Our Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) and Managed Market Liaisons (MMLs) are field medical team members with comprehensive clinical, scientific, and/or research backgrounds. They facilitate the translation and dissemination of fundamental scientific, clinical, health economics, and outcomes research to key stakeholders within the health care and academic systems. Through educational programs and engaged discussion, they provide resources for shared decision-making to improve patient outcomes and quality metrics.

Tazin Aijaz
Tazin Aijaz, PharmD, BCPS
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Medical Science Liaison

Georgia, Panhandle of Florida

Tazin Aijaz

Tazin Aijaz, PharmD, BCPS

Medical Science Liaison
Georgia, Panhandle of Florida

Tazin Aijaz, PharmD, BCPS, is a Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization. She earned her PharmD from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Aijaz then completed her residency training at the Atlanta VA Medical Center with a focus in internal medicine. She also received her teaching certification from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Otsuka, Dr. Aijaz held various positions within the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Aijaz is board certified in pharmacotherapy. 


Areas of Expertise

Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neurology

Prior Experience

Medical Communications, Medical Science Liaison

Schools Attended

University of Cincinnati

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

PGY1 Residency at Atlanta VA Medical Center, and Teaching Certification at Mercer University College of Pharmacy
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Leah Beaird
Leah Beaird, MS, RD, FNKF
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Medical Science Liaison

Arizona, Nevada, Utah

Leah Beaird

Leah Beaird, MS, RD, FNKF

Medical Science Liaison
Arizona, Nevada, Utah

Leah Beaird MS, RD, FNKF, is a renal dietitian and Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical.  Her expertise is autosomal polycystic kidney disease, mineral bone disorders and renal nutrition.  Prior to working in industry, Ms. Beaird was a clinician for both CKD and dialysis patients.  She is active with the National Kidney Foundation and chair of the Arizona council on renal nutrition.  Leah earned her MS in nutrition from Arizona State University. 


Areas of Expertise

Nephrology, Mineral Bone Disorder, Knee Osteoarthritis, Motivational Interviewing, and Educator

Prior Experience

Clinical, Renal Dietitian, Clinical Consultant, Medical Science Liaison, Educator

Schools Attended

Arizona State University
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Robert Berger
Robert Berger, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
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Medical Science Liaison

New York

Robert Berger

Robert Berger, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Medical Science Liaison
New York

Robert Berger, PharmD, MBA, BCPS is a pharmacist who works as a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.  He has been in his current role for 2 years, supporting Nephrology.  Prior to joining Otsuka, he worked as Director of Pharmacy and Residency Program Director at Northwell Health Huntington Hospital.  Dr. Berger earned his PharmD from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ and his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. Dr. Berger is board certified in pharmacotherapy. He has served as president of the Long Island Society of Health-system Pharmacists and on the Board of Directors of the New York State Council of Health-system pharmacists. Dr. Berger is a licensed pharmacist in New York and California.


Areas of Expertise

Pharmacy, Nephrology, Administration, and Leadership

Prior Experience

Director of Pharmacy/Residency Program Director, Director of Pharmacy

Schools Attended

University of Arizona, Dowlng College

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Board Certified, Pharmacotherapy
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Kevin G. Charlton
Kevin G. Charlton, R.Ph, PhD
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Senior Medical Science Liaison

Texas

Kevin G. Charlton

Kevin G. Charlton, R.Ph, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison
Texas

Kevin Charlton, Ph.D., R.Ph. is a Senior Medical Science Liaison within the nephrology group at Otsuka. Dr. Charlton earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland and completed a NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacology at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Charlton also obtained a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Houston, after which he served as the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at multiple hospitals within the Mid-America and Columbia HCA organizations.  Prior to joining Otsuka in 2014, Dr. Charlton gained extensive experience within the pharmaceutical industry with SmithKline Beecham, later GlaxoSmithKline, holding positions in Medical Affairs, New Product Planning and Business Development.


