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Medical Science Liaison, North Central Florida/South Georgia
With expertise in HIV and infectious diseases and eight years of practice in diverse clinical and academic pharmacy settings, Somer Smith supports her role in ViiV Healthcare with a strong foundation. Her experience in inpatient and outpatient settings has given her valuable insight into achieving optimal HIV care. Somer’s research interests include antiretroviral pharmacotherapy, multi-drug resistant organisms, pediatric/adolescent/young adults living with HIV, prevention of maternal-to-child transmission (PMTCT), and infections in immunocompromised patients. Well- versed in the academic, private, and public health sectors, she is excited to share her expertise at ViiV while keeping pace with advancements to improve HIV care and treatment.
Current role: Somer joined ViiV in late 2019 as a Medical Science Liaison for the North Central Florida/South Georgia region. Her responsibilities include developing collaborative relationships with external experts to better understand their perspectives and providing information about ViiV products. In addition, she delivers educational clinical presentations to healthcare providers, supports ViiV clinical development activities, attends advisory boards and scientific conferences, and is involved in ViiV’s speaker training programs.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Somer gained extensive HIV experience over four years while at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. As an Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist in the HIV/Infectious Diseases and Pediatric HIV/Infectious Diseases departments, she provided pharmacotherapy consultation services for Ryan White Part D at Grady Infectious Diseases Ponce clinic and served as co-investigator for the International Maternal and Pediatric Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network Emory University site 5030. Her remit as co-investigator included protocol development and study execution for multiple IMPAACT HIV treatment and prevention protocols, including the Treating Infants Early (TIES) protocol. Additionally, she helped to develop and direct the statewide Georgia Perinatal HIV Services Program with the Georgia State Health Department, serving as a conduit between local public health departments, HIV healthcare providers, and labor and delivery units. Her efforts facilitated identification, linkage into care, and retention of HIV-infected pregnant women and exposed infants.
Somer also served as a Medical Science Liaison in HIV for Theratechnologies. Responsible for a 10-state geography, she fostered professional relationships with medical education and clinical research experts and delivered medical presentations to diverse healthcare audiences. Additional responsibilities included developing research opportunities, contributing to medical education strategies, assisting with team training, and participating in scientific meetings and conferences. Earlier in her career, Somer held faculty positions at the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of South Alabama (USA) School of Medicine, where she helped to initiate the antimicrobial stewardship program at the USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital and served as Quality Manager in the Ryan White HIV Clinic. Somer has published in the area of pediatric infectious diseases and has presented on local, state, and national levels to further the advancement of PMCTC.
Education: Somer received her PharmD in 2011 from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in Auburn, Alabama, and completed a joint ASHP accredited residency in infectious diseases with the USA School of Medicine and Auburn University School of Pharmacy in Mobile, Alabama. She also holds a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University.
Personal Interests: Somer lives in Mobile, Alabama with her husband and their toddler son, Barrett, and puppy, Remi. She enjoys spending time with her husband, playing outside with Barrett and grilling out with friends. Her hobbies include playing the piano, drawing, traveling, attending concerts and festivals, and DIY projects.
Medical Science Liaison, Southeast US
Alftan Dyson has a clear vision and dedication to HIV interwoven in the educational pursuits, career accomplishments, and community service activities that define her. With a passion for excellence, she brings her inspired approach to ViiV Healthcare to share her broad HIV clinical pharmacy expertise and scientific knowledge along with teaching experience, leadership and managerial abilities, and public speaking skills. Motivated to give back to the world, her enthusiasm echoes ViiV’s commitment to improving the lives of all people living with HIV.
Current role: As a Medical Science Liaison, Alftan identifies and interacts with external experts to gain an understanding of their views and provide information about ViiV products and diseases of interest to ViiV. In addition, she meets with healthcare professionals and scientists to discuss possible opportunities of interest to ViiV, is a scientific speaker for non-independent ViiV-sponsored programs for healthcare professionals, and presents at ViiV-sponsored advisory boards. Her responsibilities also include providing scientific support to the ViiV sales team, training contracted ViiV speakers, and supporting ViiV clinical development activities.
Experience: In her most recent role prior to joining ViiV, Alftan was Director of Pharmacy Services for two years at Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) in Montgomery, Alabama. There she developed competencies in pharmacy policies, procedures, and processes, aligning with federal and state regulations, including those related to 340B operation. Helping to oversee MAO’s 340B operations helped Alftan ensure compliance with contract and in-house pharmacy operations and resulted in savings that allowed development of new clinical programs to improve patient outcomes. Alftan’s multiple other responsibilities included staff supervision and selection, finance and billing activities, inventory management, and staff training and orientation. During this time, Alftan also developed her public speaking skills as a community speaker and member of the Speakers Bureau for Janssen Therapeutics. Prior to this, Alftan was Store Manager, Local Specialty Pharmacy, at Walgreens Pharmacy at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, gaining clinical and managerial experience while supervising staff, managing workflow, implementing patient care programs, interacting with physicians and other healthcare professionals, and identifying opportunities for quality improvement. In earlier work, Alftan was a Volunteer Clinical HIV/Hepatitis C Pharmacist at MAO of Alabama, focused on managing disease state treatment and patient medication counseling, and also progressed in Walgreens pharmacies to develop her clinical and pharmaceutical skills as Pharmacy Intern, Technician, and Manager. Alftan currently holds the position of Director, Zone 2 for the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), and her dedication to advancing others is shown in her recent positions as Affiliate Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice at Auburn University, Harrison School of Pharmacy in Auburn, Alabama and as Affiliate Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice at Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Education: Alftan received her PharmD in 2013 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, and is a Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) and HIV Pharmacist (AAHIVP). In 2014, she completed her Community Pharmacy Practice Residency at The University of Missouri-Kansas City, and was awarded a Certificate from the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) Scholars Program in Kansas City, Missouri. Alftan holds a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Ohio State University in Columbus, and a BS in Biology with Minor in Chemistry, Pre-Professional, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Personal Interests: Alftan lives with her husband and sweet Yorkie pup in Montgomery, Alabama, and is active in helping her community. As a lifelong learner, she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others, inspired by her favorite quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” In her free time, she’s found a way to balance her sometimes competing passions of being a foodie and fitness enthusiast, and finds relaxation through shopping. Alftan loves to travel, so much so that she’d gladly ride an airplane to work every day if she could!
Medical Science Liaison, Connecticut/Upstate New York
Specialized in the treatment of patients with HIV and hepatitis C and driven by her passion to help those living with HIV live their best lives, Ann Linskey finds her role at ViiV Healthcare inspiring and rewarding. With clinical and community pharmacy expertise gleaned from more than 18 years in pharmacy, including pharmacy management experience, Ann underscores her work with an overarching interest in harm reduction, quality, and patient safety. She is skilled in working closely with patients, providers, and local AIDS Service Organizations to ensure optimal HIV care, and is effective in building relationships and facilitating teamwork. As a life-long learner, Ann is excited to share in ViiV’s continuing work to develop innovative solutions for HIV and leave no person living with HIV behind.
