Pharmacy SIG

Pharmacy SIG

Steering Committee

Zahra Mahmoudjafari, PharmD, Chair
Kamakshi Rao, PharmD, Immediate Past Chair
Maurice Alexander, PharmD
Amber Clemmons, PharmD
Dragos Plesca, PhD, PharmD
Teresa Thakrar, PharmD

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The ASTCT Pharmacy SIG call for nominations for awards to be presented at the 2020 Transplant Cellular Therapy (TCT) meeting (formerly Tandem) is now open. For inspiration, watch a video on what the award has meant to past recipients.

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Lifetime Achievement Award
Excellence in Advocacy Award
New Practitioner Award

Pharmacy SIG is Seeking Working Committee Members

The American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT) Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) is seeking enthusiastic and motivated pharmacists working in the area of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HCT) to participate on an ASTCT Pharmacy SIG Working Committee.

Working committees include: advocacy/policy, communications, education, membership, program planning, and research. Please click here for additional information and the application. Additionally, if your term is ending on your current working committee and you are interested in continuing on that committee or joining a new one, then a new application form is needed.

Check out "Fast Facts” for information regarding the purpose, responsibilities, and duties of each committee.

“Role of the HCT pharmacist" document endorsed by national associations

The Advocacy & Policy and Education Working Committees of the ASTCT Pharmacy SIG joined forces to develop an HCT (hematopoietic cell transplant) Pharmacist Role description delineating the role of the pharmacist in HCT practice. The purpose of this document is to educate healthcare professionals, HCT program staff, and pharmacy leadership about the specialty role of the HCT clinical pharmacist. NMDP, ASTCT, HOPA & ACCP endorse the document. Please click here to view the document.

ASTCT Pharmacy SIG Monthly Literature Updates

Below, you can find the following Pharmacy SIG Literature Updates:
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
March 2017
February 2017

October 2016

We welcome any feedback or suggestions. Please send any comments to

Sincerely, Katie Gatwood, Pharm D.

Steering Committee Nomination Form

The ASTCT Pharmacy SIG is seeking enthusiastic and motivated pharmacists working in the area of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HCT) to participate on the ASTCT Pharmacy SIG Steering Committee. At this time we are recruiting for four (4) qualified candidates to replace the members whose terms will end on February 26, 2018. Steering Committee members serve a two-year term with the option to serve longer if elected to serve as Chair. We will be recruiting for our six working committees in the near future. Click here to read more.

ASTCT Pharmacy SIG Newsletters

Winter 2018

Newsletter archive

Past Award Recipients
Lifetime Achievement Awards:
2019: Alison Gulbis, PharmD, BCOP - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

2018: Kamakshi Rao, PharmD, BCOP, CPP, FASHP - University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC

2017: LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD, BCOP, CPP, FHOPA - Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

2016: Ashley Engemann, PharmD, BCOP, CPP - Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

2015: Joe Bubalo, PharmD, BCOP - Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, Portland, OR

2014: Helen Leather, BPharm - University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

New Practitioner Award

2019: Kathryn A. Culos, PharmD, BCOP - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

2018: Alex Shillingburg, PharmD, BCOP, CPP - Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC

2017: Ashley Teusink-Cross, PharmD, MBA, BCPS - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

2016: Alex Ganetsky, PharmD, BCOP - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2015: Kelly Hawks, PharmD, BCOP - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA

2014: Amber Clemmons, PharmD, BCOP - University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Augusta, GA

Excellence in Advocacy

2019: Aaron Cumpston, PharmD, BCOP - West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV

2018: LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD, BCOP, CPP, FHOPA - Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Angie Dahl

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to purchase the 2019 Beyond Fundamentals of HCT eBook.

On behalf of the Steering Committee, thank you for your interest in the ASTCT Pharmacy SIG. We hope this site provides you with the information and tools necessary to become an active and engaged member of our SIG and of ASTCT. If you have any questions or suggestions, email us at We value your input and welcome your feedback.

Zahra Mahmoudjafari, PharmD
ASTCT Pharmacy SIG Chair


The HCT Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) provides leadership for pharmacists within ASTCT and facilitates pharmacist representation on ASTCT committees. Our mission is to represent pharmacist membership within ASTCT, provide a forum for pharmacists to network and share ideas, and move the HCT field forward. This SIG was created in response to the National Marrow Donor Program's System Capacity Initiative as a means of ensuring an adequate infrastructure and pharmacy workforce to support the anticipated increase in demand for HCT by 2020.

Why You Should Join

The Pharmacy SIG has several resources that allow us to invest in your professional development, build your network, and expand your clinical practice. Listed below are some of the many resources you can access as a Pharmacy SIG member.

Continuing Education

These offerings will allow you to easily meet the 10 hours of cellular therapy CE required by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and beyond!

  • TCT Meetings – BMT Pharmacists Conference
  • Fundamentals of HCT training course
  • CE from post-conference online case series
  • Monthly literature summaries
  • Pharmacy SIG newsletters
  • Digital subscription to Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, ASTCT's monthly journal

Networking Opportunities

  • Access a large group of HCT pharmacists, advanced practice providers, and physicians to provide insight on complex clinical issues such as patient care, policies and procedures, and best practices via the Pharmacy SIG Community Page and the Clinical Case Forum.
  • Collaborate in research efforts.
  • Find mentors in HCT.

