Our 2019 Speakers
Amy Pick, PharmD, MS, BCOP
Amy Pick is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in Omaha, NE. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Creighton University. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at The Nebraska Medical Center and is a Board-Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP). Amy is active in the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) serving as a subcommittee chair. She has spoken nationally on the topics of well-being, burnout, authenticity, grit, and resiliency. In her free time, Amy enjoys exercising and spending time with her husband and four boys, who keep her busy with sporting events.
Casey Williams, PharmD, BCOP, FHOPA
Dr. Williams is the Chief Scientific Officer and the Director of Early Phase Clinical Trials at the Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dr. Williams received his Pharm.D. from Creighton University and subsequently completed his PGY-1 residency in Pharmacy Practice at the University of North Carolina, and his PGY-2 Oncology Practice residency at the University of Texas/Audie Murphy VA. Dr. Williams has faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, South Dakota State University School of Pharmacy and the University of South Dakota School Of Medicine. He is a fellow of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association and the past chair of Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Oncology Specialty Council. Dr. Williams has well over one hundred peer reviewed abstracts and manuscripts and is currently the Principal Investigator of phase 1 clinical trials investigating the role of combination therapy in the treatment of early and advanced malignancies.
Samantha Larson, PharmD
Dr. Larson is a PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident at University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview in Minneapolis, MN. She received her PharmD from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and completed her PGY-1 residency at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. She is a member of Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association.
Mollie Michel, PharmD
Dr. Michel is a PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, MHealth-Fairview in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her PharmD from Regis University and completed her PGY1 at Fairview Southdale Hospital. She is a member of The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association, and the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
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Dr. Shaji K. Kumar, MD
Dr. Kumar is Consultant in the Division of Hematology and Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota. He serves as Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Clinical Research Office and Vice Chair for research in the Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. His postdoctoral training included a residency in internal medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, followed by an internal medicine residency and a hematology/oncology fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Kumar’s research focuses on the development of novel drugs and drug combinations for the treatment of myeloma. His laboratory focuses on understanding the role of bone marrow microenvironment in the development and progression of myeloma.
Dr. Kumar serves as Co-Chair of the NCI Myeloma Steering Committee as Chair of the NCCN Multiple Myeloma Guidelines Panel.
Our 2018 Speakers
Lee Newcomer, MD, MHA
Dr. Newcomer, a board certified medical oncologist, was recently a senior vice president at UnitedHealthcare with strategic responsibility for Oncology and Genetics.
Dr. Newcomer earned a B.A. degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, an M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and a masters of health administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a fellowship in medical oncology at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Gautam Jha, MBBS
Dr. Jha, is a board certified medical oncologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Medicine within Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Jha is interested in developing therapies that would harness the strength of our immune system for treatment of cancer. Unfortunately there are no good treatment options for patients with advanced cancers despite ample evidence of immune-deregulation. Disrupting tumor-mediated immune suppression is the key to progress in these diseases with otherwise dismal outcomes. His research focuses on developing new immunotherapies for genitourinary cancers.
Taylor Monson, PharmD
Dr. Monson is a PGY2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her PharmD from Drake University and completed her PGY1 residency at Nebraska Medicine. She is a member of The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association.
Elizabeth Travers, PharmD
Dr. Travers is a PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her PharmD from the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed her PGY-1 at University Health Shreveport in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a member of The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association.
Mary Mably, RPh, BCOP
Mary is Pharmacy Manager, Inpatient Services and the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Program Director at University of Wisconsin Health in Madison, WI. She received her BS in Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1983. She has worked for UW Health in Madison, WI since 2008 and has been Board Certified in Oncology Pharmacy since 2002. She serves on 2 NCCN panels and is an active member of HOPA and ASHP. Mary was honored to receive the UW Health Pharmacy Department Preceptor of the Year Award in 2015 and the UW Department of Medicine Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care Award for Extraordinary Service to the Division for 2016-17.
Stacey Allen, MA, LMFT, CCLS
Stacey has dedicated her professional life to working with individuals, couples, and families who have been affected by cancer both in her therapy practice at Healthwise Behavioral Health in Maple Grove, and in group support at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities.
Stacey specializes in psychosocial oncology, medical issues, chronic illness, and couple relationships and she is devoted to helping adults, children, teens, and families through all forms of loss, including grief.
Our 2017 Speakers
Pamala Jacobson, PharmD
Dr Jacobson received a PharmD from the University of Nebraska followed by 2 years of postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. After completing her training she joined the faculty at the U of Michigan College of Pharmacy where she remained for 9 years. She then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota and is now Professor of Pharmacy in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy. Jacobson is a clinical pharmacologists specializing in clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenetics. She investigates how genetic variation influences pharmacokinetics, efficacy and toxicity of anticancer and immunosuppressive agents. She is the Director of the Institute of Personalized Medicine in the College of Pharmacy.
Linda Burns, MD
Dr. Burns is Vice President and Medical Director of the Medical Services Department at the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match and Senior Scientific Director of the Health Services Research Program within the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Burns received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by a residency and chief-residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Iowa. As a Professor of Medicine in the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Minnesota, her clinical research interests focused on development of novel therapies for blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, and the late effects of transplantation. Dr. Burns was also President of the American Society of Hematology in 2014.
Mary Walters, PharmD
Dr. Walters is a PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident in the Metro, Inc. Program at Aurora St Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Walters received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a Biochemistry Concentration from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2012 and her PharmD from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2016. She completed PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota in 2017.
Christine McNamara, PharmD
Dr. McNamara is a PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident at the Avera Cancer Institute at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dr. McNamara completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She went on to earn her PharmD. from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. She then completed a PGY1 Hospital Pharmacy Residency at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. During her PGY1 she also earned a teaching certificate affiliated with South Dakota State University.
Leigh Boehmer, PharmD, BCOP
Dr. Boehmer (pronounced “Beemer”) is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist specializing in medical oncology at the Mercy Cancer Center in Mason City, Iowa. After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, he completed PGY1 and PGY2 oncology residencies at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. From there, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent five years as an inpatient medical oncology clinical specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital before he and his family decided to relocate to North Iowa in 2015.
David Frenz, MD
David Frenz earned a medical degree and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota. He is also board certified in addiction medicine. Dr. Frenz actively speaks, writes and consults on healthcare-related burnout and resilience. You can learn more about him and his work on LinkedIn.