Current role: Ann joined ViiV in mid-2020 as Medical Science Liaison for Connecticut and Upstate New York. In her role, she meets with external experts to gain an understanding of their views and appropriately inform them about information relating to diseases of interest to ViiV and ViiV products. Additionally, she interacts with healthcare professionals and scientists about possible scientific opportunities of interest to ViiV, supports ViiV clinical development activities including site identification and subject retention, and liaises for Investigator Support Studies proposals. She also trains and develops contracted speakers, provides ongoing scientific support, participates in scientific conventions and advisory boards, and addresses unsolicited questions regarding ViiV products. Ann also provides internal scientific and therapeutic support and training.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Ann was Pharmacy Manager for over seven years at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy in Hartford, Connecticut—a 340B pharmacy specializing in the treatment of patients with HIV and hepatitis C. With responsibility for clinically managing approximately 90 HIV patients and 20 hepatitis C patients at any given time, she focused on building trusting relationships with them, providing patient education, creating attainable care plans to resolve issues, creating novel solutions after identifying adherence barriers, and facilitating patient assistance measures to ensure affordability. Along with compounding specialty medications and ensuring safe and accurate medication preparation and dispensing, she optimized drug therapy by collaborating with healthcare providers to maximize positive outcomes, and pursued quality improvement through documentation, outcomes measures, and statistical analysis. Her role gave her opportunity to develop her communication skills through presentations on varied topics to peers, nurses, case managers, and patients.
Ann was a founding member of the interdisciplinary Connecticut Overdose Prevention Workgroup, working to combat the opioid crisis by collaborating with representatives from multiple organizations including AIDS Connecticut (ACT), the Connecticut Department of Health, and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She also served as preceptor to students at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy in Hartford, Connecticut.
Education: Ann received her PharmD in 2002 from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, and holds AAHIVP certification from the American Academy of HIV Medicine.
Personal interests: Living in Wethersfield, Connecticut with her husband, two children, and chocolate Labrador Retriever, Ann enjoys spending time with her family during New England’s four varied seasons— going to the beach, riding bikes, hiking, picking seasonal fruit at local farms, and participating in a variety of winter sports.
Medical Science Liaison
Bonnie brings excellence and high performance to ViiV Healthcare along with 17 years of HIV-focused experience in clinical pharmacy, research, and pharmaceuticals. With a solid skill set in scientific knowledge and customer interaction, she is dedicated to ensuring patient access to innovative HIV medicines and to training and educational support of her colleagues and the greater HIV community.
Current Role: In her current role as Medical Science Liaison, Bonnie meets with HIV experts to gain an understanding of their views and assess their scientific needs, provides appropriate disease and ViiV product information, and responds to questions and concerns. She also supports ViiV clinical development activities and assesses possible scientific research opportunities. Recognized for her expertise in training and development, Bonnie plays a major role in new-hire training and mentoring, and she is ViiV’s competitor product lead. Having joined GSK in 2001 and being with ViiV Healthcare since its founding in 2009, Bonnie brings a wealth of experience to her customers and colleagues.
Experience: Prior to ViiV Healthcare, Bonnie broadened her HIV knowledge and expertise in a variety of positions, working most recently for GSK as a Senior Regional Medical Scientist in the HIV area. While at GSK she expanded her scientific and customer engagement skills and advanced over eight years to a senior role on the team. Prior to joining industry, Bonnie specialized as a clinical pharmacist in the Albany Medical Center AIDS Program for over twelve years, and she also worked as a research administrator in the Division of HIV Medicine at Albany Medical College. In addition, she served concurrently as adjunct faculty for many years at the Albany College of Pharmacy.
Education: Bonnie received her PharmD in 1987 from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and completed a residency in infectious disease and pharmacokinetics at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Throughout her career she has continued to pursue her interest in the area of HIV infection with specific focus on treatment and comorbid conditions.
Personal Interests: Bonnie lives with her husband Kevin in Laurel, Maryland, and has a teenage daughter and son. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, the beach, boating, and spending time with family and friends.
Medical Science Liaison
In addition to her strong background in medical and scientific information, BoYoung Goh infuses her role at ViiV Healthcare with welldeveloped skills in relationship development, mentoring, collaboration, and cross-functional management. With her HIV pharmaceutical experience and interest in developing others, she is a valued team member whose leadership and mentoring help advance ViiV’s goals to create innovative treatments for people living with HIV.
Current Role: In her role as a Medical Science Liaison, BoYoung develops and maintains relationships with regional and national HIV experts and healthcare professionals, engaging in discussion and serving as a medical and scientific resource for ViiV-related products and initiatives. She also supports ongoing and new ViiV clinical studies by serving as a point of contact for investigators, and supports submission and progress of investigator-initiated studies, interacting with the internal clinical team for consideration of study opportunities and ensuring timely progress on active studies. BoYoung also serves as a resource to local AIDS Service Organizations, where she provides disease state and product education for patients and case managers, and supports the ViiV sales organization by collaborating and working crossfunctionally to provide medical training as appropriate.
Experience: Prior to ViiV, BoYoung gained extensive experience in Medical Affairs/Medical Research and Strategy at Daiichi Sankyo, where she thrived for six years following completion of her Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship in Medical Affairs at the same organization. In her most recent position as Associate Director of Medical Communications, she focused on the therapeutic area of thrombosis, with responsibilities including developing and maintaining relationships with regional and national experts, developing and leading medical advisory boards, developing slide presentations for medical science liaison use in responding to unsolicited inquires, and supporting sales representatives by providing clinical presentations and serving as a medical resource. In an earlier role as Manager, her diverse activities included training field Medical Affairs teams on new data releases and medical updates, leading pre-launch and launch initiatives while collaborating with cross-functional teams, and providing medical review for the in-line product promotional review committees. Additionally, she co-led the development and launch of two medical information websites designed for use by internal stakeholders and external customers. While at Daiichi Sankyo, BoYoung developed her leadership and mentoring abilities when she was selected as a Primary Preceptor through the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program—serving to manage and mentor PharmD fellows and support their professional development.
Education: BoYoung earned her PharmD degree in 2007 at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, and completed her post-doctoral work in 2008 as a fellow in Medical Affairs at Daiichi Sankyo through the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship program
Personal Interests: BoYoung relocated to San Francisco from New York City in early 2017, along with Oliver, her “adorable” French bulldog. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, the arts, and cooking and baking. She also likes being outdoors, whether at the beach, on a hike, or sightseeing.
Medical Science Liaison, Pacific Northwest
Drawing on his expertise in community and clinical pharmacy, Cale Williams brings unique accomplishments and expansive skills to his role as Medical Science Liaison at ViiV Healthcare. With a robust background in specialty disease states including HIV, hepatitis, oncology, immunology, and pulmonology, Cale has emerged as a high-performing problem-solver and team player skilled in pharmaceutical research, education, and counseling. Coupling these talents with a proven record in team management, communication, and business operations, Cale applies an inspired approach at ViiV to help pursue high-quality care for all people living with HIV.
