About Us

During 2012, The Anticoagulation Forum Board of Directors met to formulate and structure a new resource for its members. It was determined that an online resource that could measure and depict excellence for anticoagulation care was needed, and development of the Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence (ACE) began.

Launched in December 2012, the ACE website, resource library and assessment have been continually updated including ongoing review of tools, modifications to the assessment and new features that enhance visibility for our ACE recognized practices.

More than 175 practices have received recognition since inception of the program and the resource library has grown significantly. The ACE team has authored more than a dozen Rapid Resources and maintains a robust Clinical FAQ section. In addition, our curated literature search serves to keep members updated on the latest practice changing articles. The success of this program is due in large part to our multidisciplinary team of colleagues from around the country who continue to be the thought leaders for ACE. We applaud this talented team and thank them for their vision, tenacity and insight.

Committee Chairs
Bishoy Ragheb, PharmD, BCACP,CACP
Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner
Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Denver, CO
Candace Bryant, Pharm.D., BCPS, CACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Anticoagulation Program Manager
VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System
Reno, NV

Carlee O’Connor, DNP, RN, AGCNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Anticoagulation Service
Mayo Clinic Health System
Eau Claire, WI

Committee Members

Arthur Allen, PharmD, CACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist; Anticoagulation & Thrombosis Service Manager
VA Salt Lake City Heath Care System, UT

Craig J. Beavers, PharmD, FACC, FAHA, FCCP, BCCP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, CACP
Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacist
U of KY Healthcare
Adjunct Asst. Professor
U of KY College of Pharmacy
Director of Cardiovascular Svs, Baptist Health
Paducah, KY

Janet Campbell, RN,BSN,CACP
Wheeler Heart & Vascular Clinic/CoxHealth
Anticoagulation Clinic
Springfield, MO

Kyle DeWitt, PharmD, BCPS
Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Specialist
The University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

Gabe Fontaine, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Manager of Critical Care,
Emergency Medicine, & Telecritical Care & Associate Clinical Professor
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City, UT

Taylor Goot, MD FACP
Assistant Professor Medical Director - UNMH Antithrombosis Clinic Co-Director UNM Antithrombotic Stewardship University of New Mexico Hospital
Albuquerque, NM

Anya Gunn, BSN, RN AACC
Cardiology Nurse Navigator
Heart & Vascular Clinic
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

Tara Lech, Pharm.D., BCPS, CACP
Director, Anticoagulation Services
Beth Israel Lahey Health
Westwood, MA

Ronni Nemeth, Pharm.D, CACP, DPLA
Manager, Anticoagulation Clinics Confluence Health Anticoagulation Clinics Wenatchee, WA

Surabhi Palkimas, PharmD
Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacist
University of Colorado Hospital
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services
Aurora, CO

Kelly M. Rudd, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CACP
Associate Professor
Oklahoma State College of Medicine
Tulsa, OK