Keynote Speaker: Jay Gupta, RPh, MSc, MTM Consultant, C-IAYT
Jay Gupta, RPh, MSc, MTM Specialist, C-IAYT is the Director of Pharmacy and Integrative Health at Harbor Homes in Nashua, NH.
Recognized by Cardinal Health and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, he is a leader amongst the global community educating about integrative therapies, polypharmacy epidemic and de-prescription. He has compiled many case studies related to his de-prescription efforts over the years.
Jay is also a co-Founder of YogaCaps, Inc. and RxRelax. YogaCaps is the largest free integrative therapeutic yoga program for people with chronic health conditions and has its base in New Hampshire hospitals. RxRelax educates healthcare professionals about evidence-based integrative health approaches and provides certification and continuing education credits.
An internationally trained yoga therapist, Jay began his yoga immersion in India in 1983 and has been scientifically exploring the depths of yoga since then. He is working with Harvard Medical School and MA College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University on clinical trials testing yoga modalities in substance use disorder and oncology applications.
He is the co-author of De-Prescription: Fact or Fiction (not yet released) and Pharmacology 101, as well as two DVDs “RxRelax Therapeutic Yoga” and "Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation (SYR)", and two CDs “RxRelax for Insomnia” and “Relaxation Capsules”.
Wendy Biddle, PhD, FNP-BC
Dr. Wendy Biddle is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director for the MSN-Family NP Program at South University in Virginia. She has a unique background because she has had a wide variety of exposure to clinical and research experts with different subspecialties in GI. She focused on Inflammatory bowel disease at the University of Kansas, as well as esophageal disease (and performed esophageal and anorectal manometries in the lab), irritable bowel syndrome and hepatitis C at Dartmouth. In Virginia she worked with a local liver expert as well as continuing to see all GI complaints.
Leslie L. Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAHA
Dr. Davis is a full-time faculty member of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She maintains a part time nurse practitioner (NP) practice with the Division of Cardiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Davis is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Heart Association, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is also a certified hypertension clinician through the American Society of Hypertension. As a clinician, she focuses her care on adults with hypertension, heart failure, and acute coronary syndromes. Her research interests include self-care and symptom management with women who have experienced cardiovascular conditions. She has served as editor for the book Cardiovascular Nursing Secrets (2004), as guest editor for two special cardiovascular editions in the Journals for Nurse Practitioners (2013 and 2019), has authored/coauthored articles 35+ papers in peer-reviewed journals, 13 book chapters, and other scholarly products related to cardiovascular topics.
As a nurse practitioner, Dr. Davis sees patients with difficult to control high blood pressure in the UNC Hypertension Clinic, where a multidisciplinary approach utilizes both lifestyle modification and medications, as well as investigative techniques, to treat hypertension. She also sees patients in the general cardiology clinic and the UNC Heart and Vascular Center.
Ramy H. Elshaboury, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Dr. Ramy Elshaboury, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID serves as the Residency Director for the Infectious Diseases PGY2 Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2011. Dr. Elshaboury completed a PGY1 and ID PGY2 residencies at Abbott Northwestern Hospital (part of Allina Health) in Minneapolis, MN. He is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Manager for Infectious Diseases, Transplant and Surgery pharmacy services at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Gary G. Graf, MSN, ARNP-C
Gary Graf has been a NP for 18 years. He worked 3 years in family practice and the past 15 years in Diabetes and Endocrinology. He also continued to work the entire time in an urgent care clinic a few nights per week/month. Gary has been the Investigator or Sub-Investigator on over 180 clinical trials in the field of diabetes, HTN, Dyslipidemia, CKD, and ED.
Theresa Mallick-Searle, MS, RN-BC, ANP-BC
Theresa Mallick-Searle is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California.
Theresa’s current clinical practice within the Division of Pain Medicine, focuses primarily on evaluation and treatment of individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions in both the hospital and outpatient settings.
As part of her commitment to education and professional development, she lectures extensively on topics surrounding pain management both locally and regionally.
She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, abstracts, and book chapters on topics pertaining to pain assessment and management. Theresa is a clinical preceptor for NP and PA students in the greater Bay Area; she also mentors and instructs the fellows and residents on the Stanford Pain Service.
Theresa is actively involved in multiple professional organizations including: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Society of Pain Management Nursing and American Academy of Pain Medicine.
As part of her commitment to safety and ethical treatment of patients with pain; Theresa has provided services as an independent expert witness on issues related to pain management and treatment.
Angela Richard-Eaglin, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
Dr. Angela Richard-Eaglinis faculty at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), where she is an Assistant Professor, Co-Director of the VA Nursing Academic Partnership in Graduate Education Program (VANAP-GE), and Lead faculty for the Veteran’s Health Specialty in the MSN Program. Dr. Richard-Eaglin received a BSN from Northeast Louisiana University (now known as University of Louisiana at Monroe), an MSN from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA, and a DNP in Executive Leadership from Loyola University, New Orleans. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through ANCC and a Certified Nurse Educator (NLN). As a result of her leadership in clinical practice and education, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Her current/recent clinical practice is in the role of NP Residency supervisor in primary care.
Before embarking on a career in academia, Dr. Richard-Eaglin’s career was dedicated to excellence in clinical practice. She held multiple leadership positions that focused on improving processes to promote optimal patient outcomes. Most notably, she served as Coordinator of Clinical Operations via a mobile health clinic for the SUSON Katrina Health Initiative following Hurricane Katrina, Regional Director of STD & TB Services for the LA DHH OPH.
Sohera N. Syeda, MD
Dr. Syeda is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine’s Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Medicine and holds a Lecturer of Medicine appointment at the Harvard Medical School. She is a full-time VA faculty member and practicing physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury, MA and Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, MA. She is also a medical staff at Steward Norwood Hospital’s intensive care unit in Norwood, MA.
She serves as a consultant to the Boston University School of Medicine, Barry M. Manuel Office of Continuing Medical Education and COPD Quality Improvement Consortium and has engaged in several collaborative COPD QI projects.
Dr. Syeda received her medical degree in 2005 in Chicago’s west loop at Rush University Medical Center and then moved east to complete residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She completed a Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine and conducted health services research focusing on the impact of prolonged mechanical ventilation and use of tracheostomy on chronic critical illness. She is ABIM board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.
At the Boston VA, Dr. Syeda is engaged in various clinical, educational and administrative initiatives. She is responsible for, and is strangely enthusiastic about, the interpretation of all the hospital’s pulmonary function tests, an estimated 3,300 per year! She regularly teaches medical students, residents and fellows at Boston VA and is actively engaged in various hospital initiatives to improve transitional care and reduce admissions and readmission's for patients with COPD and Heart Failure. To this end, she developed and served as a medical director of a successful intensive care and case management program for veterans with advanced heart failure and COPD.