Areas of Expertise

Pharmacy, Pharmacy Management, Medical Science Liaison (supporting multiple therapeutic areas including: Nephrology, Cardiovascular, Metabolism, Inflammation), New Product Planning & Development, and Business Development

Prior Experience

Research Pharmacologist, Staff Pharmacist, Director Pharmaceutical Services, Medical Science Liaison, New Product Planning, Business Development

Schools Attended

Bradford University (Bradford, UK), Strathclyde University (Glasgow, UK), and University of Houston (Houston, TX)

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Houston
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Joe Cirrincione
Joe Cirrincione, PharmD, MBA
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Managed Market Liaison

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

Joe Cirrincione

Joe Cirrincione, PharmD, MBA

Managed Market Liaison
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

Joe Cirrincione, PharmD, MBA is a Senior Managed Market Liaison at Otsuka, based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Cirrincione earned his Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration from Duquesne University. Prior to joining Otsuka, Dr. Cirrincione held a position at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Pharmacy Sales Consultant, working with employer groups on their pharmacy benefits and plan design, and he has experience working for chain and independent community pharmacies.


Areas of Expertise

Retail Pharmacy, Managed Care/Commercial Pharmacy

Prior Experience

Pharmacy Sales Consultant for Highmark BCBS, Rite Aid Pharmacist

Schools Attended

Duquesne University
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Kaitlin Dehlin
Kaitlin Dehlin, PhD, RD
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Medical Science Liaison

Eastern Pennsylvania, New York, Northern New Jersey

Kaitlin Dehlin

Kaitlin Dehlin, PhD, RD

Medical Science Liaison
Eastern Pennsylvania, New York, Northern New Jersey

Kaitlin Dehlin, PhD, RD earned her doctorate from West Virginia University in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. Her doctoral work examined various dietary interventions to attenuate disease progression in a preclinical rat model of polycystic kidney disease. Prior to that, Dr. Dehlin earned a master’s degree and worked clinically as a Registered Dietitian.  

Since the completion of her doctorate in 2014, Dr. Dehlin joined Mead Johnson Nutrition and worked on various products and clinical trials. She joined Otsuka in 2018 as a Medical Science Liaison. During her time at Otsuka, she has built relationships with key opinion leaders, assisted in resource development, and worked with several clinical trial sites.


Areas of Expertise

Nephrology, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Nutrition, Medical Affairs, Pediatric Nutrition, Medical Communications, Medical Marketing, and Preclinical and Clinical Research

Prior Experience

Senior Medical Writer and Project Manager/Medical Marketing, Medical Writer, clinical research, PEIA Weight Loss Management Dietitian, Graduate Research Assistant

Schools Attended

West Virginia University

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Dietetic Internship Program at West Virginia University
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Aaron Emmel
Aaron Emmel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS
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Medical Science Liaison

Florida

Aaron Emmel

Aaron Emmel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS

Medical Science Liaison
Florida

Aaron Emmel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, joined Otsuka in 2018 and is currently a Medical Science Liaison on our Nephrology South Team. Dr. Emmel earned his Doctor in Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2007 and his Masters in Health Administration from the University of North Florida in 2015. He has 10 years of experience as a clinical pharmacist, helping to develop and implement numerous clinical programs focused on ICU care, nutrition support, and antimicrobial stewardship. Additionally, he served as an administrator for a multi-specialty Clinically Integrated Network and ACO, helping to develop a Population Health Management strategy that included a coordinated approach to managing Chronic Kidney Disease. He has served as an Associate Clinical Professor for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, delivering lectures and precepting students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations. Dr. Emmel is Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.


Areas of Expertise

Nephrology, Critical Care, Infectious Disease, Nutrition Support, Population Health Management, and Health System Administration

Prior Experience

Clinical Pharmacist, Administrator, Associate Clinical Professor

Schools Attended

University of Florida, and University of North Florida

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties
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Laura Frank
Laura Frank, PhD, MPH, RDN, CD
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Medical Science Liaison

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Laura Frank

Laura Frank, PhD, MPH, RDN, CD

Medical Science Liaison
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Laura Frank is a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) working in the nephrology space for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization (OPDC).  Dr. Frank holds a PhD in exercise physiology, a MPH in epidemiology, a M.Ed in Nutrition & Dietetics, a BS in molecular biology and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She brings a clinical background to the field through her experiences as an acute-care clinical dietitian working with patients with renal diseases and related conditions. She also has a strong academic background with over 12 years of teaching experience and over 6 years of postdoctoral research.  She has held several leadership positions such as director of clinical sites for Washington State University’s graduate program in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology and program manager for several projects and grants associated with healthcare organizations. She also has an interest in and holds a professional certificate in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), with experience in projects related to quality measures.


