The PQI Podcast is presented by NCODA and hosted by
Ginger Blackmon, PharmD, Manager of Patient-Centered Communications

We look forward to bringing you a new way to hear first-hand from clinical and administrative experts across the country on the latest in oncology and how they utilize PQIs to positively impact their practice and overall care, shared stories from cancer survivors on life changing events, and current industry issues that our guests are focusing on to ensure a better future for patients.


On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Susan and Laura, owners of Susansnaps, the only gourmet gingersnap company.

Susansnaps are a labor of love that were developed after Laura watched her husband and her daughter Susan undergo chemo within the same year. Ginger is a natural stomach soother and cookies always have a way to bring smiles.

Laura named the cookies “Susansnaps” in memory of her sister, Sue (who died from Hodgkin’s) and in honor of her daughter (who beat Hodgkin’s at 22). Susan and Laura bake the most delicious gourmet gingersnaps in five fabulous flavors, ship nationwide, have a charming retail shop and bakery in Atlanta, and give back through our foundation for cancer patient gifts.

This week we hear their story and more about their book The Cookie Cure. You can find their delicious Susansnaps and The Cookie Cure on their website.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Derek Gyori, PharmD. Derek earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy and completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. He completed his PGY2 Hematology and Oncology Pharmacy Residency at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center. Currently, he is an Assistant 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. His practice interests include ambulatory hematology and oncology, oral chemotherapy, supportive care, academia, and medication safety. Derek is involved and holds board positions in multiple pharmacy organizations. He has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy and Purdue University College of Pharmacy.

Today we discuss Derek’s journey to become an oncology pharmacist, his family’s personal experience with cancer, and tips for pharmacy students who are interested in pursuing a career in oncology.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Dallas Lawry, DNP, FNP-C, OCN and Ken Lynch, JD, CG-C.

Dallas has been an oncology nurse at UCLA Medical Center since 2014. She recently graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice and is now an oncology nurse practitioner at UC San Diego. Her interests include chemotherapy desensitization, palliative care, and global health. She traveled to India every year prior to COVID-19, leading groups of nurses to volunteer with the Tibetan Buddhist refugee population. She is a member of the NCODA Executive Council.

Ken is an ordained Chaplain through the International Fellowship of Chaplains.  He is a Certified Grief Counselor and a graduate of the Catholic Bible Institute, offered through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.  For the last eight years he has facilitated a Grief Group through Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ventura, California.  He is also a partner in the Law Offices of Krafchak & Lynch.

Today we discuss issues related to palliative care, hospice, and grief.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Carmine Gallo. Carmine is a Harvard instructor, bestselling author and communication coach who works with CEOs and executives at the world’s most admired brands. Carmine has written ten books on the subject of leadership and communication including: The Presentation Secrets of Steve JobsTalk Like TED, and Five Stars. You can visit him online or sign up for his newsletter at

Today we discuss public speaking, storytelling and communication.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Dana Ingoglia RD, CSO, LDN , Natasha Khrystolubova RPh, BCOP, and Beth Wittmer RN, BSN, OCN, from Florida Cancer Specialists. Today we discuss symptom management and collaboration within the medically integrated team.

You can find the website referenced in today’s episode here:

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome David Hughes, PharmD, BCOP.  David is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager and Residency Program Director at Boston Medical Center. He also oversees the pharmacy’s oral adherence program which encompasses over 300 patients. He has championed successful quality improvement projects in the clinic and is known for his dedication, hard work and ingenuity when dealing with patients and providers.

Today we discuss collaborative practice and other oncology pharmacy topics.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Dr. Kashyap Patel. Dr. Patel is the CEO of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates. Dr. Patel is a full time practicing medical oncologist, board certified in Hematology, Oncology, and Internal Medicine. He is a certified trainer for physicians “Education in Palliative and End of life Care” and has been a speaker at several different CME events. He is involved in healthcare economics and is working with major commercial payer on AAPM. Dr. Patel has extensive legislative experience both at the local and national level. He has testified in state senate as well as has carried out a capitol hill briefing on precision medicine.

