Profile: Kim Birtcher

Kimberly Birtcher
Kim K. Birtcher, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, CDE, CLS
Clinical Professor
Department of Clinical Sciences and Administration
University of Houston
College of Pharmacy 
1441 Moursund, room 325
Houston, Texas 77030
 
832-842-8372
Fax: 832-842-8383
kbirtcher@uh.edu

Education

Pharm.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
M.S., Pharmacy Administration, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
B.S., Pharmacy, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Continuous Quality Improvement

Awards & Honors

  • HFaculty Preceptor Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, May 2012
  • Honorable Mention, Teaching Excellence Award, UH Beta Omicron Chapter, The Rho Chi Society, 2011
  • Outstanding Pharmacist of the Year, Gulf Coast Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2010
  • Rho Chi Teaching Excellence Award, UH Beta Omicron Chapter, The Rho Chi Society, 2009
  • Faculty Service Excellence Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, May 2009
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Faculty Leadership Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, May 2009
  • Certificate of Recognition, Rho Chi Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, May 2008
  • Faculty Preceptor Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, May 2008
  • 2007 Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Awards Outstanding Program – “University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Kelsey Seybold Clinic, and Kelsey Research Foundation's Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic – from Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
  • “Faculty Member Who Inspires Us” Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy’s Class of 2006, May 2006
  • Nominee, Faculty Teaching Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, March 2006
  • Finalist, 2005-06 Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Heart Association – Texas Affiliate, January 17, 2006
  • Faculty Teaching Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, May 2005
  • Faculty Preceptor Award, University of Houston College of Pharmacy’s Class of 2005, May 2005
  • Recognized Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic as a program of excellence in quality patient care, American Medical Group Association, January 2005
  • Nominee, Texas Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists’ Lewis S. Smith Pharmacy Practitioner Award, March 2004
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Rho Chi Society at University of Houston College of Pharmacy, May 2003
  • Nominee, American Heart Association Texas Affiliate’s Walter M. Kirkendall award for service, May 2003

Courses

  • Practice
  • Therapeutics
  • Rotations

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

KK Birtcher, W Pan, KA LaBresh, CP Cannon, GC Fonarow, G Ellrodt. Performance Achievement Award Program for Get With The Guidelines - Coronary Artery Disease Is Associated With Global and Sustained Improvement in Cardiac Care For Patients Hospitalized With An Acute Myocardial Infarction; Critical Pathways in Cardiology 2010 Sep;9(3):103-12.

KK Birtcher, AJ Greisinger,  BJ  Brehm, OA Wehmanen, LM Furman CC Salinas, M Mirzai-Tehrane, A Nayak, H Rashid, A Mortazavi. A Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic Reaches LDL-C Goals More Often Than Usual Cardiology Care For Patients With Coronary Heart Disease. Journal of Clinical Lipidology 2010 Jan-Feb;4(1):46-52.

Birtcher KK, Corbett SM, Pass SE, Coyle EA, Yeh RF, Tipton J, Garey KW. Symposium on roles of and cooperation between academic- and practice-based pharmacy clinicians. Academic Pharmacy Symposium. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2010 Feb 1;67(3):231-8. PMID: 20101067

Albert NM, Birtcher KK, Cannon CP, Goff DC Jr, Mulgund J, Liang L, Fonarow GC. Factors associated with discharge lipid-lowering drug prescription in patients hospitalized for coronary artery disease (from the Get With the Guidelines database). Am J Cardiol. 2008 May 1;101(9):1242-6. Epub 2008 Mar 5. PMID: 18435951

S.M. Loughlin, A. Mortazavi, K.W. Garey, G.K. Rice, and K.K. Birtcher. Pharmacist-Managed Vaccination Program Increased Influenza Vaccination Rates in Cardiovascular Patients Enrolled in a Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic, Pharmacotherapy 2007, 27(5): 729–733.