Areas of Expertise

Nutrition, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Obesity/Metabolic Dysfunction/Inflammation, Chronic Kidney Disease, Malnutrition and Micronutrient Deficiencies, Health Economic Outcomes Research (HEOR), and Public Health

Prior Experience

Speaker/Alternate Medical Science Liaison, Clinical Dietitian and Program Manager, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Sites , Speaker's Bureau, Senior Post-doctoral Fellow Trainee, Post-doctoral Fellow Trainee, and Assistant Professor

Schools Attended

University of Washington (Seattle, WA), University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine (Seattle, WA), University of Toledo (Toledo, OH), University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), and The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Senior Post-doctoral Fellow Trainee. Diabetes Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) (2003-2007); Neurobehavior, Neuroendocrinology & Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease (5 T32 AG00258), University of Washington & VA Puget Sound Health System, Seattle, WA, Post-doctoral Fellow Trainee (2002-2003): Nutrition, Exercise & Genetics; Cancer Prevention Training Grant (R25T CA 94880): University of Washington & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
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Sean George
Sean George, PA-C, MHS
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Medical Science Liaison

Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Panhandle of Texas

Sean George

Sean George, PA-C, MHS

Medical Science Liaison
Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Panhandle of Texas

Sean George PA-C, MHS is a Physician Assistant who currently works as a Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Commercialization and Development. He has been with Otsuka in his current role for 2 years supporting the Nephrology division.  Prior to joining industry, he practiced in a private practice Nephrology clinic for 4 years managing patients with chronic kidney disease including their associated co-morbidities, anemia secondary to CKD, acute kidney injury, and end stage renal disease.  In addition to his clinical work, he served on the Executive Committee for Advanced Practitioners with the National Kidney Foundation for 3 consecutive years as member-at-large, secretary, and research chair.  Sean earned his Physician Assistant/Masters Health Science from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  He is currently licensed in the state of Oklahoma and certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


Areas of Expertise

General Nephrology, and CKD management

Prior Experience

Physicians Assistant, Sub Principal Investigator, Clinical Specialist, Health Systems Account Executive

Schools Attended

University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and Licensed in the state of Oklahoma
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Saba Gidey
Saba Gidey, PharmD, BCPS
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Senior Medical Science Liaison

Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC

Saba Gidey

Saba Gidey, PharmD, BCPS

Senior Medical Science Liaison
Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC

Saba Gidey, PharmD, BCPS is a Pharmacist and Senior Nephrology Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. She received her PharmD from University of Colorado School of pharmacy in Denver, CO., and completed pharmacy practice residency in a teaching trauma hospital in Atlanta GA. She remained in Atlanta and continued to work as a clinical pharmacist for over 10 years in multiple large teaching and community hospitals covering areas of critical care, neurovascular, cardiovascular, trauma, infectious disease, renal and internal medicine.

Dr. Gidey is board certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and member of Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists as well as MD health-system pharmacists association. 


Areas of Expertise

Nephrology, Cardiology, Critical Care, Neurovascular, and Internal Medicine

Prior Experience

Clinical Pharmacist

Schools Attended

University of Colorado School of Pharmacy (Denver, CO)

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Pharmacy Practice Residency at Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA
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Jill A. Green
Jill A. Green, PhD
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Medical Science Liaison

Ohio

Jill A. Green

Jill A. Green, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Ohio

Jill A. Green, PhD, is a Medical Science Liaison in the nephrology division at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.  Dr. Green received her PhD in biomedical sciences, with a specialization in biochemical and molecular basis of disease.  She went on to hold a research scientist role at The James Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University, specializing in oncology pre-clinical research before taking a position as a Regulatory Compliance Officer where she managed thoracic oncology clinical trials at The James Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Green has been a proud member of the PKD Foundation – Columbus, OH chapter for over 12 years where she has been active in fundraising and advocacy efforts.


