Join us for an in-depth discussion of adverse events and key considerations with commonly used multiple myeloma medications. Our guest speaker will be Ila Saunders, Pharm D, BCOP from UC San Diego. This is a unique opportunity to learn and ask questions from an oncology clinical pharmacist who has a wealth of knowledge and experience specifically with myeloma patients. Since 2014 Dr. Saunders has worked as a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist in the Blood & Marrow Transplant clinics at Moores Cancer Center. Before that, she was a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at MD Anderson Cancer Center and practiced in the department of Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy for 6 years. Please bring your questions and be prepared to learn!
A myeloma patient shares her journey as a multiple myeloma patient.
An interactive discussion with Ila Saunders, PharmD, BCOP
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Audrey joined the HealthTree Foundation as the Myeloma Community Program Director in 2020. While not knowing much about myeloma at the start, she has since worked hard to educate herself, empathize and learn from others' experiences. She loves this job. Audrey is passionate about serving others, loves learning, and enjoys a nice mug of hot chocolate no matter the weather.
Diane has been an active and engaged care partner with Todd, her husband, since he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2017. In January 2020 they retired to devote their time and talents as patient advocates, HealthTree coaches, and grateful patient speakers/ambassadors for City of Hope. They are committed to helping improve and advance cancer care for all patients and feel a collaborative, virtual support group is an excellent way to help educate and empower patients and their families. Diane and Todd have lived in Orange County for over 25 years where they raised their two sons.
Todd Kennedy is a Myeloma Coach and grateful patient. His background includes over 30 years working in the pharmaceutical industry until he and his wife Diane retired from their respective first careers to devote their time and talents as patient advocates, Myeloma Crowd coaches, and ambassadors for City of Hope’s expansion to Orange County. Todd is living life to the fullest with his wife and sons in Orange County, CA.
Dr. Saunders is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist working in the Blood & Marrow Transplant clinics at Moores Cancer Center (MCC). Prior to joining the faculty at SSPPS in August 2014, Dr. Saunders was a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) and practiced in the department of Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy (SCTCT) for 6 years. Academic Achievements Education: B.S. in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles (2001); Pharm.D., University of California, San Francisco (2006); PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of California, San Francisco (2006-2007); PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency, MD Anderson Cancer Center (2007- 2008); Board Certified in Oncology Pharmacy (2009) and re-certified (2016). Awards and Honors: Received SSPPS Excellence in Teaching Award, (2021); Selected as Chair, HOPA BCOP Preparatory Course Task Force, (2020-2021); Received Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists: Renee Holder Literature Award, (2020); Received inaugural HOPA Volunteer Award, (2019)Selected as Vice-Chair, HOPA BCOP Preparatory Course Task Force, (2019-2020); Selected as Chair, HOPA BCOP Oversight Committee, (2019-2020); Selected as Vice-Chair, HOPA BCOP Oversight Committee, (2017-2018); Appointed to NCCN Guidelines Anti-Emesis Committee, (2018- present); Appointed to NCCN Chemotherapy Order Set Committee, 2018-present. Leadership Experience: Dr. Saunders is an active member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacists Association (HOPA) and has served as a member of the Session Proposal Task Force (2011-2014), Research Abstract Review Work Group (2014-2015), Vice-chair of the Entry-level Competencies in Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Practice for Graduates of the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and Post-Graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Task Force for HOPA (2016-2017), Chair of the BCOP Conference Program Planning Committee as Chair (2017-2018), Vice-chair of the BCOP Oversight committee (2018-2019), Chair of the BCOP Oversight committee (2019-2020), Vice-chair of the BCOP Preparatory and Recertification course (2019-2020), member of the Nominations Subcommittee (2019-2020), and currently serves as Chair of the BCOP Preparatory and Recertification course . Dr. Saunders is also a member of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Pharmacy Special Interest Group and has served on the Advocacy & Policy Working Committee as the chair (2015-2016). She also is an active member of the SWOG (Southwestern Oncology Group) Pharmaceutical Sciences Committee and Drug Information Subcommittee. Dr. Saunders also is a member of the NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates and Anti-emesis committees. Most recently, Dr. Saunders, along with nine other pharmacists from across the country, started PharmGradWishList, a mutual aid movement to support minoritized students as they matriculate into the profession. At SSPPS, Dr. Saunders has served on several committees, including the Committee on Educational Policy and the Co-curricular Task Force. She currently is a member of the Pfizer/UCSD Pharmacology/Oncology Fellowship, Mirati Therapeutics/UCSD SSPPS Medical Affairs Fellowship, Faculty Wellness, and Admissions committees. She was the first oncology clinical pharmacist in the outpatient clinics at MCC in 2014 and has collaborated with cancer center and pharmacy leadership to expand oncology clinical pharmacy services at MCC. She also served the member of the Institutional Review Board- Oncology from 2014-2019 and is a guest member of the Oncology Pharmacy & Therapeutics subcommittee at MCC.
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