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Check out who was previously featured in Member Spotlight below.
April 2022: Beverly Holcombe, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP, FASPEN
ASPEN congratulates Beverly Holcombe, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP, FASPEN, on her upcoming retirement from her position as Clinical Practice Specialist at ASPEN (2013-present) at the end of April 2022. Throughout her career, Beverly’s contributions to nutrition support clinical practice and to ASPEN have been innumerable, and her career is truly an inspiration. In her role as Clinical Specialist at ASPEN, she has led several clinical committees to great success, presented and published extensively on various aspects of parenteral and enteral nutrition and served as a model advocate for parenteral nutrition safety. As a volunteer and clinical specialist, Beverly initiated and led ASPEN’s recommendations for the management of parenteral nutrition component and product shortages. Prior to her position at ASPEN, she was a Senior Clinical Specialist in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina Health Care and Clinical Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for over 25 years.
Throughout her career, Beverly has been an active ASPEN member since 1981, serving on nearly every ASPEN committee, as the Chair of the Pharmacist’s Committee, on ASPEN Task Forces, and as a member of the Board of Directors (secretary 1997), to name a few. She was the recipient of the first ASPEN Distinguished Nutrition Support Pharmacist Award (1992) and the Stanley Serlick Award (2012). In addition, Beverly chaired the first Specialty Council on Nutrition Support Pharmacy for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, helping to develop the first BCNSP exam. Her incredible career and contributions to nutrition support practice, patient care, and to ASPEN are certainly deserving a profound recognition and gratitude. Please join ASPEN in wishing Beverly all the best in her retirement and our most heartfelt congratulations.
January 2022: Robert Martindale, MD, PhD, FASPEN
The Board of Directors is pleased and honored to announce that Robert Martindale, MD, PhD, FASPEN, is this year’s recipient of the ASPEN Champion Award in recognition of his significant and sustained contributions to the association. The award will be presented to Dr. Martindale at the ASPEN 2022 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference on Sunday, March 27.
As a professor of surgery and the medical director for Hospital Nutrition Services at the Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Martindale has focused his career on medical, surgical, and nutrition education and on caring for patients with complex nutrition issues. He has received numerous teaching awards for mentoring young physicians and investigators.
Read more about Dr. Martindale’s many contributions to the field of nutrition here. Please join ASPEN in congratulating and thanking Dr. Martindale during ASPEN22 in Seattle. If you are attending virtually, you can send him a message on the conference site.
December 2021: Ezra Steiger, MD, FACS, FASPEN, AGAF
Ezra Steiger, MD, FACS, FASPEN, AGAF, a visionary leader and pioneering researcher and practitioner, will be honored at ASPEN22 in March for his groundbreaking and lifelong contributions to parenteral nutrition and for his years of continuing service to ASPEN and the nutrition community. Read more about Dr. Steiger’s remarkable accomplishments here. You can share a short personal message, photo, or video for Dr. Steiger on our Kudoboard.
November 2021: Valaree Williams, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND
Congratulations to Valaree Williams, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND, for winning a prize from the recent Member Connect Challenge! Valaree is receiving a free year of ASPEN membership just for engaging with others on Member Connect, our online community.
October 2021: Rachel Bayse, MA, RDN, LD
Rachel Bayse, MA, RDN, LD, who is a member of the ASPEN Malnutrition Committee, was recently featured on the American Society on Aging's Generations Now, a blog that discusses aging-related issues. She explained how to diagnose and address malnutrition in older adults and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Read her article here.
September 2021: Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCP, FASPEN
Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCP, FASPEN, recently participated in the Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum panel session “Tackling Malnutrition Sustainably.” This session provided valuable information on how malnutrition looks around the world, the importance of collaboration from all stakeholders, and solutions on combatting malnutrition. Dr. Gramlich is an active ASPEN member. She has served on many committees and task forces, and was on the ASPEN Board of Directors from 2018 - 2020. She is a huge advocate in the fight against malnutrition and is currently the co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force under the Canadian Nutrition Society. Be sure to register for her Malnutrition Awareness Week™ webinar, Global Perspectives: Nutrition Care as A Human Right, on October 7.
August 2021: Christina Valentine, MD, MS, RD, FAAP
Congratulations to Christina Valentine, MD, MS, RD, FAAP, and team on their Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) funded study. They found that women taking 1,000 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) daily in the second half of their pregnancy had a lower rate of early preterm birth than women who took the standard 200 mg dose. The study appears in EClinicalMedicine. Dr. Valentine is a longtime active member and the current Chair of the Neonatal Section.
July 2021: Linda Lord, NP, ACNP-BC, CNSC
Linda Lord, NP, ACNP-BC, CNSC recently presented at the Oley Foundation's annual conference. The Oley Foundation provides valuable education to patients and caregivers. Her session, "All in the Family - A Multidisciplinary Approach to Drug Nutrient Interactions - A Nursing Perspective", showed the correct ways to give medications through feeding tubes and reviewed the elements that should be included in medication orders. Lord is an active ASPEN member, currently serving as Chair-Elect for the Nutrition Support Nurses Section.
June 2021: Beth Lyman, MSN, RN
Congratulations to Beth Lyman, MSN, RN, long-time ASPEN nursing leader and chair of the NOVEL project. She was highlighted during National Nurses Week by Moog Medical for all her contributions to the clinical nutrition field. Beth has served on the ASPEN Board of Directors, is a fellow of ASPEN and the American Academy of Nursing, and is currently serving as a nutrition support nurse consultant.
May 2021: Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FASPEN
Congratulations to Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FASPEN, on being awarded an Honorary Membership to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This honor is bestowed upon those who have made notable contributions to the field of nutrition and dietetics. Dr. Guenter has been outstanding in her dedication and support to the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession.
April 2021: Award Recipients
ASPEN annually recognizes and presents awards to members who have contributed to the field by exhibiting exceptional expertise in clinical practice, education, and advocacy. These award recipients have improved the quality and efficacy of the profession and are great examples for healthcare professionals. View the full list of 2021 Award Winners .
March 2021: Student and Trainee Section
ASPEN’s Student and Trainee Section has launched the first Section Instagram account. Follow them at @ASPEN_Students_Trainees. Meet other students and trainees, and hear about their clinical work and research. Congratulations, Student and Trainee Section!
February 2021: Vijay Srinivasan, MD
ASPEN member Vijay Srinivasan, MD, recently presented on pediatric critical illness with fellow ASPEN members Ann-Marie Brown, CCRN, CPNP, PhD, RN, and Sharon Y. Irving, CRNP, MSN, PhD, at this year’s Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Critical Care Congress. The talk regarding enteral nutrition in children in critical care was highlighted in Medscape Medical News. Check out his advice here.
January 2021: Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FASPEN
The Nutrition Support Nurses Section dedicated their December meeting to celebrate Peggi Guenter—the second recipient of the ASPEN Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Guenter was presented the award during the ASPEN 2021 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference, held virtually on March 20-23, 2021. In her keynote address, "Tenets of Nutrition Support Clinical Practice," Dr. Guenter shared how her endless curiosity and focus on improving patient care formed her career and linked with the evolution and goals of ASPEN.
December 2020: Mary Baker, PharmD, MBA, FASPEN
Here is a shout out to a Fellow of ASPEN (FASPEN), Dr. Mary Baker. She is the recipient of the George DiDomizio Industry Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Congratulations, Dr. Baker!
November 2020: Kathleen Gura, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN
We would like to give a shout out to long-time member, Dr. Kathleen Gura. She is the recipient of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association’s (PPA) 2020 Richard A. Helms Award of Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice. Congratulations, Dr. Gura!