Current role: Having joined ViiV in 2019 as a Medical Science Liaison for the Pacific Northwest region, Cale identifies, develops, and maintains collaborative relationships with external HIV experts. Through communicating a deep scientific knowledge of the latest data, he engages medical audiences to ensure understanding of ViiV medicines. Cale also sources insights on patient needs and current data gaps, provides appropriate response to unsolicited medical information requests, and delivers educational clinical presentations to healthcare providers. In addition, he provides scientific support at major HIV-focused medical congresses, trains ViiV medical speakers, and assists with ViiV-sponsored speaker training events.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Cale developed expertise as a Clinical Pharmacist at Premier Inc./Commcare Specialty Pharmacy in Plantation, Florida, where his work resulted in significant contributions that improved the lives of patients with chronic illnesses. While there, Cale designed, developed, and implemented “Clinical Pathways”, a specialty HIV disease management program that enrolled 92% of patients who were treatmentnaïve or switching to new therapies. The program’s success resulted in Cale expanding its reach to include oncology, hepatitis, autoimmune disorder, primary immunodeficiency, and hemophilia patients, ultimately achieving a 96% medication possession ratio across all managed disease states. In his role, Cale also authored and led team-wide training on novel specialty medication topics, proper regimen selection, and comorbid disease treatment. His additional responsibilities included preparing and dispensing biologic infusion products, consulting with patients, and developing individualized care plans using medication therapy management (MTM) software. He also generated quarterly business reviews for key health plans and created computerbased strategies and solutions to comply with Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) medication dispensing guidelines.
In earlier roles, Cale developed community pharmacy skills in medication dispensing and compounding, patient counseling, MTM services, physician interactions, and pharmacy leadership. After graduation, he started as a rotating Lead Pharmacist for Target Store pharmacies in South Florida, progressing to Pharmacy Manager within two years. Cale broadened his community pharmacy experience while also leading the pharmacy team, developing team expectations and accountability standards, and conducting sales and payroll data analysis.
Education: Cale received his PharmD from the University of Florida in 2008. His professional certifications include Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP), and Credentialed Pharmacist (AAHIVP) by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.
Personal Interests: Cale is relocating to Portland, Oregon from Miami, Florida and is looking forward to new adventures in the Pacific Northwest. As a proud father of two-year-old twin boys, he enjoys traveling and embarking on new adventures with his family. Cale is an avid Florida Gators sports fan and enjoys cheering on his team at Gator football games!
Medical Science Liaison
With a solid background in HIV, experience in patient care, and a passion for education, Catherine (Cathy) Schubert has much to offer in her role with ViiV Healthcare. Having worked closely with physicians and healthcare professionals in a variety of roles, she is skilled in diseasestate management and providing medical information, is adept at assessing and understanding clinical issues, and has proven strengths in education and training for both health care providers and patients. Cathy’s commitment and expertise are a complement to ViiV’s focus on innovation for all people living with HIV.
Current Role: Cathy has been with ViiV since the company was formed in 2009. As a Medical Science Liaison, she serves as a field-based medical resource for experts and clinicians in the southeast by providing educational and clinical support by communicating scientific data to help inform providers in patient management decisions. She also provides support for clinical trials and investigators through protocol feasibility, investigator recommendations, and site education for Phase IIb/III and Phase IIIb/IV studies, compassionate use programs, and investigator-initiated studies.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Cathy developed her clinical expertise working as a clinical pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente, collaborating with internal medicine physicians and cardiologists. At Kaiser Permanente, she served on the disease-state management workgroup to identify best practices to improve patient care and quality measures for chronic disease states. She has a passion for education evidenced by her creation of a class to educate patients about lowering their heart disease risk, which was implemented across the Kaiser Permanente-Georgia region. She served as preceptor and lecturer for pharmacy students and residents, and was involved in professional committees. Cathy left Kaiser Permanente and joined GSK as a Senior Regional Medical Scientist in the metabolic area and then transitioned into HIV at GSK.
Education: After completing a BS in Polymer and Textile Chemistry, Cathy earned a PharmD degree in 2001 at Mercer University, and then completed an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice residency at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia.
Personal Interests: Cathy lives with her husband, Tom, in Atlanta, Georgia. Cathy and Tom enjoy traveling, attending live performances at the Fox Theater, and exploring the food and cocktail scene in and outside of Atlanta. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys serving in her local community by cooking and delivering meals to those who are homebound, and relaxing by reading at the pool or beach.
Medical Science Liaison, Central Midwest
Inspired by her passion to ensure healthcare in under-served populations, Dainielle Fox feels a natural fit in sharing her talents as a ViiV Healthcare Medical Science Liaison. Grounded by her extensive HIV specialty and community pharmacy leadership and practice experience, Dainielle is enthusiastic to contribute in support of ViiV’s innovations in HIV medicines and access. On a path begun as a first-generation college graduate, Dainielle propelled herself to build a career around what she cares most about—ensuring HIV care for all, building enduring relationships, and becoming a leader who creates change for groups most in need. With a close friend who was recently diagnosed with HIV, Dainielle combines personal insight with her proven leadership abilities, HIV specialty expertise, and community pharmacy skills, giving rich perspective to her work.
Current role: As a Medical Science Liaison, Dainielle identifies and interacts with external experts to gain an understanding of their views and provide information about ViiV products and diseases of interest to ViiV. In addition, she is a co-presenter for ViiV promotional programs for healthcare professionals, attends advisory boards and scientific conferences, and supports ViiV clinical development activities.
Experience: In her most recent position prior to joining ViiV, Dainielle was Pharmacy Manager of an HIV specialty pharmacy at Walgreens-Boots Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri, where she led pharmacy operations while strategizing creative ways to grow and maintain the HIV specialty business. Building on her strong relationship skills, Dainielle established an ongoing relationship with a local organization focused on minority health disparities. This allowed her to organize and maintain monthly HIV testing in her pharmacy, and later expand the success to all HIV specialty pharmacies in St. Louis, resulting in a 50% increase in HIV patients and an 80% increase in HIV patient adherence. Through her efforts, community pharmacies evolved from being HIV specialty in name only to being full-service HIV pharmacies known for providing patients and providers with high-quality pharmacy care. Her additional responsibilities as Pharmacy Manager included managing the prescription department inventory, providing training to pharmacy staff, performing medication therapy management, and serving as district Team Leader. Dainielle also established a relationship with the International Institute in St. Louis, which helped ensure immunizations for refugees, and mentored student pharmacists and student pharmacy technicians.
While Pharmacy Manager, Dainielle served concurrently as Relief Pharmacist in a community-based specialty pharmacy at South Hampton Healthcare Center, Walgreens at St. Louis University Hospital, Community: A Walgreens Pharmacy on Euclid and New Ballas. There she provided patient care services to manage HIV and other specialty disease states, helped determine care programs, and counseled patients.
Prior to these roles, Dainielle was a Pharmacy Technician/Intern for ten years at Walgreens-Boots Alliance in St. Louis, and was a Pharmacy Intern at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and a Research Assistant at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. As a long-time active member of her community, Dainielle has contributed professionally and as a volunteer in multiple capacities. In recent years, she served as President of the St. Louis Graduate Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, National Public Relations Chair of the National Pharmaceutical Association, National President of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, and MidAmerica Province Chaplain of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.
Education: Dainielle earned a PharmD in 2016 from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri and completed a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009 from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
Personal Interests: Dainielle lives in St. Louis, Missouri. In her spare time, she enjoys CrossFit® workouts and competitions, spending time with her family, and traveling. She is active in her local alumni association and continues to be a preceptor for pharmacy students at local health fairs.
Medical Science Liaison
Harold Kong has over twenty years of multifaceted experience in the HIV arena, including expertise gained in the private and public healthcare sectors. Known for developing strong professional relationships within the HIV community, Harold excels at identifying and responding to specific needs and is well-versed in a variety of HIV knowledge areas. With skills in both education and training, Harold is motivated by a dedication to improving patient outcomes and furthering client understanding of complex HIV-related issues.
