John A. Bosso, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA, FIDP
Professor Emeritus
Department of Clinical Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy, and
Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Disease
College of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

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Dr. Bosso earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcomes Sciences, College of Pharmacy,  and Professor Emeritus of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

His research interests focused on anti-infective pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and efficacy in both pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Bosso has published articles in Pharmacotherapy, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and The Journal of Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy. He has written chapters for textbooks that include Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, The Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program, and The Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He has served as a member of the editorial boards of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Pharmacotherapy, and The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Dr. Bosso has been active in a number of professional organizations, and was a founding member and a past-president of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, and is a past-president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Eileen Carter, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Columbia School of Nursing and
Nurse Researcher
New York – Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

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Dr. Carter earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the New York University, School of Education and her Master of Philosophy in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Dr. Carter received the Mary Fay Enrichment Award at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2009 and was named Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar at Columbia University School of Nursing 2012-2014. She has served on the National Institutes of Health, Healthcare Delivery and Methodologies, Special Emphasis Panel (July 2016) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Research on Technical Improvement of Personal Protective Equipment, Special Emphasis Panel (March 2016). Her research is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and she currently serves as co-investigator on two Agency grants. She recently served as a co-author on the CDC – American Nurses Association white paper entitled: Redefining the Antibiotic Stewardship Team: Recommendations from the American Nurses Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Workgroup on the Role of Registered Nurses in Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Practices.

Debra A. Goff, PharmD, FCCP
Infectious Disease Specialist
Clinical Associate Professor
The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH

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Debra Goff is an Infectious Disease Specialist and founding member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) in Columbus Ohio. She is the past-Director of the Infectious Diseases Residency program at OSUWMC and an Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy working with the One Health Antibiotic Stewardship team at OSU. Dr. Goff received her Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also completed her residency.

Dr. Goff is a 2016 TEDx Columbus speaker on antibiotics “just in case” there’s infection with over 16,500 views on YouTube. She is the international advisor to the Federation of Infectious Diseases Society of South Africa (FIDSSA) mentoring South African pharmacists. She received the 2016 OSU Emerging International Outreach and Engagement Award and the 2019 Distinguished International Outreach and Engagement Award for her work in South Africa. She is the 2017 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) recipient of the Global Health Award. She serves as a faculty mentor to young African leaders as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program. Dr. Goff is a faculty member of the World Health Organization (WHO) developing an antimicrobial stewardship toolkit for low middle income countries. She uses Twitter to engage, connect, and educate her 6,000 followers from multiple countries on issues related to antimicrobial resistance and stewardship.

Her interests include antimicrobial resistance, the application of rapid diagnostic tests with stewardship interventions, use of Twitter to increase global engagement and patient advocate organizations in antibiotic stewardship. She lectures nationally and internationally as an antimicrobial stewardship advocate.

Katie Lynn Hammer, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID
Infectious Disease Specialist
Clinical Team Leader, Antimicrobial Support Network
Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC

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Dr. Hammer earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy (TUSP). She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) and her PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She is an Infectious Disease Specialist and Clinical Team Leader at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Her research interests include multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), Pseudomonas spp., gram-negative bloodstream infections, clinical microbiology and rapid diagnostics. Dr. Hammer has published articles in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Hospital Pharmacy, and American Journal of Infection Control. She has written chapters for textbooks that include McGraw-Hill’s NAPLEX® Review Guide. She has served as a reviewer of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, and Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease.

Dr. Hammer has been active in a number of professional organizations including American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and has served on the Programs Committee for the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).

Kerry L. LaPlante, PharmD., FCCP, FIDSA
Professor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI

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Kerry LaPlante, Pharm.D., FCCP is a tenured Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Brown University, and the Founding Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Research Fellowship at the Providence Veterans Medical Center. Her work is dedicated to furthering antibiotic education and research across the full spectrum of healthcare science, from antibiotic development to clinical applications. An underlying hypothesis in Dr. LaPlante’s research is that implementing positive change in prescriber habits will occur through communication, trust, personalized education, and highlighting the safety and public health benefit to their patients and their local community. Most recently, her research has focused on the development of public health messaging and trust in desperate patient populations, along with implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in acute care, and long-term care patient populations across the VA nationally.

Dr. LaPlante’s clinical and research career has been focused on identifying effective and safe treatments for antimicrobial resistance pathogens and, more specifically on the impact that antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship has on the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Dr. LaPlante also directs active in vitro research program (BSL-2) that explores pharmacodynamic dosing indexes of combination antibiotic therapy in pathogenic bacteria, specifically the treatment, virulence inhibition (toxin and biofilm), colonization and control of multiply drug resistant pathogens in catheter lock solutions.

