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Profile: Amelia Sofjan

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Amelia K. Sofjan, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Co-director, UHCOP-Cardinal Health PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Residency Program
Clinical Specialist, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2
4849 Calhoun, Room 4025
College of Pharmacy
Houston, TX 77204-50

Phone: 713-743-6429
aksofjan@uh.edu

Education and Post-graduate Training

Doctor of Pharmacy (salutatorian), The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy/The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Pharmacotherapy Residency, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Research Interests

  • Infections in immunocompromised hosts

  • Multidrug resistant organismsAntimicrobial stewardship

  • Antimicrobial stewardship

Courses

  • Course Coordinator, Advanced Therapeutics I and Advanced Therapeutics II
  • Lecturer, Advanced Therapeutics I and Infectious Diseases Elective
  • Therapeutics Skills Lab (facilitator)
  • Preceptor, Pharm.D. students and PGY1/PGY2 pharmacy residents

Teaching Experience

Co-preceptor, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2013–2014

Adjunct Instructor, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, MO, Faculty: Christy Burrows Grandstaff, PharmD, BCPS, July 2012–June 2013

Academic Assistant for Pharmacotherapeutics II (Infectious Disease), The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Austin, TX Faculty: Patrick Davis, PhD, January – May 2011

Academic Assistant for Professional Convocation Development, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Austin, TX, Faculty: Rochelle Roberts, PhD, August 2009 – May 2010

Certified Peer Mentor, The University of Texas at Austin Freshman Interest Group, Austin, TX, Faculty: David Spight, Assistant Dean, MA, August – December 2007

Selected Publications

Fong G, Skoglund EW, Phe K, Guastadisegni J, Shea KM, McDaneld PM, Perez KK, Sofjan AK. Significant Publications on Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy in 2016. J Pharm Pract. 2017 Jan 1:897190017727212. doi: 10.1177/0897190017727212. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28847232

Babic JT, Sofjan AK, Babin M, Echevarria K, Ikwuagwu JO, Lam WYM, Aitken SL, Perez KK. Significant publications on infectious disease pharmacotherapy in 2015. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2017 Feb 15;74(4):238-252. doi: 10.2146/ajhp160090. Epub 2017 Jan 12. PMID: 28082303

Sofjan AK, Iuppa JA, Bain KB, Deal EN, Witt CA, Hachem RR, Yusen RD. Evaluation of enoxaparin dosing as a risk factor for bleeding in lung transplant recipients. Ann Pharmacother. 2016 Oct;50(10):824-31. doi: 10.1177/1060028016656434. Epub 2016 Jun 29. PMID: 27363845

Sofjan AK, Musgrove RJ, Garey KW. Impact of new diagnostic approaches for invasive candidiasis on antifungal stewardship. Curr Fungal Infect Rep (2016) 10: 68. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12281-016-0257-2

Abstracts and Presentations

Abstracts

Addo J, Russo HP, Putney K, Yau R, Restrepo A, Garey KW, Sofjan AK. Bloodstream infections in patients with cirrhosis: etiologic agents, risk factors for multidrug resistant organisms, and patient outcomes. 50th ASHP Midyear Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 2015.

A.K. Sofjan, L. Zickuhr, N. Kirmani, C-A. D. Burnham, M. Czernikiewicz, D.J. Ritchie. Online Interactive Case-based Antibiotic Education for Internal Medicine Residents. 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), Washington, DC, September 2014.

A.K. Sofjan, J.A. Iuppa, K.B. Bain, E.N. Deal, C.A. Witt, R.R. Hachem, R.D. Yusen. Evaluation of Standard Enoxaparin Dosing as a Risk Factor for Bleeding in Lung Transplant Recipients. World Transplant Congress, San Francisco, CA, July 2014.

A.K. Sofjan, D. Sergeant, V. Young, C. Nguyen. Interprofessional Study on Self-advocacy, Autonomy, and Health Literacy in Young Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome: Implications for Pharmacists. Louis C. Littlefield Annual Pharmacy Research Excellence Day, Austin, TX, April 2012.

