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Pharmacy Residency Director

Katie Burenheide, MS, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM

Title: Pharmacy Clinical Manager
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Education: Kansas State University for Pre-Pharmacy, PharmD at Creighton University, General Pharmacy Practice and Hospital Pharmacy Masters residency Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Fellow of Critical Care Medicine, Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists (BCPS), Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS) and instructor, Fundamentals of Disaster Management, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS), Kansas Leadership Program Graduate
Professional Organizations: Kansas Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Society of Critical Care Medicine (Drug Shortage Task Force, Fundamentals of Critical Care Committee, Patient Safety Committee, Project Task Force, abstract reviewer and poster moderator), Midwest Critical Care Collaborative
Interests: Sepsis, trauma, neurocritical care, surgical critical care, rural health, antibiotic stewardship, anticoagulation, factors and blood management (i.e. massive transfusions), research
Research:

  • "Preventing Medication Errors Through the Standardization of Cardiovascular Medication Infusions" survey in process with the Society of Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy/Pharmacology Section (CPP) Patient Safety Committee.
  • "Capability of Rural Hospitals to Manage Severe Sepsis." Poster presentation at MSHP-KSHP Spring 2008 meeting. Received an award in outstanding research.
  • "Prospective study reviewing all trauma patients to determine if patients received adequate deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis and if any complications were associated with or without prophylaxis." Stormont Vail Health, June 2005
  • "Retrospective Community Acquired Pneumonia Study: Analysis of prescribing patterns and outcomes." Stormont Vail Regional Health Center, June 1999.
  • "Low Molecular Weight Heparin vs. Low Dose Heparin: Analysis of Prescribing Patterns and Outcomes." Advisor: Patricia A. Howard

Honors: Society of Critical Care Fellow in Critical Care Medicine 2013, Society of Critical Care Presidential Citation 2011, Stormont Vail Lamley Award 2005
Past Professional Organizations: American Cancer Society – Education Committee, Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Alpha Theta

Pharmacy Resident Coordinators

GregORY P. Burger, PharmD, CPPS

Title: Medication Safety Coordinator
Education: BS Pharmacy 1990, PharmD 1991
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS)
Professional Organizations: American Society of Professional in Patient Safety (ASPPS), American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP), Kansas Counsel of Health-System Pharmacy (KCHP)
Interests: Medication Error Prevention, Root Cause Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Just Culture.
Research:

  • Robinson J, Burger GPPierce JA. Comparison of Timing Accuracy of Phenytoin Therapeutic Drug Level Monitoring after Implementation of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) with Pharmacist-Directed Timing. Presented at ASHP Midyear Meeting, Dec. 2012 and KHC Quality Summit, Oct. 2013.
  • Dieker TM, Burger GPQuillin W, Oszko MA. Emerging Trends in Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE): Medication Placement within an Order Set and Subsequent Changes in Prescribing Patterns. Presented at ASHP Midyear Meeting, Dec. 2012.

Tyler Dieker, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialists - Oncology
Pharmacy Resident Coordinator
Education: PharmD at University of Kansas 2010, Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY-1) Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, KS 2011
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Immunization Certified, Immunization Theory and Practice
Professional Organizations: Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist Association (HOPA), Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacists (KCHP) Education Committee, American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (ASHP)
Former Professional  Organizations: Kansas Pharmacists  Association (KPhA)
Interests: Oncology, hematology, supportive care for the oncology patient
Research:

  • "Emerging Trends in Computerized Physician Order Entry: Medication Placement within an Order Set and Subsequent Changes on Prescribing Patterns." Lawrence Memorial Hospital. 2010. Dieker, Burger, et al.
  •  "Communication with Physicians: It Can Be a Sticky Situation - Results of a Pilot Communication Tool within Cerner." Lawrence Memorial Hospital. 2010. Dieker, Dugal, et al.

Preceptor Coordinators

Brooke Bitner, PharmD, BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency and Trauma
Pharmacy Preceptor Coordinator
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Education: PharmD, University of Kansas,Lawrence, BS in Biology, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas
BS in Printing Management/Graphic Design, State University, Pittsburg
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS),PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS), Immunization Theory and Practice Certification
Professional Organizations: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacists
Greater Kansas City Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Missouri Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Kansas Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists
Interests: Emergency and Trauma, Critical Care, Infectious Diseases with emphasis in sepsis, End-stage liver disease
Clinical Research:

  • "A Retrospective Quality Improvement Pilot Study Evaluating the Role of Night-shift Pharmacists" in the Emergency Department and Trauma Center at Stormont Vail Health" (Co-investigator)
  • "Adherence to Antimicrobial Administration Recommendations from the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines Prior to Implementation of Computerized Physician Order Entry" (Residency project at University of Kansas Hospital)

Past Professional Organizations: University of Kansas Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Kappa Epsilon

Preceptors

Susan Byler, RPh

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Education: University of Kansas Bachelor of Pharmacy
Additional Credentials: Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), STABLE
Professional Organizations: Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group
Interests: Neonatal medicine, Pediatrics, PICU

