Winter 2009 [pdf] - University of Kentucky - College of Pharmacy

Winter 2009 [pdf] - University of Kentucky - College of Pharmacy

Focus on Pharmacy Winter 2009

F o c u s o n


A Publication for Alumni and Friends of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy


Focus on Pharmacy is published twice a year

(January and July) by the University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy.


Kristi Lopez

Design & Production

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University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

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Lexington, KY 40536

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Dean’s Office

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F o c u s o n


A Publication for Alumni and Friends of the Univer sit y of Kentuck y College of Pharmac y






Rho Chi Launches ‘Bedside Back to

Bench’ Program








Rapp -

Change for the Pharmacy Good


Quarterbacks for Kids

College of Pharmacy Building

‘Topped Out’

Robert Yokel Leads Team That Receives

Largest EPA Grant for Nanotechnology

Postdoctoral Profile:

Marharyta “Rita” Pivavarchyk

Cover: Josh Lykins of Flatwoods, Ky, a class of

2010 pharmacy student, “captures” the moment

of the last steel beam being hoisted into place

at the College’s Topping Out ceremony held in

August. Full story on page 12.


2 Message from the Dean

4 Awards and Achievements

10 Events

14 Research

16 Faculty/Staff Updates

18 College Briefs

20 Alumni & Friends Photos

22 AlumNotes

23 Guest Column - Kevin Lamping

24 In Memoriam

Winter 2009


A Message

from the Dean

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The litany of troubling economic news continues to come in on nearly a daily

basis. While the College of Pharmacy is not immune to the same economic forces

that affect our nation and you, we are trying diligently to keep those unpredictable

forces from determining our fate. In the face of this adversity we are moving

along as best we can on those priorities that will allow us to remain among the

best colleges of pharmacy anywhere. Let me give you some examples of how

we have and will continue to keep our momentum going in the right direction.

On the research front, the College is holding its own and then some. During

the last eight years, NIH research funding has flattened. However, in that same

period, the College has increased both the number of grants submitted and

funded. Those funding awards are a significant reason our research faculty were

ranked 4th in the country in research productivity compared to their peers in

nearly 350 departments. In the face of greater competition than ever before,

our faculty have engaged in the kind of scholarly productivity that you can be

proud of that isn’t just about dollars but research advances in the treatment

of cancer, neurological diseases, diabetes, and drug and alcohol abuse.

In the arena of pharmacy practice, we once again have produced the best crop

of graduates in the country. Again this past year, 100 percent of our graduates

passed the NAPLEX exam, giving our College the highest first-time pass rate in the

country for nearly a decade. To put this in context, more students are taking the

exam each year due to more pharmacy programs opening. Yet even with increased

competition, our graduates remain the best performers, and now, practitioners.

Another bit of good news is that construction on our new building continues

to remain on schedule. Projects of this size are usually falling behind for

any number of reasons but we have been able, thus far, to stay on schedule.

Barring any unforeseen problems, we anticipate to move to the new facility

in early 2010 and welcome the Class of 2014 for the fall semester.

Finally, our PharmacistCARE program continues to receive national honors,

most recently from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

as recipient of the 2008 Best Practices Award. This marks the second occasion

for national recognition by PharmacistCARE which received the prestigious

2005 APhA Pinnacle Award. What an achievement by recent graduates of

the College who grew up in Kentucky and subsequently developed and

implemented this renowned program emphasizing medication therapy

management that today is admired by so many across the nation.

We know much of the news these days is grim and we are prepared

to do our part in being fiscally conservative and ride out economic

instability in our state and our country. However, we are fortunate to not

have to look far to find reasons for optimism – our students, our faculty

and our research and practice innovation endeavors are strong and

resilient and give me the confidence that our future remains bright.


Dean Kenneth B. Roberts, Ph.D.

4 Focus on Pharmacy

2008 UK Pharmacy Graduates Achieve

100 Percent Pass Rate on NAPLEX, MJPE

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy graduates once

again achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX,

national pharmacy licensing exam.

The perfect pass rate ensures the UK program will keep its

status as having the highest percentage of students with a

successful first-time pass rate in the nation.

“The performance of our graduates on the board exam is

exceptional and demonstrates not only the commitment of

our students but the excellence and dedication of our faculty

and staff in providing an exemplary educational program,”

said Dean Kenneth B. Roberts, Ph.D.

UK students completing the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

program and taking the licensure exam required for practicing

pharmacists had the highest composite first-time pass rate from

2002 to 2006 and from 2003 to 2007 among 90 accredited

pharmacy programs.

“With the 2008 pass rate being 100 percent, I think we can

assume we will have the highest five-year moving average at

the end of 2008 as well,” said William Lubawy, Ph.D., executive

associate dean at the UK College of Pharmacy.

Overall, 101 UK graduates achieved an average NAPLEX score

of 126.89 compared to the national average score of 114.11.

In addition, 100 percent of UK graduates passed the Multistate

Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MJPE), the pharmacy law exam

required in 44 states, on the first try compared to the national

average of 91.82 percent.


National Licensing Exam (NAPLEX) Scores 1999-2008









1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

National Average

UK Average

Winter 2009


UK PharmacistCARE Receives 2008 ASHP

Best Practices Award

UK PharmacistCARE, a medication

therapy management program at the

University of Kentucky, was selected to

receive the 2008 American Society of

Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Best

Practices Award.

The national competition recognizes

innovative and outstanding practitioners

in health-system pharmacy. Recipients

of the ASHP Best Practices Award are

recognized and present posters of the

implementation of an innovative program,

which improved the quality of patient

care in their health system, at the ASHP

Midyear Clinical Meeting being held

Dec. 7-11 in Orlando.

UK pharmacists Holly Divine, Pharm.D.,

CGP, CDE, Carrie Johnson, Pharm.D.,

CDE, and Amy Nicholas, Pharm.D., CDE,

received the award for PharmacistCARE,

a unit of the UK College of Pharmacy and

part of UK HealthCare.

The UK College of Pharmacy, in

partnership with the University’s

benefits department, created the

pharmacist-administered disease

management service for health plan

members who include UK employees,

retirees and their families.

Currently the program is a free-standing

pharmacist-managed clinic located in the

Kentucky Clinic, the primary ambulatory

care facility owned by UK HealthCare.

The nationally recognized program has

become a model for employers facing

the increasing challenge of providing

affordable healthcare benefits that enable

employees to maintain good health at a

reasonable cost.

As a result of the success of the

PharmacistCARE program at UK, clinical

outcomes have improved for persons with

diabetes and inpatient and emergency

department costs have been significantly


PharmacistCARE has proven to be an

ideal training site for pharmacy residents

and students as well as a model for

other health care systems that want to

create pharmacist-run clinics to benefit

their employers and their employees.

In addition, the November/December

2008 issue of Journal of the American

Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) recently

PharmacistCare pharmacists (seated) Carrie

Johnson, (standing) Holly Divine and Amy Nicholas.

included three articles published by

the UK pharmacists that describe the

development, implementation, and

outcomes of the UK program.

Maddox Receives 2008 Parker Award

Ray R. Maddox, Pharm.D., a 1977

graduate of the University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy and R#44 in the

UK Pharmacy Residency program, was

honored with the 2008 Paul F. Parker

Award at a luncheon on Dec. 9, held

in conjunction with the American

Society of Health-System Pharmacists in


Each year, the Paul F. Parker Award

is given to a former resident of the UK

Pharmacy Residency Program or an individual associated with

the success of the program. It recognizes someone who has

displayed a contribution to the profession, teaching or research.

The recipient has a commitment to high ideals and excellence in

their chosen field and encourages the personal and professional

growth of others. The award honors the legacy of Paul F. Parker

who came to UK in 1960 and was essential in the establishment

of the UK Hospital, first serving as its Director of Pharmacy and

Central Supply. Parker developed the nation's first hospital-wide

unit dose system and drug information center. He was also

instrumental in the development of clinical pharmacy practice

and teaching programs in the UK College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Maddox received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at the

University of Georgia and completed a postgraduate residency

in hospital pharmacy practice at the Medical University of South

Carolina before completing the doctor of pharmacy degree and

clinical pharmacy residency program at UK.

