Rising Stars

Lucas A. Berenbrok, ’13, ’17

Lucas Berenbrok

Lucas A. Berenbrok ’13, ’17 is a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. After discovering his passion for community pharmacy, he pursued a community pharmacy practice residency at the University of North Carolina. There he excelled at providing enhanced community pharmacy patient care services. Following his return to PittPharmacy as an Assistant Professor, Berenbrok received his Master of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In the last five years, Berenbrok has published over 10 peer-reviewed papers and has contributed to research supported by more than $1,000,000 in grant funding.

In the PharmD curriculum, Berenbrok contributes to more than six PharmD courses. His teaching focuses on clinical skills including patient communication, motivational interviewing, and point-of-care testing. He champions interprofessional education through unique collaborations with audiology, dental medicine, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, physician assistant studies, and social work degree programs at the University of Pittsburgh. He also leads the university-wide use of an educational electronic health record to further interprofessional education on campus.

Berenbrok contributes to pharmacy services in primary care at the UPMC Matilda Theiss Health Center, including his leadership of a clinical pharmacogenomic service, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Furthering his passion for community pharmacy, Berenbrok created a Comprehensive Medication Management Benefit with the University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources, which makes medication management services available to over 13,000 faculty and staff at Pitt.

In his most important role, Berenbrok mentors students with interests in changing community pharmacy practice through enhanced roles and innovative research. He has mentored over 30 student pharmacists, advised four professional pharmacy organizations, and learned every incoming student pharmacist’s name to help students realize their full potential as a rising pharmacist.

Darem W. Dughri, ’06

Darem Dughri

Darem Dughri is the Senior Director of Pharmacy Operations at Walgreen Co. based in Deerfield, Illinois.   In his current role, Darem is responsible for leading pharmacy operations across all Walgreens stores. In this position he is responsible for developing and deploying initiatives centered around patient care and outcomes. He works collaboratively with numerous teams to ensure that patients today are treated from a comprehensive and holistic view, shifting the focus from individual prescriptions to the patient’s long term health.

Dughri  began his career at Walgreens stores in 2004; and in 2009, he joined the corporate office, where he has held numerous leadership positions. Over the years, Dughri’s work has been an integral part to providing a patient centric focus to the pharmacy. Dughri helped to launch centralization for the Walgreens enterprise, an initiative that took pharmacist and tech administrative tasks out of the stores and located those tasks at a central location, helping to shift the focus to patient care within the pharmacies. Furthermore, Dughri has been a central part in developing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures and new pharmacy labor models for all Walgreens stores. Other programs that he has collaborated with include the introduction of a computer based workflow tool, a nationwide pharmacist meal break program, and a key partnership with FedEx to provide nationwide prescription delivery. 

Dughri received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and his MBA from DePaul University in 2019.   

Yardlee S. Kauffman, ’10, ’12

Lindsay Kauffman

Yardlee Kauffman, PharmD, MPH, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy in 2010. She subsequently completed a PGY1 community practice residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care with an emphasis in underserved care and global health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. During her residency, she earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Following this experience, she completed an outcomes research fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. 

Kauffman is passionate about increasing access and providing care to vulnerable populations, both locally and globally, as well as creating and advancing opportunities for pharmacists and students in global health. She previously held an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy where she was involved in specific projects such as the creation of a global health elective, a global health APPE rotation in Guatemala, and the co-direction of an interprofessional education program that emphasized direct patient care delivery by medical and pharmacy students at a free clinic. 

Kauffman has served on several state and national pharmacy organizations. She has published numerous articles, and is currently authoring a textbook for ASHP on the topic of research conduct. Additionally, she is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy and public health.  

Kauffmancurrently works for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) as a project pharmacy manager. She has completed a mission in South Sudan and is currently on mission in Sierra Leone. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking 14ers (i.e. 14,000 foot mountains) in Colorado and experiencing the world through cuisine and culture. She recently married a fellow pharmacist, Dr. David Johnson, whom she met during the pharmacy residency class photo in her PGY1 year. 

Jasmine A. Talameh Luzum, ’08, ’13

Jasmine A. Talameh Luzum

Jasmine A. Luzum (formerly Talameh), PharmD, PhD, BCPS earned her PharmD summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2008. She earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2013 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2016. During her research training, Luzum continued her connections to pharmacy practice by volunteering in heart failure clinics and working as a pharmacist for Wal-Mart. Those experiences led Luzum to become a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Applied Pharmacologist (American Board of Clinical Pharmacology) in 2015. 

Luzum is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. She started a clinical & translational research lab, and her goal is to use precision medicine to improve cardiovascular medication outcomes. Her research has been funded by multiple organizations (e.g., NIH, American Heart Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy); published in high-impact journals (e.g., Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Journal of the American Heart Association, Cell Metabolism); and presented at major conferences (e.g., American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions). 

The many opportunities for research at PittPharmacy ignited Luzum’s research career. During her pre-pharmacy freshman year at Pitt, Professor Robert Gibbs hired Luzum as a lab technician. He then supported her participation in both the GEAR-UP and AFPE Gateway to Research programs. As part of those research projects, Luzum trained in the research labs of Associate Dean Samuel Poloyac and Professor Emeritus David Edwards. Luzum is also grateful for the opportunities during her  P4 research rotations in Professor Lisa Rohan’s lab and CEDAR with Professor Ralph Tarter, Professor Levent Kirisci, and Assistant Professor Maureen Reynolds.  These invaluable research experiences at PittPharmacy led Jasmine Talemeh Luzum  to her successful research career today.