Distinguished Alumni and Rising Stars
Each year, Pitt Pharmacy partners with the Alumni Society Board to recognize one or more alumni as "Distinguished Alumni". These women and men have shown exemplary achievements over the course of their careers.
In 2013, Pitt Pharmacy and the Alumni Society Board began a second award, designed to recognize those who are making great achievements while still early in their careers. These are women and men with at least five years of career development past graduation.
Our Current Honorees Distinguished Alumni
Scott R. Drab, Pharm ’89
Scott R. Drab PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy & Therapeutics and Past Director of University Diabetes Care Associates. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University.
Drab’s efforts in contributing to pharmaceutical care led to the creation of one of the first pharmacist−run diabetes care centers located in a community independent pharmacy. As a Certified Diabetes Educator and director of the clinic, he was responsible for care plan development, education, and patient follow up. He has managed the care of hundreds of patients with diabetes over the years, improving clinical health outcomes. In addition to the direct patient care responsibilities, Drab is responsible for providing drug information to the surrounding medical community and provides outreach education to benefit the greater good of the community.
Drab’s teaching responsibilities at the school of pharmacy involve clinical instruction as well as classroom teaching. His classes are centered on collaborative and inquiry-based learning while he strives to provide a classroom environment that simulates the practice environment.
Drab currently serves on several School and University committees including the Experiential Learning Committee, Academic Performance Committee and the University Senate Community Relations Committee.
He is a four-time award recipient of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year Award in 2003, 2008, 2014 and 2017. He was also selected as the 2007 Recipient of the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacist’s Joe E. Smith Award and in 2014 he was selected and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year. Both awards recognize Drab’s dedication to the profession of pharmacy, his time and effort to the various professional organizations, and commitment to the profession of pharmacy through community service.
Pamela D. Garzone, ’81, ’87
Pamela D. Garzone is a respected pharmaceutical executive and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Calibr, a division of Scripps Research. In this role, she leverages drug development expertise in the therapeutic areas of oncology, hematology, immunology, neuroscience, cardiovascular, and infectious disease to strategically guide Calibr to achieve its mission. Prior to joining Calibr, she was Vice President, Group Asset Team Lead at Pfizer, serving on multiple leadership teams in an early oncology clinical research department.
Prior to Pfizer, Garzone was Senior Director of Clinical Development at Elan Pharmaceuticals, focusing on early assets. She has led and managed preclinical and clinical functional lines such as ADME, toxicology, pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, translational sciences and clinical research. Recognized for her industry and regulatory expertise, she has provided consulting services to countless executives in the area of drug development for over a decade. Garzone taught undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, conducting clinical research and actively participating as a member of the University’s faculty senate.
Garzone has filed more than 20 successful Investigational New Drug Applications, 2 successful New Drug Applications, and 2 successful Biologics License Applications. She has authored, co-authored, or reviewed more than 200 regulatory submissions. Garzone has comprehensive experience providing trusted leadership on boards and committees for a variety of organizations, including outstanding achievements as National Sponsorship Chair of Women in BioScience. She has been profiled in Clinical Leaderand served as a member of its Advisory Board. She currently is on the scientific advisory board of Temple Therapeutics, a private clinical stage biotechnology company.
Garzone earned a PhD in Clinical Science and MS in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Pharmacy from Purdue University.She has also obtained certificates in administration and management and non-profit board governance.
Laura M. Hungiville, ’84
Laura Hungiville graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Pharmacy in 1984. Her career started with Eckerd drugs, where she worked as a Pharmacy Manager, District Pharmacy Manager[HL1] , Managed Care Account Manager and Clinical Operations Manager. In her role in clinical operations, she helped to implement pharmaceutical care practices in the retail setting and received APHa’s Pinnacle award. During this time, she earned her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Florida, graduating magna cum laude in 2003.
In 2004, she started at WellCare Health plans in the role of Director of Pharmacy. She was instrumental in the launch of WellCare’s PDP plan and was promoted to Vice President of Operations. In 2008, she became the head of the pharmacy department assuming the role of Vice President of Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer. In later years, she also assumed the general manager role for the stand alone PDP product. She was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer and currently holds that role.
Carla Y. White, ’89
Carla White is a pharmacist and Associate Dean of Organizational Diversity and Inclusion at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Her strategic leadership, versatility, and relentless drive for innovation have become hallmarks of her tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Under White’s vision to build innovative education and program models, she was able to craft a high impact institutional strategy. White has achieved national prominence for her work, including numerous invited speaking engagements and publication of a number of peer-reviewed articles on leadership, strategy development, health communication, diversity and inclusion.
White pioneered various program initiatives including the Pharmacy College Admission Test Reviews, Recruitment Ambassadors Program, Carolina Pre-Pharmacy Club, Alumni Symposiums, the Leadership, Excellence and Development programs, Leadership Academy, and Mentoring Future Leaders in Pharmacy Program, which expanded the presence of UNC. She also established the first postdoctoral education fellowship at the School, and designed and developed two health communications courses.
White led the strategy development for a successful marketing campaign to recruit new talent to the School, which included the “Who’s Your Hero” publication and the creation of four video productions. One of the videos entitled “Is Pharmacy for You” received national recognition and was featured on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the Pharmacy Centralize Application Service to U. S Schools of Pharmacy (PharmCAS) websites respectively.
Prior to her current role, White served as the director of the Pharmaceutical Care Labs, a five-course sequence at the School. White is the recipient of several leadership, teaching, mentoring and media awards and served as the health team pharmacist at WRAL TV in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1999-2005.
