PQI PODCAST

The PQI Podcast, presented by NCODA, Inc., hosts clinical and administrative experts in oncology providing insight on important industry topics and how they value the Positive Quality Intervention (PQI) resource for their practice. In addition, the podcast highlights patient stories of hope, determination and how patient-centered care has impacted their cancer journey. 
Hosted by NCODA’s Senior Manager of Clinical Initiatives, Ginger Blackmon, PharmD.

Season 3, Ep. 15: Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, Pankit Vachhani, MD

On the Season 3 finale we sit down with Dr. Pankit Vachhani to discuss myeloproliferative neoplasms and specifically myelofibrosis. Dr. Vachhani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Associate Scientist of Experimental Therapeutics.

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A graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in 2012, Dr. Vachhani went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY.                         

At UAB, he is involved in various clinical trials as a principal investigator.  He leads the Leukemia/BMT working group and serves as the Medical Director of the Clinical Research Unit (CRU). His primary research interest is in hematological malignancies, particularly myeloproliferative neoplasms and AML, where he focuses on experimental therapeutics. He also serves as a panelist helping create the AML and MPN Treatment Guidelines for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Season 3. Ep. 14: The Venetoclax PQI and AML Updates, Alison Carulli, PharmD, BCOP

This week we sit down with Alison Carulli, PharmD, BCOP to discuss her role as an oncology pharmacist, the venetoclax in AML PQI and AML Updates from ASH.

Alison completed her PGY2 oncology residency at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is currently practicing as an oncology clinical pharmacy specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she specializes in caring for patients with leukemia, undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant and CAR-T cell therapy.

Access the Venetoclax for the Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia PQI here.

This episode is brought to you by Genentech

Season 3, Bonus Episode: The Elevated Role of the Oncology Pharmacy Technician, Amanda Skeen, CPhT

This week we sit down with Amanda Skeen, CPhT to discuss her role as an oncology pharmacy technician, drug purchasing, and robotics.

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Amanda has worked as a certified pharmacy technician since 2009 and is currently the Oncology Purchasing Agent for the Cancer Center service line at Cone Health. She manages a multi-million-dollar pharmaceutical inventory, as well as leads their compliance initiatives and hazardous drug compounding robotics program.

For more information on the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA), please contact Taryn.Newsome@ncoda.org

Season 3, Ep. 13: Oral Oncolytic Nurse Navigator - April Hallatt, BSN, RN, OCN

This week we sit down with April Hallatt, BSN, RN, OCN to discuss her role as Oral Oncolytic Nurse Navigator, the importance of the multidisciplinary team, and how she uses NCODA resources.

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April is the Oral Oncolytic Nurse Navigator at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center in Muncie, Indiana and is nationally certified in oncology. Along with a multidisciplinary team, she developed a nurse navigation program that patient-centered and focuses on appropriate monitoring and support for all patients while on an oral oncolytic. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ball State University, Muncie and has over 18 years of nursing experience.  

If you would like more information on joining NCODA’s nursing committee, please email Natasha.Olson@ncoda.org.

Season 3, Ep. 12: Health Disparities in Cancer Screenings - Shana Ntiri, MD

This week we sit down with Shana O. Ntiri, MD, MPH, FAAFP to discuss her role within these organizations and health disparities in cancer screening and specifically breast cancer patients.

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Dr. Ntiri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She serves as the Medical Director for the Baltimore City Cancer Program and the Senior Medical Advisor for Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.   She divides her time between direct patient care, teaching, community-based cancer control efforts and research. Her research interests include health disparities—particularly in relation to cancer screening—and the impact of community and primary care-based cancer screening initiatives upon health outcomes for urban, under resourced patient populations. Dr. Ntiri is the current president of the Maryland Academy Family Physicians and serves as a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness in Family Medicine.

Season 3, Ep. 11: Moffitt Clinical Pharmacy Program - Salvatore Bottiglieri, PharmD, BCOP

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Salvatore Bottiglieri, PharmD, BCOP to discuss the Moffitt Clinical Pharmacy Program. 

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Sal received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2008. He completed his pharmacy residency at The Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Hematology/Oncology residency with The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. He currently serves as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator in Medical Oncology services at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Sal practices in multiple solid tumor clinics including the gastrointestinal, head & neck, and endocrine clinic. Some of his interests include clinical pharmacy patient education and virtual health experiences, oral chemotherapy management, and clinical pharmacy administration.

