Jennifer Trofe-Clark, Pharm D, BCPS, FAST, FCCP

Graduated From: 
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science
Current Position: 
Kidney Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,  Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Associated Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Current Projects: 
Immunosuppression related clinical trials in kidney transplant recipients focusing on: pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, biomarkers, medication education knowledge assessments, health literacy, cognitive assessments, and medication adherence.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?: 
I thoroughly enjoyed my pharmacy school course in immunology and was fascinated by organ transplantation. As a result, I chose one clinical rotation in bone marrow transplant, and a second rotation which allowed me to become serendipitously involved with medication management in a kidney transplant population.  I was intrigued and challenged by the multitude of complex pre-existing medical and transplant-related complications I encountered in a single patient in both of these populations.  Moreover, I was inspired by the roles my pharmacy preceptors and mentors served in this multidisciplinary network of providers, care-givers, donors and recipients. I knew without a doubt that I wanted to become a transplant pharmacy clinical specialist!  Upon graduating pharmacy school, I immediately completed a PGY2 under the esteemed Dr. Rita Alloway, and have been in practice for 20 years since then. 
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?: 
I am passionate about many areas, including donor advocacy, education, clinical care, and research efforts in transplantation. However, the most valuable aspect of my work is the teamwork between patients, providers and caregivers that I am thankful to be a part of every day.  This teamwork allows incredibly sick patients to receive a second chance at life through organ donation and transplant. It is extremely rewarding to see recipients be able to achieve their life successes as a result of this teamwork!
How have you served AST?: 

I have been a full member of AST since 2000 and became an inaugural elected Fellow of AST (FAST) in 2015.

I have served several roles within AST including: elected member at large for the Transplant Pharmacy COP (2012-2014), invited member of the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Advisory Council (2013-2016), invited member of CEoT Planning Committee (2014), invited member of the ATC Planning Committee (2017-2020), and invited member of the planning committee for the 3rd version of the ASN/AST TNCC (April 2018). Through these roles, I served as a co-author on a national transplant pharmacist workforce survey published in AJT, and also served as primary author on an editorial in response to an article published in Transplant Research and Risk Management, which addressed the omission of a transplant pharmacist as a member of the multidisciplinary VCA team caring for these complex patients. This response was acknowledged as a work product of the AST’s Transplant Pharmacy COP in partnership with the Society’s VCA Advisory Council. I have also served numerous times as an ATC abstract reviewer, presenter, moderator, panelist and mentor for transplant pharmacy residents and fellows attending the meeting.  

As an organization, AST has provided me with numerous opportunities for professional advancement, research funding via the AST/TIRN/Wood MacMillan Charitable Fund Allied Health Science Research Grant (2017), a large network of international new and respected colleagues to learn from and collaborate with, and professional mentorship spanning over the two decades of my career to date, for which I could not be more grateful. In 2018, I was honored to be chosen as recipient of the AST Clinician of Distinction Award.  This was not only a reflection of my personal accomplishments and dedication to AST, but also highlighted the important value and contributions of a transplant pharmacist as a clinician, researcher and educator.

Fun Facts: 

I play classical piano (solo and duets) in my spare time.