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!