Season 3, Ep. 10: Community Oncology & Community Service: Wayne Woodbury, BSPharm, R.Ph

On this weeks’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Wayne Woodbury, BPharm, R.Ph to discuss his path into oncology, the importance of community service and challenges he faces in community oncology.

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Wayne is the Pharmacy Director at Southern Oncology Specialists, a Medical Oncology/Hematology practice with five locations in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area, and he has over 20 years of service in the fields of community, retail, long-term care, oncology/hematology and specialty pharmacy.

Season 3, Ep. 9: Trilaciclib and the economic value of multilineage myeloprotection - Dr. Ivo Abraham

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Ivo Abraham, PhD, RN to discuss his article on Trilaciclib and the economic value of multilineage myeloprotection, his personal story, and his other work in oncology.

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Dr. Abraham is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arizona. For the past decade Dr. Abraham’s research has focused mainly on clinical outcomes and effectiveness research, in particular how variability in (drug-centric) treatment regimens is associated with variability in patient outcomes. He has (co-)authored more than 260+ articles and more than 60+ chapters, and has (co-)edited 29 books, monographs, and journal issues.

 Access the article discussed in the podcast here.

 Access the Trilaciclib PQI here.

Season 3, Ep. 8: Pharmacogenomics - Porscha Johnson, PharmD, CPGx

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Porscha Johnson, PharmD, CPGx to discuss the role of the genomics pharmacist and the importance of pharmacogenomics today. We also discuss disparities in clinical trials and genetic testing and how Dr. Johnson champions health equity and innovative patient care. 

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Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, DC. She furthered her training through the completion of a two-year post-doctoral clinical pharmacy fellowship in Hematology/Oncology and Critical Care at Howard University Hospital. Currently, she practices as a Medical Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Atlanta where she specializes in caring for medical oncology, hematology, and bone marrow transplant patient populations. She oversees and contributes to many hospital-wide and department initiatives and the development and delivery of educational material and presentations to all disciplines according to cutting-edge research within the field. Dr. Johnson also serves as an independent consultant for pharmacogenomics and the Lead Clinical Oncology Pharmacist for her cancer institute’s Cancer Genomics Team to ensure the exceptional care for all patients through implementation of precision medicine.

 

Season 3 Ep. 7: Dr. Arjun Gupta - Time Toxicity

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Arjun Gupta, MD to discuss time toxicity of cancer treatment and his related article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

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Dr. Gupta is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist, a symptom management enthusiast, and a health services researcher. His research specifically examines cancer care access and delivery, the costs of cancer care, and the hidden burdens imposed on and faced by people with cancer and their caregivers while receiving this care.

The Journal of Clinical Oncology article can be found here: HERE.

 

Season 3 Ep.6: Cathy Marinak, APRN, AOCNP

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Cathy Marinak, APRN, AOCNP to discuss the role and importance of a genetics counselor, pathways to becoming a genetics counselor, and Florida Cancer’s genetics counseling program. Cathy is a Cancer Genetics Counselor with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute. 

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Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and earned her master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, Cathy has received advanced training in genetics counseling, and is Board Certified in Oncology. In her current role, Cathy uses her over 30 years of experience, to guide patients through the genetic screening and testing process, and provides support and referrals based on testing results. 

More information on Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute can be found HERE.

 

Season 3 Ep. 5: Dr. Dawn Mussallem - Personal Survivor Story and Integrative Medicine in Breast Cancer

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Dawn Mussallem, DO, DipABLM to discuss her personal story, lifestyle medicine, and integrative medicine in breast cancer. Dr. Mussallem is a consultant in the Department of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a diagnostic breast specialist at The Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health and serves as Medical Director for Mayo Clinic Florida Lyndra P. Daniel Center for Humanities in Medicine. Dr. Mussallem is double-board certified, including a board certification in Lifestyle Medicine.

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Dr. Mussallem has over 25 years of patient-centered clinical wellness experience with national recognition in the field of breast medicine, lifestyle medicine, integrative oncology, cancer prevention, and cancer survivorship, and a unique personal experience as a stage IV cancer patient diagnosed 3 months into medical school, as well as a heart transplant recipient. She shares that her journey as a patient cultivated her boundless energy and deep purpose to help guide patients toward renewed vitality. 

In 2015, she founded the Integrative Medicine and Breast Health Program at Mayo Clinic Florida, a patient-centered program that works with breast cancer patients during and after a breast cancer diagnosis, introducing them early on to the importance of lifestyle optimization and evidence-based mind-body practices alongside conventional cancer treatments with a goal to reframe the cancer diagnosis as a “teacher of life,” leading patients to discover renewed vitality through healthier living.