Currently, Dr. Maddox is director of Clinical Pharmacy, Research

& Pulmonary Medicine for the St. Joseph's/Candler Health System

in Savannah, Ga. In this capacity, he directs the clinical pharmacy

and pulmonary medicine departments as well as the research

program for the health system and is principal investigator on

numerous studies conducted with collaborating physicians.

He remains active in clinical service program development

and research and has been an advocate and innovator in the

implementation of hospital medication safety technology.

He is extensively involved in professional practice and

educational organizations and has served in leadership positions

of committees of the American Society of Health-System

Pharmacists and Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

He also serves in various capacities in state and local

professional societies and is a past-president of the Georgia

Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He was recognized as a

Fellow, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FASHP)

in 1998.

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UK Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate student Yolanda Williams shares information with Daisy Tawiah, a second-year Pharm.D. student.

Rho Chi Launches ‘Bedside Back to Bench’ Program

Although both are students at the University of Kentucky College of

Pharmacy, Daisy Tawiah and Yolanda Williams may have never crossed

paths without a new program developed and sponsored by the UK

Chapter of Rho Chi.

Williams is a 2009 Ph.D. candidate in the pharmaceutical sciences

graduate program and spends most of her days in a research laboratory.

Tawiah is a second-year student in the professional Pharm.D. program

and spends much of her day in the classroom. Thanks to a new “Bedside

Back to Bench Program” that promotes research opportunities for Pharm.D.

students, Tawiah now shadows Williams and the two meet to discuss

research and career paths.

The focus of the Bedside Back to Bench Program is to expand and

build upon the connections between the professional and graduate

programs at UK and to give Pharm.D. students hands-on and personal

experience with laboratory research.

Although the program was developed by Rho Chi members, the

program is offered to all UK Pharm.D. students. Last fall, graduate

students in the pharmaceutical sciences program gave a presentation

to interested Pharm.D. students and those looking for more information

about research-related careers and opportunities were matched with

UK graduate students.

Since being matched Tawiah and Williams have discussed career paths

over lunch and studied together. Tawiah also learns about Williams’ work

focusing on the study of lobeline, a natural alkaloid, and its efficacy in

treatment of ADHD.

Tawiah is originally from Indianapolis and received her undergraduate

degree from Yale University. Although she is interested in research, she

decided to pursue a Pharm.D. because of the opportunities for interaction

with patients.

Williams, of Durham, N.C., received a bachelor’s degree from Spelman

College in 1995. After working as an analytical chemist and a forensic

chemist, she decided to attend pharmacy school and earned her Pharm.D.

from Hampton University in 2003. She began the pharmaceutical sciences

graduate program at UK in the fall of 2003 and joined the lab of Linda

Dwoskin, Ph.D.

“I was involved in research as an undergraduate at Yale and this past

“I was involved in research as an undergraduate and I find it is

something I definitely want to continue, especially clinical research. It is

helpful to have someone who already has a Pharm.D. to talk to about

the research opportunities that exist and the different paths to consider.”

summer at Procter and Gamble and I find it is something I definitely

want to continue, especially clinical research,” Tawiah said. “It is helpful

to have someone who already has a Pharm.D. to talk to about the

research opportunities that exist and the different paths to consider.”

As a Pharm.D. student you become aware early on of your options in

retail and hospital pharmacy, Williams said. “However, hands-on experience

in a laboratory and seeing what it is like to work in a research field is an

opportunity I hope more students will take advantage of.”

Celebrating 60 Years

of Rho Chi at UK

Look for more information on special

events in your mailbox soon!

Winter 2009



Dr. Pat DeLuca, professor of pharmaceutical sciences,

was installed as president of the American Association

of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) at the organization’s

annual meeting held in November in Atlanta.

Japanese Pharmacy Group

Visits UKCOP

Members of the Japan Women’s Pharmaceutical Association

(JWPA) visited the UK College of Pharmacy in October. The

group, founded in 1966, has more than 40,000 members and

works to advance public health, medical care and women in

the profession in Japan.

The 15 members visiting UK for a five-day educational tour

included the organization’s president, Yoshiko Kondo, a

pharmacy management and education consultant, as well as

several community pharmacists, pharmacy owners, hospital

pharmacists and pharmacy educators. Takako Komiyama,

professor and director of pharmacy at Kitasato Medical Center

Hospital, instrumental in other UK-Japanese pharmacy cultural

and education exchanges, accompanied the group and is an

advisory board member.

While on campus, the group toured the UK campus, UK

Healthcare pharmacy services including the inpatient

pharmacy and satellite pharmacy, and learned about the

College’s curriculum. Their tour also included stops at the

Kentucky Capitol, the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, and a

horse farm.

Rapp Honored with Prestigious

ACCP Parker Medallion

Bob Rapp, Pharm.D., professor in the

Department of Pharmacy Practice at the

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

and professor of surgery at the UK College of

Medicine, received the 2008 American College

of Clinical Pharmacy’s Paul F. Parker Medal

for Distinguished Service to the profession of

pharmacy. The medal was presented during

the Opening General Session at the 2008

Annual Meeting in Louisville on Oct. 19. Later

that evening, he was honored at a reception

sponsored by the UK College of Pharmacy.

Paul Parker was one of clinical pharmacy’s

most influential proponents. Before his death

in 1998, Mr. Parker spent 24 years as director

of pharmacy at the UK Chandler Medical

Center. His innovations include development of

decentralized pharmacy services, which placed

pharmacists in the hospital’s clinical areas, as well

as development of the nation’s first pharmaciststaffed

drug information center. Mr. Parker’s

vision for pharmacy practice was passed along to

more than 150 residents and fellows who trained

in the Kentucky program during his tenure.

These disciples include many of today’s leaders

in clinical pharmacy who continue to pass on his

wisdom and vision to their trainees. The Paul F.

Parker Medal recognizes an individual who has

made outstanding and sustained contributions

to the profession that improve patient or service

outcomes, create innovative practices, affect

populations of patients, further the professional

role of pharmacists, or expand the recognition of

pharmacists as health professionals.

“Paul Parker and Bob Rapp had many

things in common. Their passion for

pharmacy and love for Kentucky were

the most obvious. But, the quality

that always impressed me the most

was their understanding of what

it truly meant to be a pioneer,

a pioneer at a time when our

profession was significantly

risk averse,” said Robert

Blouin, Pharm.D., dean and

distinguished professor at the

University of North Carolina.

“They were able to create

environments that made others

around them better and the

impact on our profession has

been enormous.”

8 Focus on Pharmacy

Bob Rapp –

Change for the Pharmacy Good

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy professor

Bob Rapp credits his success to his ability to change – from

continually shifting his focus to solve some of the biggest clinical

pharmacy problems of the day to changing his mindset on

fundamental philosophies in the profession.

His introduction to pharmacy was as a delivery boy for Cole

Drugstore in Louisville when he was 13 years old. From there he

moved to Taylor Drugs and worked

for 1954 UK pharmacy graduate

Bob Sandlin during his high

school years and learned

the ropes in a true “oldtime

pharmacy” where

service and patient care

were paramount.

During pharmacy

school at UK, Rapp

answered a “help

wanted” flier posted

on a bulletin board

in the Department of

Pharmacy and Central

Supply to help prepare

for the opening of the

new UK Hospital in 1962.

He was one of five students

chosen to work with

Paul Parker.

Even then, Rapp says he knew he was involved in

something bigger than a sideline job. “At that time I

knew there were three ‘thought leaders’ in the country

in clinical pharmacy and I was learning and working

with one of them.”

Rapp, Parker and others would work together from

1962 to 1985 to revolutionize clinical pharmacy and

patient care services. Since Parker’s retirement in 1985,

Rapp has continued to leave his own legacy through a

new generation of clinical specialists he has mentored

and trained at UK.

Rapp initially specialized in sterile product technology

and his first assignment was clinical pharmacist for

the general surgery team. Later came the era of total

parenteral nutrition (TPN) in late 1970s and early

1980s and Rapp was asked by Dr. Byron Young, chief

of neurosurgery at UK, to investigate ways to improve

the treatment of post-traumatic epilepsy. For the next

10 years, he worked with UK neurosurgeons on antiepileptic

drugs and was awarded several NIH grants.

