Medical Affairs Director, Pharmacogenomics, Invitae Corporation
Kristine Ashcraft, BS, MBA is a molecular biologist by training and is the former CEO and founder of YouScript, acquired by Invitae in 2020. She has worked in pharmacogenomics since 2000 and was recently named one of the 25 leading voices in precision medicine. Kristine has authored multiple publications on the clinical and economic benefits of pharmacogenomic testing including one lauded as one of the most influential publications at an American Medical Informatics Association meeting. She has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NBC Nightly News and has spoken at SXSW, American Society of Human Genetics, and numerous precision medicine conferences. She is committed to catalyzing the adoption of precision medicine.
Executive Director, Precision Medicine, The Christ Hospital Health Network
Burns C. Blaxall, PhD, FAHA, FACC, FAPS is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he serves as Director of Translational Science and Co-Director of the Heart Institute Research Core and Biorepository. Dr. Blaxall received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He has received numerous academic honors, including the Early Career Investigator Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Founder’s AHA Affiliate. He has extensive peer review service and chaired the Cardiomyopathy and Congestive Heart Failure NIH peer-review panel. His laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular signals associated with the onset and progression of heart failure and myocardial and renal fibrosis, with a particular emphasis on identifying novel therapeutic approaches.
As executive director, Katherine Capps provides leadership by supporting GTMRx Institute’s mission and goals. She establishes and manages relationships with stakeholders across the health care spectrum. As a GTMR Institute Founding Board member, she works alongside other board members and collaboratively sets the strategy for the growth and activities of the organization.
Katie has a long history of collaboration in multi-stakeholder environments. As Health2 Resources’ founder and president, she and her team have helped more than 35 clients meet advocacy, policy, outreach, marketing and awareness goals. H2R was instrumental in the launch of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, lending expertise for organizational development and marketing and communications.
She has served on the board of the Washington Adventist Health Foundation, the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (advisory board), the Healthcare Industry Access Initiative and Emmi Solutions. She has served on the board of the National Business Coalition on Health and its national advisory board, and on the NCQA purchaser committee. She writes on topics relating to quality, health care cost, market-based health care reform and the value of shared health information.
Head, Medical Affairs; Interim Chief Medical Officer, OneOme
Dr Julie England joined OneOme in September 2018. She is a board-certified physician with over 15 years of clinical practice in Family Medicine, which has allowed her to gain valuable experience in a variety of medical issues and experience in hospital, ambulatory and urgent care settings.
Dr England received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Michigan and her M.D. from the American University of the Caribbean College of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. England leads the Medical Affairs department at OneOme and is serving as Interim Chief Medical Officer. In those roles she helps make decisions around clinical and regulatory matters. She enjoys working with providers, pharmacists and policy makers on pharmacogenomics education and implementation and is an active member of multiple organizations that promote the utilization of PGx including CPIC, GTMRx and the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenge Initiative.
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, GenXys Health Care Systems
Prof. Martin Dawes, with over 30 years of experience in research and clinical practice, is a globally renowned expert in pharmacogenetics in primary care. Following his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford, he helped develop a master’s program in Evidence-Based Health Care. He has directed the UK Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford and was the head of family practice at McGill University and the University of British Columbia.
In 2014, he co-founded GenXys Health Care Systems, a Vancouver-based healthcare technology company that offers clinical decision support software. These programs instantly consider all relevant health information—including pharmacogenetics (PGx), comprehensive drug interactions, medical guidelines, and renal or hepatic function—to help physicians and pharmacists deliver the highest standard of evidence-based prescribing and medication reviews in a way that is tailored to their workflow. Since 2018, he has served as Specialist Medical Advisor for Babylon by TELUS Health, a healthcare mobile app that allows you to check symptoms, consult with doctors, and easily access your clinical records.
In addition to his clinical and entrepreneurial work, Prof. Dawes has a great passion for contributing to the healthcare community. He develops training programs that allow clinicians to engage in master’s level research. And when he is not at work, he enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, and sailing.
As a Medical Science Liaison at OneOme, Dr. Ghada Elnashar educates and informs key opinion leaders, providers, and other healthcare professionals on pharmacogenomics. She leads in bringing the benefits of precision medicine so as to help improve healthcare outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Dr. Elnashar completed her residency training in Managed Care at HealthPartners clinics and health plan. She earned her M.S. in Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University and her Pharm.D. from the University of Minnesota. Throughout her proliferative career, she helped patients on both the individual and population level.