Current Role: In his current role as Medical Science Liaison with ViiV Healthcare, Harold consults with and assists experts in HIV clinical practice and research by identifying their specific needs while providing relevant and insightful information to meet those needs. With advanced knowledge in many areas, Harold is readily conversant in discussing HIV topics including disease state, treatment and management, clinical research, and current issues and trends. A trusted resource to his colleagues as well, he is recognized for a keen ability to simplify complex medical concepts in a way that promotes rapid understanding and uptake of information. In his role with ViiV, Harold also facilitates educational initiatives and clinical research activities, representing the Medical Science Liaison team on ViiV’s Collaborative Research Trials and Investigator-Initiated Research teams.
Experience: Harold joined ViiV Healthcare in 2010. His extensive ViiV experience since then is complemented by his previous roles as a Senior Regional Medical Scientist for GSK’s HIV division where he focused on antiretroviral products, and as clinical liaison for Science Oriented Solutions, where he provided direct medical information support in GSK’s HIV regional sales force and their customers. While working previously for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Harold supervised the pharmacy directly affiliated with the world-renowned 5P21 HIV clinic. In this role, he managed the medication delivery process for over 4,000 patients with HIV while chairing the HIV Pharmacy Task Force. Gaining inpatient experience early in his career while at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, he served as a clinical pharmacist in the pediatric and women’s hospitals, later advancing to a supervisory role.
Education: After earning a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1984 from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Harold was appointed in 1987 as Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy at USC and served as a preceptor for pharmacy students. He held this position for the next 13 years in conjunction while working at the LAC+USC Medical Center.
Personal Interests: Harold lives in Southern California and enjoys spending time at home with his family. In addition to his love for gardening, he is an avid fan of the Game of Thrones® series.
Medical Science Liaison, East
As an accomplished leader who thrives in innovative environments, Hubert Sindjui brings over 15 years of progressive experience in nursing and pharmacy to his role in ViiV Healthcare. Highly skilled at building and maintaining lasting relationships, he excels at scientific engagement with therapeutic experts and healthcare professionals and has extensive expertise in infectious diseases, virology/ vaccines, endocrinology/diabetes, immunology, and nephrology. Well-versed in understanding payer needs, Hubert also has a proven track record of improving clinical pharmacy services and patient outcomes through clinical initiatives and educational approaches for patients and providers. He is excited and highly motivated to apply his scientific education expertise, leadership, and patient care skills as part of ViiV’s innovative approach to address the challenges of HIV—while creating connection with people living with HIV and with their communities.
Current role: Hubert joined ViiV in 2020 as a Medical Science Liaison covering the East region, including Washington, DC and northern Virginia. His responsibilities include engaging with external experts to gain an understanding of their insights on the ViiV HIV portfolio, serving as a medical expert for the portfolio, and interacting with healthcare providers on relevant scientific topics of interest. He also conducts presentations and educational programs for healthcare professionals, attends advisory boards and scientific conferences, and supports ViiV clinical development.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Hubert was a Hepatitis C/Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist in acute care and clinic settings at Total Health Care (THC) in Baltimore, Maryland. Supervising a team of 30 THC pharmacy staff across nine locations, Hubert ensured optimal clinical pharmacy services delivery and oversaw medication therapy management and clinical services for HIV, hepatitis C/infectious disease, and diabetes. His accomplishments include initiating an HIV Drug Adherence Improvement Initiative in 500+ patients at the THC Ryan White HIV Clinic—this resulted in improved medication pick-up rates and a 5% increase in viral load suppression rates, along with a significant return-to-stock cost savings for HIV drugs. He also pioneered the launch of a hepatitis C prior authorization and patient monitoring program, treating over 120 patients and attaining a 100% approval rate. Concurrently, he also worked as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente in Kensington, Maryland, providing Ambulatory Care pharmacy services primarily focused on endocrinology, cardiology, infectious disease, and psychiatry.
Hubert gained additional clinical pharmacy experience in several earlier roles—as a Clinical Pharmacist in Medication Therapy Management at Aegis Health Services in Baltimore and as a Wellness Pharmacist in Medication Therapy Management at Supervalu Inc. in Bowie, Maryland. In these roles, his responsibilities included providing in-person, evidence-based medication therapy management services, collaborating to create and modify treatment and action plans, and supervising a pharmacy staff team across three locations. At Supervalu, he enrolled and coached over 300 diabetes patients in his diabetes management program, which led to a significant reduction in hemoglobin A1C levels for most of them. Hubert also worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for Home Health Connection in Bethesda, Maryland.
Education: Hubert received a PharmD from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2013. He received a Practical Nursing Certificate from the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. in 2004.
Personal interests: Hubert lives near Washington, DC in Bowie, Maryland with his wife Kengni and their four children. In his free time, he plays sports including tennis, basketball, and swimming, and enjoys taking family road trips. Hubert is keenly interested in giving back to the community and in world news and politics. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of a non-profit, The All Cameroonian Cultural & Development Foundation (ACCDF); is a volunteer Student Mentor for the Haut-Nkam Community Leadership Academy Program; and is bilingual in English and French.
Medical Science Liaison
With a passion for making a difference in people’s lives, Jessica Shavalian feels proud to be part of ViiV Healthcare and the company’s strong commitment to developing effective HIV treatments. Inspired by ViiV’s historic accomplishments, she is excited about ViiV’s continuing and future development of HIV compounds and novel formulations, and for their potential to improve the lives of people living with HIV. She brings expertise in community pharmacy and keen insight on the holistic needs of patients and providers in HIV prophylaxis and treatment.
Current role: Having joined ViiV in 2020 as a Medical Science Liaison, Jessica is a medical expert for the ViiV portfolio and engages with healthcare providers on scientific topics of interest to ViiV. In addition, she presents at ViiV educational programs and events for healthcare professionals, attends advisory boards, and participates in scientific conferences and conventions to stay informed on recent developments in HIV disease-state and product research. Jessica also supports ViiV clinical development activities, trains and develops ViiV speakers, and provides ongoing scientific support.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Jessica worked for four years at Walgreens Community-Based Specialty Pharmacy in West Hollywood, California, delivering clinical pharmacy services to patients with HIV, oncology, and multiple sclerosis. A key aspect of her role was to foster and develop relationships between patients and their providers to ensure prompt treatment. To ensure optimal and effective use of HIV and oncology medications over time, she continued therapy management, collaborating with prescribers and other healthcare professionals based on drug therapy guidelines and clinical judgment. Her HIV work included treatment with pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis therapies, and she engaged patients in discussions about disease progression, medication dosing, and overall health to identify barriers to therapy and potential side effects, to increase adherence. Among other responsibilities, she also maximized patient financial assistance, performed thorough verification of medication histories/ reconciliations, assisted in prior authorizations and service/treatment authorization requests, and prepared hazardous, sterile, and non-sterile compounded medications. In addition, she precepted pharmacy students and interns.
During her university studies, Jessica held several leadership roles including Co-Chair of Operation Diabetes, where she trained diverse teams and managed projects to educate patients on lifestyle modifications to achieve and maintain glycemic control. In this role, she also planned events and symposiums to deliver the latest educational information to colleagues and other healthcare personnel, collaborated with other organizations to maximize community impact, and performed blood glucose and A1c patient screenings. As Secretary of the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, Jessica served as a leader for the School of Pharmacy, planning and managing community service events, fundraising, and patient advocacy initiatives. She organized and conducted the Annual Leadership Competition, Quiz Bowl, Residency Mock Interviews, and Inter-Health Sciences Competition.