In the 1990s, antibiotic resistance was emerging as

an increasing problem in the hospital setting and Rapp

again took the lead as an infectious disease clinical

specialist in establishing a nationally-recognized

antimicrobial control program at UK that has been

modeled across the world.

“When I look at my career, my work with the

antimicrobial team is one of the areas I’m most proud,”

Rapp said. And as an acclaimed invited speaker and

lecturer to pharmacists and organizations throughout

the U.S., it is the message he can’t emphasize enough.

His work in infectious disease has also led to one

of the other biggest changes – his way of thinking

regarding pharmacy specialization.

“In 1995, I strongly believed variety and training

in multiple clinical areas was best, but now

I undoubtedly see the value of pharmacy

specialization,” he said. “In fact, I believe it to be

one of the profession’s major accomplishments

with no further proof than the Department

of Pharmacy Services at the UK Chandler

Hospital where we now have

specialists in cardiology, critical

care, oncology, clinical nutrition,

critical care, infectious disease and

internal medicine.”

Winter 2009


Glasscocks Kickoff

Quarterbacks for Kids

Pharmacist-Led Program is a Touchdown for Kentucky’s Sickest Children

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy alumni

Tobi and Scott Glasscock of Danville know their

pharmacy colleagues are compassionate, giving

people. But they also know most of them have

demanding schedules that prevent them from volunteering

in their communities. So they developed a unique fundraising

program that allows them to make a difference without

leaving the pharmacy.

With the support of the their employer, Walmart, the

Glasscocks established Quarterbacks for Kids, a program

benefitting the Pediatric Drug Fund at Kentucky Children’s

Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network. Just a few

months into the program, they already have set a goal of raising

$150,000 in their first year. “Pharmacists have big hearts, they

just don’t have the time and flexibility in their schedule outside

the normal scope of their job to be involved in volunteer

programs,” Scott Glasscock said. “We’ve already seen tremendous

support from pharmacists who have really gotten involved

in their stores and even challenged other Walmart stores in

neighboring communities in fundraising competitions.”

The Quarterback for Kids was launched during the

beginning of the 2008 fall football season with a kickoff of the

program during the UK versus UofL game. Containers were

set out in Walmart pharmacies encouraging customers to

donate extra change when purchasing their prescriptions. The

program has expanded to offer customers the opportunity

to buy a card replicating a football with their name printed

on it that is displayed in the pharmacy. Soon the Glassocks

hope debit and credit card scanners in Walmart stores will

give a prompt to add a donation to purchases. “The program is

continuing to evolve as we are learning different strategies to

provide people ways to give,” Scott Glasscock said.

Matching the Money to the Cause

When the Glasscocks joined the University of Kentucky

Fellows Society they worked with Caroline Barrow, special

assistant to the dean for philanthropy at the UK College of

Pharmacy, in finding a way to designate their financial gift to

“something close to their hearts”. They decided to give their

support to the pediatric drug fund directed by UK pediatric

pharmacist Bob Kuhn.

The Pediatric Drug Fund is part of the UK Department of

Pediatrics and provides financial support for several projects

including clinical medication studies at the Children’s Hospital

and for research in pediatric medication safety issues that will

benefit both patients in the hospital and provide education in

communities, said Kuhn.

“I can’t imagine any greater stress than to have a sick

child that needs medical care,” said Tobi Glasscock. “We are

fortunate to have healthy children and have even found this

to be a great way to teach them about giving and the need to

help others.”

(continued on page 9)

“Pharmacists have big hearts,

they just don’t have the time

and flexibility in their schedule

outside the normal scope of

their job to be involved in

volunteer programs,”

-Scott Glasscock

UK pediatric pharmacist Bob Kuhn visits with Kentucky

Children’s Hospital patient Allison Vassil.

10 Focus on Pharmacy

(continued from page 8)

Walmart and Beyond

Scott Glasscock credits his employer for supporting the

development of the program. “Walmart promotes the

philosophy of community sustainability and encourages

employees to be involved in volunteer programs,” he said. But

at many department stores, the pharmacists were the piece

often left out of fundraising. “When our stores have had special

events in the past such as picnics or in-store celebrations, the

pharmacists rarely attend because they obviously can’t leave

the pharmacy.” With the Quarterbacks for Kids program they

are able to be involved and even take the lead in getting the

rest of the employees to support the initiative. “Walmart is a

large corporation, but we have been able to make the size work

to our advantage in promoting the program.”

Although Quarterbacks for Kids was developed by the

Glasscocks, both Walmart Pharmacy Market Managers, it is

their goal to involve pharmacists beyond their retail chain.

“It has always been our intention to get this concept rolling

but not limit it to Walmart pharmacies,” Scott Glasscock said.

“We see this as a ‘pharmacist program’ not a ‘Walmart program’

and welcome others who want to get involved.”

Tobi and Scott Glasscock support the University of Kentucky with the development

of Quarterbacks for Kids, a pharmacist-led fundraising program.

Scott and Tobi Glasscock

Scott Glasscock was raised on a farm in Lebanon, Ky.

He was an engineering student at UK but switched to

pharmacy school because he was told he could go back

home or get a job in any small town in Kentucky with

a pharmacy degree. A 1996 graduate of the Pharm.D.

program, he has worked at Walmart since he was a

student and currently is Pharmacy Market Manager for

Louisville (15 stores).

Tobi Glasscock, a native of Elkhorn City, went to

Pikeville College for her pre-pharmacy courses and then

graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from

the UK College of Pharmacy in 1995. She has been with

Walmart since 1994. Currently, she is the Pharmacy

Market Manager for Lexington (16 stores).

Winter 2009



November 8-12

White Coat Ceremony

August 21

Graduates at the Grange

May 7

Alumni & Friends

Spring Weekend

April 17-19


April 3-6

Graduation Recognition


May 8

Pre-Professional Day

May 29

Reunion Weekend

October 30-31


December 6-10

Alumni & Friends

Golf Outing

September 21

C o l l e g e o f P h a r m a c y B

14 Focus on Pharmacy

Ceremony Commemorates

The new University of Kentucky Col

for completion in early 2010, reach

in August 2008. To commemorate

place the final steel beam at the to

“The topping out ceremony is an impor

University of Kentucky,” said UK President

to see this portion of construction comple

scope of this new building will help peopl

the state envision what UK’s academic me

I am looking forward to standing here in a

of Pharmacy’s students, faculty, and staff t

education and research in the Commonwe

The 280,000 square foot facility will be t

and among the largest in the nation. Stan

state-of-the art academic and research fac

seat classroom, a 54-seat classroom, a teac

classrooms and study areas. The innovativ

foster collaboration and interaction.

“The new UK College of Pharmacy Build

mean more opportunity for Kentucky’s be

who want to pursue careers as valued pat

every county in the Commonwealth,” said


In addition, the building will be the first

of UK’s academic medical campus of the fu

project on the south side of campus that w

health education in Kentucky.

“The new UK College of Pharmacy build

B. Chandler Hospital, is setting the momen

unprecedented opportunities for the citiz

state-of-the art research, education and p

campus,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK execut

Topping Out is the term used by ironwo

steel is being hoisted into place on a build

The project is not completed, but has reac

of iron is hoisted into place with a small ev

growth and luck. An American flag is also

the UK College of Pharmacy’s final beam h

dignitaries, including faculty, staff and stu

“EOP Architects along with Ellenzweig a

forward to the completion of this state-of

said Richard Polk, Ekhoff, Ochenkoski and

this building will do its part in helping ma

number one pharmacy program in the nat

u i l d i n g ‘ To p p e d O u t ’

Placing of Final Steel Beam

lege of Pharmacy Building, scheduled

ed its maximum height in construction

this milestone, a ceremony was held to

p of the building.

tant moment for the future of the

Lee T. Todd, Jr. “Not only is it exciting

ted, I think the impressive size and

e across our campus and throughout

dical campus of the future will look like.

couple of years alongside the College

o embark on a new era in scientific


he largest academic building in Kentucky

ding five stories high, it will house

ilities, two 235-seat auditoriums, a 110-

hing laboratory, small group learning

e research laboratories will be created to

ing won’t just mean more space, it will

st and brightest young men and women

ient care providers in communities in

Kenneth Roberts, dean of the College of

academic facility constructed as part

ture, a 20-year, $2.5 billion expansion

ill further accelerate research and

ing, coupled with the new UK Albert

tum for the university to offer

ens of the Commonwealth as we add

atient care space on our medical

ive vice president for health affairs.

rkers to indicate that the final piece of

ing, bridge, or other large structure.

hed its maximum height. The final piece

ergreen tree atop which symbolizes

attached and, in keeping with tradition,

as been painted white and signed by


nd the entire design team are looking

-the-art academic and research facility,”

Polk Architects. “We are confident that

ke the UK College of Pharmacy the


Winter 2009


Novel Anti-Overdose Drug Studied

Devastating bodily

harm caused by cocaine

overdose may soon be

avoided because of a

new drug discovery

made by University of

Kentucky College or


Pharmacy researchers.