Bernard Esquivel is a practicing physician-scientist, senior executive, and international leader with in-depth expertise developing new markets, devising compelling value propositions, go-to-market strategies, and launching programs to fulfill organizational goals and objectives in the healthcare space. Clinical Immunologist, Allergies, and Medical Genetics by training with 10+ years experience in materializing biotech and health sciences ideas and concepts into clinically actionable solutions. Bernard mobilized the local healthcare community to engage them in the practice of precision medicine by founding and presiding over the Latin American Association of Personalized Medicine (ALAMP). This organization now includes >500 members from 9 countries in Latin America, holds symposiums, provider workshops, and other educational outreach per year. Serving as Chief Medical Officer for several well-renowned global organizations, he has demonstrated his passion and advocacy for bringing precision medicine closer to patients.
Pharmacogenomics Clinical Specialist at Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Pharmacy and Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare (CPGH)
Jennifer earned her PhD in cancer biology from the University of Arizona in which her research was focused on transcriptional regulation of BRCA-1. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital focused on regeneration of hematopoietic stem cells. Jennifer was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Blue Mountain College (BMC) teaching and mentoring future nurses, physicians and pharmacists. She received her PharmD from the University of Mississippi and completed a PGY1 residency at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN. She then completed a PGY2 in clinical pharmacogenetics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is currently the Pharmacogenomics Clinical Specialist at Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Pharmacy and Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare (CPGH). She is focused on providing innovative patient care through clinical and research collaborations, implementation of pharmacogenomics and education.
Pharmacogenomics Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Assistant Program Director (APD), Community-Based Pharmacy Residency; APD Outpatient Pharmacy Education, Mayo Clinic, Arizona (MCA)
Adrijana Kekic, Pharm D, is a Program Director of Education, Outpatient Pharmacy at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. She is active in clinical care, research and lecturing and has been involved in development of pharmacogenomics services and education. She is a licensed pharmacist in Arizona.
Dr. Kekic earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona. She is board certified ambulatory care pharmacist through Board Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) and a member of BPS Ambulatory Care Committee. She holds a certification in Pharmacogenomics from University of Florida College of Pharmacy and is pursuing a Genomic Medicine certification from Stanford University.
Adrijana has served as an adjunct faculty at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy and an instructor, preceptor and residency preceptor at Mayo School of Medical Science. She is involved with several pharmacogenomics research projects and studies in palliative care, transplant care, anesthesia and cardiology. She sits on Pharmacogenomics Task Force at Mayo Clinic.
With two decades of clinical experience and expertise in medication therapy management , Adrijana continues to advance pharmacy practice and pharmacy leadership. She is a founder of a networking platform dedicated to high impact professional women in healthcare. She lives in Arizona with her husband and son, where they enjoy hiking. Besides pharmacogenomics, her interest include languages, history, visual arts, martial arts and healthy living.
Medical Director, Geriatric Oncology Consortium and Professor, University of South Florida
Dr Howard McLeod is an internationally recognized expert in precision medicine, having made novel contributions at the discovery, translation, implementation, and policy levels. He is the Medical Director for Precision Medicine at the Geriatric Oncology Consortium and a Professor at the University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy. Dr McLeod chaired the NHGRI eMERGE network external scientific panel for the past decade and was a recent member of both the FDA committee on Clinical Pharmacology and the NIH Human Genome Advisory Council. Dr McLeod has been recognized as a Fellow of both the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and was recently ranked #1 USA/#2 World for Pharmacogenomics. He has also been an active Board Member and/or Founder for over a dozen privately held and publicly traded companies. Howard has published over 575 peer reviewed papers on pharmacogenomics, applied therapeutics, or clinical pharmacology and continues to work to advance innovative healthcare.
Associate Chief Consultant, Clinical Pharmacy and Policy, Department of Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefits Management, VA Central Office
Anthony Morreale serves as the associate chief consultant for clinical pharmacy and policy for the Department of Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefits Management in VA Central Office. For the past 8 years he has served as the assistant chief consultant for clinical pharmacy services and healthcare services research. Morreale has led multiple initiatives focused on organizing, standardizing and expanding the scope of clinical pharmacy practice throughout the VA. His major responsibilities are focused on identifying and resolving gaps in patient care in which clinical pharmacists have demonstrated positive outcomes and to establish new roles in complex medication management environments where clinical pharmacists can use their knowledge and training to improve patient care.
His long career as a clinical pharmacist, married with his interest in pharmacoeconomics, formulary management and clinical pharmacy health services research, resulted in the creation and implementation of numerous innovative practices for clinical pharmacists. Some of Morreale’s groundbreaking accomplishments include creating the first VA pharmacoeconics and pharmacogenomics pharmacist positions, serving as a founding member of VA’s national formulary and PBM outcomes research group, establishment of the first accredited oncology, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacogenomics, nephrology and clinical informatics residency programs in VA, and establishment of the national VA PBM Clinical Pharmacy Practice Office, which led to the development of comprehensive programs involving integration of clinical pharmacy specialists (CPS) into Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT), mental health, pain management, antimicrobial stewardship, hepatitis C, and rural health.