Areas of Expertise

Basic Science Research, Cell Biology Research/Cell Signaling, Clinical Trial Operations, Oncology, and Patient Advocacy/Patient Education

Prior Experience

Research Scientist of Molecular Biology, Pre-clinical Oncology, Regulatory Compliance Officer

Schools Attended

Bowling Green State University, and The Ohio State University

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences: Systems and Integrative Biology; Training Grant (T32 GM068412), The Ohio State University; 2008 - 2010, NSF Training Grant: Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellowship, Clemson; 2006
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Jane Guo
Jane Guo, PharmD, MBA
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Managed Market Liaison

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Jane Guo

Jane Guo, PharmD, MBA

Managed Market Liaison
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Jane Guo, PharmD, MBA is a Managed Market Liaison at Otsuka, based out of New York City.  Dr. Guo earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and her Master of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business.  Prior to joining Otsuka, Dr. Guo held various positions at Express Scripts, including Sr. Clinical Consultant, Medicare Market Strategy and Clinical Account Executive working with health plans on formulary development, management, and clinical product design.


Areas of Expertise

Commercial and Medicaid payers, Medicare, Strategic Planning, Retail Pharmacy, PBM, Operations, Leadership/Preceptorship, Mentoring

Prior Experience

Retail, operations, PBM, formulary management, clinical product development

Schools Attended

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, The College of William and Mary – Mason School of Business
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Sachin Hajarnis
Sachin Hajarnis, PhD
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Medical Science Liaison

Iowa, Northern Illinois

Sachin Hajarnis

Sachin Hajarnis, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Iowa, Northern Illinois

Sachin Hajarnis, PhD is a Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Hajarnis has a B.S and M.S in Life Sciences from University of Mumbai, India. He obtained a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Colorado State University. Dr. Hajarnis joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical school in Dallas, as a post-doctoral fellow in the dept of Nephrology where he performed basic research on various aspects of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). He continued his studies on the role of micro-RNAs in PKD as a Research Scientist for several years before joining his current position at Otsuka as a Medical Science Liaison. Dr. Hajarnis has published a book chapter and several original articles in leading journals that include Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of American Society of Nephrology, American Journal of Physiology- Renal, Journal of Biological Chemistry, to name a few.

Dr. Hajarnis is a member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN).


Areas of Expertise

Polycystic Kidney Disease, microRNA Biology, RNA-binding Proteins, and Gene Regulation in the Kidney Related to Acid-base Balance

Prior Experience

Research Scientist

Schools Attended

Colorado State University (Fort Collins , CO), and University of Mumbai (Mumbai, India)

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Post-Doctoral Fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Division of Nephrology, Dallas.; Post-doctoral Fellow - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - Division of Nephrology, Seattle, WA
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Rick Kegler
Rick Kegler, PharmD, MBA
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Managed Market Liaison

Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montanna, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Rick Kegler

Rick Kegler, PharmD, MBA

Managed Market Liaison
Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montanna, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Rick Kegler PharmD, MBA is a Managed Market Liaison at Otsuka based in St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Kegler earned his Bachelor’s in Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, PharmD at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and his MBA from St Louis University.  He has a background in Home Infusion and Hospital Pharmacy as well as having spent many years working in the pharmaceutical industry as a Sr. Clinical Specialist and Account Manager.  He has in-depth knowledge of IDN’s, commercial, Medicaid and federal payers, and population health which he utilizes to clinically educate payers and advocate for patient access to valuable clinical products.  Dr. Kegler was appointed as a board member of the Missouri DUR and previously held this position in Colorado.


Areas of Expertise

Pharmaceutical Industry (Commercial Operations, Medical Affairs, Training, Marketing), IDNs, Managed Care

Prior Experience

Hospital Pharmacy, Home Infusion Pharmacy and Operations Manager, Commercial Operations (sales, marketing, training), Medical Affairs

Schools Attended

St Louis College of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, St Louis University
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Brad LaMotte
Brad LaMotte, PharmD
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Senior Medical Science Liaison

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Brad LaMotte

Brad LaMotte, PharmD

Senior Medical Science Liaison
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Brad LaMotte, PharmD, is a pharmacist who works as a Senior Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.  He has been in his current role for nearly 8 years, supporting Nephrology and Cardiology.  Prior to joining Otsuka, he worked for Johnson & Johnson Consumer in Regulatory Affairs. 

Dr. LaMotte earned his PharmD from Northeastern University, in Boston, MA and completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at Rutgers University where he worked in Clinical Research/Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, and Marketing at Johnson & Johnson Consumer.  He is a licensed pharmacist in the state of New Jersey.