By tweaking a naturally occurring

enzyme, Chang-Guo Zhan, PhD, professor

in the Department of pharmaceutical

sciences at UK’s College of Pharmacy,

and his colleagues created a molecule

that could flush a cocaine overdose

out of the body before it can cause

irreparable damage to the body.

Currently, doctors can only try to

relieve the symptoms of a cocaine

overdose. If the enzyme undergoing

research works in humans, it could

remove the drug from a user’s body.

Enzymes in the body combine cocaine

with water and then, over a sequence of

reaction steps, break it down into two

harmless products. However, this process

is very slow – it takes up to 90 minutes

to dispose half of even a tiny dose, and

much longer for a large overdose. Zhan

says that the molecule his team created

can break down cocaine much faster.

Courtney Swadley, a graduate student

in the lab of Dr. Audra Stinchcomb, has

been awarded a National Research Service

Award Fellowship from the National

Institute on Drug Abuse. Prior to joining

the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate

program in 2005, Courtney received a BS

degree in chemistry from the University of


Courtney’s project focuses on studying

and optimizing the skin permeation of

cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptor agonists and

their analogs. CB1 receptor agonists show

therapeutic potential in the treatment

of numerous medical ailments including

pain (e.g. chronic and neuropathic),

nausea and vomiting, and substance

abuse (e.g. alcoholism and smoking)

“Our drug discovery was based

on rational design using a novel

computational approach,” said Zhan.

Zhan and his colleagues, including

scientists at the University of Michigan

Medical School, calculated the energy

required to perform each reaction step,

which enabled them to determine how

much energy a molecule should have

to successfully react. Using computer

simulations that systematically tweak

the structure of the enzyme and predict

the effect of these tweaks on the energy

barrier, Zhan and his colleagues arrived

at a candidate molecule that promised

to speed up the degradation of cocaine

by 2,000 times faster than the naturally

occurring enzyme. The molecule

was then synthesized and tested on

animal models to determine whether

it might work in the human body.

Zhan says the overdose therapy should

have few side effects in humans.

“We expect that this candidate

molecule can be tolerated very well in

the human body because it is a variant

of the primary cocaine-metabolizing

enzyme in the human body and

we have not made any change on

the enzyme surface,” Zhan said.

Swadley Receives NRSA Fellowship from NIDA

making them very interesting for drug

delivery research.

These compounds are being investigated

for transdermal delivery because of this

delivery system’s advantages of providing

a patient-controlled method of use,

potential for controlled release and

long term delivery application, and the

ability to bypass first-pass and gastric

metabolism. CB agonists are generally

of large molecular weight and very

lipophilic, making them good models for

understanding the skin permeation of

compounds with similar physicochemical

properties for which little information

about skin permeation is available. This

project is funded by grants from the NIH

(F31) and the American Cancer Society.

New Research Accounts

July 1, 2008 to Dec. 15, 2008

Dr. Bradley D. Anderson

$60,001 from Boehringer Ingelheim

for “Optimizing Oral Absorption of

Poorly Water Soluble Drug Candidates:

Mechanisms and Predictive Models

for the Selection of Excipients to

Maintain Supersaturation by Inhibiting

Nucleation and Crystallization.”

Dr. Karen M. Blumenschein

$5,000 from American Foundation

for Pharmaceutical Education for

“Do Patients and Pharmacists

Agree on the Interpretation of

Verbal Probability Statements.”

Dr. Peter A. Crooks

$72,550 from University of Rochester

for “A Novel Thiadiazolidine-Dione

Targets Human Leukemia Stem Cells.”

Dr. Charles D. Loftin

$20,000 from PhRMA Foundation for

“Fellowship for Julie Oestreich: The Effects

of P2Y12 Polymorphisms on Platelet

Receptor Expression and Activation.”

Dr. Audra L. Stinchcomb

$7,325 from AllTranz for “Evaluation

of a Drug for Dermal Delivery.”

Dr. Audra L. Stinchcomb

$30,524 from National Institute on

Drug Abuse for “NRSA Fellowship

for Swadley: Transdermal Delivery of


Dr. Jurgen Rohr

$251,484 from National Cancer

Institute for “Novel Aureolic Acid-

Type Antitumor Agents.”

Dr. Jeffery C. Talbert

$905,686 from Department for Mental

Health Mental Retardation Service

for “Research Information Systems

Management for KY Department for

Mental Health/Mental Retardation.”

Dr. Jeffery C. Talbert

$1,722,468 from KY Cabinet for

Health and Family Services for

“Money Follows the Person (MFP).”

Dr. Steven Van Lanen

$10,000 from Daiichi Pharmaceutical Corp.

for “Biosynthesis of Nucleoside Antibiotics.”

Dr. Chang-Guo Zhan

$498,945 from National Institute

on Drug Abuse for “High-Activity

Mutants of Cocaine Esterase for

Treatment of Drug Addiction.”

Pharmacy Totals: $3,583,983

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Dr. Eric Grulke, UK College of Engineering; Dr. Uschi Graham, UK CAER (Center Applied Energy Research); UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.; Dr. Russell Wright Jr., deputy regional administrator

for EPA region 4; Dr. Tseng, UL School of Medicine Department of Anatomical Sciences; and Dr. Robert Yokel, associate dean for research and graduate education at UK.

Robert Yokel Leads Team That Receives

Largest EPA Grant for Nanotechnology

A research team led by Robert Yokel, Ph.D., associate dean

for research and graduate education at the UK College of

Pharmacy, has received the largest single U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR)

grant for the study of nanotechnology. The $2 million grant

is being used to investigate how the sizes and shapes of

nanoparticles affect their ability to enter the brain.

The multi-disciplinary collaborative team includes experts

from UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research, chemistry,

engineering and the department of anatomical sciences at

the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine.

The research team will study potential health impacts of nanosized

cerium oxide, as a model (or example) of nanoscale

material. It is used as a diesel fuel additive. Used presently

in Europe, it is claimed to improve fuel efficiency, suppress

soot from exhaust and reduce the concentration of other

ultra-fine particles in air that have known health effects. Ceria

nanoparticles are a key abrasive nanomaterial for chemicalmechanical

planarization (CMP) of advanced integrated circuits.

The research project will be funded for four years.

“Our research will study the structural and chemical properties

of manufactured nanoscale materials, being developed here

at UK and elsewhere to identify the properties that influence

their distribution in the body, particularly the brain,” Yokel said.

Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating extremely

small particles – ranging in size from 1 to 100 nanometers.

The physical, chemical, electronic and optical properties of

these nanoparticles may be different from the larger form of

the same material. As such, nanomaterials may have unique

impacts on the environment and human health.

As nanotechnology progresses from research and development

to commercialization and use, it is likely that manufactured

nanomaterials will be released into the environment. The EPA

is charged with protecting human health and the environment,

as well as ensuring that the uses of engineered nanotechnology

products occur without unreasonable harm to human health

or the environment. This research will provide relevant

information needed for risk assessments that can inform

decision making related to nanotechnology products.

“I am proud to award this research grant to the University

of Kentucky,” said Russell L. Wright Jr., deputy regional

administrator (acting) for EPA Region 4 in Atlanta, Ga.

