Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are communities of Pediatric Pharmacy Association members who are interested in sharing focused ideas, knowledge and experiences with others in a specific sub-specialty area.  The SIGs are formal groups organized around a common interest area, offering the opportunity for ongoing interaction among professionals regarding a certain topic. 

SIGs members use the following tools to connect. 

  1. Organized discussions on the Internet, listservs, eCommunities, and Conference Calls
  2. Targeted content within our Electronic newsletters and web content
  3. In-person meetings during our Annual Conference each year. 

Membership in SIGs is complimentary to all PPA members. To join a Special Interest Group eCommunity, Update your Record via your myPPAG page. 


Chair: Lea Eiland, PharmD
Chair-Elect: Kalen Manasco, PharmD
​Past-Chair: Kay Kyllonen, PharmD 
​Board Liaison: Eloise Woodruff, PharmD
​Staff Liaison: Matthew Helms, MA


SIG Chair and Vice Chair Responsibilities 

Current Special Interest Groups

Chair: Amanda Capino, PharmD
Chair-elect: Sarah Smith, PharmD

The Academic SIG is for members of PPAG interested in discussing topics related to teaching pharmacy students and post-doctoral trainees. The Academic SIG is a key contributor to PPAG Preceptor Development educational programming. 

Ambulatory Care
Chair: Kevin Lonabaugh, PharmD and Hanna Pratt, PharmD

According to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, "ambulatory care pharmacy practice is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by pharmacists who are accountable for addressing medication needs, developing sustained partnerships with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. This is accomplished through direct patient care and medication management for ambulatory patients, long-term relationships, coordination of care, patient advocacy, wellness and health promotion, triage and referral, and patient education and self-management. The ambulatory care pharmacists may work in both an institutional and community-based clinic involved in direct care of a diverse patient population." The Ambulatory Care SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric ambulatory care

Chair: Josh Robinson, PharmD
Vice Chair: Amy Kiskaddon, PharmD

Pediatric pharmacists specializing in cardiology practice are members of interprofessional health care teams that care for a unique patient population in a variety of settings, including cardiovascular intensive care units (CVICU), medical wards, and specialty outpatient clinics. Clinical pharmacist services center around congenital heart disease, anticoagulation, arrhythmias, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and heart failure. Unlike many other pediatric specialties, these pharmacists work with the array of patients from premature neonates to geriatrics. They also contribute to the growing body of literature regarding optimal care in the cardiology, cardiac transplant, cardiac intensive care pediatric patient populations. The purpose of the Cardiology SIG is to bring members together who care for patients in these settings

Critical Care
Chair: Elizabeth J. Beckman, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, BCCCP
Vice-chair: Melissa A. Gervase, PharmD, BCPPS

According to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, "critical care pharmacy practice specializes in the delivery of patient care services by pharmacists, as integral members of interprofessional teams, working to ensure the safe and effective use of medications in critically ill patients. The practice requires informed, rapid assessment of clinical data for patients whose pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters differ substantially from the non-critically ill patient. Pharmacists in this practice are required to review, analyze, and frequently reassess multifaceted clinical and technological information to make reasoned decisions for highly dynamic patients with life-threatening conditions and complex medication regimens." This SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric critical care

Drug Information and Technology
Chair: Paul Paratore
Vice Chair: Karl Gumpper, PharmD

The DI and Technology SIG is for PPA members with an interest in drug information and/or technology use in pediatric patients. The goal of the SIG is to create an area for practitioners in drug information and informatics to have the opportunity to discuss topics and solve problems that are unique to pediatric patients. Members may currently be serving in administrative, research, operational, or clinical roles with a focus of using information to care for individual or groups of patients. In addition to supporting those with professional roles encompassing DI and informatics, the SIG also seeks to serve as a resource to those with questions and interests specific to these areas and connect them with experts in the field.