Education: Jessica received her PharmD in 2015 from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She also received a BA in Psychology in 2010 from the University of California, Los Angeles in California.
Personal interests: Jessica is a native of Los Angeles and returned to live there after completing her studies in northern California. Her myriad interests include practicing yoga, playing tennis, hiking, listening to live music, and exploring different cuisines.
Medical Science Liaison
With a career spanning nearly 20 years in pharmacy practice, HIV clinical research and pharmaceuticals, Jimena brings extensive experience and a deep understanding of HIV care and treatment to ViiV Healthcare. Wellversed in clinical research and skilled in collaborative relationships with healthcare professionals, her dedication and focus add strength to ViiV’s commitment to finding innovative treatments. Jimena is excited to share in ViiV’s mission focused on helping people living with HIV.
Current Role: Jimena joined ViiV in 2016. In her role as Medical Science Liaison, she establishes interactions with healthcare professionals and experts in HIV, providing information as appropriate for ViiV’s products and disease states. She delivers scientific presentations in academic and community settings and leads medical presentations during regional advisory boards. Jimena also supports ViiV research activities, including identifying clinical sites and facilitating the referral process and pre-study visit, and functioning as a point of contact between ViiV, the contract research organization, and the investigator site to address any study issues. In addition to training her colleagues on information and updates collected during her attendance at key national medical and scientific conferences, Jimena also functions in an appointed role as a Product Project Lead, providing training to the Medical Science Liaison team when new data is available on her designated product and liaising between the ViiV global team and the North American medical team.
Experience: Prior to ViiV, Jimena developed her skills in HIV in a Medical Science Liaison role with Bristol-Myers Squibb, forming collaborative relationships with healthcare professionals and experts and delivering scientific presentations and education on the company’s products and virology disease states. She also was Medical Science Liaison point for HIV and hepatitis C co-infection. Prior to that, Jimena developed extensive clinical research expertise while working for six years as a Ryan White Title III Clinical Research Pharmacist in the North Broward Hospital District in Fort Lauderdale, supporting physicians in managing hepatitis C and HIV coinfection, monitoring response to therapy, and managing side effects. She also worked closely with patients infected with HIV, counseling them on adherence, side effects, and medication regimens, and coordinated an educational HIV Hispanic Support Group. Earlier in her career, Jimena honed her pharmacy skills working as a clinical pharmacist in a hospital setting, and as a Research Associate providing adherence counseling to research patients on the use of HIV antiretroviral and other therapies. She also gained experience as a Regulatory Affairs Manager for B Braun Medical in Bogotá, Colombia, prior to relocating to the US.
Education: Jimena earned her PharmD in 2006 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and completed a BS in Pharmacy at National University of Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia.
Personal Interests: Jimena lives in South Florida, near Fort Lauderdale, with her husband, two wonderful boys, and a Labrador. She enjoys spending time with her family and listening to music. Jimena is bilingual in spoken and written English and Spanish.
Medical Science Liaison, Ohio/Michigan/Western Pennsylvania
Having a long-standing passion for infectious diseases pharmacy and improving patient lives, Kelli Cole is highly motivated to contribute to ViiV Healthcare’s mission and thrilled to be part of the cutting edge of scientific progress in HIV therapies. Her interests include management of immunocompromised patient populations and antimicrobial stewardship. With solid experience in an academic medical center pharmacy setting and as a Medical Science Liaison in antimicrobials, Kelli has developed expertise in areas including clinical pharmacy, clinical trials and research, formulary management, scientific content development, and Medical Affairs strategy. Strongly identifying with ViiV’s core values of Patient Focus, Transparency, Respect, and Integrity, she is dedicated to sharing in ViiV’s aim to leave no person living with HIV behind.
Current role: Kelli joined ViiV in 2020 as a Medical Science Liaison covering the region of Ohio, Michigan, and western Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities include collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to support ViiV’s products and educational programs, and engaging with healthcare providers to provide accurate clinical, scientific, and medical information. In addition, she facilitates clinical development activities and contributes to company-wide Medical Affairs strategies and initiatives.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Kelli worked most recently as a Medical Science Liaison in antimicrobials with Summit Therapeutics of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this role, she developed content and served as a scientific medical reviewer for antimicrobial customer-facing materials including presentations, response letters, and diagnostics review summaries. In addition, she led the Antimicrobial Stewardship work stream, developing company and Medical Affairs strategy for alignment of product with antimicrobial stewardship principles. She also designed a multi-year advisory board strategy and led a virtual advisory board associated with the annual meeting for the Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) organization. In additional responsibilities, she developed engagement strategies for therapeutic experts and investigators involved with a Phase 3 clinical trial program, created a strategic publication plan, drafted opinion editorials, and initiated and managed a therapeutic area journal club. Kelli also developed and executed numerous aspects of a Phase 3 clinical trial program.
Before her work as a Medical Science Liaison, Kelli worked for six years as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. Her key responsibility was management of an antimicrobial stewardship program with a restricted formulary and prospective audit-and-feedback process, including review of all patients admitted on antiretroviral therapy. She also managed the entire anti-infective formulary including antiretrovirals, and was a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Kelli conducted research in antimicrobial stewardship, general infectious diseases, and HIV, and also precepted over 50 PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residents, five PGY2 Critical Care residents, and more than 20 pharmacy students.
Education: Kelli received her BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and PharmD degree at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
Personal interests: Kelli lives in Toledo, Ohio with her boyfriend and their golden retriever, Brady. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, and swimming, as preparation for her participation in half-marathons or triathlons. She also enjoys spending time with her extended family, and loves to travel—whether it’s a relaxing getaway or an active, adventurous trip around the world. In between, she makes time for dancing!
Director, Medical Science Liaisons, West
Having gained experience in both HIV clinical medicine and ViiV Healthcare Medical Affairs in the UK, Dr. Kevin Demarcke brings international experience to his role as Director of Medical Science Liaisons for ViiV Healthcare in the US. Kevin’s clinical and industry expertise is complemented by his welldeveloped business acumen, recognized teaching ability, and excellence in developing people and improving their capabilities. His passion for communicating life-changing science informs his work, and he finds deep satisfaction in his opportunity through ViiV to positively impact the lives of people living with HIV.
Current role: In early 2019, Kevin joined ViiV as Director of Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) for the West, covering a region of 14 states. Responsible for implementing ViiV strategy and ensuring high-quality delivery through his team, Kevin oversees MSL territory development, review, and medical audience expansion. In addition, he delivers ViiV promotional programs across the country, presenting solo or as a co-presenter with external experts. Kevin provides coaching and training to ensure his team’s high performance. He also collaborates closely with Medical Affairs, and coordinates cross-functional projects between MSLs and ViiV sales representatives to ensure successful project execution.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV in the US, Kevin served as Medical Advisor for three years at ViiV Healthcare UK Ltd in London. In this role, his responsibilities included developing conference symposia and medical presentations, organizing advisory boards, and speaking proactively (promotionally) or reactively (offlicense/ pipeline). He also held final signatory authority for ViiV for the APBI Code of Practice (Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry standards for promotion of medicines). Kevin performed in several key ViiV leadership roles as well, including Capabilities Lead, Launch Lead, and Field Team Lead.