“Nanotechnology is an exciting new field with the potential

to transform environmental protection. With nanomaterial

use increasing every day across industries from health care

to manufacturing, it is essential that we understand the

implications of nanotechnology for human health and the


Winter 2009


UK College of Pharmacy Welcomes Three

New Faculty Members

Heidi Mansour, Ph.D., Younsoo Bae, Ph.D., and Wooin Lee, Ph.D., have joined the College as assistant

professors in the Division of Drug Development.

Dr. Mansour’s research

focuses on the application of

interfacial phenomena and

biocolloidal chemistry in the

design of advanced drug

delivery self-assembly systems

and development of pulmonary

inhalation aerosols for targeted

lung drug delivery (pulmonary

disease treatment) and for novel

needle-free vaccine inhalation

aerosol delivery (pulmonary

disease prevention) as

multifunctional microparticles and nanoparticles.

She earned a B.S. in pharmacy (1996) and a Ph.D. in

pharmaceutical sciences (2003) from the University of

Wisconsin at Madison. Dr. Mansour recently was honored

during the 2007 American Association of Pharmaceutical

Scientists annual meeting in San Diego, receiving the PhRMA

Postdoctoral Fellow Award in Pharmaceutics and the AAPS

Postdoctoral Fellow Award for research excellence.

Prior to her appointment at UK, she was an Instructor (both

in the Graduate and Pharm.D. Programs) and a postdoctoral

fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School

of Pharmacy, in the Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics,

receiving the 2007 UNC-Chapel Hill Postdoctoral Award for

Research Excellence from the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Staff Changes at UK COP

Stephanie Wurth joined the College in

November as Recruiter and Pre-Pharmacy

Advisor. She previously served as the

International Student Advisor in the

UK Office of International Affairs. She

received a B.S. in Integrated Strategic

Communications from UK and is currently

completing a M.S. in Community and

Leadership Development.

Mary Morse joined the College in

November as administrative assistant

to Dean Kenneth Roberts. She

previously served as executive secretary

to the president of the Council on

Postsecondary Education.

Dr. Bae’s research is focused on

the development of intelligent

polymer nanovehicles for

controlled combination delivery

of potential bioactives to targeted

lesions. Bioactives may include

anticancer drugs, proteins, and

nucleotide drugs while targeted

legions are tumor vasculatures,

hormone-sensitive human

cancers (breast, ovary, uterine

and prostate), and drug-resistant

cancers. Heat shock proteins and

proteasomes are the major molecular targets of interest for the

combination therapy using intelligent polymer nanovehicles,

along with conventional chemotherapy.

He received a B.E. in textile/polymer engineering (1999)

from Hanyang University, South Korea, and a master’s degree

(2002) and Ph.D. in materials science (2005) both from the

University of Tokyo, Japan. Prior to his post at UK, Dr. Bae

served as a postdoctoral researcher and research associate at

the University of Tokyo, School of Engineering and School of

Medicine, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School

of Pharmacy.

Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the

genetic and molecular bases for

interindividual variations in drug

metabolism and transport and the

role of drug transporters in cancer

development and progression.

She also has been also developing

translational research programs

incorporating pharmacokinetic,

pharmacogenomic and other

correlative studies into early

clinical trials.

Dr. Lee received her doctoral

degree in pharmaceutical sciences (2002) at the State

University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree

(1995) in pharmacology at Seoul National University. She also

received a bachelor’s degree (1993) in pharmacy from Seoul

National University.

Prior to her appointment at UK, she completed

a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Clinical

Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University and worked as a

research assistant professor in the Division of Hematology and

Oncology at Vanderbilt University.

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Marharyta “Rita” Pivavarchyk is one of 22 postdoctoral scholars currently working at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Marharyta “Rita” Pivavarchyk

Science is a common language and common bond

for Marharyta “Rita” Pivavarchyk and her co-workers and

colleagues who work and study in the laboratory of Dr. Linda

Dwoskin, endowed professor in pharmaceutical education at

the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Pivavarchyk, is a postdoctoral scholar and native of Grodno,

Belarus. Belarus is in Eastern Europe and borders on Poland,

Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. The country declared its

independence in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

She received her Ph.D. at the University of Belarus and worked

as a biochemist at the Institute of Biochemistry, Academy of

Sciences of Belarus and as a research scientist of the scientific

laboratory of Grodno State Medical University for more than

15 years. She learned of Dr. Dwoskin’s research from a colleague

at the Institute of Biochemistry of Grodno who also had

completed postdoctoral studies at UK. “After I read about her

research and learned of the chance to come here, it was a

chance of a lifetime,” she said. “Dr. Dwoskin is a wonderful

mentor and scientist and working in her lab is a great honor

and opportunity.”

As a pharmacologist and biochemist, Pivavarchyk investigates

the capacity of new compounds to inhibit nicotine-evoked

dopamine release from superfused rat striatal slices. She hopes

her group will find new selective compounds which will be

candidates for the treatment of nicotine abuse.

Pivavarchyk admits she struggled with English when she first

arrived in the United States three years ago, but today she

considers UK and Lexington her family’s second home. At UK

she works alongside fellow researchers who are not only from

the United States but also come from countries including

Romania and India. “We learn about each other’s countries and

habits and holidays, which are very different, but the science

and the research, for us that is what is the same,” she said.

Pivavarchyk is appreciative of the opportunity coming to the

U.S. has not only provided for her but also her family. “My daughter

is so happy to be here, she doesn’t even talk with an accent.”

Winter 2009




Dwoskin Selected for National Academic

Leadership Fellows Program

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

selected Linda Dwoskin, Ph.D., endowed professor in the

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, to participate in

the Academic Leadership Fellows program.

Now in its fifth year, the year-long faculty development


program in health professions education is designed to

develop the nation’s most promising pharmacy faculty for roles as future leaders

in academic pharmacy and higher education.

UK Pharmacy Graduate Appointed to UK Board of Trustees

UK pharmacy alumnus and Louisville eye surgeon, Dr. E. Britt Brockman, (Class

of 1982) began a six-year term on the UK Board of Trustees in July. Brockman

was chosen by Gov. Beshear from a list of nominees prepared by the bi-partisan

Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.

Brockman, who earned degrees from UK’s College of Pharmacy and the University of

Louisville School of Medicine, is a cataract, glaucoma and refractive surgery specialist

practicing in Louisville, New Albany, Ind., and Jeffersonville, Ind. He replaces Billy B.

Wilcoxson, whose term has expired. Brockman’s term will expire June 30, 2014.

Kuhn Named Associate Director of Pharmacy

Services at KCH

Bob Kuhn, Pharm.D., professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science,

and professor of pediatrics in the College of Medicine, has been

named associate director of pharmacy services for Kentucky

Children’s Hospital.

Kuhn currently serves as program director of the pediatric


pharmacy residency training program which has trained over

30 residents over the last 20 years.

Fink Elected to Serve Two Organizations

Joseph L. Fink III, professor, has been elected chair of The Center

for Rural Development in Somerset and has been elected as

a public member of the National Board on Certification and

Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

The Center for Rural Development is a non-profit organization

whose primary mission is improving the quality of life for


individuals in its 42 county service region by providing leadership

that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions.

The NBCRNA consists of two constituent groups, the Council on Certification of

Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA) and the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

(CRNA). He will work most directly with the latter group.

Drs. Ryan and Smith Named ACCP


Dr. Melody Ryan and Dr. Kelly Smith were

named to the 2008 Class of Fellows of the

America College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Drs. Ryan and Smith joined 21 others from

around the country honored at the ACCP



Annual Meeting in October.

ACCP is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education,

advocacy, and resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in

practice and research. The organization’s membership is composed of practitioners,

scientists, educators, administrators, students, residents, fellows, and others

committed to excellence in clinical pharmacy and patient pharmacotherapy.

Hatton Elected to ACCP Research Institute

Board of Trustees

Jimmi Hatton, Pharm.D., chair of the UK Department of Pharmacy

Practice and Science, has been elected a Research Institute

Trustee for the American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP)

for a three-year term (2008-2011).