Areas of Expertise

Regulatory Affairs: OTC Drugs/Devices/Cosmetics (Women's/Intimate Health, Wound Care, Oral Care), Medical Science Liaison (Supporting Nephrology, Cardiovascular)

Prior Experience

Manager, Regulatory Affairs

Schools Attended

Northeastern University

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Johnson & Johnson Consumer; Medical Affairs, Clinical Research, Regulatory Affairs, Marketing
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Geoffrey Lockwood
Geoffrey Lockwood, PharmD, BCPS
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Medical Science Liaison

Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

Geoffrey Lockwood

Geoffrey Lockwood, PharmD, BCPS

Medical Science Liaison
Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

Geoffrey Lockwood, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist who works as a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. He has been in his current role for 2 years, supporting Nephrology. Prior to joining Otsuka, he worked as an Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Lockwood earned his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Dr. Lockwood completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with Christus Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, TX. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Lockwood worked as a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. He then moved to South Bend, IN where he took on the role of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Dr. Lockwood then moved to Elkhart General Hospital where he started the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Program and served as an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Lockwood is currently working to complete his MBA with a Value-Driven Organization emphasis through Central Michigan University. Dr. Lockwood is board certified in pharmacotherapy and is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Michigan and Indiana.


Areas of Expertise

Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Pharmacotherapy

Prior Experience

Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/ Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator/ Pharmacy Residency Program Coordinator,Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist

Schools Attended

Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, Central Michigan University

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Christus Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi, TX; Board Certified Pharmacotherapeutic Specialist -Board of Pharmacy Specialties
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Katherine Maringer
Katherine Maringer, PhD
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Medical Science Liaison

Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania

Katherine Maringer

Katherine Maringer, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania

Katherine Maringer, PhD is a molecular biologist who works for Otsuka as a Medical Science Liaison. Her areas of expertise include nephrology, chronic kidney disease, kidney development, histology, cell signaling, and molecular biology. Before becoming a Medical Science Liaison, Dr. Maringer was an NIDDK funded postdoctoral fellow at both University of Pittsburgh-Renal Electrolyte Division, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh-Nephrology, specializing in molecular and cellular signaling during kidney injury and disease. Dr. Maringer’s alma mater is the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Areas of Expertise

Nephrology, Acute Kidney Injury, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Development, Histology, Cell Signaling, Molecular Biology, Grant Writing, and Teaching.

Prior Experience

Medical Science Liaison, Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoctoral Scholar, Instructor, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Schools Attended

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Postdoctoral F32 Fellowship - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease F32DK111165-01.; Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Advisory Committee (RAC)- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC internal RAC.; Postdoctoral T32 Fellowship- Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32) 5T32DK061296-12.
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Tara McKinley
Tara McKinley, PharmD
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Managed Market Liaison

Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Tara McKinley

Tara McKinley, PharmD

Managed Market Liaison
Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Tara McKinley, PharmD, is a Managed Market Liaison at Otsuka, based out of Austin, Texas. Dr. McKinley earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining Otsuka she held positions with the Texas Health and Human Services managing the Medicaid pharmacy and medical benefits, and has worked as a pharmacist and manager in areas various of pharmacy including hospital, community, and independent pharmacy.


Areas of Expertise

Medicaid, Pharmacy Practice, Formulary Management

Prior Experience

Community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy practice, oncology clinic, Texas Medicaid

Schools Attended

University of Texas, Texas State University
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Hiten Patadia
Hiten Patadia, PharmD
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Managed Market Liaison

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregan Washington

Hiten Patadia

Hiten Patadia, PharmD

Managed Market Liaison
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregan Washington

Hiten Patadia, PharmD is a Managed Markets Liaison at Otsuka, based out of San Diego, CA.  Dr. Patadia earned his PharmD from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, NY.  Prior to joining Otsuka, Dr. Patadia worked for a large Pharmacy Benefit Manager where he managed prescription benefits for employer groups.  He is an expert in the commercial insurance market.  Dr. Patadia is responsible for providing clinical and economic information to payers located in AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, HI. 