M.K. Ito, R.J. Cheung, E.K. Gupta, K.K. Birtcher, P.H. Chong, T.M. Bianco, B.E. Bleske. Key Articles, Guidelines, and Consensus Papers Relative to the Treatment of Dyslipidemias. Pharmacotherapy, 26(7): 939–1010, 2006.

P.R. Wigle, K.K. Birtcher. What’s New?—Guidelines and Goals, Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 19, 2: 1–10, 2006.

Other Publications

“Initiating and Monitoring Statin Therapy”; On-line Educational resource in Atherosclerosis; Lipids Online (www.lipidsonline.com); posted July 2009

Clinical Significance – chapter introduction to Diuretics chapter, Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, 6th edition, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2007

Clinical Significance – chapter introduction to Diabetes chapter, Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, 6th edition, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2007

Tutorial 4: Dosing Strategies: Rationale for Intensive Statin Therapy- Online Continuing Medical Education, K.K. Birtcher, M. Miller, www.eslm.org, June 2006

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Prevention, K. Birtcher, Lipid Letter, 2006:5:3-5.

Screening Cholesterol & Point-of-Care Cholesterol Measurement, K. Birtcher, Texas Pharmacy, Winter 2006

Case 30: Refractory Mixed Hyperlipidemia and Vitamin Use – Online Continuing Medical Education (Grand Rounds), K. Birtcher, www.eslm.org, September 2005

Poster Presentations

Nanita Garg, Natasha M.S. Jackson, Cathryn C. Salinas, Kim K. Birtcher, Jeffrey T. Sherer, Tom Thomas.  “Evaluation of changes in bone mineral density scores in patients referred to an osteoporosis care clinic service” (resident poster presentation), ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 2009; and 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference: Improving the Quality of Health Care: The Patient’s Perspective, Houston, Texas, December 2, 2009.

Kim K. Birtcher; Anthony Greisinger; Brenda J. Brehm; Oscar Wehmanen; Loriann M. Furman; Cathryn C. Salinas; Madjid Mirzai-tehrane; Atasu Nayak; Haroonur Rashid; Ali Mortazavi.  “A Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic Reaches LDL-C Goals More Often Than Usual Cardiology Care For Patients With Coronary Heart Disease” (poster presentation), 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference: Improving the Quality of Health Care: The Patient’s Perspective, Houston, Texas, December 2, 2009.

Amber Wave Dwairy, Kim K. Birtcher, Loriann M. Furman, Ali Mortazavi, MD. “Potential Interaction Between Clopidogrel and Proton Pump Inhibitors,” (student poster presentation), 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference: Improving the Quality of Health Care: The Patient’s Perspective, Houston, Texas, December 2, 2009.

Kandi K. Icenhower, Kim K. Birtcher, Loriann M. Furman, Madjid Mirzai-tehrane, MD. “Aggressive Management of Very High Triglycerides (>500 mg/dL) to Prevent Acute Pancreatitis” (student poster presentation), 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference: Improving the Quality of Health Care: The Patient’s Perspective, Houston, Texas, December 2, 2009.

H. Chen, V. Saundankar, D. Bhowmik, K. Birtcher, L. Radican, Y. Qiu. “Efficacy and Tolerability of Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials” (poster presentation), International Diabetes Federation 20th World Diabetes Congress, Montreal, Canada, October 2009.

H Chen, Y Qiu, D Bhowmik, K Birtcher, A Mortazavi. “Quantify Relationship Between HbA1C and Macrovascular Events” (poster presentation), American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 6, 2009.

