Susannah Koontz, PharmD, BCOP, FHOPA is the Principal at Koontz Oncology Consulting LLC, where she serves as a consultant for pharmacy practice, medical education and clinical research in the fields of pediatric hematology, oncology and hematopoietic cell transplantation. She works with healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industry professionals to identify research priorities and rationally apply cancer therapies in children. She has held faculty appointments at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and the University of Texas (Austin) College of Pharmacy and has trained over two dozen PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy residents.
Prior to starting her firm in 2008, Dr. Koontz was the clinical pharmacy specialist for over 10 years at the Children's Cancer Hospital at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1996 from the University of Michigan and completed both her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Kentucky as R238. Dr. Koontz has been a Board-Certified Oncology Pharmacist since 1999 and, most recently, she was named a Fellow of HOPA in the inaugural class.
Like many hematology/oncology healthcare practitioners, Dr. Koontz’s interest in cancer was sparked through the experiences of family members. She credits her development and growth as a pediatric hematology/oncology pharmacy clinician and educator to Rosemary Berardi, Valener Perry, Val Adams, Bob Kuhn and Cindy Ippoliti. In turn, she has made several contributions to the evolution of the clinical care of children with cancer and educating healthcare practitioners in the subspecialty of pediatric hematology/oncology.
Past HOPA Involvement
|- Board of Directors||President Elect||2016–2017|
|- Membership Committee||Member||2015–2016|
|- IRC Task Force||Member||2014–2016|
|- 10th Anniversary Gala||Task ForceChair||2013–2014|
|- Board of Directors||Member at Large||2011–2013|
|- Pediatric SIG||Co-Facilitator||2010–2016|
|- Education Committee||Chair, Vice-Chair, Member||2018–2011|