Susan Ksiazek, RPh, DPh, immediate past president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), assumed the office of chairperson of the Association’s 2019-2020 Executive Committee during the Final Business Session of the NABP 115th Annual Meeting, held May 16-18, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN. Ms Ksiazek served one-year terms as the Association’s president, president-elect, and treasurer, and one three-year term as an Executive Committee member representing District 2.
During her presidency, Ms Ksiazek led the formation of a customer focus group to provide insight and expertise on NABP initiatives. Under her leadership, the Association’s e-Profile system was enhanced, and multiple NABP program databases were merged into a centralized database. This advancement provides boards of pharmacy with access to more robust data in support of licensure decision making and other responsibilities. It also positions the Association to continue providing innovative tools and resources to support the boards in their mission to protect public health. For her service, NABP bestowed its President’s Award upon Ms Ksiazek during the Annual Awards Luncheon at the 115th Annual Meeting.
Ms Ksiazek is a member of the New York State Board of Pharmacy and has served two terms as chair of the Board. She has diverse pharmacy experience including community, hospital, and long-term care practice with a clinical specialty in geriatrics. Ms Ksiazek’s expertise in medication safety and regulatory and accreditation compliance led her to a position in hospital administration as the director of medical staff quality and education at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. Prior to that position, Ms Ksiazek was a senior pharmacist in several different specialty departments at Erie County Medical Center and then served as a clinical adjunct professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and as a clinical instructor at SUNY Buffalo Department of Medicine.
An active member of NABP, Ms Ksiazek has participated in many of the Association’s task forces and committees, including serving as Executive Committee liaison for the Task Force on the Definition of a Patient-Pharmacist Relationship, and as chair of the Hospital Subgroup of the Task Force to Review and Recommend Revisions to the Controlled Substances Act. She has also served as a member of the Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation, the Task Force on Telepharmacy and the Implementation of the Medicare Drug Benefit Medication Therapy Management Provisions, and the Task Force to Examine NABP’s Data Resources. In addition, Ms Ksiazek served as the NABP District 2 secretary/treasurer for seven years. In 2011, Ms Ksiazek received the NABP Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award.
As a member of the New York State Board of Pharmacy, Ms Ksiazek has served on the Automation Committee, the Long-Term Care Committee, and the Collaborative Drug Therapy Management Committee. She has also served on the Board’s Quality Assurance Committee, Part III Licensure Exam Committee, Discipline Committee, and Executive Committee.
Among her other activities, Ms Ksiazek is a member of the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct and is a fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards. Ms Ksiazek is also an independent long-term care and ambulatory geriatric pharmacy consultant.
Ms Ksiazek earned her bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and an honorary doctor of pharmacy license from the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy.
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