JL Brennan, KD Milliorn, KK Birtcher.  “Enoxaparin Patient Education Form for Education to Patient from Pharmacist Upon Hospital Discharge” (student poster presentation), ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting; December 10, 2008; Orlando, Florida

JK Dunn, A Alvidrez, KK Birtcher. “Patient-specific, customizable, electronic form allows for better patient education and documentation in a pharmacist managed warfarin clinic” (student poster presentation), Kelsey Research Foundation’s  9th Annual Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference: December 3, 2008; Houston, TX

LM Furman, KK Birtcher, O Wehmanen, A. Greisinger, A Nayak, M. Mirzai-tehrane, H. Rashid, A. Mortazavi. “Secondary prevention lipid clinic changes therapy for patients at risk for drug interaction after FDA Medwatch warning” (poster presentation), Kelsey Research Foundation’s  9th Annual Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference: December 3, 2008; Houston, TX

A.D. Raju, S.S. Sansgiry, M. Mirzai-tehrane, H. Rashid, A. Mortazavi, K.K. Birtcher. “Clinical Predictors of Health Related Quality of Life in Patients With Cardiac Disease and Dyslipidemia”(graduate student poster presentation), International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 13th Annual International Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada, May 6, 2008.

L.M. Furman; D.M. Martinez; G. Rice; A. Nayak; M. Mirzai-tehrane; H. Rashid; A. Mortazavi; K.K. Birtcher.  “Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic Provides Influenza Vaccinations to High Risk Patients with Coronary Heart Disease” (poster presentation), Kelsey Research Foundation’s  8th Annual Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference; November 6, 2007; Houston, Texas

K.K. Birtcher, J.T. Sherer, O. Wehmanen, B. Brehm, A. Greisinger, G. Rice, M. Mirzai-tehrane, H. Rashid, and A. Mortazavi. “Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic Reaches LDL-C Goals More Often Than Usual Care for Very-High Risk Patients with Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease” (poster presentation), National Lipid Association Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, June 2, 2007.

K.K. Birtcher, J.T. Sherer, O. Wehmanen, B. Brehm, A. Greisinger, G. Rice, M. Mirzaitehrane, H. Rashid, A. Mortazavi. “Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic Reaches LDL-C Goals more often than Usual Care for Very High Risk Patients with Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease” (poster presentation), Kelsey Research Foundation’s 7th Annual Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference, Houston, Texas, Nov. 14, 2006.

A. Greisinger, B. Brehm, K. Birtcher, O. Wehmanen, M. Mirza-tehrane, H. Rashid, A Mortazavi. “Treatment Outcomes in a Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic (poster presentation), Academy of Health Services Research Conference; June 25, 2006; Seattle Washington

K.K. Birtcher, W. Pan, K.A. LaBresh, G. Ellrodt. “Global Improvement in Cardiac Care is Seen in Get With The Guidelines Hospitals: Additional Performance Measures in Patients Hospitalized for Coronary Heart Disease” (poster presentation), American Heart Association’s 7th Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 8, 2006.

K. Birtcher, M. Massumi, S. Sansgiry, M. Mirzai-tehrane, H. Rashid, A. Mortazavi. “Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic in Collaboration With Pharmacists Addresses Risk Factors in a Cardiology Practice Better Than Usual Cardiology Care” (poster presentation), University of Houston College of Pharmacy Silver Anniversary Celebration, Houston, Texas, November 11, 2005.

S. Loughlin, A. Mortazavi, K. Garey, G. Rice, K. Birtcher. “Influenza Vaccination Rates in High-risk Cardiovascular Patients Before and After a Pharmacist Vaccination Program (poster presentation), American College of Clinical Pharmacists meeting; October 2005; San Francisco, California

A. Greisinger, A. Mortazavi, K. Birtcher, H. Rashid, M. Mirza-tehrane, O. Wehmanen, B. Brehm. “Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic: A Multidisciplinary Approach” (poster presentation), Academy of Health Services Research Conference; June 2005

Other Presentations

Core Concepts, American Association of Diabetes Educators, co-taught with Barb Schreiner, R.N. & Cecilia Sauter, R.D., Chicago, Illinois, April 2010.