Dr. LaPlante has maintained continuous uninterrupted funding for her in vitro and outcomes research program from both public and private sources since arriving at the university in 2004. Her award-funding total is over 12 million from agencies such as National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Investigator Initiated Research at Pfizer, Merck and other Research and Development based pharmaceutical companies.

An internationally recognized leader in the field of antibiotic research, Dr. LaPlante is an elected Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and president-elect of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, and appointed Vice-Chairperson of the Rhode Island Department of Health Antimicrobial Stewardship and Environmental Cleaning Task Force, and has served on the editorial boards for the leading journals in pharmacy and pathogenic microbiology (including Pharmacotherapy and Virulence). She is also the recipient of the Rhode Island Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2016 Pharmacist of the Year and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacist Researcher of the year 2010. She is frequently invited to lecture at national infectious diseases meetings and symposia, and is an author on over 80 peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters, which span topics from antimicrobial stewardship, antibiotic resistance, drug discovery and in vitro activity of combination antimicrobial agents. She is also the senior editor of a book titled “Antimicrobial Stewardship Principles and Practices” which is currently in press and available at Amazon.

Nicolas Mercuro, PharmD
Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialist
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA

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Nicolas Mercuro, PharmD is a Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, Dr. Mercuro has also successfully completed the Graduate Certificate Program of Public Health Practice and the Teaching and Learning Program at Wayne State University in Detroit as well as a Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellowship in Outcomes Research and Antimicrobial Stewardship at Wayne State and Henry Ford Hospital. He has nine scientific papers and has numerous presented abstracts to his credit.

Michael J. Rybak, PharmD, MPH, PhD, FCCP, FIDP
Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine
Director, Anti-Infective Research Laboratory
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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Michael J. Rybak, Pharm.D., M.P.H., PH.D. is a Professor of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice, adjunct Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director, Anti-Infective Research Laboratory, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Wayne State University.  He is also an adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, Wayne State University and adjunct Professor of Pharmacy-Clinical, College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan.

Over the course of a long and distinguished career at Wayne State University, he has held several important posts, including serving for nearly 33 years as the Director for the Research Fellowship Program in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy and Health Outcomes as well as the Associate Dean for Research at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Chair and member of the University’s Human Investigation Committee, the College of Pharmacy and Health Science’s research committee and Wayne State University’s Clinical Translational Research Committee.

Dr. Rybak’s primary focus of research is antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) and the assessment of infectious diseases health outcomes including their relationship to bacterial resistance.  His work is focused on the laboratory and clinical outcomes assessment of combination therapy for methicillin and vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, enterococcus and multi-drug resistant gram-negative pathogens. Currently his laboratory is exploring the role of combination bacteriophage and antibiotics for the treatment of multi-drug resistant pathogens.  Dr. Rybak is currently funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the and via several investigator initiated grants from Pharmaceutical industry. He has published more than 380 manuscripts in medical and scientific journals and authored 20 book chapters on antimicrobial PKPD, resistance and antimicrobial stewardship. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Infectious Diseases and Therapyand a scientific editor for Infectious Diseases for Pharmacotherapy,editorial board member for Critical Reviews in Microbiology.  He is a reviewer for several leading publications including Clinical Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Open Forum Infectious Diseases and Lancet ID.

 Dr. Rybak is one of the founding members, past president and fellow of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and has held key positions at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. He is a member and fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and has served on key Infectious Diseases Guidelines Committees such as the MRSA guidelines committee for Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Heart Association’s Infective Endocarditis guidelines and the Vancomycin Consensus Guidelines committee (chair).

Edward J. Septimus, MD, FIDSA, FACP, FSHEA
Clinical Professor
Texas A&M Medical School
Houston, TX

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Dr. Ed Septimus received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1972. Dr. Septimus went on to complete his postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Ed Septimus is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases.

He was VP Research and Infectious Diseases HCA Healthcare until 2018.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and was on the IDSA Antimicrobial Resistance Committee, the SHEA Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, and the IDSA Quality Measurement Committee.   He was the first recipient of the IDSA Annual Clinician Award.  In 2011 he was appointed to the Healthcare-Associated Infections/Preventable Adverse Events Advisory Panel for the Texas Department of State Health Services.  He was awarded the John S Dunn Sr. Outstanding Teacher Award in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.  He is on the FDA Anti-Infective Drug Advisory Group and is co-chair of the NQF Patient Safety Steering Committee.

He holds a faculty position as Clinical Professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine,  Senior Lecturer Department of Population Medicine Harvard Medical  School, and Professor Distinguished Senior Fellow, School of Public Health, George Mason University.  He has published over 100 articles and chapters.