ACCP is a professional and scientific society that provides


leadership, education, advocacy, and resources enabling clinical

pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice and research. The organization’s

membership is composed of practitioners, scientists, educators, administrators,

students, residents, fellows, and others committed to excellence in clinical pharmacy

and patient pharmacotherapy.

Student KSHP Group Recognized

The UK College of Pharmacy’s student chapter of the Student Society of Health-

System Pharmacy (SSHP) has been recognized by the American Society of Health-

System Pharmacists (ASHP) as one of the leading student ASHP chapters in the country.

The UK chapter of the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists (KSHP) –

also part of the Kentucky Alliance of Pharmacy Students (KAPS) – was among

the student groups from across the U.S. which met the criteria for official ASHP

recognition for promotion of membership in local, state, and national health-system

organizations. Jennifer White served as student president for 2007-08; Brittany

Warrick is president for 2008-09. Aaron Cook, Pharm.D., pharmacy specialist in

neurosurgery and critical care for UK HealthCare and adjunct assistant professor, is

advisor for the student chapter which has 271 members.

Martin and Winstead to Serve as


Craig Martin, PharmD, BCPS, (Class of

1999) has been selected to serve as the

Education and Scholarship Program Director

(ESPD) and P. Shane Winstead, PharmD,

(Class of 1999) has been selected as the



Pharmacy Practice Program Director (PPPD)

for University of Kentucky HealthCare Pharmacy Services.

Macaulay named 2008 UK Pharmacy Residency

Preceptor of the Year

Tracy Macaulay, PharmD, BCPS, was selected the 2008 UK

Pharmacy Residency Preceptor of the Year. This award is given to

the UK Pharmacy Preceptor who has demonstrated continued

interaction and involvement with the residency and who freely

serves as an educator, mentor, and advisor to all residents.



Linked in

Policastri named 2009 Kentucky Board of

Pharmacy President-Elect

Anne Policastri, Pharm.D., (Class of 1982) assistant director of

experiential education at the UK College of Pharmacy, was

elected president-elect of the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy for

2009 and will become president in 2010.

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Carter and Mitchell

Carter, Mitchell Named Lyman T. Johnson Award Honorees

UK pharmacy student Monique Carter and clinical assistant professor Trenika Mitchell,

Pharm.D., were honored as recipients of the Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence and

Torch Bearer awards presented Oct. 17.

The annual awards are inspired by the legacy of Lyman T. Johnson. Johnson, the

grandson of slaves, is best known as the plaintiff whose successful legal challenge

opened the University of Kentucky to African-American students in 1949. He died in

Louisville in 1997.

Carter is a 2009 doctor of pharmacy candidate and a graduate of Henry Clay High

School in Lexington. Upon graduation in May, Carter plans to pursue a career in clinical


Dr. Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences in 2002 and

doctor of pharmacy degree in 2004 from the University of Mississippi. She completed

a pharmacy residency program at UK Health Care. In 2006, she joined the UK College

of Pharmacy as a lecturer in the Lesshafft Patient Care Laboratory. She recently has

been promoted to assistant clinical professor.

Ryan Named Distinguished Practitioner in NAP

Melody Ryan, Pharm.D., MPH, associate professor, has been

named as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies

of Practice in Pharmacy. NAP is a non-profit organization

founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our health

care system. Distinguished practitioners and scholars are

elected by their peers from 10 different health professions to


join the only interdisciplinary group of health care practitioners

dedicated to these issues.



Kuhn, Rapp among Faculty,

Students Honored by KSHP

Several pharmacy faculty and students

were honored at the Kentucky Society of

Health-System Pharmacists Meeting held

in Lexington in November.

Bob Kuhn, Pharm.D., professor and

associate director of pharmacy services,

was honored with the KSHP Pharmacist of the Year award, and Bob Rapp, Pharm.D.,

professor, received the KSHP Special Achievement Award.

John Armitstead, M.S., assistant dean, medical center pharmacy services, was

named a KSHP Fellow, and Aaron Cook, Pharm.D., clinical pharmacy specialist and

assistant adjunct professor, was named to the KSHP Board of Directors.

Mike Farley, PG2 Resident, was honored as the Outstanding Pharmacy Resident,

and UK Pharm.D. students Ellen Krajewski, Katie Long, and Stephanie Oliver were

presented KSHP Foundation scholarships. In addition, pharmacy students Melinda

Morgan and Lindsey Clark Barnes, winners of the clinical skills contest, received travel

stipends to attend the ASHP meeting and compete in the national contest.

Roberts and Mobley

Roberts Receives Mobley Development Service Award

Pharmacy Dean Kenneth B. Roberts was selected as the recipient of the Terry B.

Mobley Development Service Award. The award is given annually to a UK employee

who is not a professional fund raiser, but who has demonstrated extraordinary support

for the development effort at the University and is a strong advocate for UK through

their service to local, state or national service organizations.

The award, presented Nov. 12, was established to honor the extraordinary development

career of Terry B. Mobley by recognizing and rewarding staff who have demonstrated

outstanding performance and professional achievement.


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Winter 2009


The 2008 UK College of Pharmacy Golf Outing

had more than 80 alumni and friends of the

college competing at the University Club of

Kentucky. All proceeds from the tournament

benefit scholarships for pharmacy students.

Four UK College of Pharmacy alumni who serve as

pharmacy deans across the country joined UK Dean

Kenneth B. Robert in honoring UK professor Robert

Rapp (1963, 1970) recipient of the prestigious American

College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Paul F. Parker Medal for

Distinguished Service. From left is Joseph Dipiro (UK

Pharmacy 1981) Executive Dean of the South Carolina

College of Pharmacy; Robert Blouin (UK Pharmacy

1975), Dean of the University of North Carolina School

of Pharmacy; Roberts, Rapp, David Allen, (UK Pharmacy

1985), Dean of The Northeastern Ohio Universities College

of Pharmacy; and Don Letendre (UK Pharmacy 1979),

Dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

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Associate Executive Dean William Lubawy

celebrated his selection as the 2008 Robert

K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy

Educator Award recipient with family,

alumni and friends aboard the Mystic Blue

in Chicago in July.

College of Pharmacy faculty, staff,

alumni and friends enjoy tailgating

before the UK vs. Arkansas game.

Winter 2009


AlumNotes AlumNotes AlumNotes


Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA) board members are

Jessika Chinn (Class of 1999), president-elect of KPhA;

Lewis Wilkerson (Class of 1993) KPhA treasurer; Stan Scates

(Class of 1974) as secretary; and Jason Wallace (Class of 1999)

as director of the board.

Joel Thornbury (Class of 1992) and Larry Hadley (Class of 1974)

were appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to serve on the Kentucky

Board of Pharmacy. They will begin their term on the in January.

Jared Combs (Class of 1996) was appointed by the Kentucky

Board of Pharmacy to serve on the Pharmacist Recovery Network

(PRN) Committee. The PRN Committee works with the Kentucky

Board of Pharmacy and serves as a source of information for

practitioners seeking help negotiating their way through the

discovery of their disease, treatment, aftercare, and petition

for reinstatement. Jared, now in recovery for 8 years, has also

authored a book titled Incomprehensible Demoralization - An

Addict Pharmacist’s Journey to Recovery.

Carol G. Gallagher (Class of 1989) has been named Chief

Executive Officer of Seattle –based Calistoga Pharmaceuticals,

Inc., a company dedicated to developing innovative medicines for

the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases. Dr. Gallagher

most recently served as president and CEO of Metastatix, a private

oncology company.

Daniel Grantz (Class of 2004) was named Assistant Director of

Pharmacy Services - Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy (KCP). Dr. Grantz

will be responsible for the Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy and the

Student and Employee Health Services Pharmacy as well as in

other ambulatory care pharmacy leadership roles.

Del Miller, MD, (PharmD Class of 1980, R90) professor of

psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver

College of Medicine and a physician with UI Hospitals and

Clinics, has been appointed for a five-year term to the Kathrine

Griffin Professorship in Schizophrenia and Major Mental Illness.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the UI College

of Pharmacy, a PharmD from the University of Kentucky and a

medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. In addition,

he completed a residency in hospital and clinical pharmacy at

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and a residency in

psychiatry at UI Hospitals and Clinics. He was a postdoctoral fellow

in mental health at the UI prior to joining the UI faculty in 1992.