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Season 3 Ep. 4: Thanatology, Robert Mancini, PharmD, BCOP

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Robert S. Mancini, PharmD, BCOP to discuss thanatology, the science of death and dying, and how it impacts our oncology teams. Dr. Mancini is currently serving as the BMT Pharmacy Program Coordinator and PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Director at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute in Boise, ID. He also serves as clinical oncology faculty at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy where he coordinates the oncology module and has started a Special Topics in Oncology elective course. 

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Dr. Mancini received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Diego and went on to complete a PGY1 residency at St. Luke’s Health System and PGY2 at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute. He was instrumental in the establishment and development of St. Luke’s Oral Chemotherapy Program, Supportive Care Clinics and Allogeneic Blood and Marrow Transplant Program with numerous publications and presentations within these areas of practice. 

The recommended subject matter books that Dr. Mancini mentions on the podcast can be found here.

 

Season 3 Ep. 3: NCCN Pharmacist Role, Evelyn Handel, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Evelyn Handel, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP to discuss her role with NCCN and the NCCN from a pharmacy perspective. Evelyn is an oncology pharmacist based in the Philadelphia, PA area and currently serves as the Director of Drugs & Biologics Programs at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Prior to joining NCCN, Evelyn was an Oncology Clinical Specialist at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and also previously at the University of Virginia.

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Evelyn earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Oregon Health & Science University followed by a PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. She is currently serving as the vice-chair of the HOPA Patient Education Committee and has just recently started her two-year term as President of the ISOPP Secretariat.

 

Season 3 Ep. 2 : Pharmacy Students & Oncology

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Derek Gyori, PharmD, BCOP and Julianne Darling, PharmD, BCOP to lead a discussion with a group of NCODA pharmacy students. Derek is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Ambulatory Hematology and Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.

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Julianne previously worked as an outpatient oncology clinical pharmacist at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Currently, she serves as the Manager of Education for NCODA where she leads the patient education initiatives and helps develop quality continuing education for NCODA membership.

Derek and Julianne are joined by Audrey Simon, P4 Student University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Carter Friedt, P4 Student University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shaina Shah, P4 Student University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Elizabeth Engel, P4 Student University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Allison Burdick, PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Findlay College of Pharmacy Graduate 2022.

Today we discuss oncology career paths for pharmacy students including residency and fellowship preparation. We also discuss mentorship and our students’ involvement with NCODA’s Professional Student Organization (PSO).

Season 3 Ep. 1: Jennifer Klemp PhD, MPH - Survivorship

Season 3 of The PQI Podcast is here!
On this week’s episode we welcome Jennifer Klemp, PhD, MPH. Dr. Klemp is a Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Medical Oncology, the Director of Cancer Survivorship, and the Co-Program Leader for Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Her clinical-research practice focuses on cancer genetics and cancer survivorship.

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Dr. Klemp serves on several national boards, is a subject matter expert in cancer genetics and survivorship, has peer reviewed funding including an NCI R01, and has presented nationally focusing on cancer genetics, shared decision-making regarding options to manage cancer risk and survivorship issues, and the development and implementation of cancer genetics, survivorship, and navigation programming.  In addition to her roles at the University of Kansas Medical Center she has recently taken on a new national position at Caris Life Sciences as the Vice President of Global Biopharma Business Development Lead, Biopharma Trials and Networks

 Today we discuss cancer survivorship. You can find information that Dr. Klemp discusses in the podcast here and on the KANSURVIVE website.

SEASON 2

S2, Bonus Episode 4: NCODA Legislative Interview Series: Barbara McAneny, MD

On this week’s bonus episode of the NCODA Legislative Interview Series, Kevin sits down with Barbara McAneny, MD with New Mexico Cancer Center. Dr. McAneny is a member of the NCODA Legislative & Policy Advisory Committee and the Immediate Past President of the American Medical Association. She is a trusted and respected voice in the legislative community, a dedicated advocate for patients and a continued supporter of NCODA.

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Kevin had that opportunity to discuss with Dr. McAneny about how physicians and pharmacists can advocate for their patients, reforming the PBM system, and understanding how legislation impacts the everyday lives of patients and caregivers.

S2, Bonus Episode 3: NCODA Legislative Interview Series: Allison Rollins

On today’s bonus episode of the PQI Podcast, the Legislative Interview Series, Kevin Scorsone (NCODA Legislative and Policy Liaison) sits down with Allison Rollins, MSc, Senior Government Relations Manager at The U.S. Oncology Network, and discusses the world of oncology and how legislation can positively impact the experience of patients around the country. Kevin and Allison dive into how the PBM system can be reformed and where Allison’s passion for legislative relations originated.