How You Can Join

Membership in the Pharmacy SIG is open to any ASTCT member. If you would like to join the SIG, you must first be a member of the ASTCT. If you are already a member of ASTCT, send an email to to join this SIG.


Read the Pharmacy SIG charter for more information on the SIG's purpose, membership and committees, including committee composition, selection and responsibilities.

Working Committees

The Pharmacy SIG has six working committees: Program Planning, Advocacy and Policy, Communications, Education, Membership, and Research. These committees have been exploring and expanding the role of our membership and furthering our initiatives within ASTCT.

Program Planning

Nicole Watts, Chair 2019-2020,
Terri Lynn Shigle, Immediate Past Chair 2018-2019,
Meg Croom, Member through 2019
Jamie Elsner, Member through 2019
Tajtiana Grgic, Member through 2019
Nicole Watts, Member through 2019
Amy Bryk, Member through 2020
Craig Freyer, Member through 2020
Rebecca Gonzalez, Member through 2020
Diwura Owalabi, Member through 2020

Advocacy and Policy

Ben Andrick, Chair 2019-2020,
Susanne Liewer, Immediate Past Chair 2018-2019,
Maurice Alexander, SC Liaison, Member through 2021
Alison Gulbis, Member through 2021
Lauren Ice, Member through 2021
Ben Andrick, Member through 2019
Justin Arnall, Member through 2019
Alex Ganetsky, Member through 2021


Brandi Anders, Chair, 2019-2020,
Ryan Shaw, Immediate Past Chair 2018-2019,
Kathryn Maples, Chair Elect 2019-2020
Eileen Chen, Member through 2020
Jason Jared, Member through 2020
Tiene Bauters, Member through 2020
Meg Taylor, Member through 2021
Amanda Peffer, Member through 2021
Jamie Ziggas, Member through 2021
Telyssa Anderson, Member through 2021


Eric Chow, Chair 2019-2020,
Laura Whited, Immediate Past Chair 2018-2019,
Kelly Valla, Member through 2021
Missy (Melisa) Stricherz, Member through 2021
Mariana Lucerna, Member through 2019
Cynthia Herrera, Member through 2019
Cameron Ninos, Member through 2021
Cathryn Jennisen, Member through 2021
Suzanne Gettys, Member through 2021
Elizabeth DiMaggio, Member through 2021
Susie Long, Member through 2021
Jason Yeh, Member through 2021
Jeanne McCarthy-Kaiser, Member through 2021
Morgan Gwynn, Member through 2021

Membership and Awards

Amanda Seddon, Chair 2019-2020,
Alex Shillingburg, Immediate Past Chair 2019-2020
Amanda Brahim, Member through 2020
Kelsey Konrardy, Member through 2020
Allison Martin, Member through 2020
Scott Lanum, Member through 2020
Justin Arnall, Member through 2021
Jamie Shapiro, Member through 2021
Chelsea Minor, Member through 2021


Ashley Teusink-Cross, Chair 2019-2020,
Angela Hsieh, Immediate Past Chair 2019-2020,
Dragos Plesca, Member through 2018
Whitney Wallis, Member through 2018
Michael Westmoreland, Member through 2018
Jamie Rouche, Member through 2018
Julie Merten, Member through 2018
Kelly Hawks, Member through 2019
Shayna Smith, Member through 2019
Erika Wass, Member through 2019

Pharmacist Resources

Role of the HCT Pharmacist: The pharmacist is an integral member of the multidisciplinary HCT team, providing a variety of pharmacy and educational services to both the health care team and the patient in an effort to optimize collaborative, patient-centered care. In October 2016 the “Role of the HCT Pharmacist" document was endorsed by national associations.

HCT Pharmacist Activities:

  • Provide thorough patient medication profile review.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary rounding
  • Manage chemotherapy processes: assistance with treatment planning and review or with preparation of order set and policy documents.
  • Assist with therapeutic drug monitoring: immunosuppressants, anti-infectives, anti-seizure medications, anticoagulants, etc.
  • Provide medication therapy management: diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, etc.
  • Manage anti-infective therapies and promote stewardship: prophylaxis and treatment recommendations, and monitoring.
  • Assist in symptom management: supportive and pain/palliative care.
  • Optimize graft-versus-host disease management.
  • Facilitate post-transplant vaccine administration.
  • Educate patients, caregivers, health care providers and trainees.
  • Assist with transitions of care; provide medication reconciliation and collaborate on discharge planning and management.
  • Facilitate access to medications available through patient assistance programs.
  • Participate in end-of-life planning.
  • Contribute to institutional and collaborative research and scholarly activities.
  • Assist with policy and guideline development.
  • Serve as a patient and professional advocate.

Related Meetings and Groups

The combined annual meetings of ASTCT and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research will take place Feb. 22-26, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. Online conference registration, abstract submission and hotel reservations will be available at a later date, with updates provided on the TCT Meetings of ASTCT and CIBMTR page.

The International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP) connects oncology pharmacy experts from around the world. Through the society’s symposia, journal (JOPP), newsletters and website, members can access leading-edge oncology knowledge, best practices and essential professional networks. Visit the ISOPP website and become a member today!

Advocacy and Policy Toolkit

Recommended external websites in support of pharmacist's initiatives.


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