Carla’s aspirations are to impact human health worldwide.
Our Current Honorees Rising Stars
Lucas A. Berenbrok, ’13, ’17
Lucas A. Berenbrok ’13, ’17 is a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. After discovering his passion for community pharmacy, he pursued a community pharmacy practice residency at the University of North Carolina. There he excelled at providing enhanced community pharmacy patient care services. Following his return to PittPharmacy as an Assistant Professor, Berenbrok received his Master of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In the last five years, Berenbrok has published over 10 peer-reviewed papers and has contributed to research supported by more than $1,000,000 in grant funding.
In the PharmD curriculum, Berenbrok contributes to more than six PharmD courses. His teaching focuses on clinical skills including patient communication, motivational interviewing, and point-of-care testing. He champions interprofessional education through unique collaborations with audiology, dental medicine, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, physician assistant studies, and social work degree programs at the University of Pittsburgh. He also leads the university-wide use of an educational electronic health record to further interprofessional education on campus.
Berenbrok contributes to pharmacy services in primary care at the UPMC Matilda Theiss Health Center, including his leadership of a clinical pharmacogenomic service, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Furthering his passion for community pharmacy, Berenbrok created a Comprehensive Medication Management Benefit with the University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources, which makes medication management services available to over 13,000 faculty and staff at Pitt.
In his most important role, Berenbrok mentors students with interests in changing community pharmacy practice through enhanced roles and innovative research. He has mentored over 30 student pharmacists, advised four professional pharmacy organizations, and learned every incoming student pharmacist’s name to help students realize their full potential as a rising pharma
Darem W. Dughri, ’06
Darem Dughri is the Senior Director of Pharmacy Operations at Walgreen Co. based in Deerfield, Illinois. In his current role, Darem is responsible for leading pharmacy operations across all Walgreens stores. In this position he is responsible for developing and deploying initiatives centered around patient care and outcomes. He works collaboratively with numerous teams to ensure that patients today are treated from a comprehensive and holistic view, shifting the focus from individual prescriptions to the patient’s long term health.
Dughri began his career at Walgreens stores in 2004; and in 2009, he joined the corporate office, where he has held numerous leadership positions. Over the years, Dughri’s work has been an integral part to providing a patient centric focus to the pharmacy. Dughri helped to launch centralization for the Walgreens enterprise, an initiative that took pharmacist and tech administrative tasks out of the stores and located those tasks at a central location, helping to shift the focus to patient care within the pharmacies. Furthermore, Dughri has been a central part in developing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures and new pharmacy labor models for all Walgreens stores. Other programs that he has collaborated with include the introduction of a computer based workflow tool, a nationwide pharmacist meal break program, and a key partnership with FedEx to provide nationwide prescription delivery.
Dughri received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and his MBA from DePaul University in 2019.
Yardlee S. Kauffman, ’10, ’12
Yardlee Kauffman, PharmD, MPH, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy in 2010. She subsequently completed a PGY1 community practice residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care with an emphasis in underserved care and global health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. During her residency, she earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Following this experience, she completed an outcomes research fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
Kauffman is passionate about increasing access and providing care to vulnerable populations, both locally and globally, as well as creating and advancing opportunities for pharmacists and students in global health. She previously held an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy where she was involved in specific projects such as the creation of a global health elective, a global health APPE rotation in Guatemala, and the co-direction of an interprofessional education program that emphasized direct patient care delivery by medical and pharmacy students at a free clinic.
Kauffman has served on several state and national pharmacy organizations. She has published numerous articles, and is currently authoring a textbook for ASHP on the topic of research conduct. Additionally, she is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy and public health.
Kauffmancurrently works for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) as a project pharmacy manager. She has completed a mission in South Sudan and is currently on mission in Sierra Leone. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking 14ers (i.e. 14,000 foot mountains) in Colorado and experiencing the world through cuisine and culture. She recently married a fellow pharmacist, Dr. David Johnson, whom she met during the pharmacy residency class photo in her PGY1 year.
Jasmine A. Talameh Luzum, ’08, ’13
Jasmine A. Luzum (formerly Talameh), PharmD, PhD, BCPS earned her PharmD summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2008. She earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2013 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2016. During her research training, Luzum continued her connections to pharmacy practice by volunteering in heart failure clinics and working as a pharmacist for Wal-Mart. Those experiences led Luzum to become a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Applied Pharmacologist (American Board of Clinical Pharmacology) in 2015.
Luzum is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. She started a clinical & translational research lab, and her goal is to use precision medicine to improve cardiovascular medication outcomes. Her research has been funded by multiple organizations (e.g., NIH, American Heart Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy); published in high-impact journals (e.g., Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Journal of the American Heart Association, Cell Metabolism); and presented at major conferences (e.g., American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions).
The many opportunities for research at PittPharmacy ignited Luzum’s research career. During her pre-pharmacy freshman year at Pitt, Professor Robert Gibbs hired Luzum as a lab technician. He then supported her participation in both the GEAR-UP and AFPE Gateway to Research programs. As part of those research projects, Luzum trained in the research labs of Associate Dean Samuel Poloyac and Professor Emeritus David Edwards. Luzum is also grateful for the opportunities during her P4 research rotations in Professor Lisa Rohan’s lab and CEDAR with Professor Ralph Tarter, Professor Levent Kirisci, and Assistant Professor Maureen Reynolds. These invaluable research experiences at PittPharmacy led Jasmine Talemeh Luzum to her successful research career today.