S2, Bonus Episode 2: NCODA Legislative Interview Series: Debra Patt, MD

NCODAs Legislative & Policy Liaison, Kevin Scorsone sits down with Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA from Texas Oncology and member of NCODAs Legislative & Policy Advisory Committee.

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As an expert in healthcare policy, Dr. Patt has testified before Congress to protect access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. She chairs the Council on Legislation for the Texas Medical Association and works to formulate responsible healthcare policy that improves the health of Texans. She serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Clinical Cancer Informatics, and drives engagement in clinical informatics solutions to enhance healthcare. Her research is in clinical decision support, predictive analytics, telemedicine, HEOR, tools for patient symptom management and quality improvement.

S2, Bonus Episode 1: NCODA Legislative Interview Series - Stephen Schleicher, MD

On this bonus episode of The PQI Podcast (NCODA Legislative Interview Series) NCODA’s Legislative & Policy Liaison, Kevin Scorsone discusses legislative and policy advocacy reform with Chief Medical Officer Stephen Schleicher, MD from Tennessee Oncology.

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Stephen Schleicher, MD, MBA, was appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Tennessee Oncology, one of the largest providers of oncology care, in January 2022. In that role, Dr. Schleicher oversees clinical programs to promote the high-quality, innovative and patient-centered care Tennessee Oncology is known for delivering throughout Tennessee and North Georgia. Dr. Schleicher, who joined Tennessee Oncology four years ago, has already served as Medical Director of Value-Based Care across both Tennessee Oncology and OneOncology, a national platform for independent community oncology practices that now includes over 700 oncology providers across the US. Dr. Schleicher received his medical training from Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in New York before returning to his hometown of Nashville to join Tennessee Oncology. Dr. Schleicher also spent time as a consultant at McKinsey and Company before completing oncology fellowship training at MSK where he focused on understanding the intersection of Accountable Care Organizations and Cancer Care. In addition to his role as CMO for Tennessee Oncology, Dr. Schleicher serves as President of the Tennessee Oncology Practice Society.

Season 2 Episode 20 - Treating Radiation Side Effects with the Medically Integrated Team

On today’s episode, and the SEASON FINALE of Season 2 of The PQI Podcast, we discuss potential radiation side effects and how the Medically Integrated Team can work together to prevent and manage these effects.

We welcome Jessica Bahari-Kashani, MD, DABR, Kaetlyn Parker, PharmD, and Tiffany Lommel MS, RDN, LDN from Cancer Specialists of North Florida (CSNF) in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Dr. Jessica Bahari-Kashani is board certified in radiation oncology. Dr. Bahari’s special interests include breast cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal malignancies. 

Kaetyn Parker is a licensed pharmacist with the Florida Specialty Pharmacy at CSNF. Many members of her family have received a cancer diagnosis in their lives, so she understands the anger and confusion that can sometimes come along with it.

Tiffany is a registered dietician at CSNF.  She loves interacting with patients and learning from them, while trying to make a difference during an uncertain time in their life. She feels that we should all try and have a healthy relationship with food.

Season 2 Episode 19 - Oncology Pharmacy Technicians - Vonda McClendon, CPhT and Rebecca Garland, RPhT

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Vonda McClendon, CPhT and Rebecca Garland, RPhT to discuss their paths to becoming oncology pharmacy technicians, the aspects of their roles they most enjoy, how pharmacy technicians can make a difference in patient adherence, and the value in NCODA’s Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA).

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Vonda leads the STAR Compliance Retail Services team at Texas Oncology. Rebecca is the Pharmacy Adherence Manager at Florida Cancer Specialists & Reserach Institute – Rx To Go Pharmacy. Vonda and Rebecca are also active members of OPTA.

For more information on OPTA contact Taryn.Newsome@ncoda.org.

Season 2 Episode 18- Proactive Symptom Management in Myelofibrosis

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Kristyn DiSogra, PharmD, BCOP and Justin Arnall, PharmD, BCOP. Dr. DiSogra and Dr. Arnall worked on a myelofibrosis quality improvement project while clinical pharmacists with the Atrium Health Specialty Pharmacy Service in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had the opportunity to discuss myelofibrosis, Atrium Health’s myelofibrosis quality improvement project, the Proactive Symptom Management in Myelofibrosis PQI, and how other clinics can implement this telehealth-based project.