Areas of Expertise

Commercial and Medicare, PBM, Operations, Payer Access, Formulary & Utilization Management

Prior Experience

PBM Account Management

Schools Attended

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, (Albany NY)
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Cibele Pinto
Cibele Pinto, PhD
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Senior Medical Science Liaison

Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Cibele Pinto

Cibele Pinto, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison
Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Cibele Pinto, PhD received her bachelor’s in pharmacy from the Federal University on Ceara, Brazil in 2001.  Dr. Pinto concluded her master and doctorate program in pharmacology and toxicology at the Univeristy of Kansas (2005 and 2007). Dr Pinto joined the University of Kansas Medical Center Kidney Institute in 2007 as a postdoctoral fellow, where she completed her fellowship in nephrology with emphasis in polycystic kidney disease translational research . Cibele Pinto has published in relevant peer reviewed journals in the areas of neuro and renal pharmacology such as Journal of Neurochemistry, American Journal of Renal Physiology and Kidney International.

Dr. Cibele Pinto is currently a Senior Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.


Areas of Expertise

Pharmacology, Toxicology, Cell Signaling, Drug Discovery Research, Nephrology, Chronic Kidney Disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Rare Diseases, and Teaching

Prior Experience

Nephrology MSL, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research and Teaching Assistant and pharmacist/toxicologist

Schools Attended

University of Kansas, Federal University of Ceará (Brazil)

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Post Doctoral Fellowship, Nephrology at Kidney Institute University of Kansas Medical Center, K.C., KS
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Kelly Reed
Kelly Reed, PhD
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Senior Medical Science Liaison

Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Kelly Reed

Kelly Reed, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison
Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Kelly Reed, PhD, joined Otsuka in 2012 and is currently a Senior Medical Science Liaison on our Nephrology East Team. Dr. Reed has collaborated with several national professional organizations and healthcare systems providing educational presentations on hyponatremia and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD). She has been a leader in resource development for the MSL team, co-led the nephrology MSL new hire training program during expansion and served as a mentor to several MSL new hires. Dr. Reed earned her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and completed her clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development in Miami, FL, followed by a two year fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.


Areas of Expertise

Nephrology, Cardio-Renal, Hyponatremia, Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, and Nutrition

Prior Experience

Medical Science Liaison, Clinical Specialist, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Schools Attended

Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Michigan

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Pediatric Psychology Clinical Internship- Mailman Center for Child Development; Child Behavior and Nutrition Fellowship- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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Patricia Rohman
Patricia Rohman, PharmD, MBA
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Sr Managed Market Liaison

Deleware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia

Patricia Rohman

Patricia Rohman, PharmD, MBA

Sr Managed Market Liaison
Deleware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia

Patricia (Patti) Rohman, PharmD, MBA is a Senior Managed Market Liaison at Otsuka, based out of the Washington DC metro area.  Patti earned her BS in Pharmacy at West Virginia University, PharmD at University of Maryland and MBA at Johns Hopkins.  Prior to joining Otsuka she had several positions in pharmaceutical industry focusing on the Federal market. 


Areas of Expertise

Managed Care, Health Outcomes

Prior Experience

Senior Executive Institutional Specialist/ Institutional Specialist, Assistance District Manager/ Staff Pharmacist

Schools Attended

Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business (Baltimore, MD) University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD) West Virginia University (Morgantown WV)
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Sahar Salehi
Sahar Salehi, PhD
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Medical Science Liaison

Hawaii, Southern California

Sahar Salehi

Sahar Salehi, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Hawaii, Southern California

Sahar Salehi, PhD, is a Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka covering the Southern California and Hawaii regions.  She has three and a half years of experience as a medical science liaison in multiple therapeutic areas including Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, and Nephrology. Sahar earned her PhD in transplant immunology from University of California Los Angeles, where her research focused on antibody-mediated rejection in cardiac and renal transplantation. Following completion of her PhD, she spent 6 months conducting clinical research at UCLA before moving into Medical Affairs within the biopharmaceutical industry.


Areas of Expertise

Nephrology, Immunology, Market Access, Solid Organ Transplantation, Cell Signaling, Animal Models, Rheumatology, Dermatology, and Gastroenterology.

Prior Experience

Medical Science Liaison, Clinical Research Coordinator

Schools Attended

University of California, Los Angeles
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Shirin Sundar
Shirin Sundar, PhD
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Senior Medical Science Liaison

Northern California

Shirin Sundar

Shirin Sundar, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison
Northern California

Shirin Sundar, PhD is a Senior Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka, based out of the San Francisco bay area. Dr Sundar earned her Master’s and PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India and the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland. She did her post-doctoral training at the Kidney Institute, University of Kansas on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and preclinical drug development for PKD. Prior to joining Otsuka, Dr Sundar held an Assoc. Specialist Scientist position at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr Sundar has presented several abstracts and published peer-reviewed manuscripts in the areas of cellular oxidative stress, innate immune pathways, polycystic kidney disease, and hyponatremia outcomes research.


