Pharmacist Spotlight: Kathy Gesy

Kathy Gesy is well known within CAPhO and is the CSHP (Saskatchewan Branch) recipient of the Pharmacist of the Year Award presented on Oct 21, 2016 in Regina, SK.  
 
Kathy graduated from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan in 1978 with Great Distinction. After completing a hospital pharmacy residency at University Hospital, she worked as a research coordinator on a national pharmacy workload measurement system and lecturer at the College of Pharmacy. Kathy also worked as a staff pharmacist at University Hospital and the Saskatoon Cancer Centre for a number of years before completing her Masters of Science degree in 1997. Since 2001, Kathy has been the Director of Pharmacy for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.  
 
Kathy continues to give many oncology drug and therapeutics presentations provincially and nationally and is considered a leader in Canada in oncology pharmacy. Kathy has produced many publications and poster abstracts at conferences. She has introduced many innovative technologies in the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency including being one of the first in Canada to introduce closed system drug transfer devices to prepare and administer hazardous drugs to improve the safety of staff and patients. Kathy is heavily involved in national oncology initiatives such as pCODR and pCPA and is well respected provincially and nationally in the oncology world by physicians, nurses and pharmacists. Kathy is well known for getting the best value for citizens for expensive oncology drugs by being a tough negotiator with drug companies.
 
Kathy is a member of many professional associations including the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals, Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan, Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology. She has served CAPhO in many roles, including being a co-author of the CAPhO model standards of oncology pharmacy practice, and most recently as the chair of the planning committee and host of the annual CAPhO conference when it was held in Saskatoon in 2012. She also won the CAPhO distinguished service award in 2012.
 
Kathy also volunteers in her community with various charitable organizations such as the Canadian Diabetes Association. She is someone everyone in the oncology and pharmacy community looks up to and trusts for personal and professional advice due to her compassion and extensive oncology knowledge. 
 
Congratulations to Kathy on receiving this honourable award!
 
-Darryl Boehm, Provincial Manager, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency