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Academic Medicine and your pharmacy team

When talking about Academic Medicine, we often tell you that University Health physicians train the doctors of the future. But University Health pharmacists also work as a team to train future pharmacists, and of course, to care for you.

The pharmacists we’re introducing to you have earned a Pharm.D. Simply put, after years of education and training, they are doctors of pharmacy.

Joanne HatfieldJoanne Hatfield Pharm.D., Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) is the Pharmacy Clinical Manager and Pharmacy Residency Program Director. Dr. Hatfield oversees the clinical pharmacists who care for patients while ensuring University Health’s clinical programs are top notch, evidence based, and adaptable as new information comes out.

As a UMKC School of Pharmacy Adjunct Faculty Member Dr. Hatfield precepts, or oversees, pharmacy students during their last year of school.

Dr. Hatfield believes that getting care at an academic medical center such as UH benefits patients because providers aren’t complacent if a patient is up against a challenging diagnosis. “We are willing and able to change practice based on the newest and best evidence available,” said Hatfield.

Aaron LawsonAaron Lawson, Pharm. D. graduated from the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Pharmacy and is completing his specialized residency training at University Health. He sees patients who have had surgery, experienced a trauma, or critically ill and admitted the Intensive Care Unit. He also meets with patients to talk about their medications before they are discharged from UH. Just like the residency trained pharmacists who are guiding him, Lawson offers guidance to pharmacy students.

Dr. Lawson believes academic medical centers benefit patients, “by ensuring our entire team is familiar with the newest evidence-based recommendations, so that we may train our future healthcare teammates with the most up to date information.”

As the Clinical Lead Pharmacist in Rheumatology, Anne Ungerman, Pharm. D., BCPS see patients in person or via telemedicine appointments. Ungerman provides counseling on medications, teaches patients how to administer their new injectable therapy and how to monitor their progress. She assists in coordinating care with other clinics, and works to make the process of refilling and receiving medication as easy as possible for patients.

Dr. Ungerman says having a clinical pharmacist embedded in a clinic helps cut down the time it takes for patients to start therapy, is an extra set of eyes for monitoring and is a resource for any drug-related questions.

Nhi LoweYou might find Nhi Lowe, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP in the University Health Emergency Room. Dr. Lowe is dual board certified in pharmacotherapy and critical care. She also cares for critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Lowe, who teaches future pharmacists through UMKC School of Pharmacy, said University Health patients benefit from the academic medicine care model because, “we have diverse medical teams with multiple specialties who work collaboratively to provide the best patient care across all disciplines.”

Eryn TaylorIt’s possible you met Erin Taylor, Pharm. D., Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) at the University Health outpatient pharmacy or talked to her when you had questions about your medication. Dr. Taylor works to ensure patients have access to medications needed to manage a variety of health conditions. She says the academic medicine model benefits patients by creating patient-centered culture which includes pharmacists staying up to date on the latest evidence-based medicine.