Areas of Expertise

Molecular Biology, Preclinical Drug Development and Molecular Mechanisms of PKD, Genetics of PKD, Hypoxia/Ischemia-reperfusion Injury, Innate Inflammatory Pathways and Relation to Gut Microbiome

Prior Experience

Associate Specialist Scientist

Schools Attended

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani, India) and Uniformed Services University (Bethesda, MD)

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Kidney Institute, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS
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Jason L. Swartz
Jason L. Swartz, RPh, MBA
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Managed Market Liaison

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina

Jason L. Swartz

Jason L. Swartz, RPh, MBA

Managed Market Liaison
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina

Jason Swartz, RPh, MBA is a Managed Markets Liaison at Otsuka. He is based outside of Raleigh, North Carolina and covers the Southeastern United States. Mr. Swartz earned his Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy form The Ohio State University. Mr. Swartz has extensive pharmacy experience having worked in retail pharmacy, hospital in-patient pharmacy, hospital out-patient pharmacy, PBM/mail order pharmacy, and most recently was the operations manager for the pharmacy program at North Carolina Medicaid. As an MML, Mr. Swartz presents clinical and health economic data to payers in his region as well as monitors the Medicaid Program nationally.


Areas of Expertise

Medicaid, Managed Care, Payer Access

Prior Experience

North Carolina Medicaid, Pharmacy Program Operations Manager; Retail, Hospital, and PBM Pharmacy experience

Schools Attended

The Ohio State University; Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor, PhD, RD
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Medical Science Liaison

Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia

Jacob Taylor

Jacob Taylor, PhD, RD

Medical Science Liaison
Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia

Dr. Jacob Taylor, PhD, RD, is a Medical Science Liaison in the Nephrology department for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization.  He did his undergraduate training at the University of Tennessee and his graduate training at the University of Memphis in clinical nutrition.  He completed his PhD in Medical Nutrition Science at the University of Kansas with a focus in understanding the effects of diet on polycystic kidney disease progression and completed an international research fellowship at the Polycystic Kidney Disease Expertise Center in the Netherlands.  Jacob also completed a research fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a focus on nephrology and epidemiology.  In addition to his research background, Jacob also practiced as a pediatric nephrology dietitian treating children with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, and with kidney transplants.


Areas of Expertise

Polycystic kidney disease, Nutrition, Pediatrics, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, and Kidney Transplant

Prior Experience

Post-doctoral Fellow, Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Graduate Assistant

Schools Attended

University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Memphis, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Motlow State Community College

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Nephrology and Epidemiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Experimental Nephrology, University Medical Center Groningen; Dietetic Internship, The University of Memphis
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Lisa Voigt
Lisa Voigt, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
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Medical Science Liaison

New York

Lisa Voigt

Lisa Voigt, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Medical Science Liaison
New York

Lisa Voigt, Pharm.D, BCPS, BCCCP is a pharmacist who works as a Medical Science Liaison in Nephrology with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.  She has been in this role for 3 months.  Prior to joining Otsuka, Dr. Voigt practiced as a Medical Intensive Care Unit and Surgical Intensive Care Unit Pharmacist for 15 years at a tertiary medical center in Buffalo, NY.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutics and Pharm.D from the SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  She completed a Post-Graduate year 1 Pharmacy Residency and Post-Graduate year 2 Critical Care/Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Dr. Voigt is the President of the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 10 years. She is also Past-President of the Western New York Society of Health-system Pharmacists.  She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Dr. Voigt holds board certifications in pharmacotherapy as well as critical care pharmacotherapy.


Areas of Expertise

Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, Leadership

Prior Experience

Critical Care Pharmacist, Critical Care Residency Program Coordinator, Adjunct Assistant Professor, President-New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists

Schools Attended

State University of New York at Buffalo

Fellowships, Internships, & Residencies

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, PGY-2 Critical Care/Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency-University of Rochester Medical Center (Rochester, NY), Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, Board Certified in Critical Care Pharmacotherapy
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