Before his move to industry and while based in the UK, Kevin expanded his clinical HIV experience working in a Sexual Health and HIV clinic. As a Trust Medical Officer ST1–2/3, he worked for three years under the UK’s National Health Service in the Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) & HIV Department at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London, NHS Trust. There he strengthened not only his clinical and research skills but managerial, teaching, and business skills. Based on his experience in performing operational analyses of the clinics, he implemented improvement strategies such as audits and clinical governance and produced pro forma evaluations, all of which contributed to improved operational efficiencies. Drawing on his natural teaching skills, Kevin trained new physicians and nurses in clinic, offered biopsy procedural training, and educated medical, nursing, and midwifery students.
Education: Kevin is an MD who graduated in 2011 from the Free University of Brussels (VUB, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) in Belgium. He earned a Diploma in Genito-Urinary Medicine from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, and a Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.
Personal interests: Kevin lives in Los Angeles and in his free time enjoys hiking, traveling internationally, and learning from other cultures. As a native of Belgium, Kevin speaks Dutch, and is also bilingually proficient in English and French while having a conversational knowledge of German.
Medical Science Liaison, South-Central Texas
Kim Nezianya has a passion for excellence in her life that shows through in her strong commitment to clinical and scientific advancement not only for herself, but for those she mentors along the way. In her role at ViiV Healthcare, she integrates her passion for excellence and her in-depth HIV training into daily interactions with healthcare professionals and colleagues, facilitating the critical exchange of information and insights aimed at improving care for all people living with HIV.
Current Role: Kim joined ViiV in June, 2018 as a Medical Science Liaison covering the region of South-Central Texas, including Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Her responsibilities include meeting the scientific needs of external experts and other healthcare professionals, providing clinical development support to investigators conducting clinical trials, and providing regional scientific support for the ViiV sales organization. She also is a scientific speaker for non-independent, ViiV-sponsored programs for healthcare professionals and for Pharmacy and Therapeutics and formulary committees.
Experience: Kim came to ViiV after completing her HIV Specialty Pharmacy Practice Residency at KC CARE Health Center (formerly Kansas City Care Clinic), a federally-qualified heath center dedicated to providing quality care, access, research and education to the underserved and all people in the Kansas City community. In her role as a resident, she provided comprehensive pharmaceutical care for the management of HIV, HIV pre/post-exposure prophylaxis, sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis C, hormone replacement therapy, transgender health, and metabolic disorders.
During her post-graduate training, Kim also served as a Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center (MATEC) HIV Clinician Scholar, broadening her knowledge and practice with 12 months of in-depth HIV training and preceptorship. She also held an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Advanced Pathophysiology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy, where she lectured and was a preceptor for 3rd and 4th year pharmacy students. Additionally, she was a mentor in the STAHR Scholars Pharmacy Program (Students in Training, in Academia, Health, and Research), which operates to cultivate culturally diverse candidates and candidates from underserved areas who are applying to the UMKC School of Pharmacy.
Education: Prior to receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2018 from UMKC School of Pharmacy, Kim completed a dual undergraduate degree with a BS in Chemistry and BA in Communication Studies. Kim is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration degree program at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
Personal Interests: Born and raised in the Dallas metroplex area, Kim now resides in Houston, Texas. In her free time, she enjoys working out, finding the city’s best hole-in-the-wall food joints, and most importantly, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys!
Medical Science Liaison, Texas
With an extensive background in HIV/AIDS pharmacotherapy and advanced knowledge in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship, Kristen is uniquely positioned to help ViiV Healthcare meet the needs of the HIV community. Her expertise provides strong support for advancing ViiV’s goal of delivering innovative new options to help ensure optimal care and treatment of people living with HIV.
Current Role: Kristen joined ViiV in 2018 as a Medical Science Liaison. Her responsibilities include meeting with HIV experts to gain an understanding of their views and to assess their scientific needs. In addition, she provides appropriate disease and ViiV product information to healthcare professionals, responds to healthcare professional questions and concerns, and provides support for ViiV-sponsored clinical studies.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Kristen expanded her HIV knowledge and expertise in multiple roles within the HIV specialty area. In her most recent position, she was Clinical Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. Charged with promoting appropriate and optimal use of antimicrobial agents, Kristen specialized as an HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Specialist, promoting evidencebased practice and adherence to clinical guidelines while conducting daily rounds with the Infectious Disease consult service. Additionally, as an HIV/AIDS Pharmacotherapy Specialist for the South Plains Community Action Association Clinic in Lubbock, Kristen conducted a weekly clinic for indigent and unfunded HIV/AIDS patients and served as the pharmacist member on a Local Pharmaceutical Assistance Program Board. She also presented updates in therapeutics and guidelines to medical staff and provided them with therapeutic recommendations. In addition, she counseled patients, partners, and families on medications and antiretroviral therapy, while coordinating the patient assistance programs.
For five years until joining ViiV, Kristen held an appointment as Adjunct Faculty at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Lubbock, where she taught for the Advanced Infectious Diseases Rotation, coordinated the microbiology laboratory experience, and conducted lesson and experiential rotation planning. In other professional roles, Kristen advanced her pharmacy skills and knowledge in medical center and long-term care settings.
Education: Kristen earned her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2009 from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. She continued on to complete a preceptorship in Advanced Infectious Diseases Practice Experience and PGY2 Practice Experience at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Lubbock. A Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases, she has maintained her AAHIVP certification since 2015. Her undergraduate studies and pharmacy prerequisites were completed at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Personal Interests: Having lived in beautiful West Texas for the past 17 years, Kristen enjoys outdoor and other family activities with her college sweetheart/husband and their three children, including supporting the Texas Tech Red Raiders team—especially during football season. In her free time, Kristen enjoys running, swimming, and supporting local theater plays and musicals. She considers herself a bit of a foodie and admits she prefers Marvel to DC Comics characters—except for Batman—as everyone loves Batman! As an avid fan, she has even named her children and dogs after various Marvel characters.
Medical Science Liaison, Miami and Puerto Rico
With more than 15 years of combined pharmacy clinical experience in HIV, hepatitis C, infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, solid organ transplant, and chemotherapy, Leira Ramírez-Ruiz brings a diverse, well-rounded background to her role for ViiV Healthcare. After gaining extensive experience working for many years as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist on the hospital side in infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship, Leira discovered her interest in HIV care when she moved to an ambulatory setting, applying her specialty pharmacy expertise in an HIV clinic. This ignited a new passion for her, and she pursued it vigorously to enhance her HIV qualifications. Thrilled to be at the forefront of HIV care and innovation at ViiV, Leira is eager to share in advancing HIV treatment and care for all those living with HIV, while enhancing the knowledge of the healthcare providers who guide their care.
Current role: As Medical Liaison for Miami, Florida and Puerto Rico, Leira serves as medical expert for the ViiV portfolio and interacts with healthcare providers on scientific topics of interest. She delivers presentations for healthcare professionals at ViiV educational programs and events, and also attends advisory boards as well as scientific conferences and conventions to stay up-to-date on recent data in the HIV field. In addition, she supports ViiV in its clinical development activities, trains and develops speakers, and provides ongoing scientific support as needed.