Today we discuss his book, Between Life and Death: From Despair to Hope, and current issues in the oncology space.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Howard Cohen, RPh, MS, FASHP.  Howard recently retired as the Executive Director of Oncology Pharmacy Services for the Smilow Cancer Hospital and Network of Yale New Haven Health.  He is also the President of Safe Medication Management Associates, Inc. and serves as a consultant for Grifols. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Kansas and his Master of Science degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed an Executive Management fellowship at the Wharton School of Business. In 1995 he received the designation of Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In 2014, the Smilow Cancer Hospital Pharmacy was honored as the recipient of ASHP Foundations Award for Medication Safety and Use.

Today we discuss the use of robotic technology in oncology pharmacy.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Bob Phelan. Bob is the CEO of Cancer Specialists of North Florida based in Jacksonville, FL. Bob has been the CEO of Cancer Specialists for over 20 years and is also a pharmacist. Today we discuss current operational issues in oncology.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Kayla Randle, PharmD, BCOP. Kayla is a Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Dr. Randle completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an active member of NCODA.

Today we discuss Kayla’s pharmacy practice setting, collaborative practice, and her involvement in NCODA.

Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Cesar Santa-Maria, MD from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Santa-Maria works as both a primary oncologist and consultant for patients with all types and stages of breast cancer. His research interest is in developing new types of treatment for patients with breast cancer using immunotherapy.

Today we discuss his current and past research in breast cancer including studies on immunotherapy in breast cancer treatment and on survivorship. The links to the studies Dr. Santa-Maria discusses in this episode can be found below.

PRISMM study

immunoADAPT Study

A-NEW Study

Inspiring Young Adults Living With Cancer

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Kaitlyn Ash and Lauren Stafford from Live for Today Foundation. Live For Today Foundation is a non- profit organization based in Jacksonville, FL that helps young adults with cancer. Their purpose is to inspire young adults with cancer by focusing on living, not cancer.

Kaitlyn was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma at the age of 12 and completed a year of in-patient chemotherapy treatments, along with major surgery to remove her tumor and one rib in her back. Kaitlyn has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Florida where she also studied leadership for non-profit management. She co-founded Live for Today and has been involved with the organization since inception. She loves being a cancer advocate and a mentor that our members can look to for support and inspiration.

Lauren is Vice President of Live for Today Foundation and was diagnosed and treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma as a young mother. Lauren completed her doctorate in pharmacy and residency in pharmacy practice at the University of Florida. She spent seven years as the clinical pharmacy manager for the St. Vincent’s family of hospitals in Jacksonville, as well as serving in leadership positions in professional organizations. Lauren retired from her role as manager to spend more time with her two children and has recently taken on the role of Life Adventure Chair.

Today we discuss Kaitlyn and Lauren’s personal stories, the mission and purpose of Live for Today, and issues that are unique to young adults with cancer. More information on Live for Today Foundation can be found at the website below.

Equity and Disparities in Oncology

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Dr. Carmen Guerra. Dr.Guerra is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a general internist, and health equity researcher.  She is the Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine and the Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach for the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) where she also co-leads Community Outreach and Engagement.  At the national level, Dr. Guerra serves as the American Cancer Society (ACS) Board Scientific Officer for the National Board of Directors.


Dr. Guerra and her team have led health equity research that has included the establishment and evaluation of breast and colorectal cancer screening navigation programs at Penn Medicine that have engaged more than 5000 underserved, minority Philadelphia residents in cancer screening and programs that have doubled the participation of Black patients in ACC cancer clinical treatment trials.  She has authored numerous articles including the current American Cancer Society’s colorectal cancer screening guidelines which reduced the starting age for screening to 45, the cervical cancer screening guidelines which allow for screening with HPV testing alone (without a Pap smear) and the current HPV vaccination guidelines. These publications widely influence current clinical practice.

On Episode 7 of The PQI Podcast, Host, Ginger Blackmon, discusses Dr. Guerra’s personal story and her work in various areas of equity and disparities in oncology. Now available to download and stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or at the link below.

Music as Medicine and the Science Behind Music Therapy

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Tim Ringgold. Tim is a board-certified music therapist, author, and host of the Reduce Your Stress Podcast and Summit. Tim is also an award winning international speaker, having shared the stage with some of the top minds on music, the brain, and personal development, including Tony Robbins. Tim was the first person to give a TEDx talk on music therapy in 2012, and is also a former Regional President of the American Music Therapy Association. He has experience working with oncology patients and improving various symptoms through music therapy.

