismail, MD
    Cracking the Code on Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer – Margaret Tempero, MD
    Radiation Therapy – Brian Czito, MD
    Surgical Strategies and Outcomes – Matthew Katz, MD
  • “Palliation in Pancreatic Cancer and End of Life Issues” – Clay Jackson, MD and Nia Zalamea, MD
  • “Debate: Management of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm
    in Young Patient: Partial vs Total Pancreatectomy” – Stephen Behrman, MD and Matthew Katz, MD

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

UTHSC Assistant Professor Kazuko Sakata, PhD, Receives $147,500 Grant to Study Anti-Depressive Effects of Enriched Environments Early in Life

Dr. Kazuko Sakata

Dr. Kazuko Sakata

An enriched environment that includes exercise, social interaction and mental stimulation has been proven to help prevent or reverse depression. But it’s not clear exactly when in life an enriched environment has the most anti-depressive effect. [Read more...]

Smith Presents to National Vaccine Advisory Committee

Dr. Cindy Smith, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, from Reeves-Sain Pharmacy in Murfreesboro presented to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee in Washington, DC on June 11, 2014. This committee is advisory to the Assistant Secretary of Health of the US Public Service to assist in making decisions about the government’s role concerning vaccines. Cindy’s presentation was titled “Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine-The Pharmacists’ Perspective.” She was asked to help the committee understand how a practicing pharmacist deals with the HPV vaccine. She was listed on the agenda as representing the University of Tennessee. If you would like more information, please follow the NVAC link http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/upcomingmeetings/060102014agenda.html

Racial Disparities in Medication Adherence Continue Despite Policy Improvements, According to UTHSC Researchers

Mustafa Hussein, PhD

Mustafa Hussein, PhD

Even though most people know that taking medication properly is key to managing chronic disease, they don’t or can’t always do it. However, the launch of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2006 has encouraged more elderly patients to take their heart medications as prescribed. [Read more...]