Experience: Leira came to ViiV from her most recent prior joint position as Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialist in HIV and Hepatitis C for the Memorial Physician Group, Division of Infectious Disease, Hollywood, Florida and Memorial Specialty Pharmacy in Miramar, Florida. In two key years there, she created her position as a new role and developed it strategically to assist the specialty pharmacy while also providing service to clinic providers and patients. This dual approach encompassed the inpatient and ambulatory aspects of HIV care and awakened Leira’s interest in pursuing a career path in HIV. Her numerous responsibilities included being an integral part of the infectious disease provider team, providing patient education on new regimens and medication adherence, and supervising HIV/hepatitis C and reimbursement staff. Prior to this, Leira worked for 12 years at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida as the Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. In progressive leadership roles there, she initiated the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and her Infectious Disease pharmacist position. She participated in daily Infectious Disease rounds; was responsible for antibiotic dose adjustments, pharmacokinetics, and medication use evaluations; and was in charge of antimicrobial restrictions and precepting pharmacy and medical students/residents. Leira also served as a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Infection Control Committee, was Vice Chair of the local hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, and was a member of the Cleveland Clinic Enterprise Antibiotic Stewardship committee. She was inducted into the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP) with added Infectious Diseases qualifications (AQID) by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties for her work in the field of infectious disease. From 2015 until her departure, Leira provided specialty coverage in additional roles for the Transplant Service for inpatient and ambulatory care in kidney, heart, and liver transplant recipients; and provided oncology infusion coverage at the Egil and Pauline Braathen infusion center. Over the past decade until 2020, Leira also taught as Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor in multiple Colleges of Pharmacy, most recently at Nova Southeastern University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Earlier in her career, Leira practiced as a Board-Certified Medical Technologist at numerous hospitals and laboratories in Puerto Rico, including Clinical Laboratory San Cristóbal Hospital.
Education: Leira received her PharmD in 2005 from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. She also has a BS in Medical Technology from Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce and studied biology there as well as at the University of Puerto Rico. She is also Board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) as well as in Infectious Disease (BCIDP). She is a certified HIV Pharmacist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVP) and also certified in Antimicrobial Stewardship by Making a Difference in ID (MAD-ID).
Personal interests: Leira lives in Miramar, Florida with her husband and two children. She has lived in the US for the past 16 years and is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, where her extended family lives. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, exploring different fitness programs, and riding bikes with her family. Leira is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Medical Science Liaison
With more than twenty years of clinical and pharmaceutical HIV experience, Mariela brings a collaborative and solutions-focused approach to ViiV Healthcare. She infuses her role as a Medical Science Liaison with a deep commitment to advancing HIV research and treatment for all individuals affected by HIV.
Current Role: Since joining ViiV in 2016 as a Medical Science Liaison, Mariela has focused on supporting scientific dialogue, education, and collaboration with HIV leaders, AIDS Service Organizations, and people affected by HIV.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Mariela gained extensive HIV experience at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she advanced to Executive Medical Science Liaison in HIV and viral hepatitis during her eight years with the company. She was also selected to contribute in a variety of leadership and training roles of increasing responsibility supporting the medical, commercial, and market access teams.
In addition to her HIV-related experience at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mariela honed her clinical and teaching skills as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago for fourteen years. As part of the university’s HIV program, she provided pharmacy services for patients with HIV. Notably during that time, she also developed a nationally recognized and accredited comprehensive HIV post-graduate residency program for pharmacists, and supervised several HIV programs throughout Chicago.
Education: Mariela received her PharmD in 1994 from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in Philadelphia, followed by an infectious diseases/critical care fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her PharmD, Mariela earned her BS in pharmacy from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.
Personal Interests: Bilingual in Spanish and English, Mariela lives in Chicago with her husband, their teenage son, and their rescue dog, Roxy. In her spare time, she enjoys creating sweet and savory treats in her kitchen, gardening, traveling, and volunteering with the Chicago Food Depository.
Medical Science Liaison
Having joined ViiV Healthcare in 2016, Megan is motivated by her strong interest in HIV patient and community education, her commitment to patient advocacy, and her passion for providing and evolving HIV care. With outstanding interpersonal skills and extensive clinical expertise, she has a proven record of positive relationships with customers, healthcare professionals, and colleagues. Megan is excited to pursue her passion and be part of ViiV’s innovation and outreach to all people living with HIV.
Current Role: As a Medical Science Liaison, Megan interacts with HIV experts to provide scientific support, acts as liaison between ViiV and its clinical trials sites, and supports the field sales organization with education as well as support for healthcare professional queries. With her expertise in patient and community education, Megan was selected to serve as a mentor supporting the recently formed Community Medical Liaison group. She also volunteered for the 2017 ViiV Community Summit, where she organized an addiction and HIV plenary discussion for attendees, who represent North American AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) and other community HIV support organizations. In addition to her ViiV work, Megan continues as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Community – A Walgreens Pharmacy, an opportunity that ensures her clinical skills and knowledge are up to date in HIV and other therapeutic areas.
Experience: Prior to ViiV, Megan developed wide-ranging clinical skills and expertise during her six years at Community – A Walgreens Pharmacy, as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist working in multiple leadership roles, with specialty clinical focus in areas including HIV/AIDs, hepatitis C, substance use disorder, and addiction recovery. In support of Community’s status as a Center of Excellence for HIV, hepatitis C, and transplant, Megan helped ensure the pharmacy remained current with evidence-based therapeutic approaches. With her interest in community education, Megan also stepped into a role as Community Specialty Pharmacy Liaison, where she interacted with top institutions and key healthcare professionals, and was recognized for maintaining a high level of excellence in her customer relationships. She organized and conducted educational events on disease management, patient care, and specialty services, providing education for regional ASO and pharmacy staff, and providing HIV education for patients at ASOs and addiction recovery centers. In a more recent initiative, she developed another of her key interest areas by providing naloxone education within addiction recovery centers. Megan also has gained advocacy experience by consulting on complex health insurance and patient assistance programs, and has overseen research activities in quality assurance, patient adherence, and patient satisfaction.
Education: Megan earned her PharmD in 2011 from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, with her pharmacy rotations including specialty pharmacy for HIV and hepatitis C, as well as various hospital, community, and ambulatory pharmacies. Postgraduate, she received her Specialty Disease State Network certification in Virology.
Personal Interests: Megan, originally from Northern New Jersey, lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, Nathaniel. In her spare time, she enjoys running/competing in races, spending time with family, and taking advantage of all that New England has to offer – great cities, beaches, ski mountains, sports teams, and more. Megan also has a passion for traveling and exploring the world.
Medical Science Liaison, Central US
Inspired by the alignment of her personal values with the mission and values of ViiV Healthcare, Mónica Calderón joined ViiV in late 2018 to continue her lifework in HIV. Along with embodying a passion for HIV and a dedication to ensuring care for all people living with HIV, Mónica brings to ViiV more than ten years of experience in HIV drug information, clinical practice, and medication error prevention, with NIH and FDA experience and a specialty focus in HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and antiviral therapeutics. She carries a deep compassion cultivated by her experience in the 1990s with a close friend who contracted HIV—Mónica’s support for him as he struggled with medication resistance and limited treatment choices helped shape her career path and desire to create change in HIV care.