Morreale is board certified in pharmacotherapy and has been the recipient of numerous professional recognitions and awards including being recognized as a Fellow of the American and California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists for his many contributions to the profession. He has also been recognized as an honorary member of the United States Public Health Service for his dedication to public health initiatives. He is a past recipient of the ASHP Best Practice Award, ASHP Literature Award for innovation, VA Under-Secretary’s Innovation Award, JMCP Quality Reviewer Award for Accuracy and Thoroughness, San Diego Society Pharmacist of the year, Pharmacy Foundation of California Michelotti Public Health Prize, and most recently the AMCP Steven G. Avey Award and the APhA Distinguished Federal Pharmacist award, which recognizes sustained, exemplary and distinguished service to the profession. Morreale has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer reviewed articles, has served on editorial boards, and as reviewer on a number of journals and has been actively involved in leadership roles within many pharmacy organizations, both nationally and internationally.
Latha Palaniappan MD, MS, is Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Her research has focused on the study of diverse populations, chronic disease and prevention. She is the Scientific Director of Precision Genomics and Pharmacogenomics in Stanford Primary Care, and the Faculty co-Director of the Stanford Biobank.
Victor A. Yanchick Associate Professor and Director of the Geriatric Pharmacotherapy at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy and Co-Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed) Health and Wellness in Aging Core
Dr. Elvin Price is the Victor A. Yanchick Associate Professor and Director of the Geriatric Pharmacotherapy at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. He is also the Co-Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed) Health and Wellness in Aging Core. Elvin earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University and his PhD from the University of Florida. Elvin studies the impact of genetic variation on aging, cardiometabolic homeostasis, and pharmacological responses. Elvin is enthusiastic about optimizing pharmacotherapeutic outcomes, fighting cardiometabolic diseases and educating the next generation of healthcare practitioners and scientists.
Kandace Schuft, PharmD, is Senior Clinical Content Specialist – Pharmacogenomics for Wolters Kluwer, working collaboratively within the drug information team to critically review and evaluate scientific, clinical, and product literature in order to create and maintain existing core pharmacology content, contributing to both referential and embedded products. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, she was employed as a clinical support pharmacist at OneOme, where she was responsible for clinical consultations and development of medical educational materials. Dr. Schuft also spent several years working as a clinical pharmacist in home infusion, inpatient pharmacy, medication therapy management, and specialty pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota and completed a post-graduate pharmacy practice residency and pharmacogenomics certification program.
Associate Professor, Associate Department Head, Department of Pharmacy Practice & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy
David Stenehjem, PharmD, BCOP is an Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy. His outcomes-based research agenda is centered around assessing the role and value of oncology therapeutics and precision oncology in improving outcomes for cancer patients. His research strategy uses real world data collected from major cancer centers across the nation to assess clinical and economic outcomes of cancer patients treated with specific therapeutic agents. This approach allows for the molecular stratification of patients while assessing meaningful outcomes to demonstrate the value of precision oncology and specific cancer treatments. Additionally, translational research is supported by assessing the implications of novel biomarkers with treatment response. He is also a co-director of a pharmacogenomic implementation fellowship program in partnership with Essentia Health in Duluth.
Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Precision Pharmacotherapy, Research and Development Institute
Dr. Turgeon is a known expert on pharmacogenetics and drug–drug interactions, particularly among treatments for cardiovascular disease. Through his research, he has worked to implement clinical decision support systems and optimize patient care.
In 2010, Dr. Turgeon received the Prix Louis–Hébert Award for career excellence from the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec. For his contributions to pharmacology education and training, he was awarded the Prix d’excellence en enseignement from the Université Laval twice, in 2011 and 2013.
He was previously associate dean of the Lake Nona campus at the University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics. Before joining UF, Dr. Turgeon held several leadership positions at the University of Montreal, as vice-rector for research, dean of the School of Pharmacy, chief executive officer of the university hospital, and director of the hospital’s research center. He also taught pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Dr. Turgeon is the newest member of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) board of directors and began his appointment as treasurer in March 2019. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and Académie Nationale de Médecine, France.
Dr. Turgeon began his pharmacy studies at the Université Laval in Québec, Canada, earning his BSc, MSc, and PhD from the École de Pharmacie. In 1998, he moved to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University.
He has supervised and mentored more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students. He belongs to numerous societies, including the American Heart Association, the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, and the Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics.