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The AST Transplant Pharmacy Community of Practice was established in 2009 and is the fifth largest COP within AST with over 610 members. The goal of this COP is to provide a forum for transplant pharmacists and other professionals to network, exchange thoughts, share resources, collaborate on best practice solutions, develop research ideas, participate in educational activities, and promote the practice of transplant pharmacy. We encourage all individuals interested in transplant pharmacy to join this dynamic and growing community.

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our online community OR if you want to be featured in the member spotlight, please email Barrett Crowther at Barrett.Crowther@uchealth.org.

Executive Committee 2019-2020

Chair: David Taber (2021)
Co-Chair: Barrett Crowther (2021)
Board Liaison: Lisa Potter (2020)
Joelle Nelson (2021)
Amanda Szczepanik (2021)
Mary Chandran (2022)
Tiffany Kaiser (2022)
Elisabeth Kincaide (2022)
Early Career Member-at-Large: Melissa Laub (2021)

Anne Kreiss (AST Staff Liaison) –akreiss@myAST.org

TxPharm COP – Survey Dissemination Policy

If you want to solicit feedback on a survey through the TxPharm COP discussion board, it needs approval first. Please email Dave Taber or Barrett Crowther with the survey, and they will facilitate the approval process. Unapproved surveys will be deleted from the discussion board.

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Gordon R. Ingle, BSPharm, PharmD, BCPS

Describe your current position

Novartis Pharmaceuticals—Clinical Research Medical Director, Hepatology and Transplantation

Currently US Clinical Development lead for organ transplantation focusing on Phase II and III clinical trials

Describe your education/training for this job

BS Pharmacy and PharmD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PGY1 residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA

2-year solid organ transplant fellowship at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center

What inspired you to become a transplant pharmacist?

My transplant rotation at UNC Hospitals during my PharmD education showed me the life changing impact of organ transplant.  The effect the transplant team has on the patient, their family members, and their friends is unparalleled to other therapeutic areas.  Everyone was so appreciative with a new positive outlook on life that it motivated me to specialize in transplant.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Washing dishes after cooking.  I like to cook, but hate washing dishes afterwards.

What is your favorite form of exercise?

Playing basketball

Where did you grow up?

Winston-Salem, NC 

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

Thomas Jefferson – Founding Father, wrote declaration of independence; founded University of Virginia, Author of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, As US president, doubled sized of the country with the Louisiana Purchase.  What a great conversation that would be!

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

Adam Levine

Member Spotlight

Mariesa Cote, PharmD

Describe your current position

I am currently a solid organ transplant clinical pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital. I rotate monthly between the inpatient and outpatient abdominal transplant service.

Describe your education/training for this job

I received my PharmD from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I completed my PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residencies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.

What inspired you to become a transplant pharmacist?

I was initially introduced to the transplant pharmacy field by my mentor. Her passion for her patients and the essential role she played on the team inspired me to pursue the specialty. I realized how much the success of transplant relies on the medications and the education that is provided to patients. I love that we have a role in all phases of care, from pre-transplant education to post-transplant medication management.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Grocery shopping – I always forgot something and have to run back through the entire store.

What is your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Trying new places for Sunday brunch.

What TV show are you embarrassed about watching?

Love is Blind – Netflix really got me during quarantine.

What is your favorite form of exercise?

I’ve recently found my love for rowing, a full body workout in one exercise.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Buy an island that I can quarantine on (and retire one day)!

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