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Dr. DiSogra completed her PGY1 residency at Mayo Clinic Hospital and her PGY2 oncology residency at the University of Washington after graduating from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She joined the CMC team in January 2019 after two years with the University of Washington Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance as an inpatient Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant and inpatient Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Her professional interests include hematology, oncology, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, international health, and antimicrobial stewardship in cancer patients. She is currently taking time away from pharmacy and fulfilling the most important role of mother.

Dr. Arnall completed his PGY1 and PGY2 oncology residency training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after graduating from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Since completing his residency, he has practiced in malignant hematology and bone marrow transplant in both inpatient and outpatient roles. In his current role he works with both non-malignant and malignant hematologic conditions and coordinates the bleeding disorders and non-malignant hematology service line for the specialty pharmacy and rounds daily with the hematology consult team at the primary referral site for the Charlotte Metro health system.

Read the corresonding PQI in Action HERE.

Season 2, Episode 17 - Dr. Annemie Galimont - Oncodermatology

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Dr. Annimee Galimont to discuss oncodermatology and supportive care for skin and nail related side effects of cancer treatment.

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Dr. Galimont is a dermatologist in the Netherlands and participates in Dutch and international expert groups to create information material and guidelines for safe care. She is Secretary of the Dutch Association of dermatology and works with the multinational association of supportive care in cancer on various initiatives.

More information on MASCC can be found here: https://www.mascc.org

Season 2, Episode 16 - Linda Carlson, PhD- Integrative Oncology and Mindfulness

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Linda Carlson, PhD to discuss the basics of Integrative Oncology and the Society for Integrative Oncology. We also discuss Dr. Carlson’s work in mindfulness and cancer patients, and how chronic stress affects the body, including tips for our healthcare providers.

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Dr. Carlson holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, is Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology. She also has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) since 1997. Dr. Carlson’s research in Psychosocial Oncology, Integrative Oncology and Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery has been published in many high-impact journals. She is the current president of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

Season 2, Episode 15 - Disparities in the Oncology Space & How Legislation Can Impact Positive Change - Debra Patt, MD Barry Brooks, MD and Kevin Scorsone

On this week’s episode of the PQI Podcast we welcome Dr. Debra Patt, Oncologist with Texas Oncology, Dr. Barry Brooks, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and Kevin Scorsone, Legislative & Policy Liaison with NCODA, to discuss the disparities in the oncology space and how legislation can make a major impact moving forward. We also had the opportunity to talk about the new NCODA Oncology State Legislation Tracking Tool.

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Dr. Patt is an expert in healthcare policy, she has testified before Congress to protect access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. She chairs the Council on Legislation for the Texas Medical Association and works to formulate responsible healthcare policy that improves the health of Texans. She serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Clinical Cancer Informatics, and drives engagement in clinical informatics solutions to enhance healthcare. Her research is in clinical decision support, predictive analytics, telemedicine, HEOR, tools for patient symptom management and quality improvement.
Dr. Brooks Barry D. Brooks, M.D., is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of several publications and abstracts. Dr. Brooks is also Vice-Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and serves as Chairman of the Contracting Subcommittee for The US Oncology Network. He has been essential in the growth of legislative efforts in the world of oncology and serves on the NCODA Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee.
Kevin Scorsone is NCODAs Legislative and Policy Liaison and oversees the efforts of the NCODA Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee. He previously was a Legislative Communications Coordinator for the New York State Assembly and the Manager of Political Engagement for the North Carolina Nurses Association. In addition to his Legislative efforts, Kevin previously ran and worked on various political campaigns on the local, state and federal levels.

Season 2, Episode 14 - The Role Of An Oncology Pharmacist - Andrew Ruplin, PharmD

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Andrew Ruplin, PharmD to discuss his path to become an oncology pharmacist, his clinic and team processes, current challenges his clinic is facing, updates in GU oncology, and the process of authoring a PQI.  Andrew is an outpatient clinical oncology pharmacist at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).

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Andrew obtained his PharmD from Drake University in Iowa before completing his PGY1 residency at the University of Chicago Medicine, and then went on to complete his PGY2 residency in oncology with the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. His disease specialties include gynecologic, neurologic, kidney, melanoma and non-melanoma skin, genitourinary, and breast cancers. I addition to his clinics, he is heavily involved with precepting clinical experiences, writing, and research projects in the residency program and serves as a student coordinator for general oncology advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Outside of work, he enjoys the fantastic hiking and outdoor opportunities in Washington, movies, games, and exploring the food of Seattle. He can be found every weekend at the local dog parks with his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Winnie.