Darshini Trivedi (PS 2007) has accepted a postdoctoral position

at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

in the lab of Dr. Robert Langenbach. Darshini and Dr. Brett Jones,

former PS postdoc in the lab of Dr. Penni Black, are planning a

wedding ceremony for next May.


Jeremy Flynn (Class of 1999) has been selected by the American

College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Board of Regents as the

recipient of the College’s 2009 New Clinical Practitioner Award.

This award, which is conferred annually, recognizes a College

member less than six years since completion of training who has

made outstanding contributions to the health of patients and to

the practice of clinical pharmacy.

Joan Haltom (Class of 1988/1997) recently received the

2008 Kentucky Hospital Association’s Quality Award. The

award recognized Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical

Center in Danville, Ky. for electronic innovations in medication


Mike Hegener (Class of 2005) a member of the University of

Cincinnati faculty, will be receiving the American Association

of College of Pharmacy’s Crystal APPLE award for precepting

excellence in February.

Nancy Horn (Class of 2002) owner and pharmacist at Corner

Drug in Winchester, has been named Preceptor of the Year (in the

pharmacy category) by the Northeast AHEC. She was honored at

the NE AHEC Preceptor of Recognition Banquet Nov. 14.

Russ Judd (Class of 2007) Infectious Diseases (PGY2) Specialty

Pharmacy Resident, was selected by the University Health System

Consortium to serve on the UHC Pharmacy Practice Advancement

Committee. This committee acts to foster multidisciplinary

synergy and collaboration to promote improved patient

outcomes through adoption of efficient and effective pharmacy

practice models and evidenced-based medication use policies

and guidelines.

Joseph C. McMurtry (Class of 1950) of Nicholasville, was

selected by the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on

Aging Foundation Board of Directors as one of the prestigious

2008 William R. Markesbery Senior Stars and was honored at the

UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation’s 22nd annual

dinner Oct. 16 in Lexington. The Senior Star awards recognize

Kentuckians who are making lasting contributions in professional

and/or community life and who set high standards to inspire

others. McMurtry purchased Hemphill Pharmacy in downtown

Nicholasville in 1949. In 1971, he sold his interest and opened

Drug Mart, a larger pharmacy expanding in the Nicholasville

area where he still works part-time and has acquired a business


Tiffany D. Self (Class of 2004) of Louisville was recognized as

the Young Pharmacist of the Year at the Kentucky Pharmacists

Association meeting in Lexington this past June. She is also

currently serving her second term as grand treasurer for Lambda

Kappa Sigma pharmacy fraternity.

Tom Smith was selected as the UK HealthCare Pharmacist of

the Year (Robert P. Rapp Award). Tom was selected based upon

his longstanding commitment to providing exemplary service

on nights to UK HealthCare patients along with a great team of



Laura McCargar Land (PS 2004), husband Chuck and big sister

Isabella welcomed Natalie Sophia born on August 28, 2008. Laura

and her family live in Cincinnati where she is employed at P & G.

Holly Wessel (Class of 2006) and Jimmy Byrnes (Class of 2004)

were married on April 26, 2008 in Louisville.

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Thank You

Thanks to the following pharmacists

who volunteered their time as

admissions interviewers in 2008-09.


Alyson Schwartz

Amber Lawson

Bob Oakley

Cathy Shely

Chris Killmeier

Don Cooper

Don Kupper

Donna Smith

Greg Bausch

Jeff Mills

John Burke

Katie Busroe

Kevin Lamping

Leon Claywell

Lewis Wilkerson

Lynn Harrelson

Michael Box

Mike Burleson

Mike Montgomery

Mike Sparkman

Mike Wyant

Nancy Randall

Ralph Bouvette

Ralph Deitemeyer

Randy Gaither

Rudo N’Dia

Steve Hart

Tony Womack


Ann Amerson

Anne Policastri

Bill Lubawy

Bob Kuhn

Dan Wermeling

Dave Feola

Doug Steinke

Joe Fink

John Piecoro

Jurgen Rohr

Karen Blumenschein

Kelly Smith

Linda Dwoskin

Matt Lane

Melanie Mabins

Melody Ryan

Pat McNamara

Paul Bummer

Penni Black

Peter Cohron

Sheila Botts

Steve Dunn

Tera McIntosh

Tim Clifford

Tracy Macaulay

Trenika Mitchell

Trish Freeman

If you are interested in volunteering

in next year’s admissions process,

please contact:

Phyllis Nally

Director of Admissions

(859) 323-5023

Do you share

the Passion for


I am excited to have the opportunity to share with

you some thoughts about the profession of pharmacy.

I am a 1990 graduate from the University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy, and I can state with most

certainty that your UK College of Pharmacy consistently

provides graduates of the highest quality to this state

and other states.

Why are we so fortunate?

It is YOU who make this a reality. It starts with the grassroots effort that each

of you should be performing on a daily basis. You are the face of pharmacy.

Whether you work in the public eye or behind closed doors, the simple fact

remains … people look at you as a role model.

How can you further this legacy of being a role model for future graduates?

It is a simple as two words….get involved.

Upon graduation, I immediately made a conscious effort to stay involved

with the College by attending sponsored events, participating in the interview

process for admissions, serving as a preceptor for students, and contributing

financially to the College. This has been extremely rewarding. These experiences

have all allowed me to feel as part of a team, a team that is entrusted to educate

UK College of Pharmacy students.

I am sure many of you are already involved at some level with the College.

By being involved, we are setting an example for past and future graduates. By

expanding your involvement with the College, whether that involvement is of

talent or of money, we will make the College even stronger than it is today. The

education and experiences we received at the College provided a foundation for

our success. It is our duty to continue this legacy.

It is imperative you share your passion for the profession with others and that

you show this passion at every opportunity. Accentuate the positives that the

profession provided to you and will provide to the future alumni of the College.

This is an exciting time for the College of Pharmacy! We are getting closer to

occupying a premier education and research facility. We continue to graduate

students who begin their professional careers armed with the best pharmacy

education available. We have faculty who are dedicated educators and support

staff that enables these students to be successful.

By investing in your profession and by showing the PASSION that you have for

pharmacy we will continue the legacy that our mentors provided for us.

We are extremely fortunate to be able to call ourselves alumni of the University

of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Share the legacy! Show the passion!

Guest Column by

Kevin Lamping

Winter 2009


Remembering Jerry B. Johnson 1938 – 2008

The distinguished career of

Dr. Jerry B. Johnson began in the

University of Kentucky College

of Pharmacy where he served

on the Faculty from 1962-1976.

He was the first pharmacist

registered in Kentucky to practice

at the University Medical Center

when it opened in 1962, and, in

1969, Johnson was one of the

first of two graduates to receive

the Doctor of Pharmacy degree

from UK.

As an undergraduate,

representing the Upsilon Chapter

of Kappa Psi on the UK Student

Council, he formulated the first student health insurance

program at the University. He also served as president of the

UK Chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity from 1967 to 1971 and

as its faculty chapter advisor from 1970-75.

In 1976, Johnson accepted a position in the medical

research division of Lederle Pharmaceutical in Pearl River,

New Jersey, where, during his tenure of 21 years, he spoke at

pharmaceutical seminars nationwide. From 1975-1978, he

was one of 12 pharmacy professionals selected to serve on the

National Board of Pharmacy Licensing Examination Committee.

While living in New Jersey, the UK College of Pharmacy

named Johnson a Distinguished Kentuckian for his

dedicated service to Pharmacy and to the College and for his

accomplishments and for exemplifying noble character and

responsible civic performance.

Johnson, commissioned a “Kentucky Colonel” in 1968,

remained loyal to his “Big Blue” University of Kentucky roots.

He was a member of the University Fellows Society, serving

on its long-term planning/steering committee for university


Retiring and moving to Hot Springs Village in 1995, Johnson

designed his dream home with sweeping views of Lake Balboa,

became active in tennis and serving as the President of the

Tennis Association in 2003-04. When injuries and surgeries

restricted his tennis and golf play, Johnson became active in

his life-long passion of jazz music. He was currently serving on

the Board of Directors of the Hot Springs Jazz Society as vice

president and chairman of the scholarship committee.