Emergency Medicine (ED)
Chair: Jenny Steinbrenner, PharmD
Vice Chair: Mary Riedy, PharmD

The clinical enviornment in the emergency department is considered high risk for adverse drug events. The main goal of practitioners who work in this enviornment is to help increase medication safety and provide drug information to staff. This is a rapidly growing practice area. The Emergency Medicine SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric emergency departments

General Pediatrics 
Chair: Mindy Parman, PharmD
Vice Chair: Kristi Higgins, PharmD

The General Pediatrics SIG is for members who work in a variety of pediatric patient care settings. 

Chair: Lola Afolabi, PharmD
Vice Chair: Cait Stehling, PharmD

The GI/Nutrition is for members of the PPA who serve or interested in gastrointestinal and nutrition disorders afflicting pediatric patients such as inflammatory bowel diseases, short bowel diseases and patients on long term parenteral nutrition.

Chair: Andrew Clark, PharmD
Vice Chair: Jenn Le, PharmD

According to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, oncology pharmacy specialists recommend, design, implement, monitor and modify pharmacotherapeutic plans to optimize outcomes in patients with malignant diseases. The Hematology/Oncology SIG brings together members who care for pediatric cancer patients.

Infectious Disease
Chair: Sarah Parsons, PharmD
Vice Chair: Mike Raschka, PharmD

The Infectious Disease SIG brings together members who practice in pediatric infectious disease settings. Whether an active member of an antimicrobial stewardship team, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, or a pediatric clinical pharmacist, the Infectious Disease SIG brings together members with a common interest and focus in infectious diseases. The ID SIG encourages collaboration and communication in regards to current practices, treatment guidelines, and emerging concepts in infectious disease.

Leadership / Practice Management
Chair: Coutney Sweet, PharmD
Vice Chair: Sierra Stauber, PharmD

The Leadership SIG is for members interested in discussing topics related to leadership, clinical and operational management, and professional development. Members may be currently serving in pharmacy department or other leadership role or have aspirations of leading at some time in the future. 

Medication Safety
Chair: Hyun Kim, PharmD
Vice Chair: Casey Moore, PharmD

A medication safety pharmacist or officer is responsible for managing the Medication Use Safety and Improvement Plans within instutions or care settings. They are responsible for patient and medication safety, staff development/training and medication use improvement. The Medication Safety SIG brings together members who provide these services in a pediatric setting

Chair: Jenni Barnes, PharmD
Vice Chair: Deb Bondi, PharmD

Neonatal pharmacists deal with vulnerable patients, who are often most susceptible to medication error. They are experts in the use of medicines to attend the needs of sick or premature babies. The Neonatal SIG brings together members who serve neonatal patients

Chair: Renad Abu-Sawwa, PharmD
Vice Chair: Juston Cole, PharmD

New Practitioner
Chair: Nicole Omecene, PharmD
Vice Chair: Jen Hamner, PharmD
The New Practitioner SIG is for members who have been in practice for less than 5 years. This SIG includes post-doctoral trainees (residents and fellows).

Obstetrics/Women's Health
Chair: Noelle Leung, PharmD
Chair-elect: Morgan King, PharmD

The OB (Women's Health) SIG is for members who help provide care for pregnant and postpartum women in an inpatient or outpatient setting.  This includes working with ambulatory clinics, inpatients, or caring for infants of lactating mothers.  

Public Health
Chair: Cameron McKinzie, PharmD
Vice Chair: Thomas Laudone, PharmD

Chair: Katie Hobart, PharmD
Vice Chair: Kristin Bohannon, PharmD

Pulmonary pharmacists focus on medication therapy for respiratory diseases, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. The Pulmonary SIG brings together members who serve pediatric pulmonary patients

Residency Program Directors
Chair: Kelly S. Bobo, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCPPS
Vice Chair: Kelly Steidl PharmD. BCPPS

The Residency Program Director SIG is for PPA members who are responsible for pharmacy residency programs in a variety of roles including: Residency Program Directors, Residency Program Coordinators and Residency Preceptors in a pediatric setting. The goal of this SIG is to share ideas to improve residency programs and better resident education, including best practices, preceptor development and residency recruitment. The RPD SIG brings together PPA members who are responsible for and participate in the maintenance of pharmacy residency programs.


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