Jerry Siegel Pharm. D., FASHP
Jerry Siegel is the former Senior Director for Pharmaceutical Services for the Ohio State University Medical Center and Assistant Dean for the Ohio State College of Pharmacy. He is still a clinical associate professor at the College. He had been a pharmacist with the Medical Center for over 33 years and graduated from the Ohio State University with his B.S in microbiology and B.S. and Pharm D. from the College of Pharmacy. Previously a clinical microbiologist he worked as a clinical pharmacist in transplantation and hematology/oncology before focusing on administration. He has presented and published extensively on immunology, infectious disease and pharmacy administration. He received the designation of Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and LDI fellow from the Wharton Business School.. At Ohio State he was responsible for over 300 employees and a drug budget in excess of 100 million dollars. He has trained over 200 pharmacy residents while residency program director. He has served as president of the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists and has received the Clifton Latiolais and Walter Frazier leadership awards.
Howard I. Cohen, RPh, MS, FASHP
Howard I. Cohen RPh, MS, FASHP, is the former Director of Pharmacy Services for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. He also served as the Director of Pharmacy Services at several other major institutions. He has been an Adjunct Faculty at Temple University College of Pharmacy . Mr. Cohen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in Lawrence, Kansas, and his Master of Science degree in hospital pharmacy administration from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed an Executive Management fellowship at the Wharton School of Business – Leonard Davis Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1995 he received the designation of Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Mr. Cohen is a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and several state and local professional societies. He has served as the Editorial Advisor for the Pharmacy Net Guide, has been on the Editorial Board of the P&T Journal and is an experienced speaker, advisor and has authored numerous articles on various pharmacy and hospital decision-making topics. He has considerable experience in improving pharmacy organizational leadership and operational efficiencies.
Robert J. Costa, C.P.C.
After graduating in 1988 with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting/Finance, Robert pursued a career in public accounting where he specialized in Corporate Auditing and Tax preparation. After two years of developing a sound business understanding through this accounting experience, Robert pursued his passion to own and run his own company. In 1990, he purchased a Dunhill Professional Search Franchise, a National Search firm with 200 offices nationwide, and developed an executive search firm specializing in health system pharmacy recruitment and consulting. Robert obtained his National Certification as a Personnel Consultant in 1994. In 1995, he left the Dunhill Franchise and formed Cerna, Inc. d/b/a Sierra Staffing. For the past 17 years, he was successful in developing health system clients with some of the largest and most respected tertiary, academic and community based hospitals and health systems around the country. Since 1990, Robert has been successful in sourcing and placing pharmacy talent at all operational, clinical and administrative levels.
Richard F. de Leon, Pharm. D. (retired)
Richard de Leon began his pharmacy career in academic healthcare systems at the University of California in San Francisco. As a clinician, faculty member, and administrator, he helped to develop clinical pharmacy practice models and education programs that have been adopted nationally. Later, at the University of Michigan Medical Center and the College of Pharmacy, he served as director of pharmacy, associate dean for clinical sciences, and associate professor, where he had the opportunity to establish and develop expanded programs in pharmacy practice, teaching, continuing education, and research. He continues to hold an academic appointment as associate professor emeritus at the University of Michigan. Dr. de Leon has also served as director of pharmacy at the Pali Momi and the Kapiolani Medical Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii, which are teaching institutions affiliated with the University of Hawaii. He was appointed director of pharmacy at the University Medical Center of the Arizona Health Sciences Center, where he also served as clinical associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson, Arizona. His most recent post was as Pharmacy Affairs Director at Amgen, where he developed and implemented an innovative new program within the Corporate Accounts Business Unit. Pharmacy Affairs focused on health-system and community pharmacy practice, schools of pharmacy, and professional organizations, while helping the profession to advance its goals in practice, education, and research. Dr. de Leon has published and presented numerous papers on a variety of subjects. He continues to serve the profession through advisory councils for several schools of pharmacy, as an appointed member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Institute Board of Trustees, and as an active participant in numerous national and state pharmacy organizations.