“Genetic Variation and Statin Side Effects”, National Lipid Association Winter Lipid Update; February 20, 2010; San Francisco, CA

“Beyond LDL-C: The Value of Measuring Other Atherogenic Lipoproteins and markers of Atherogenic Risk”, American Heart Association’s Spotlight Series; January 20, 2010; Brenham, Texas

“Evaluation and Management of Atherogenic Risk in Patients With Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes Mellitus”, American Heart Association’s Spotlight Series; January 13, 2010; Brenham, Texas

“Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic: A Multidisciplinary Approach”; presentation at the Kelsey Research Foundation’s Frontiers in Cardiology; January 9, 2010; Winter Park, Colorado

“Improving Patient Adherence”; 2 workshop presentations at the 10th Annual Health Services and Outcomes Research Conference: Improving the Quality of Health Care: The Patient’s Perspective; December 2, 2009; Houston, Texas

Core Concepts, American Association of Diabetes Educators, co-taught with Barb Schreiner, R.N. & Cecilia Sauter, R.D. October 21-23, 2009, Orlando, Florida

Core Concepts, American Association of Diabetes Educators, co-taught with Virginia Zamudio Lange, R.N. & Cecilia Sauter, R.D., Chicago, Illinois, March 24-26, 2009.

“Getting to the Heart of Quality,” presentation and served as moderator at the American Heart Association’s Getting to the Heart of Quality: Turning Guidelines into Lifelines, San Antonio, Texas, March 6, 2009.

“Lipid Clinics Update,” presentation at the Kelsey Research Foundation’s Frontiers in Cardiology, Winter Park, CO, January 10, 2009.

The Roles of Healthcare Providers in Lipid Management, presentation at the Roche Preceptorship, Baylor College of Medicine; November 21, 2008; Houston, Texas

Core Concepts, American Association of Diabetes Educators, co-taught with David Miller, R.N. & Nadine Uplinger, R.D.; October 14-16, 2008; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 “Getting to the Heart of Quality: Our Journey” presentation and served as moderator at the American Heart Association’s Getting to the Heart of Quality: Turning Guidelines into Lifelines; October 3, 2008; Houston, Texas

Core Concepts, American Association of Diabetes Educators, co-taught with Barbara Schreiner, R.N. & Patricia Geil, R.D.; March 25-27, 2008; Houston, Texas

“Getting to the Heart of Quality: Our Journey”; presentation and served as moderator at the American Heart Association’s 4 State Conference; February 25-26, 2008; Dallas, Texas

“Hyperlipidemia: Applying the Principles of the AADE7”; a webinar for the American Association of Diabetes Educators; January 9, 2008.

 “Sharpening Your Quality Improvement Methodology,” a pre-conference workshop for the American Heart Association Practical Approaches to Improving Stroke Care, Nov. 2, 2007, Syracuse, N.Y.

“Team Dynamics: Assessing Composition & Improving Buy-In,” Facilitator for the American Heart Association Practical Approaches to Improving Stroke Care, Oct. 30, 2007, Providence, RI.

“Sharpening Your Quality Improvement Methodology,” a pre-conference workshop for the American Heart Association Practical Approaches to Improving Stroke Care, Providence, RI, Oct. 30, 2007.

Core Concepts, American Association of Diabetes Educators, co-taught with Barbara Schreiner and Patricia Geil, Chicago, IL, Sept. 24–26, 2007.

Advanced Practice Clinic on Lipid Management, a pre-conference workshop for the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting, co-taught with Salim S. Virani, St. Louis, MO, July 31, 2007.

K.K. Birtcher and B.J. Jackson, “Who’s In Control? – Enhancing Patient Adherence” (presentation), National Lipid Association Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, June 1, 2007.

“Quality Improvement Initiative: Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic”, presentation to the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; October 2, 2006; Houston, Texas

“Involving the Hospital Pharmacy in Your Get With The Guidelines Team”, The American Heart Association Texas Affiliate – state teleconference; September 12, 2006

“Pharmacist-Managed Lipid Clinic in a Cardiology Office”.  Pfizer 2006 Pharmacy Residents’ Program; August 17, 2006; Houston, Texas.