The study Andrew references on the podcast can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558767321001956.

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Season 2, Episode 13- Josh Raub, PharmD, BCPS- Personal Cancer Story and Pharmacist Journey

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Joshua N. Raub, PharmD, BCPS to discuss his personal cancer story, pharmacist journey, and tips for current pharmacy students in finding their career paths. We also discuss his book Through the Eyes of Cancer: A reflective journey of living with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His book is available for purchase HERE.

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Josh earned his PharmD degree from Wayne State University’s (WSU) Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Currently, he practices as a Medical Science Liaison for Seagen and is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP). As a cancer survivor and author, he is proud to share his journey and fulfill the role of patient advocate.

Season 2, Episode 12 - Digital Solutions in Monitoring Patient Reported Outcomes - Dr. Ethan Basch

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Ethan Basch, MD, MSc. Dr. Basch is an oncologist and outcomes researcher at the University of North Carolina, where he is Chief of Oncology and Physician-in-Chief of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.  

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Dr. Basch has led a research program for many years focused on bringing the patient voice into cancer drug development and into daily oncology practice.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of ASCO, an editor for JAMA, and has served on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. Today we discuss his research in patient-reported outcomes tools.

Season 2, Episode 11: Updates In Pain Management

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE. Dr. Garofoli is Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Learning for the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, along with being a Clinical Pain Management Pharmacist at the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management, and teaching pharmacology within the WVU School of Medicine Chronic Pain Fellowship Program. Today we discuss updates in the opioid epidemic, peripheral neuropathy, cannabinoids and legal updates.

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Dr. Garofoli has been a consultant in the field of pain management on many different avenues such as being a grant reviewer for the CDC, an expert witness in multiple criminal and civil court cases, and numerous interviews and articles locally and nationally, He is a certified pain educator and the host of Pain Pod on the Pharmacy Podcast Network.

You can listen to Pain Pod here: https://pharmacypodcast.com/podcast/pain-pod/.

Season 2, Episode 10: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - Arturo Loaiza-Bonilla, MD, MSEd, FACP and Tamunosa Abbey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Arturo Loaiza-Bonilla, MD, MSEd, FACP and Tamunosa Abbey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS from Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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Dr. Bonilla is the National Gastrointestinal Program Director and Medical Director of Clinical Research for CTCA. He earned a medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia. Following medical school, he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Harbor Hospital Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Loaiza-Bonilla also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.

Tamunosa is a pharmacist with over 8 years of experience dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration at CTCA in Atlanta, GA. During her tenure as a clinical oncology pharmacist, Dr. Abbey was instrumental in the establishment of a clinic-based pharmacy presence.  In her current role as the Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, she oversees the pharmacy operations that serve the center’s outpatient clinics, infusion center, surgery department, and inpatient units to bring outstanding quality cancer care to the patients of CTCA.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Today we discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary team along with updates in colorectal cancer.

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Season 2, Episode 9: Horst Schulze, Founder, Former President & COO of The Ritz Carlton, Author of Excellence Wins and Cancer Survivor

A legend and leader in the hotel world, Horst Schulze’s teachings and vision have reshaped the concepts of service and hospitality across industries.

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Mr. Schulze’s professional life began more than 65 years ago as a server’s assistant in a German resort town. Throughout the years he worked for both Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Hotels Corporation before becoming one of the founding members of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in 1983. There Mr. Schulze created the operating and service standards that have become world famous.

During his tenure at The Ritz-Carlton, Mr. Schulze served as President and COO, responsible for the $2 billion operations worldwide. It was under his leadership that The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company became the first service-based company to be awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — twice.

After leaving The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Mr. Schulze went on to found The Capella Hotel Group. This luxury hotel company managed some of the most elite properties worldwide, and gave Mr. Schulze the opportunity to further define the luxury hotel industry, receiving countless awards and recognitions.

