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September 2020

Jessica Jones, Pharm.D. ’10, is Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Warrior Preceptor of the Year. Dr. Jones is a critical care clinical pharmacy specialist at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, Mich.

Drew Miller, B.S. ’80, of Wynn’s Pharmacy in Griffin, Ga., is the 2020 recipient of the Georgia Pharmacy Association Bowl of Hygeia Award for his over 40 years of service and leadership in his community, in various practice settings, including chain, hospital, and independent pharmacy. He has owned Wynn’s Pharmacy in Griffin since 2007 and serves on the Spalding County and the Georgia Medicaid boards of health.

Sujal Patel, Pharm.D. ’12, of Guardian Pharmacy in Kennesaw, Ga., was presented the GPhA Mal T. Anderson Outstanding Region President Award for his service in Region Seven.

Nikki Adams Bryant, Pharm.D. ’03, of Adams Family Pharmacy in Preston, Ga., was presented the NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award for demonstrated innovation in her practice during GPhA’s annual convention.

Austin Tull, Pharm.D. ’13, of Cherokee Custom Script Pharmacy in Canton, Ga. was presented the Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award during GPhA’s annual convention.

Nasir Uddin, Ph.D. ’11, joined the College of Pharmacy on Sept. 1 as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Lakesha Wiley Butler, Pharm.D. ’05, was promoted to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She also received the AACP Health Disparities and Cultural Competency SIG Outstanding Member Award.

Advait Badkar, Ph.D. ’02, is guiding the development of vaccines, including a potential COVID-19 vaccine, through clinical trials to commercial readiness as senior director of Pfizer’s Novel Delivery Technologies group. Read more about his work and the potential of mRNA vaccines here.

Stephanie White, Pharm.D. ’16, announces her engagement to Kenneth Bellows. The couple reside in Hope Mills, N.C. and are planning their wedding in Dr. White’s hometown of Jacksonville, Fla.

August 2020

Mark Ogunsusi, Pharm.D. ’10, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Dr. Ogunsusi earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is an associate in the drug pricing and 340B program practice group of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville in Washington.

Susan Miller, B.S. ’79, Pharm.D. ’83, received the College of Pharmacy Award of Excellence in Service. She has served the College since 1979 in a variety of leadership roles including associate dean for administration and vice chair and chair of Department of Pharmacy Practice.

July 2020

Risa Hiroshima, Pharm.D. ’12 & Gabe McLemore, Pharm.D. ’06, announce the birth of their son, Remi Emerson McLemore on July 3, 2020. Remi weighed 7 lb., 7 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. He also is welcomed by big sister, Reina (3).

Brandon Feil, Pharm.D. ’18, began a pharmaceutical industry fellowship at Arbor Pharmaceuticals, in partnership with the College of Pharmacy. In his role, he facilitates business development activities that support Arbor’s portfolio and corporate strategy.

Congratulations to the 2020 College of Pharmacy Alumni Award Recipients!

Carlton Henderson Award: Nikki Adams Bryant, Pharm.D. ’03
Distinguished Alumni Award: Richard A. Jackson, B.S. ’69
Alumni Meritorious Award: Silky Webb Beaty, Pharm.D. ’05
Meritorious Service Award: J. Grady Strom, Jr.
Young Alumni Award: Michelle Aslami, Pharm.D. ’16

Barry Patel, Pharm.D. ’92, and Wade Smith, Pharm.D. ’88, founders of Galt Pharmaceuticals, announced FDA approval for a new drug, Orphengesic Forte, a non-opioid painkiller.

Molly Starkie Durham, Pharm.D. ’09 and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their son, Eric Wayne “EJ” Durham Jr., on Jan. 17, 2020.

Dan Buffington, Pharm.D. ’87 was installed as president elect of the Florida Pharmacy Association during FPA’s annual meeting in July.

June 2020

Samantha Roberts, Pharm.D. ’07 (Emory Healthcare), Christa Russie, Pharm.D. ’10 (The Pharmacy at Emory Midtown) and Lou Woods, Pharm.D. ’14 (The Pharmacy at Emory Midtown) were recognized as “Champions of Opioid Safety” by the Georgia Pharmacy Foundation. The program helps pharmacists implement best practices to fight opioid misuse in their own communities.

May 2020

Thomas Ellington, Pharm.D. ’87 was recently named assistant dean of assessment at the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

March 2020

Ayyappa Chaturvedula, Ph.D. ’05 is the recipient of the 2020 Tanabe Young Investigator Award. The award, given by the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP), recognizes the significant contributions of an investigator who has made unusual strides in research related to clinical pharmacology and whose career shows promise of outstanding achievements at a relatively early stage.

February 2020

Ashana Puri, Ph.D. ’19 received a $10,000 grant to fund her research on the development of transdermal systems of naloxone for treatment of opioid addiction. Sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the New Investigator Award provides start-up funding for the independent research programs of early-career pharmacy faculty.

Natalie John Merrels, Pharm.D. ’15 has been promoted to Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Critical Care at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, NC.