December Faces of Pharmacy



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December Faces of Pharmacy:


Roman Fazylov, PharmD, BCSP

Roman Fazylov, PharmD, BCSP, is a clinical pharmacist, board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist currently practicing at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (KJMC) and serving as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy practice at the Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem, New York. Dr. Fazylov received his Doctorate of Pharmacy at the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy at Long Island University after which he went on to complete his PGY-1 and PGY-2 Internal Medicine residencies at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. At KJMC, Dr. Fazylov has practiced in numerous areas including geriatrics, ambulatory care, internal medicine, and critical care. In the process of clinical practice, Dr. Fazylov has developed a passion surrounding clinical research and is currently focused on investigating pharmacokinetics of high-risk and commonly used intravenous medications in the setting of acute altered metabolic function, COVID-19 therapeutics and outcomes, and antimicrobial stewardship. Dr. Fazylov is a proponent of expanding the roles of pharmacists in direct patient care and is actively participating in political efforts to achieve provider status for pharmacists. Evolving and progressing the profession of pharmacists is integral to all pharmacists and can be best achieved by providing optimal patient care and advocacy.

 


Jennifer Friend, PharmD, RPh

Jennifer Friend, PharmD, RPh, is a current instructor at the Pickens Technical College pharmacy technician program and is the former Director of Division Pharmacy at the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons, both located in Aurora, Colorado.  She is new to her teaching role and looks forward to aiding in the development of highly skilled pharmacy technicians and contributing to the future of the pharmacy profession. In her former role she was able to oversee all long-term care pharmacy services for the State of Colorado veterans' homes, including overseeing staffing, clinical and operational functions, billing, and budgeting. 

Dr. Friend was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, and lives and works in her hometown today for the school system she attended in her youth. She graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in English, and then earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Since graduating with her PharmD in 2003, Dr. Friend has worked in various areas of pharmacy practice including hospital, long-term care, clinical consulting, home infusion, and now academia. When she's not working, Dr. Friend enjoys spending time with her two daughters, husband, and menagerie of pets, reading, cooking, and traveling with her family.

 


Eric Larson, PharmD

Eric Larson, PharmD, is the owner of Prescriptions Unlimited pharmacies in St. Cloud, Florida. In March 2017, Eric purchased Prescriptions Unlimited retail and long-term care facilities.

Eric graduated Stetson University in 2003 where he studied Biochemistry before attending Nova Southeastern University where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2007.  Eric started his career working for a chain pharmacy as a store manager then moving into the independent pharmacy space where he operated and constructed multiple pharmacies specializing in compounding, home infusion and bedside delivery/continuum of care.

At Prescriptions Unlimited, Eric has ventured into new practice models, including bedside delivery/readmission prevention program, onsite and off-site vaccine services, direct contracts with self-insured entities (i.e. Osceola Schools), transitions of care and adherence programs designed for providers and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Eric is a CPESN Florida Luminary and Prescriptions Unlimited which is a member of the Flip the Pharmacy initiative working to transform the practice of pharmacy.

In 2019, Eric began a partnership with the Osceola County Council on Aging, providing a chronic disease management program specializing in hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. He has received multiple grant funds for the project to continue through 2021. 

In 2020, Eric is active in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic by providing drive-thru and off-site testing capabilities with partnerships with the Osceola County Department of Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is also a member of the Osceola County Health Leadership Council, which develops community initiatives to promote population health.

Eric is an avid lover of sports and enjoys coaching baseball and basketball in his spare time. He attributes his success to his wife Rachel and has two children, Piper and Ethan.
 


Fady Sadek, RPh, MBA

A month before his graduation from Cairo University Faculty of Pharmacy in 2002, his dad suffered a heart failure. This event helped him to see his pharmacy career from a new caring perspective. From this day on he always thinks, “If this patient were my dad is there anything I can do to help,” which now echoes as “What else can I do to provide my patients with better health care?” 

Fady is an Egyptian immigrant who spent his childhood going to his father’s pharmacy. He earned his MBA in 2008 from Hult International Business School, Cambridge, MA, and his Advanced Graduate certificate in Health and Hospital law from Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ. Fady first joined University of Maryland Medical Center in 2011 to complete his internship hours before he was hired as an ambulatory pharmacist where he also gained experience in the central inpatient pharmacy. In April of 2018 Fady was promoted to be a supervisor for the ambulatory services. Fady is proud to be part of ambulatory pharmacy leadership team. He finds his passion in starting new improvement projects and services in an effort to provide excellent and innovative health care services. For example, starting Med Sync and delivery services which improved the adherence of his HIV patients. Every day Fady enjoys developing his pharmacy team and supporting his patients as they battle their diseases. He also serves as a clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy precepting 1st and 3rd year pharmacy students.  

On the personal side, Fady enjoys teaching Sunday school to kindergarteners and he is an active member at the Arabic Baptist Church. He spends his spare time playing guitar and tennis and has started to learn a little bit about fishing lately.