Today, Mr. Schulze serves as Expert in Residence at Arch + Tower, a boutique, organizational strategy consulting firm. He also recently completed his first book, titled “Excellence Wins.”
Today we discuss customer service, the need for “care” in healthcare, leadership, vision, his book “Excellence Wins”, and Mr. Schulze’s personal cancer story. Mr. Schulze will be a keynote speaker at NCODA’s 2022 International Spring Forum. You can find his book here: https://www.amazon.com/Excellence-Wins-No-Nonsense-Becoming-Compromise/dp/0310352096

Season 2, Episode 8: Physical Activity, Cognition, and the Cancer Patient - Elizabeth Salerno, PhD, MPH

Elizabeth Salerno, PhD, MPH is a biobehavioral scientist with training in kinesiology and epidemiology. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences and Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

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Her research focuses on the determinants and outcomes of physical activity behavior at the intersection of cancer and aging. Specifically, Dr. Salerno is interested in how physical activity and other lifestyle behaviors can be implemented into the standard of care to combat accelerated aging and improve cognitive, physical, and psychosocial health during survivorship. A large focus of her work is building community-based, scalable physical activity interventions to bring health benefits to all cancer patients.

Today we discuss her recent study on the relationship between cognition and physical activity in breast cancer patients that was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, as well as other projects related to physical activity and cancer patients.
The ACSM exercise directory discussed in the podcast can be found here: https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/eim-in-action/moving-through-cancer/exercise-program-registry/.

Season 2, Episode 7: Clinical Pharmacy Services, Telehealth and Financial Toxicity of Oral Chemotherapy Treatment with Guest, Charita Marthone, PharmD, BCOP

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Charita Marthone, PharmD, BCOP. Charita is a Clinical Oncology Specialist at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC.

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Today we discuss her role as a Clinical Oncology Specialist and the development of Sibley Memorial Hospital’s clinical pharmacy program, telehealth and financial toxicity of oral chemotherapy treatment.

Season 2, Episode 6: Deb Lawry, RN, OCN- Oncology Nurse Navigator

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Deb Lawry, RN, OCN. Deb is a registered nurse, nationally certified in Oncology.  She has over 33 years of oncology experience. Deb graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s degree in biology & psychology.  She obtained her nursing degree in her hometown of Ventura, CA through Ventura Community College.  

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Deb initially worked in oncology, at the bedside, at St John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA. She then spent several years as the nursing supervisor for Ventura County Hematology Oncology Specialists – a private medical oncology practice.  From there she worked as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator with the biotech company AMGEN.  Deb came to the Community Memorial Health Systems Cancer Center, Ventura, as the Oncology Patient Nurse Navigator in February of 2016.

Today we discuss the oncology nurse navigator role and the importance of this service for patients.

This episode is brought to you by Cardinal Health. At Cardinal Health, we understand that oncology nurse and patient navigators are often faced with challenges in managing large patient populations and prioritizing their time to deliver the highest impact for optimal patient care. That’s why we support oncology care teams with AI-enabled technology through Navista TS, tapping into vast amounts of socioeconomic, behavioral and health data and identifying high-risk, modifiable patients so you can make a meaningful impact on patient care. To connect with a Cardinal Health team member to learn more, go to cardinalhealth.com/navista

Season 2, Episode 5: Nigel Brockton, PhD – Cancer Prevention and the New American Plate

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Nigel Brockton, PhD. Dr. Brockton is the Vice President of Research at American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).  Dr. Brockton earned his PhD in the genetic epidemiology of colorectal cancer from the University of Aberdeen followed by post-doctoral studies at the University of Dundee.

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As the Vice President of Research for AICR, he oversees all research-related aspects of the organization including the Research Grant Program, the AICR Research Conference and the research that supports AICR’s policy objectives and AICR printed and digital materials.  He also contributes to the WCRF/AICR Continuous Update Project (CUP), that reviews, analyses and summarizes the global literature regarding diet, physical activity, obesity and cancer.

He maintains an appointment (adjunct Associate Professor) at the University of Calgary, Department of Community Health Sciences, and continues to conduct collaborative research using the rich data and biospecimen resources within the prospective longitudinal studies that he established in Alberta.  These studies examine the patterns of adherence to lifestyle recommendations among cancer patients, the impact of modifiable lifestyle factors on cancer metastasis and survival and provide data and biospecimens for external collaborative projects.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Today we discuss Dr. Brockton’s personal cancer story, the American Institute for Cancer Research, current recommendations from AICR on how to prevent cancer, the Healthy 10 Challenge and New American Plate. You can find information on all of AICR’s programs including the Healthy 10 Challenge at https://www.aicr.org.

Season 2, Episode 4: Phil Stover – Community Oncology CEO and Living with Anxiety after Surviving Cancer

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Phil Stover, JD, MBA. Phil is the Chief Executive Officer of Mission Cancer + Blood in Des Moines, Iowa. He is an accomplished businessman and attorney with over 15 years of experience in management, business process improvement, negotiations and contracting.