Today we discuss music as medicine and the science behind music therapy. We discuss how music therapy can help both oncology patients and oncology staff members.  Tim is hosting an upcoming free summit for healthcare providers called “Reduce Your Stress.” The Summit is August 9-13, 2021 and more information can be found at:

More information about Tim including his “relaxation vacation” can be found at:

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Saudra Pelletier. Saundra is the CEO of Evofem Biosciences and a breast cancer survivor. At her core, Saundra is a passionate advocate for women’s wellness and empowerment. She is a leader in the boardroom and beyond, using her experience, voice and vision for real, progressive change for women. Saundra brings more than two decades of broad executive leadership experience to Evofem. Throughout her career, she has had oversight and accountability for Sales, Marketing, Operations, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships.

Today we discuss her role as CEO of Evofem Biosciences, her personal cancer story, and Evofem’s hormone-free, on-demand, female contraceptive gel PHEXXI®. Saundra discusses Evofem’s collaboration with NCODA and the importance of the PHEXXI® Positive Quality Intervention. 

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Becki Tinder and Taryn Newsome. Becki and Taryn are leaders in NCODA’s Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA). Taryn recently joined NCODA staff as OPTA coordinator.

Today we discuss the role and value in Oncology Pharmacy Technicians. We also discuss the benefits of OPTA and networking with peers. To learn more about OPTA please visit or email Taryn at

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Michael Schuh, BS, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA. Dr. Schuh is an ambulatory pharmacist, Assistant Professor of Family and Palliative Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Mayo Clinic Florida. He is an expert in medication therapy management and pharmacogenomics. Today we discuss pharmacogenomics and polypharmacy in the oncology patient.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome My-Lien Au and Madison Motzner, leaders of the NCODA Professional Student Organization (PSO). Au is a Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and currently serves as National Vice President of Community Service of the NCODA PSO. Motzner is a Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at Washington State University (WSU) and currently serves and National President of the NCODA PSO.

Host, Ginger Blackmon, PharmD, discusses their involvement in NCODA’s Professional Student Organization, the importance of oncology education in pharmacy school, and listens to their personal stories. The first annual NCODA Professional Student Organization Meeting: An Oncology Student Pharmacist’s Career Journey will be held September 16-17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Meeting registration and additional  information can be found here:

On the inaugural episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome guests from Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (FCS). Guests include Ray Bailey, RPh, Senior VP of Pharmacy, Katherine Hogan, RPh, Rx To Go Director of Pharmacy, and Natasha Khrystolubova, RPh, BCOP, Rx To Go Director of Pharmacy Clinical Services.

FCS is the one of the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practices in the United States with over 250 physicians and 220 nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They provide oncology care in the community setting at almost 100 locations. Rx To Go is the in-house pharmacy for FCS and provides convenient dispensing and delivery of oral oncology medications to FCS patients. Rx To Go is staffed by qualified pharmacists and trained support personnel and assists their patients in achieving optimal clinical outcomes while effectively managing the cost of therapies.

Our guests discuss Medically Integrated Dispensing, the growth of their pharmacy, providing patient-centered care, and staff training for customer service.

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Dr. John Marshall and his wife Liza Marshall. Dr. John Marshall is a medical oncologist and a professor at Georgetown University, and he is an internationally recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancers and the development of new treatments for cancer. Liza Marshall left practice as a communications attorney in 2005 to channel her talents and energy into her family and her growing role at Hope Connections for Cancer Support, of which she is a founding member. In 2006, at the age of forty-three, Liza was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, the deadliest form of the disease.

The recently released the book Off Our Chests: A Candid Tour Through the World of Cancer. In Off Our Chests, Liza vividly details her treatment, her feelings of desperation and vulnerability, the complex decisions she had to make from mastectomy to chemotherapy and radiation, and finally the elective removal of her other breast—all experienced in the sometimes uncomfortable public setting of being treated at her husband’s cancer center. John’s experience as a caregiver forces him to rethink everything he has learned and teaches as a leader in cancer care. No longer able to maintain complete objectivity with his own patients, he ultimately exhausts himself trying to provide ideal cancer care for all.

Today we discuss their book and their experiences of oncologist turned caregiver and of cancer patient and survivor.

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