Laura Carson, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – SICU
Education: PharmD, Drake University
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY-1) Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS. Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS), Immunization Theory and Practice Certification
Professional Organizations: Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American College of Clinical Pharmacist (ACCP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Interests: Emergency and Trauma, Critical Care, Infectious Disease

Melissa Comstock, RPh

Title: Clinical Staff Pharmacist
Education: University of Kansas Bachelor of Pharmacy
Professional Organizations: Kansas Council of Health Systems Pharmacists
Past Professional Organizations: Kansas Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacists Association
Interests: Geriatrics, Infectious Disease, Medical Ethics

Nicholas Gallinger, PharmD

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Education: PharmD at University of Kansas 2005
Experience:  2005-2006 Cheyenne Regional Medical Center – Clinical Staff Pharmacist main hospital and Coumadin clinic.  2006-2011 Medical Center of the Rockies.  2011-2016 Stormont Vail Health – Clinical Staff Pharmacist and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Additional Credentials/Certifications: American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Immunization Certified, Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS)
Former Professional Organizations: American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP)
Interests: Critical Care, Infectious Disease, Pediatrics, Neonatal medicine

Amber Howard, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Pediatrics
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Education: PharmD, University of Kansas
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (PFCCS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS), Immunization Theory and Practice
Professional Organizations: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy
Interests: Pediatrics, Infectious Disease, and Critical Care

Betsy Pederson

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Emergency Medicine
Education: University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Additional Credentials/Certifications: BLS, ACLS, PALS
Professional Organizations: ASHP, ACCP, KCHP, KPhA
Interests: Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Critical Care
Research: Enoxaparin Dosing in Obesity;  Meds-to-Beds Design and Implementation

Amber Rice, PharmD

Title: PGY1 Pharmacy Resident 2015-2016
Education: Pharm.D. and B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS), Adult Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Immunization Certification
Professional Organizations: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
Former Professional Organizations: American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP), and National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
Interests: Emergency Medicine/Trauma, Critical Care and Ambulatory Care

Christy A. Rooks, RPh, BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Education: BS Pharmacy, University of Kansas
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Immunization Theory and Practice Certification, Society for Infectious Disease Pharmacists Certification, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Professional Organizations: Society of Critical Care Medicine
Interests: Sedation/analgesia in critical care, nutrition support, antibiotic stewardship
Research:

  • "Daily sedation interruption coordinated with spontaneous breathing trial improves patient outcomes." StormontVail-HealthCare, 2010. Rooks, Laird, et. al.
  • "Delirium screening: Improving patient outcomes in the Intensive care unit." StormontVail-HealthCare, 2012. Rooks, Kanchwala.

Craig Walkenshaw, PharmD, BCPP

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Psychiatry
Education: B.S. Chemistry, Pittsburg State University; PharmD, University of Kansas
Additional Credentials/Certifications: BLS, PALS, ACLS
Professional Organizations: CPNP, NAMI
Former Professional Organizations: 
Interests: Child/Adolescent, Adult, and Geriatric Psychiatry 

Name: Elizabeth Welch, PharmD

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Education: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa HealthCare System, PharmD - Creighton University School of Pharmacy & Health Professions, BSHS - Creighton University College of Arts & Sciences 
Additional Credentials/Certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ACLS), Pharmacy Based Immunization Certification
Professional Organizations: Kansas Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Texas Pharmacy Association, Phi Lambda Sigma, Pharmacists for Life
Former Professional Organizations: Nebraska Pharmacists Association, East Texas Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Interests: Anticoagulation, Medication Therapy Management/ Ambulatory Care (emphasis in diabetes and cardiac disease state management), Lifestyle Modification and Natural Medicine Integration,  Geriatrics
Research:

  • "Evaluation of the concomitant use of unfractionated heparin or enoxaparin in warfarin patients."  (Co-investigator at Stormont  Vail  Health)
  • "International Multicentre PREvalence Study on Sepsis (IMPRESS)." (Registered site investigator at Stormont Vail Health)
  • "Evaluation of omega-3-acid ethyl esters (Lovaza®) versus OTC fish oil supplements in lowering triglyceride levels in a veteran population." (Residency project at VA Nebraska­ Western Iowa Health Care System)

Honors: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Recognition Award 2012

Kevin Welch, PharmD, MBA

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Emergency  and Trauma
Education: PharmD, Creighton University; MBA, Creighton University; BME (Bachelor of Music Education) Kansas State University
Additional  Credentials/Certifications: PGYl  Pharmacy  Residency,  Christus Trinity Mother  Frances Hospital, Tyler, TX
Professional Organizations: American  Society  of Health-System  Pharmacists (ASHP)
Interests:
Emergency and Trauma
Research:

  • Welch K, Ike C, Martin A, Doolabh N, Trpkosh T. Evaluation of modified de! Nido versus Buckberg solution for cardioplegia during isolated aortic valve replacement surgery. Trinity Mother Frances. Tyler, Texas.