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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy alumni are out in the world fulfilling our mission to improve global health and making headlines as they do it. This is a source of pride that honors us and as such we would like to feature you. Have you been featured in local or national news or been interviewed for a television show? If so, tell us about it to be included (click on the button below).

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December 21, 2020

Alumna Receives First Shipment of Moderna Vaccine at Baptist Health South Florida

 Moderna, Madeline Camejo Today


Madeline Camejo, MS, Pharm.D. (’97), the vice-president and chief pharmacy officer at Baptist Health South Florida, was once again featured on the Today Show and on NBC Nightly News with Lestor Holt. 

Camejo received the first shipment of the second Covid-19 vaccine being made available in the US by Moderna at Baptist Health South Florida. While health experts agree that both vaccines are effective, they are different in that the new Moderna vaccine, does not require the deep freeze storage temperature while the Pfizer vaccine does.

According to Camejo, the Moderna vaccine is “much better because …[it] can go to the hospitals; all hospitals have freezers.”

As pharmacists take a lead in the battle against Covid-19 Nova Southeastern University (NSU), College of Pharmacy alumni continue to shine.

Dec, 18, 2020

NSU Alumna Makes National Headlines


Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D., MBA (‘92), vice president of pharmacy services at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS), who was one of the first pharmacists to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in South Florida, made national headlines for discovering additional vaccine doses within each vial.

Segovia’s discovery is great news as the country looks to return to normal as soon as possible. The additional doses per vial will significantly increase the number of people who can receive the vaccine.

In a news conference held by Memorial Healthcare System last week, Segovia said, “…We have calculated that we can actually vaccinate seven patients per vial because of the overfill in the vial.” The previously announced number of doses in each vial was calculated to be only five doses.

According to an article published in the New York Post, the additional doses can increase the nation’s supply by up to 40%, given that the FDA has now approved the use of the additional doses. Previous to this approval, many were discarding the surplus contained in the vials as overfills, while normal, don’t usually contain enough for additional doses. This increase means that the initial 2.9 million doses that were distributed to hospitals across the nation could be more like 4 million available doses.

Dec. 17, 2020

College of Pharmacy Alumni leads the charge to vaccinate front line workers at Westside Regional Hospital


Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy alumni, Ahmed Irfan Mujeebuddin, Pharm.D. (‘11), the current pharmacy operations manager at Westside Regional Medical Center along with Chih Chin, Pharm.D. (‘11), director of pharmacy and Shivana Syne, Pharm.D. (‘04), division director of pharmacy operations, East Florida Division at HCA were recognized for their roles in preparing and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to hospital employees.

“I’m proud to be part of this amazing organization that has done so much in the last year for its employees and for its clients. It feels great to be involved in such an amazing historic event and to be witnessing one,” Mujeebuddin said.
These alums are part of the pharmacy team that is responsible for the groundwork and delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. West Side Regional received the vaccine last week and immediately started the vaccination of its employees.

West Side Regional is a partner of NSU, educating pharmacy students during the Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. This partnership is providing our students a front row seat in this historic event and preparing them to dominate in the field of pharmacy.

Dec. 16, 2020

College of Pharmacy Alumna Yenia Silva ('10) is the first pharmacist in South Florida to receive the COVID-19 shipment from Pfizer

Dr. Segovia

Yenia Silva, Pharm.D, MBA (’10), Director of Operations at Memorial Specialty Pharmacy is the first pharmacist in South Florida to receive the COVID-19 shipment from Pfizer.  Dr. Silva,  who works at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) in Broward assisted in orchestrating the storage of the vaccine and the logistics for massive vaccination efforts for MHS.  Using the MHS COVID -19 vaccine inventory, she helps coordinate inventory deployment for off-site vaccine clinics at  Broward Health, Westside, Cleveland Clinic, Plantation General, Florida Medical Center.   Pictured here is  Dr. Silva receiving her COVID-19 vaccine from NSU COP alumni Jacqueline Di Piazza, Pharm. D ('07).