“Global Improvement in Cardiac Care is Seen in Get With The Guidelines Hospitals: Additional Performance Measures in Patients Hospitalized for Coronary Heart Disease,” The American Heart Association GWTG Program Results and New Science from Outcomes and ACC Conferences National Teleconference, July 18, 2006.

 “Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure”, moderator.  The American Heart Association; April 13, 2006; Houston, Texas

“Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic”, Round Table leader.  Texas Society of Health-Systems Pharmacist, Student Section; April 2, 2006; Galveston, Texas.

“Get With The Guidelines Quality As A Business Model”, moderator.  The American Heart Association & Tenet Healthcare Foundation Hospital Leadership Breakfast; March 22, 2006; Houston, Texas

“Getting Patients to Goal: A Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic Perspective”; presented at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Promoting Healthy Living workshop; February 4, 2006; Houston, Texas

“Pharmacy Management”, presented to the Vietnamese American Pharmacy Student Society at University of Houston College of Pharmacy; February 2, 2006; Houston, Texas

Abstracts

Kim K. Birtcher, Anthony Greisinger, Brenda J. Brehm, Oscar Wehmanen, Loriann M. Furman; Cathryn C. Salinas, Madjid Mirzai-tehrane, Atasu Nayak, Haroonur Rashid, Ali Mortazavi. “A Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic Reaches LDL-C Goals More Often Than Usual Cardiology Care For Patients With Coronary Heart Disease; Journal of Lipidology 2007:1:148-167 (#202).

K.K. Birtcher, W. Pan, K.A. LaBresh and G. Ellrodt. “Global Improvement in Stroke Care is Seen in Get With the Guidelines Hospitals: Potential Performance Measures in Patients Hospitalized for Acute Ischemic Stroke” Circulation 2007;115:e550 (abstract 242).

K.K. Birtcher, W. Pan, K.A. LaBresh, G. Ellrodt. Global Improvement in Cardiac Care is Seen in Get With The Guidelines Hospitals: Additional Performance Measures in Patients Hospitalized for Coronary Heart Disease. Circulation 113:e797–8 (abstract P53), 2006.

Book Chapters

Clinical Evaluation of the Adult Patient, chapter in Pharmacist’s Guide to Lipid Management. Lenexa, KS: American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2008, pp. 20-29.

Memberships

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacists
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists
  • Gulf Coast Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists
  • National Lipid Association
  • Southwest Lipid Association
  • Texas Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists

Appointments

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Lipidology, 2006-present
  • Associate Editor, Cardiovascular Drugs Section, Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia

Professional Service

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

  • Faculty Delegate to Annual Meeting, 2007, 2009


American Association of Diabetes Educators

  • Instructor, Core Concepts Courses, 2007 – 2010
  • Reviewer, ABCs of Diabetes Education, 2008
  • Reviewer, Continuing Education Programs for pharmacists, 2008 – 2011


American College of Cardiology

  • Appointed to the Best Practice and Quality Improvement Subcommittee, April 2011 – April 2013
  • Chair, Cardiovascular Team Section’s Working Group for Clinical Pharmacists, May 2010 – 2013
  • Member, Cardiac Care Associate (CCA), 2007 – present
  • Appointed to the Cardiac Care Team Committee, April 2008 – March 2011
  • Cardiac Care Associate Designation Work Group, 2008 – 2009


American Heart Association (AHA)

  • Appointed to Get With the Guidelines Quality Improvement Subcommittee for 2008 – 2013
  • Appointed to the Professional Education Committee, October 2008 – June 2011
  • Appointed to the Education Panel for the educational program - Spotlight Series


Southwest Lipid Association (SWLA)

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2006 – 2011
  • Member, Planning Committee for annual seminar, 2008 – 2009