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2014 Pharmacy Practice Seminar Speakers


Kimberly A. Arlinghaus, MD
Dr. Arlinghaus is a board-certified general adult psychiatrist with expertise in neuropsychiatry and consult/liaison psychiatry.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1982 with highest honor.  She then attended Baylor College of Medicine, receiving her medical degree in 1986 with honor.  Dr. Arlinghaus completed a general adult psychiatry residency in 1990 at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals Program and received the Laughlin Award for outstanding contributions to the community upon her graduation.  She has been a faculty member in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine since 1990, achieving the rank of Associate Professor in both departments. In her first five years of practice she founded and directed a neuropsychiatric consultation service at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, Texas where she gained expertise in traumatic brain injury. In 1995, Dr. Arlinghaus moved to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston where she contributed 16 years of distinguished service in a variety of leadership, clinical, education, and research positions.  In July of 2011 Dr. Arlinghaus embraced a new opportunity to build psychiatry consultation/liaison teaching services in Central Texas within the Lone Star Circle of Care community health system where she now serves as Medical Director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health as well as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Texas A&M College of Medicine.

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Gay Dodson, R.Ph., Executive Director/Secretary
Gay Dodson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Gay worked as a community pharmacist in the Dallas area for 13 years. While working as a community pharmacist, she was an active member of the local, state, and national pharmacy associations.

Gay has been an employee of the Board since November 1982 and served for 2 years as Field Compliance Officer in the Houston Area, 3 years as Senior Compliance Officer in the Austin office, and almost 10 years as Director of Compliance before being appointed to her present position as Executive Director on June 28, 1997. In her position as Executive Director, Gay serves as the chief executive officer of the agency and an ex-officio member and secretary of the Board of Pharmacy. 

Gay Dodson's awards and recognitions include: 2013 Kappa Epsilon Career Achievement Award; 2012 State Agency Council to the Governor's Commission for Womens, Outstanding Women in Texas Government; 2010 Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists' Distinguished Service Award; 2007 National Association of Board's of Pharmacy's Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award; 2006 Texas Pharmacy Association's Distinguished Service Award; 2000 University of Texas College of Pharmacy William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award; 1997, Recognition Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists in " recognition of her commitment, leadership, and dedication in advancing the practice for pharmacists and the patients they serve ," 1993 award for Outstanding Service from the Texas Pharmacy Association; and the 1989 Linda T. Rodgers Memorial Leadership Award from Kappa Epsilon.

Ms. Dodson is also a Past-President of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Alumni Association and is an active member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band.

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Bryson Duhon, Pharm.D.
Dr. Duhon practices in the Adult Internal Medicine setting, where he is involved with the medical management of the adult hospitalized patient. His principal interests include infectious diseases, diabetes, and innovative pedagogical techniques.

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Harish K. Gagneja, M.D., AGAF
Dr. Gagneja graduated from the Government Medical College, Guru Nanak Dev University in Punjab, India in 1990. He completed his internship and residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Health System affiliated hospitals in Cleveland, OH in 1997. He completed his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship with State University of New York at Buffalo, NY in 2000.

Dr. Gagneja accepted a position as assistant professor of medicine at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He also served as co-director of the GI fellowship program there. He moved to Austin in 2002 and joined Austin Gastroenterology in 2004. He maintains his academic interest and actively participates in teaching of medical students and residents of Austin Medical Education Programs. He was chosen consultant of the year by the resident class of 2003-04.

Dr. Gagneja was a lead interventional endoscopist at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has a special interest in therapeutic endoscopy and newer technology in endoscopy. Dr. Gagneja has presented at many national meetings and has authored many abstracts, manuscripts and book chapters. Dr. Gagneja is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Dr. Gagneja has practiced in Austin since 2002.

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Thomas W. Hale, BSPharm, Ph.D.
Dr Thomas W. Hale is a clinical pharmacologist, professor at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and author of Medications and Mothers' Milk. He has many years experience lecturing in all areas of pharmacology and therapeutics. He is an expert on the use of medications in breastfeeding women and he has traveled the world lecturing on this topic.  He is considered one of the leading experts in the field of human lactation and the use of medication. He has written or co-authored more than 25 publications, dozens of abstracts, and numerous book chapters. Dr. Hale currently has a number of research projects underway on various aspects of human lactation, medications, clinical pharmacology, and mastitis.

