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Two Board-Certified Clinical Pharmacists and Academicians Team Up to Release Award-Winning Debut Title that Teaches Young People More About Becoming #HealthcareHeroes

Their book, “Healthcare Heroes,” is your blueprint to a healthcare career.

Mary Choy, PharmD, BCGP, FASHP

Dr. Choy earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University and is board-certified in geriatric pharmacotherapy. She completed a pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis on teaching at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System.

Mary has held multiple roles in the field of pharmacy, including academia, hospital, community, and industry. For over 15 years, Mary has trained countless healthcare professionals as a professor and clinical pharmacist and shared her personal strategies for success at different venues throughout the United States. She is the Director of Pharmacy Practice for the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists and is on the medical review board for Verywell Health. She was the President of the New York City Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NYCSHP) in 2013. She is widely published and speaks at numerous healthcare forums and conferences. Her award-winning book, Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide, is referred to as “a young adult’s personal career fair.”

She has received some of the most prestigious national awards for demonstrating exceptional leadership, achieving excellence and exemplary service in improving healthcare. She is the recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP-ABHP) Joint Leadership Award, the NYCSHP Harold Neham Award, the ASHP Fellowship, the American Pharmacists Association Immunization Champion Award, the New York State Assembly Citation, and the New York City Council Citation. Mary has appeared on the NBC Today Show, SinoVision, PBS, ASHP TV, and ‘Pharmacists: Unsung Heroes’ documentary. She is featured in newspapers, World Journal, SingTao, and Epoch Times. She lives in New York City with her spouse and two children. Mary loves traveling with her family and learning about the many different cultures, cuisines, and traditions of people around the world. Learn more about her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/healthcareheroesbook; Twitter/Instagram @DrMaryChoy

Michele B. Kaufman, PharmD, BCGP

Dr. Kaufman earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She then completed a drug information fellowship at the URI Drug Information Center/Roger Williams Medical Center with a pharmacovigilance focus. She is board certified in geriatric pharmacotherapy.

Michele has held multiple roles in the field of pharmacy, including managed care, academia, hospital, continuing medical education and industry. She has worked as a clinical pharmacist, medical writer, and professor. She is currently a Pharmacist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Michele has over 300 publications and was co-inventor of pineapple-flavored Colyte, with patents issued. She served as the Secretary of New York City Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NYCSHP) for two consecutive terms. She was recently on the editorial boards for the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Journal, Formulary Journal, and is a regular contributor to The Rheumatologist. She is a member of Callen-Lorde’s Clinical Care Committee. She co-authored the award-winning book, Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide, to demystify the diverse group of healthcare professionals who comprise the modern healthcare team.

She is the recipient of two prestigious awards from NYCSHP, the Joel Yellin Award and Harold Neham Award, as well as the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Individual Contribution Award for her sustained service to managed care. She also received the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Excellence in Pharmacy Employee award. She lives in New York City with her spouse. She plays the saxophone and has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Learn more about her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/healthcareheroesbook; Twitter/Instagram @PharmDGuru

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