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Phil graduated from Drake University Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree with Honors and from University of Iowa Tippie School of Business with a Master of Business Administration Degree with Distinction. Phil is a cancer survivor and is humbled by the opportunity to work for this amazing group as CEO and to be able to serve the physicians and staff that are dedicated to treating those affected by cancer.

Today we discuss his role with Mission Cancer + Blood and the great work the practice is doing. We also discuss Phil’s personal story as a cancer patient and survivor. We talk about the information found in his recent blog post “Living with Anxiety after Surviving Cancer:  4 Keys to a Happier Life.” His original post can be found here: https://www.missioncancer.com/living-with-anxiety-after-surviving-cancer-4-keys-to-a-happier-life-by-phil-stover-ceo-of-mission-cancer-blood/

Season 2, Episode 3: Recent Updates in Breast Cancer Therapeutics

This week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS from Emory Winship Cancer Institute. Dr. Kalinsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine. He serves as the director of the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship where he is tasked with fulfilling the vision to improve breast cancer outcomes by aligning research and education with cancer treatment and prevention.

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A breast cancer physician and investigator, Dr. Kalinsky’s research focus is in developing new therapeutic approaches to patients with breast cancer.

Today we discuss recent updates to the RxPONDER trial and other important updates from the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Season 2, Episode 2: Disparities in Chronic Pain Management

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Krystal Preston, PharmD, BCPS and Randall Knoebel, PharmD, BCOP.

Dr. Krystal Preston earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Chicago State University and is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. She recently began a new career journey working as a Clinical Specialty Pharmacist-Oncology with Amita Health St. Joseph Hospital Chicago. She also works part time as a Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. She has made it her life mission to end disparities in healthcare.

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Dr. Randall Knoebel obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy.  He worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in Leukemia for several years before moving into pharmacy leadership positions, now working as Pharmacy Director of Health Analytics and Drug Policy in UChicago Medicine’s Department of Pharmacy. He also serves as the PGY1 pharmacy residency program director; and as the pharmacy director of Pain Stewardship at the University of Chicago a committee charged to lead efforts institutionally to improve the quality and safety of pain care.

Today we discuss disparities in chronic pain management and Krystal’s personal story in dealing with Sickle Cell disease. Randy’s recent article can be found here: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/heq.2020.0062

This episode is brought to you by Cardinal Health™ VitalSource™ GPO. With a deep understanding of industry challenges, VitalSource™ GPO Site of Care Dispensing Solutions has helped practices resolve transparency issues related to DIR fees with a unique DIR alert solution. Austin Cox, PharmD and Clinical Pharmacist at Alabama Oncology describes the alert program as a “a game changer” for his practice. The program gives them insight into hidden fees upon claim adjudication, allowing them to make more informed decisions for the practice. To connect with a Cardinal Health team member to learn more, go to cardinalhealth.com/dispensing

Season 2, Episode 1: Cancer and the Microbiome

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Nadim Ajami, Ph.D. Nadim serves as the Executive Director of Scientific Research for the Program for Innovative Microbiome and Translational Research (PRIME-TR) at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Nadim earned his PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and his career goals are centered on addressing unmet clinical needs with translational research. He has worked closely with clinicians in various settings to identify opportunities to study microbe-host interactions in the context of health and disease.

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Today we discuss the Prime-TR program and microbiome as it relates to cancer and anti-cancer therapies. More information on the Prime-TR program can be found here:

https://www.mdanderson.org/research/departments-labs-institutes/programs-centers/prime-tr.html

SEASON 1

Ray Bailey, RPh, Katherine Hogan, RPh, and Natasha Khrystolubova, RPh, BCOP

Dr. John Marshall and his wife Liza Marshall

Michael Schuh, BS, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA

My-Lien Au and Madison Motzner

Saudra Pelletier

Becki Tinder and Taryn Newsome

Equity and Disparities in Oncology with Dr. Carmen Guerra

Music as Medicine and the Science Behind Music Therapy with Tim Ringgold

Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment with Cesar Santa-Maria, MD

Inspiring Young Adults Living With Cancer with Kaitlyn Ash and Lauren Stafford

Kayla Randle, PharmD, BCOP

Bob Phelan

Howard Cohen, RPh, MS, FASHP

Dr. Kashyap Patel

David Hughes, PharmD, BCOP

Dana Ingoglia RD, CSO, LDN

Carmine Gallo

Dallas Lawry, DNP, FNP-C, OCN and Ken Lynch, JD, CG-C

Derek Gyori, PharmD

Susan and Laura, owners of Susansnaps

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