Pharmacy SIG


Steering Committee

Alison M. Gulbis, PharmD,Chair 

LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD, Chair-Elect 

Tippu S. Khan, PharmD, Immediate Past Chair
Jeffrey Betcher, RPh
Joseph Bubalo, PharmD
Amber Clemmons, PharmD
Alex Ganetsky, PharmD


On behalf of the Steering Committee, thank you for your interest in the ASBMT 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 ASBMT. If you have any questions or suggestions, email us at We value your input and welcome your feedback.
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Alison Gulbis, PharmD,
ASBMT Pharmacy SIG Chair




February 22 - 23, 2017

2017 Beyond Fundamentals of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) Training Course will be offered in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the 2017 BMT Tandem Meetings. Click for details and to register.



ASBMT Pharmacy SIG Winter 2017 Newsletter


November, 2016 - Pharmacy SIG is Seeking 2017 Working Committee Members

The American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) 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 ASBMT Pharmacy SIG Working Committee. At this time we are recruiting qualified candidates to replace committee members whose terms end February 27, 2017.

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. 

November, 2016 - Pharmacy SIG To Grant New Investigator Research Award

The ASBMT Pharmacy SIG Research Committee announces the launch of the ASBMT Pharmacy SIG New Investigator Research Award. This is a competitive research grant designed to facilitate pharmacy-related research by investigators in the field of blood and marrow transplantation. The grant consists of $50,000 awarded over two years. Eligible applicants must be licensed pharmacists in the first 7 years of post-residency or post-graduate practice. The nominee must be an ASBMT member and member of the ASBMT pharmacy SIG. The award is intended to support a project focusing on clinical, laboratory/translational medicine, pharmacoeconomic, or health services research.

A request for letters of intent will be sent out during the spring 2017. Currently, the ASBMT Pharmacy SIG Research Committee would like to extend to you an opportunity to join the pool of potential reviewers for the 2017 ASBMT Pharmacy New Investigator Award review panel. Please indicate your top two areas of expertise (clinical, laboratory/translational medicine, pharmacoeconomic, or health services research) and send your CV to Dragos Plesca ( by January 9th, 2017.

October, 2016 - ASBMT Pharmacists SIG Monthly Literature Update - Available Here

NMDP, ASBMT, HOPA & ACCP endorse HCT Pharmacist Role Description developed by Pharmacy SIG

The Advocacy & Policy and Education Working Committees of the ASBMT 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. Please click here to view the document. 


The HCT Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) provides leadership for pharmacists within ASBMT and facilitates pharmacist representation on ASBMT committees. Our mission is to represent pharmacist membership within ASBMT, 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!

  • BMT Tandem 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, ASBMT'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 Listserv 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 ASBMT member. If you would like to join, email


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 ASBMT.

Program Planning

Kamakshi Rao, Chair 2016-2017,
Colleen Timlin, Chair Elect 2016-2017,
Kelly Hawks, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2017
Ashley Teusink, Member through 2018
Jeanne McCarthy-Kaiser, Member through 2018
Valeria Bernardo, Member through 2017
Kelley Carlstrom, Member through 2017
Zahra Mahmoudjafari, Member through 2018
Terri Lynn Shigle, Member through 2018
Lauren McBride, Member through 2017
Terri Davidson, CE Provider/Logistics Support (non-voting)
Ross Davidson, CE Provider/Logistics Support (non-voting)

Advocacy and Policy

Ila Maewal Saunders, Chair 2016-2017,
Rebecca Tombleson, Chair Elect 2016-2017,
Jeffrey Betcher, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2017
Ryan Bookout, Member through 2017
Vi Doan, Member through 2018
Susanne Liewer, Member through 2018
Amy Wiglesworth Bryk, Member through 2018


Teresa Kam, Chair 2016-2017,
Katie (Kaminski) Gatwood, Chair Elect 2016-2017,
Ashley Newland, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2017
Eric Chow, Member through 2017
Aimee Hammerstrom, Member through 2017
Suzanne Gettys, Member through 2018
Scott Lanum, Member through 2018
Catherine Weber, Member through 2017
Stephanie Malenfant, Member through 2018
Ryan Shaw, Member through 2018


Kelly Valla, Chair 2016 2017,
Juianna Roddy, Chair-Elect, Member through 2018.
Ashley Morris Engemann, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2017
K Leigh Casey, Member through 2018
Sarah Hopps, Member through 2017
Laura Whited, Member through 2018
Juianna Roddy, Member through 2018
Diwura Owalabi, Member through 2018
Sarah Perreault, Member through 2017
Cathryn Jennisen, Member through 2018
Missy (Melisa) Stricherz, Member through 2018


Membership and Awards

Maurice Alexander, Chair 2016-2017,
Kathy DeGregory, Chair Elect 2016-2017,
LeAnne Kennedy, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2017
Alex Shillingburg, Member through 2018
Kelley Carlstrom, Member thru 2018
Lauren Ice, Member through 2018
Emily Wang, Member through 2018


Dragos Plesca, Chair 2016-2017,
Kathryn Culos, Chair Elect 2016-2017,
Alex Ganetsky, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2017
May Aziz, Member through 2017
Tiene Bauters, Member through 2017
Angela Hsieh, Member through 2018
Whitney Wallis, Member through 2018
Michael Westmoreland, Member through 2018
Jamie Rouche, Member through 2018
Julie Merten, Member through 2018

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

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 ASBMT 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 BMT Tandem Meetings 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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