Current Role: As a Medical Science Liaison, Mónica applies her expertise in providing medical education to healthcare professionals and ViiV field staff on ViiV products and related activities. In addition, she creates and maintains ongoing scientific engagement with HIV experts and healthcare professionals, ensuring their thorough understanding of the science supporting ViiV products and clinical trials. Mónica also seeks to identify gaps in scientific research, gleaning insights to guide future support of specific patient populations and healthcare needs.
Experience: Mónica considers herself fortunate to have experienced her career in HIV through the lens of clinical practice as well as through federal agencies in research, practice, and regulatory oversight. In her most recent role prior to joining ViiV, Mónica was an HIV/HCV Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Infectious Diseases and Hepatology Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, where her responsibilities included developing treatment protocols, providing clinical and pharmacologic expertise to clinic teams, educating patients on medication topics, and lecturing in an elective infectious disease course at Skaggs School of Pharmacy.
Prior to this, Mónica worked in several roles in the federal environment. As a GS-14 Senior Medication Safety Evaluator for FDA’s Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis in Silver Spring, Maryland, Mónica reviewed New Drug Applications and Investigational New Drug applications as they relate to patient safety, medication error prevention, post-marketing product complaints, and adverse events for antiviral therapeutic products. She became highly skilled in human factors and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis for patient safety and medication errors, and her work contributed to improvements in labeling, adverse drug reporting, and post-marketing product surveillance procedures. While at Leidos Biomedical Research in Bethesda, Maryland, Mónica supported NIH as a contract HIV Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, providing clinical services in their HIV clinic. Mónica’s earlier NIH research fellowship gave her opportunity to develop skills in pharmacokinetics research, HIV clinical services, and HIV patient education.
Education: Mónica received her PharmD in 2008 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo. After completing an ASHP-Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and a Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Fellowship at NIH, she later became a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2009. Her post-baccalaureate studies were at the University of Houston, and she earned a BA in Psychology in 2001 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Personal Interests: Mónica lives in Denver, Colorado with her partner, where she enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle that includes snowboarding and rock climbing. She also strength trains and likes to keep fit, enjoys spending time with friends and family, and loves food—especially exploring new cuisines! She is a fluent Spanish-speaker.
Medical Science Liaison, Manhattan/Upstate New York/Northern New Jersey
With experience in the ambulatory care clinical pharmacy setting as well as in the pharmaceutical industry, Rebecca Borsi adds a well-rounded perspective to her role at ViiV Healthcare. Rebecca’s accomplishments throughout her career highlight her commitment to addressing the unmet needs of people living with HIV. She is proud to be a member of the organization and share in ViiV’s unrelenting commitment to the advancement of HIV medicine.
Current role: Having recently joined ViiV in September 2019, Rebecca covers Manhattan, Upstate New York, and Northern New Jersey as a Medical Science Liaison. In her role, she identifies and interacts with external experts to gain an understanding of their insights on ViiV’s HIV portfolio. She also serves as a medical expert for the ViiV portfolio and engages with healthcare providers on scientific topics of interest. In addition, she is a presenter at ViiV educational programs for healthcare professionals, attends advisory boards and scientific conferences, and supports ViiV in its clinical development activities.
Experience: Prior to joining ViiV, Rebecca was a Senior Medical Science Liaison in Infectious Diseases for Janssen Scientific Affairs in New York City. Her responsibilities included delivering on-label and scientific presentations to a wide array of healthcare professionals including physicians, mid-level practitioners, pharmacists, and allied healthcare professionals. She successfully managed a demanding territory with access challenges, leveraging her clinical and product knowledge to expand her medical audience and foster relationships with key external experts.
After successful completion of residency training, Rebecca went on to become the first HIV clinical pharmacist at Lehigh Valley Health Network AIDS Activities Office in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Over the course of her career in clinical care, she provided comprehensive medication therapy management to persons living with HIV, including antiretroviral medication education, comorbid disease state management and intensive adherence counseling. Her HIV expertise was utilized to interpret complex genotypic resistance tests to offer recommendations on appropriate antiretroviral therapy in heavily treatment-experienced patients. Rebecca also played an instrumental role in HIV prevention, providing education and on-treatment monitoring for all pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) patients seen within the clinic. Rebecca is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and one of her proudest achievements was implementation of a comprehensive pharmacist-run tobacco cessation program within the clinic.
Education: Rebecca received her PharmD from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her PGY-1 training at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania and pursued a PGY-2, specializing in HIV at Erie County Medical Center Immunodeficiency Services in Buffalo, New York.
Personal Interests: Rebecca was born and raised in New Jersey. She lives in lovely Jersey City, New Jersey with her husband, Chip—her grade school sweetheart—and their two rescue fur babies, Josie (dog) and Emmy (cat). In her free time, Rebecca practices yoga, is an avid reader, and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two sweet nieces.
Medical Science Liaison, Midwest
Inspired to keep pace with the rapidly evolving field of HIV care, Sonia brings an enthusiastic drive and spirit of collaboration to her work at ViiV Healthcare. Drawn to the HIV field in part because of its unique challenges, Sonia benefits from over 13 years of specialty HIV experience as a clinical pharmacist, involving research, patient care, and teaching. She holds a particular interest in HIV/HCV co-infection, as well as women and children living with HIV, including pregnancy and adolescents. Her experiences engendered a deep understanding of complex HIV issues and expanded her capabilities in addressing concerns such as socioeconomic barriers in vulnerable populations, access to care and treatment, and medication adherence. As a natural learner, she appreciates the immense value of shared knowledge, education, and teaching. Sonia is excited to be part of ViiV and apply her dynamic style and expertise to help advance care for all people living with HIV.
Current role: Sonia joined ViiV in 2019 as a Medical Science Liaison for the Midwest region. Her work includes establishing collaborative relationships with external HIV experts to communicate scientific data and ensure understanding of ViiV product information. In addition, she gathers insights to better understand patient needs, facilitates research collaborations and Investigator Sponsored Research, provides appropriate support for unsolicited requests from healthcare professionals, and works with ViiV’s commercial team to deliver promotional programs.
Experience: In her most recent roles, Sonia held an adjunct faculty position at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Chicago while serving as an HIV Clinical Pharmacist for over 13 years at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center in Chicago. Established as a partnership between Cook County Health and Hospitals System and Rush University Medical Center, the CORE Center is one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS clinics, providing primary care to over 5,500 patients living with HIV in Chicago. In her work there, Sonia developed expertise in pediatric/adolescent HIV management, pregnancy in women living with HIV and in HIV/HCV co-infection. She was appointed as the Hepatitis Clinic Treatment Coordinator and became expert in reviewing HIV genotypes, taught residents and fellows, participated in clinical research, and delivered presentations at multiple professional meetings and conferences. While expanding her patient care skills in medication adherence counseling and medication refills, she became well-versed in medication access topics including benefits, prior authorization, and formulary matters. Earlier in her career, Sonia built a solid foundation in retail and clinical pharmacy while working as a Registered Pharmacist at Osco Pharmacy in Chicago and at John Cochran VA in St. Louis, Missouri.
Education: Sonia received her PharmD from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Chicago in 2004, completing her pre-pharmacy curriculum at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Her pharmacy residencies included an HIV Specialty Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, and an ASHP Accredited Specialty Residency in Primary Care at John Cochran VA/St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis.
Personal Interests: Sonia lives in the suburbs of Chicago and enjoys spending time with her husband and two little ones. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling and checking out the newest restaurants in town.