Dec. 16, 2020

College of Pharmacy Alumna Dorinda Segovia ('92) gets Covid-19 vaccine in Miramar

Dr. Segovia

Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy alumna Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D., MBA (‘92), vice president of pharmacy services at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Miramar. She was one of the first pharmacists to receive the vaccine in South Florida. The vaccine was administered by alumna Jacqueline Di Piazza ('07), the first pharmacist to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in South Florida.

MHS is one of the first health care systems in South Florida to receive over 19,500 doses of COVID-10 vaccines and aims to vaccinate 120 people per hour in the coming days.

MHS is host to NSU-COP students doing their Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Students at the hospital system are experiencing the challenges and opportunities being brought by the pandemic and are engaged in providing assistance to hospital pharmacists such as Dr. Segovia.

Dec. 10, 2020

Madeline Camejo, MS , PharmD ('97) featured in the news as South Florida health experts prepare for Covid vaccine to arrive

Dr. Madeline Camejo

Madeline Camejo, MS, Pharm.D. ('97) was on the Today Show and on the NBC South Florida Channel 6 News as the health experts in South Florida prepare for the arrival of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. Dr. Camejo is the Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Baptist Health. She was interviewed about how Baptist Health will be storing the COVID-10 vaccine when it arrives. Dr. Camejo is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Camejo is an experienced Pharmacy Executive overseeing multi-site facilities. She has over 23 years of working experience in hospital, ambulatory and Health Care. Skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Performance improvement, Acute Care, Ambulatory and Oncology Pharmacy Services. 

Nov. 25, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis appoints NSU COP Alumna, Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D. ('92) to the Board of Pharmacy 

Dr. Dorinda Segovia

Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D., NSU COP Alumna ('92), was appointed to the Board of Pharmacy by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. 
Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D. ('92) is the Vice President of Pharmacy for Memorial Healthcare System.  She has been supporting the college of pharmacy community since 1992 as a student mentor, affiliate assistant professor, guess speaker and member of admissions and curriculum committees.  Her student-centered commitment made her the recipient of the 2008 Florida Pharmacists Association Jean Lamberti Mentorship Award.  She has been recognized by the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists (FSHP) with the Excellence in Pharmacy Leadership award for being innovative and advancing the profession of pharmacy.  In 2002 she was appointed by the Governor to Florida’s Medicaid first Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee to assist in selecting a formulary for the underserved.   Dr. Segovia is actively involved in combating the opioid epidemic by educating our youths, and serves as vice chair in FSHP’s legal and regulatory counsel.

Dr. Blanca Rivera

In addition to Dr. Dorinda Segovia (’92), Blanca R. Rivera, Pharm.D., C.Ph. M.S.Pharm., M.B.A. ('90), also an NSU COP alumna, served on the Board of Pharmacy from 2017 through 2020 as a member and Chair of the Florida Board of Pharmacy Compounding Committee. 
Dr. Rivera is the Associate Vice President for Pharmacy Services for the University of Miami Health Systems. She is responsible for all the pharmacy services product line of UM Hospitals and affiliated clinics which currently consists of inpatient, outpatient, retail, specialty pharmacy, research pharmacy services, and oncology infusion services.  

Nov. 18, 2020

Jorge Garcia, PharmD, MS, MHA, MBA, FACHE ('10) named to the APhA Council to Guide Strategy to Engage Hospital and Health System Pharmacists

Dr. Jorge Garcia

The American Pharmacists Association proudly announces the formation of its inaugural Hospital and Health System Strategy Council. This distinguished group of pharmacists and pharmacy residents is charged with providing APhA guidance as it develops tools, resources and unique member benefits for pharmacists and leaders in hospital and health system practice.

