Rosemary P Cross, PharmD, BCPS
Describe your current position.
I am one of three transplant clinical pharmacists at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. We rotate services monthly and cover adult kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation inpatient and outpatient as well as liver, pancreas and cancer surgery inpatient services. We assist in many industry-sponsored investigational studies, as well as serve on the department’s QAPI committee. Additionally, we precept students from three Georgia schools of pharmacy and PGY1 residents at our own institution.
Describe your education/training for this job.
I received my PharmD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Piedmont Hospital in 2004, right around when the UNOS bylaws were amended to recommend a dedicated pharmacist member of the team. I ended up staying on with the transplant department to help develop a rapidly growing program. I obtained BCPS certification in 2005 and the bulk of transplant knowledge I learned from great mentors at my center and neighboring states, with a lot of nights spent reading up on primary literature.
What inspired you to become a transplant pharmacist?
I was actually headed down the specialty path for Infectious Diseases. Then I lost a game of rock, paper, scissors to my co-resident during PGY1, which allowed me to spend 6 weeks with the transplant program who was looking to expand services and utilize a dedicated pharmacist’s expertise. After residency, I accepted a position with transplant for what I thought would be a few years, and now 15 years later has proven to be a wonderful career.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Stay Gold” by S.E. Hinton from The Outsiders, that I interpret as staying true to yourself. I love it so much it’s tattooed on my right arm.
How do you manage stress?
It’s rare that I get stressed, I’m a pretty easy-going person. I like to make to-do lists and cross things off. I’ll read a book from my favorite YA fiction genre if I need a break from work-related stuff. I play tennis year-round with USTA and ALTA and do Tough Mudder full obstacle courses with my husband for fun.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Raising three tiny humans to be kind and compassionate members of society challenges me every day.
What TV show are you embarrassed about watching?
Totally not embarrassed to say I love pretty much everything on the CW. My favorites right now are Riverdale, Roswell, Flash, Arrow, Legacies, DC Legends of Tomorrow, with Shadowhunters and Cloak and Dagger on FreeForm.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Call my husband first, absolutely. Then I would put in for extended time off at work, fly the kids up to NJ to stay with my parents, and head to Australia to see the Koala bears.