Section Advisors

Editorial Advisory Board/Section Advisors

Amber L. Briggs, PharmD, BC-ADM, CGP, BCPS, FASCP, Clinical Pharmacist/Pharmacy Consultant, Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna, AK (Section Advisor for Focus on Lipids Care)

Jack J. Chen, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CGP, Associate Professor (Neurology), Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA (Section Advisor for Neurology)

M. Lynn Crismon, PharmD, Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Programs, College of Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin (Section Advisor for Psychiatry)

Devra K. Dang, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, Associate Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, and Clinical Pharmacist and Faculty, Burgdorf Primary Care Clinic, Hartford, CT (Section Advisor for Focus on Asthma Care)

Betty J. Dong, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Family and Community Medicine, Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (Section Advisor for Focus on HIV Care)

Edward F. Foote, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Nesbit College of Pharmacy and Nursing, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA (Section Advisor for Nephrology)

John D. Grabenstein, PhD, COL (Ret), FAPhA, Director of Scientific Affairs, Merck Vaccine Division, West Point, PA (Section Advisor for Focus on Immunizations)

Eric MacLaughlin, PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, Professor and Interim Chair, Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Pharmacy (Section Advisor for Cardiology)

Nicole M. Maisch, PharmD, Associate Clinical Professor, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y., and Director, Drug Information Service, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY (Section Advisor for Alternative Medicines Corner)

Frank Pucino, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, FDPGEC, New Market, MD (Section Advisor for Endocrinology)

Charles D. Ponte, PharmD, CDE, BCPS,BC-ADM, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine, Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University, Morgantown (Section Advisor for Focus on Diabetes Care)

Sarah Ray, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, Mequon (Section Advisor for Focus on Anticoagulation Care)

Roy A. Pleasants, II, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine (Section Advisor for Respiratory)

Mary W. Roederer, PharmD, BCPS, Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Section Advisor for Pharmacogenomics Corner) 

Arthur A. Schuna, MS, FASHP, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, William S. Middleton VA Medical Center, and Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Section Advisor for Rheumatology)

Daniel S. Streetman, PharmD, MS, Pharmacotherapy Specialist–Drug Interactions and Pharmacogenomics, Lexi-Comp, Inc., Hudson, OH (Section Advisor for Drug Interactions Corner)

Allana Sucher, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions School of Pharmacy, Regis University, Denver, CO (Section Advisor for Infectious Diseases)

C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina Campus, Charleston (Section Advisor for Gastroenterology)

Tara Whetsel, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University, Morgantown (Section Advisor for OTC Medicines Corner)

Gary C. Yee, PharmD, FCCP, BCOP, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha (Section Advisor for Oncology)

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