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Elizabeth O. Hand, Pharm.D., BCP
Elizabeth Hand graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2010 after completing two years of pre-pharmacy coursework at Virginia Tech. Following graduation she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University Health System in San Antonio, TX. Elizabeth went on to complete a PGY2 Infectious Disease Residency at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. She is now a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Pharmacist at University Hospital in San Antonio.


Bryan Kansas, M.D.
Dr. Bryan Kansas, M.D. joined the staff of The Urology Team in Austin, Texas in August 2006.  Dr. Kansas did his undergraduate work at Louisiana State University. He earned a Master of Public Health at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He then graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, LA. His general surgery internship was performed at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC and he completed his general surgery and urology training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

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James A. Karboski, Pharm.D.
Dr. Karboski earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University in 1985. Subsequently, Dr. Karboski earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio in 1987. He continued his training in Texas where he completed a Clinical Sciences Fellowship in Pharmacokinetics at the University of Texas at Austin. Later, while a faculty member at the University of Iowa, Dr. Karboski was a Geriatrics Fellow of the Iowa Geriatrics Education Center.

Dr. Karboski teaches extensively in the undergraduate, Pharm.D., and graduate programs at the University of Texas. He has been nominated for the prestigious Texas Exes Teaching Award for seven of the last eight years and won the award in 2000. He has been nominated for the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award for the past two cycles and has been cited by the P4 class as a faculty member who had the highest impact on their professional development for each of the past six years.

Dr. Karboski has authored numerous scientific and professional articles in the areas of clinical therapeutics and pharmacokinetics. He has presented over 200 times before various professional, scientific and student groups. Dr. Karboski is recognized for his contributions to teaching excellence and the use of technology in teaching.

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Leroy C. Knodel, Pharm.D.
Leroy C. Knodel is a clinical associate professor, and assistant head, Division of Pharmacotherapy. In this capacity, his primary responsibilities involve Pharm.D. education and training, and postgraduate training in the San Antonio region. In addition, Dr. Knodel is the director of the Drug Information Service at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), a position he has held since 1982, and is the director of the regional internship program in San Antonio. Dr. Knodel is also a tenured associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the UTHSCSA.

Dr. Knodel received his B.S. in pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1977 and 1980, respectively. Additionally, he completed a clinical pharmacy residency at the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky while concurrently enrolled in the Pharm.D. program. In 1980, Dr. Knodel accepted a position with the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy as director of the Drug Information Center at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver. He held this position for two years before accepting his current position with the UTHSCSA and the College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Knodel's primary teaching emphasis in the College of Pharmacy is in the areas of literature evaluation, biostatistics, study design, and gastrointestinal pharmacotherapeutics. He also participates as an invited lecturer for the UTHSCSA Medical, Dental, and Nursing Schools. Dr. Knodel's teaching excellence has been recognized at both the UT Austin College of Pharmacy (nominee for the Texas Excellence Teaching Award) and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching).

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Christopher Parker, D.O. FACP. FACR
Christopher Parker specializes in rheumatology, internal medicine in Austin, Texas.
He obtained his medical degree from the 
University of Health Sciences-COM, Kansas City, MO, 1994. He went on to complete an
 internship and residency at 
William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX
. Dr. Parker's fellowships include Rheumatology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. and Medical Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He is Board Certified by the National Board of Osteopathics Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Rheumatology
. His professional experiences include: Member, Lupus Foundation for American South Central Texas Chapter Medical Advisory Board; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, 1999-2003. His Professional Affiliations include: American Osteopathic Society; American College of Physicians (Fellow); American College of Rheumatology (Fellow); Texas Medical Association; Travis County Medical Society.

Dr. Parker has achieved the following awards:
Golden Stethoscope Award - Graduating First in Medical School Class, 1994
Most Outstanding Resident - William Beaumont AMC, 1997
Teacher of the Year- Department of Medicine- Brooke Army Medical Center
Teacher of the Year-Transitional Residency Program- Brooke Army
Texas Monthly Super Doctors: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

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William H. Riffee, BSPharm, Ph.D.
Dr. Riffee received his BS in Pharmacy from West Virginia University in 1967 and then served as a Clinical Pharmacy Officer with the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in the Division of Hospitals from 1967 until 1970. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology- in 1975 from The Ohio State University with a major research interest in behavioral effects and biochemical mechanisms of central nervous system stimulants.

Dr. Riffee continued his research and teaching career in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas from 1975 until May, 1996. During that period, his research interests focused on CNS stimulants and he studied the mechanism by which these agents induce a “reverse tolerance” and thereby elicit the neurochemical basis for “stimulant-induced psychosis”. Since 1990, Dr. Riffee has concentrated his research and teaching efforts in the area of educational technology and its utility in the classroom. He is known nationally an innovator in the area of teaching and the development of distance learning platforms.