Other Presentations

"Implementing global/international pharmacy education through experiential pharmacy education: Starting from scratch and best practices" (panel discussion), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy webinar, 2016

"Effectively utilizing students in clinical research," Pharmacy CE, TSHP Annual Meeting, Frisco, TX, 2016

"Antimicrobial prescribing in the community: who, what, when, why?" Nurse Practitioner CE, UT Houston School of Nursing, Houston, TX, 2015 

“Online Interactive Case-based Antibiotic Education for Internal Medicine Residents,” Poster Walk presentation, Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), Washington, DC, September 2014

“Evaluation of Multidisciplinary Online Interactive Case-based Antibiotic Stewardship Education for Internal Medicine Residents,” Platform presentation to pharmacists and pharmacy residents, Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference, Omaha, NE, May 2014

“Cytomegalovirus in Solid Organ Transplant: What to do When Ganciclovir Alone is not Enough?”, ACPE-accredited Continuing Education presentation to St. Louis-area pharmacists and pharmacy residents, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, MO, December 2013

“Risk Factors for Bleeding in Lung Transplant Recipients Receiving Therapeutic Enoxaparin,” Platform presentation to pharmacists and pharmacy residents, Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference, Omaha, NE, May 2013

“PPIs vs. H2RAs for Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis (SUP) in the Critically Ill: What is The Optimal Choice?”, ACPE-accredited Continuing Education presentation to St. Louis-area pharmacists and pharmacy residents, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, MO, December 2012

“Interprofessional Study on Self-advocacy, Autonomy, and Health Literacy in Young Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome: Implications for Pharmacists,” Poster presentation ASHP Midyear Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 2011

"Infectious diseases 101", Invited 2-hour lecture for family medicine physicians, Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, 2015, 2016

“Daptomycin Dosing in Obese and Morbidly Obese Patients: Is it Time for a Change?”, Formal presentation to pharmacists, residents and students, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, May 2014 

“Dolutegravir vs. Raltegravir in Treatment-Experienced, Integrase-Inhibitor-Naïve Adults with HIV” Journal club presentation to pharmacists, residents, and students Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, January 2014

“Ehrlichiosis,” Formal case presentation to pharmacists, residents and students, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, August 2013

“Enoxaparin for Treatment of VTE in Special Populations,” ACPE-accredited Continuing Education presentation to pharmacists, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, June 2013

"Predictors of Mortality in Bloodstream Infections Caused by KPC-producing K. pneumoniae: Importance of Combination Therapy,” Journal club presentation to pharmacists, residents, and students, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, February 2013

"Importance of combination therapy in bacteremia caused by KPC-producing K.pneumoniae", 1-hour formal presentation for pharmacists, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2013

“Pyogenic Liver Abscess,” Formal case presentation to pharmacists, residents, and students, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, November 2012  

“Healthcare in the United States,” 1-hour lecture to pharmacy faculty and graduate students, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, November 2010

“Pharmacy Education in the United States” (in Spanish), 1-hour lecture to pharmacy faculty and students, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, October 2010

Awards and Honors

  • Rapid Diagnostics and Point of Care Testing to Enhance Prudent Antimicrobial Use and Patient Outcomes Research Award, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists/Alere, 2016
  • New Investigator Award (NIA), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 2016
  • New Faculty Research Award, University of Houston, 2016
  • Second Place Best Poster: "Online interactive case-based antibiotic education for internal medicine residents," Internal Medicine Scholars Symposium, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2015
  • Poster of Distinction: "Evaluation of Standard Enoxaparin Dosing as a Risk Factor for Bleeding in Lung Transplant Recipients," World Transplant Congress, San Francisco, CA, July 2014
  • Abstract Winner: "Interprofessional Study on Self-advocacy, Autonomy, and Health Literacy in Young Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome: Implications for Pharmacists," Louis C. Littlefield Annual Pharmacy Research Excellence Day, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Austin, TX, April 2012    
  • The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio Scholarship, August 2011
  • James T. and Phyllis Doluisio Endowed Presidential Scholarship, August 2011
  • Distinguished College Scholar, April 2011
  • Judith J. Saklad, PharmD Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Pharmacy, August 2010
  • Harold N. and Dorothy B. Walsdorf Endowed Presidential Scholarship, August 2009

Research Projects

Incidence and Characteristics of Clostridium difficile Infection in Bangladesh (2016)
Principal Investigator
Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists/Alere ($10,000)

Changing Epidemiology in Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis (2016)
Principal Investigator
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy ($10,000); University of Houston ($4,200)

Incidence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Clostridium difficile Infection in Patients with Cirrhosis (2015)
Co-investigator; Kevin Garey, Principal Investigator
Merck & Co. ($87,164)

Accelerate PhenoTest™ BC Kit vs. Conventional Methods for Gram-positive Bacteremia: Implications for Antimicrobial Stewardship (2015)
Co-investigator; Kevin Garey, Principal Investigator
Accelerate Diagnostics ($60,787)

Professional Service and Affiliations

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    • Member, Global Pharmacy Education Special Interest Group (2015 – present)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    • Member, Infectious Diseases PRN
    • Participant, Teaching and Learning Academy (2015 – present)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists
    • Member, SIDP Meeting Program Subcommittee (2015 – present)