Dr. Johnson died suddenly of an aortic dissection on

February 6 at age 70. A private memorial service was held

at the Cedarvale Funeral Home Chapel on February 10,

and on February 16 at his residence, 250 friends attended a

celebration of his life tribute. Always a fierce competitor, this

message was found on one of his frayed bookmarks: “Accept

every challenge given to you and give it your best shot.”

Honoring Friends

and Loved Ones

In Memoriam

William V. Atherton, Class of 1950, died June 15, 2008

Clay C. Brandenburg, Class of 1945, died June 13, 2008

Idris Cader, Class of 1983, died July 25, 2008

Charles A. Cooper, Class of 1959, died July 28, 2008

With In Memoriam giving, you pay tribute

to a classmate, peer, friend or loved one with

a gift that bears the name of the person you

wish to honor.

In Memoriam gifts may be directed to the

fund of the donor’s choice.

For more information on Giving In

Memoriam, please contact:

Mary Beth Vicini at 859.218.1301.

Terry Dennis, College of Pharmacy staff, died Aug. 8, 2008

Rudolph W. Doerhoefer, Class of 1950, died Aug. 13, 2008

Thomas W. Hudson, Class of 1960, died Sept. 24, 2008

Jerry B. Johnson, Class of 1959, died Feb. 6, 2008

Ray McKinney, Class of 1953, died Feb. 5, 2008

Edward T. Rogers, Class of 1950, died July 31, 2008

Harold N. Rowe, Class of 1940, died Jan. 22, 2008

Vicki J. Rymell, Class of 1975, died June 19, 2008

Leo J. Wagner, Class of 1960, died July 13, 2008

26 Focus on Pharmacy

The University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

Welcomes the Following New

Community-Based Faculty

Allison Aldred, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville CEC

Stacy Alexander, Target, Louisville CEC

Ann Armbruster , Lexington Clinic East, Lexington

Katherine Aschbacher, Walgreens, Louisville CEC

Kyle Burleson, Rite Aid, Lawrenceburg

Scott Burris, Isom Community Pharmacy, Isom

Lauren Cottingham, Saint Joseph Healthcare Lexington

Mark Cox, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville CEC

Angel Daniels, Rite Aid, Lexington

William Dutton, Cardinal Hill Hospital, Lexington

Deborah Eck, Norton Healthcare, Louisville CEC

Stacey Emmons, Rite Aid, Lexington

Patrick Higginbotham, VA Medical Center, Lexington

David Hodge, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville CEC

Norris Hollon, Saint Joseph Healthcare, Lexington

Patricia Hughes, Lourdes Hospital, Paducah

Ammie Hurter, Nations Medicines, Owensboro CEC

Michael Ivey, Owensboro Medical Health System, Owensboro CEC

Don Kupper, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville CEC

Carl Lewis, Nations Medicines, Owensboro CEC

Kim Lewis, Nations Medicines Owensboro CEC

Michael Lin, Target, Louisville CEC

Jessica Little, Walgreens, Lexington

Patrice Lucas, Central State Hospital, Louisville CEC

Mary Mollerus, Norton Healthcare, Louisville CEC

Carol Neel, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville CEC

John Nicholson, Walgreens, Lexington

Sarah Nordmeyer, Saint Joseph Healthcare, Lexington

Eric Norrington, Kindred Hospital, Louisville CEC

Leigh Pass, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville CEC

Mallika Patel, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville CEC

Anthony Samaan, Toyota Family Pharmacy, Georgetown

Stacy Shadburne, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville CEC

Jonathan Stevens, Norton Healthcare, Louisville CEC

Lisa Strunk, VA Medical Center, Lexington

Sarah Vickey, Rite Aid, Nicholasville

Michelle Waymeyer, Grant County Drugs, Dry Ridge

Amy Weir, Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington

Clinical Education Centers Plan

for Continued Growth in 2008-09

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Clinical

Education Centers (CECs) continue to expand as third year

pharmacy students complete plans for their Advanced

Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) with rotations for the

2009-2010 academic year beginning in May.

The UK College of Pharmacy CEC at Owensboro will have

eight students participating in the upcoming academic year,

up from four in its current inaugural year. In addition, the

program, a partnership with Owensboro Medical Health

System, will have 19 rotation sites. The Owensboro center

serves the greater Daviess County area including eight counties

in all, said clinical training coordinator Michael Berger, Pharm.D.

In Louisville, the CEC, a partnership with Norton Healthcare,

has seen a dramatic spike in enrollment for the upcoming

academic year with 25 students registered to complete

rotations at sites throughout Jefferson County and including

two sites in Oldham County. The CEC at Louisville has 20

students enrolled for the 2008-09 academic year and had nine

in its inaugural year. The first year in Louisville we had a lottery

to pick students to participate in the CEC, said Trish Freeman,

Ph.D., associate professor and Director of Professional Practice

Programs. “In contrast, this year 25 slots weren’t enough to fill

the need,” she said. “Besides the advantage for some students

of all 10 rotations in one geographic location, I believe the

interaction and camaraderie between the CEC students, along

with the support and resources from having a faculty member

at the CEC site have made them an increasingly popular option

for students.”

Along with additional pharmacy students interested in

participating in the CEC, new preceptors also are continuing

to come on board, said Chris Miller, Pharm.D., clinical training

coordinator at Louisville. The CEC at Louisville currently has

52 APPE sites with 75 community-based faculty and serves all

of Jefferson County as well as two sites in Oldham County.

For more information about the Clinical Education Centers

or becoming a preceptor, please contact:

Trish Freeman, Ph.D., director of professional practice

programs, at or 859.323.1381.

Anne Policastri, Pharm.D., assistant director of experiential

education, at or 859.323.0893.

Chris Miller, Pharm.D., CEC clinical training coordinator at

Louisville, at or 502.629.6838.

Michael Berger, Pharm.D., CEC clinical training coordinator

at Owensboro, at or 270.688.4226.

(Pending UK Board of Trustees approval)

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Permit 51

2009 UK College of Pharmacy Phonathon

The UK College of Pharmacy will be reaching out to alumni and friends in the

next few days, during its annual phonathon. Please answer the call and make a

difference in the life of a current pharmacy student with a gift to the College’s

scholarship fund.

Thanks to our UK College of Pharmacy alumni and friends who answered

the call last year, 83 students received need-based or academic scholarships

ranging from $500 to $18,000. Three of these students are profiled below. As

you read their stories, you will see that the aid they are receiving is making a

world of difference in their studies. It will also make a world of difference in the

lives of those they impact in their future careers.

University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Bldg., Rose Street

Lexington, KY 40536-0082

Make a Difference. Take the Call!

Shashank Patel

Class of 2010

Lexington, Ky.

Jonathan White

Class of 2009


Brookville, Ind.

Julie Baldridge

Class of 2009

Pikeville, Ky.

Jonathan White

Growing up in a small town in Southeast Indiana, Jonathan

White is a fourth generation licensed auctioneer in the family

business started by his great-grandfather in the 1920s. With

strong family ties, going away to school wasn’t an easy decision,

but Jonathan says he’s found a second home at the UK College

of Pharmacy and an extended family in the Class of 2009 which

he serves as class president. He also has found a career path

allowing him the flexibility to maintain his ties to his family’s

business and fulfill his goal of becoming a pharmacist.

Shashank Patel

Shashank Patel has aspired to be a pharmacist since he was

a small boy helping out in his uncle’s pharmacy. By working

as many as 80 hours per week to finance his education, he

completed the challenging pre-pharmacy curriculum and

was admitted to the UK program. Today, receiving scholarship

assistance keeps Shashank’s dream alive.

Julie Baldridge

Julie Baldridge grew up in Eastern Kentucky and wouldn’t

think of practicing pharmacy anywhere else. She completed

her pre-pharmacy requirements at Georgetown College and

now, after three years on campus at UK, is happy to be spending

nearly all of her fourth-year rotations in and around Pike County.

Julie is one of several married students in her class. She shares

that scholarship assistance has made a huge difference in the

education debt she and her husband accumulated while they

have been getting by on one income.

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