NSU COP Alumnus Jorge Garcia, Pharm.D., MS, MHA, MBA, FACHE ('10),  is a healthcare leader with over 9 years of experience in the academic and community health-system setting providing oversight of inpatient pharmacy operations as well as system-wide inpatient and ambulatory oncology pharmacy services. He has experience founding and chairing interdisciplinary committees such as the Medication Safety Committee and the Medication Revenue Integrity Committee to leverage quality of care and organizational value.

Nov. 17, 2020

Broward Health Executive Director of Pharmacy Services Elected to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Committee on Nominations

Dave Lacknauth, Pharm.D.,M.B.A.,M.S.

Dave Lacknauth, Pharm.D., MBA ('02), executive director of pharmacy services at Broward Health, has been elected to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Committee on Nominations, serving as an alternate member. He has been a member of ASHP since 2002. Lacknauth is responsible for strategic direction, financial and clinical outcomes, and marketing and program refinement with oversight and integration for Broward Health’s five acute care hospitals and 10 outpatient clinics.

Active in professional organizations both nationally and regionally, Lacknauth was appointed to the leadership committee of ASHP and is a former president of the Southeast Society of Health System Pharmacists. Lacknauth was recently elected to the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) board of directors, where he previously served as professional affairs committee chair, and is an active elected delegate representing FSHP at ASHP.  

Sept. 8 , 2020

SMP Pharmacy Solutions Announces the Grand Opening of New State-Of-The-Art Facility in Miami

Dr. Bardisa

Starting in 2003, with only himself and a cashier as staff members, NSU COP Alumnus Armando Bardisa, Pharm.D. ('97) built the highy successful, independent South Miami Pharmacy, now called SMP Pharmacy Solutions. These days, the big drugstore chains are watching his innovations, and venture capitals are wooing him. SMP is one of the brightest stars in the business world. SMP was listed as the eighth most-successful, privately held business in the state. The company has been on Inc. magazine's list of 5,000 fastest-growing private companies for 8 consecutive years and won the prestigious J.D. Power & Associates' "highest in the customer satisfaction" rating. In September, 2020 the SMP Pharmacy Solutions announced the grand opening of their new state-of-the-art facility in Miami.

Aug. 4, 2020

PQS names John Michael O’Brien, Pharm.D., MPH ('00) to board of directors

Dr. Ashworth

NSU COP Alumnus, John Michael O’Brien, Pharm.D., MPH ('00), former senior advisor to the secretary for drug pricing reform at the Department of Health and Human Services has joined Pharmacy Quality Solutions' (PQS) board of directors, effective Aug. 4, 2020. In addition to his role at HHS as senior advisor to the secretary for drug pricing reform, O’Brien, who is a pharmacist, led policy development on multiple administration priorities, including improving the affordability and access of prescription drugs. He also served as deputy assistant secretary of health policy for planning and evaluation, and a key advisor to the secretary for health policy research, development, and analysis related to Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance. He is a certified health insurance executive, held senior policy positions in the life sciences and managed care industries, was a career official at CMS during the Obama administration and served as a health policy fellow in the U.S. Senate. He also holds a number of academic appointments, a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a doctor of pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University, and studied pharmacy and public policy at the University of Florida.

June 1, 2020

NSU COP Alumnus, Richard Ashworth, Pharm.D. ('99) becomes president and CEO of Tivity Health

Dr. Ashworth

NSU COP Alumnus, Richard Ashworth, Pharm.D., MBA ('99) left his position as president of Walgreens and joined Tivity Health as President and CEO, and as a member of the Board of Directors, in June 2020. Tivity Health is a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, with flagship brands like — SilverSneakers®, Nutrisystem®, Prime® Fitness, Wisely Well™, South Beach Diet® and WholeHealth Living®.  Ashworth, who also was named chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in April, has been with Walgreens since 1992 in various positions. His work has included developing the healthcare strategy for Walgreens’ partnership with Alliance Boots before it was acquired. From 2014 to 2017 he was president of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens and served as president of operations from November 2017 through January 2020, when he was named president of Walgreens.

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