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Laurojo Ryan, Pharm.D., MSc., BCPS, CDE
Laurajo Ryan practices in the area of Adult Internal Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, primarily in the acute treatment of the hospitalized patient. Her principal interests include diabetes, nutrition and cirrhosis.  Dr. Ryan has extensive teaching experience in The University of Texas College of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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Jennifer Scott
Jennifer has been the Director of Aging Services for the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) in Austin Texas since September 2011.  The Area Agency on Aging provides a variety of services to seniors who reside in the ten county region of the Capital Area.  She is responsible for all aspects of the agency and for the programs and services which the agency provides.

Prior to this position Jennifer was the Vice President of Facility Development and Operations for the Tree of Life Care Group (TLCG), LLC. She joined the TLCG Team in 2007, with the responsibility of starting the company, facility design, naming and branding initiatives, program development, facility operations, and compliance for the Arveda Alzheimer’s Family Care communities. 

Jennifer has been in healthcare since 1984 and working with a variety of people with disabilities.  In 1996 she began working with people who have Alzheimer’s disease. She has have been the Administrator of certified assisted livings for people who have Alzheimer’s disease and have been the Administrator of General Assisted Livings.  Jennifer also worked for the Alzheimer’s Association in San Antonio as the Director of Programs and Education, where she helped to start numerous programs to assist families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and professional staff who care for resident’s in care facilities.

Jennifer Scott has presented numerous speaking and educational presentations about Alzheimer’s disease and how to care for those suffering with dementia. She is on the faculty of the Center for Health Services Education and Research, where she has taught the upper level division courses in Assisted Living Management and Alzheimer’s and related dementia care for many years.  She is a guest lecturer for the University of Texas Pharmacy School, and on the speakers bureau of the Alzheimer’s Association, Star Chapter. JenniferI graduated from The University of Maryland, Munich West Germany Campus, with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Administration. She is also a graduate of the Aging Society of America Leadership Institute.  Jennifer Scott was appointed to the City of Austin’s Commission on Seniors in March of 2014.

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David C. Warner, Ph.D.
David C. Warner is a professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and Syracuse University (Ph.D. in economics), and he did post doctoral studies in Health Policy at Yale. Dr. Warner has taught health policy and health economics and finance at the UT Austin LBJ School since 1975. Professor Warner has served as a consultant to a number of organizations in the health sector, and for six years was a member of the Board of Directors of Austin's Brackenridge Municipal Hospital. In addition, he was Chairman of the Texas Diabetes Council from January 1985 to December 1989. He has also served on several editorial and advisory boards and been appointed to other state level advisory committees.
At the LBJ School, Professor Warner has directed policy research projects on a variety of health and mental health topics. He is currently working on projects related to improving health insurance coverage, the integration of the U.S. and Mexican health care systems, diabetes policy, public health funding, and U.S.-Mexico border health.



Special THANK YOU to our 2013 Speakers

Russell T. Attridge, Pharm.D., M.S.c., BCPS
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
University of The Incarnate Word Feilk School of Pharmacy

Online CPE activity: Management of Community-Acquired MRSA Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

Ridley Barron
Ridley Barron, Inc

Ari Brown, M.D., FAAP
Author, Speaker, Advocate

Gay Dodson, R.Ph.
Texas State Board of Pharamcy

Online CPE activity: Texas Pharmacy Law Update

Brent I. Fox, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Auborn University Harrison School of Pharmacy

Shadi Giani, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Austin Hepatitis Center

Online CPE activity: Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C

Elizabeth O. Hand, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
Pediatric Clinical Coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

Online CPE activity: Symptom Management for Pediatric Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Leroy C. Knodel, Pharm.D.
Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Head, Division of Pharmacotherapy
Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery,

Online CPE activity: New Drug Update

Travis Leeah, R.Ph., MBA
Unique Pharmaceuticals, LTD

Online CPE activity: Compounding Controversies

Christopher Parker, D.O., FACP, FACR
Austin Diagnostic Clinic

Carla Portnoy, R.Ph.
Texas Oncology

Online CPE activity: Keeping it Simple, What You Really Need to Know to Help Your Breast Cancer Patients

Joseph T. Rannazzisi
U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration

G. Blair Sarbacker, Pharm.D.
University of The Incarnate Word Feilk School of Pharmacy



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