Preceptor Bios

Michael Herald, PharmD
Coordinator of Clinical Pharmacy Services
Residency Program Director

Michael P. Herald

Dr. Michael P. Herald is the Coordinator of Clinical Pharmacy Services for the Hazard ARH Pharmacy Department and the Residency Program Director for the PGY1 Residency Program.

Dr. Herald earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He also completed the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate program at the University of Kentucky.

He has served as the Coordinator of Clinical Services since 2000. Under his supervision, the clinical pharmacy services offered at Hazard ARH have grown significantly. While maintaining a thriving pharmacokinetic monitoring program, Dr. Herald developed and implemented an antimicrobial stewardship program. He oversaw the implementation of an anticoagulation monitoring program, renal dosage adjustment service and several other clinical services. He initiated the hospital’s participation in clinical trials and currently serves as research pharmacist or sub-investigator in several ongoing trials.

As the Residency Program Director, Dr. Herald played an integral role in the successful inaugural year of the Hazard ARH PGY1 Residency Program. Under his direction, the residency program was awarded a six year term for accreditation from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Dr. Herald has advanced the impact of the pharmacy department on the ARH system by serving on various local and system-wide committees. He has served as a leader in the pharmacy profession by maintaining an active role in professional pharmaceutical organizations. He currently serves as the Chair for the House of Delegates for the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists (KSHP). He is also a member of the Membership Committee of KSHP. He is a member of the ASHP.

Dr. Herald has cultivated relationships with several Colleges of Pharmacy and developed several pharmacy practice clerkship sites. He serves as a preceptor for five Colleges of Pharmacy and an advisor on various schools’ experiential education advisory councils. He also serves as a preceptor for the University of Kentucky Rural Health Residency Training program for medical residents.

Dr. Herald grew up in Southeastern Kentucky and now resides in Hazard, Kentucky. During his free time, he enjoys playing golf and traveling with his family. He is actively involved in many charitable ventures through his church and ARH. He is the proud father of two young sons.


Jeffrey L. Akers, PharmD, MHA, BCPS

Dr. Akers is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy in Lexington, Kentucky where he received a Bachelor of Science (BSPharm) in 1992 and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) with Distinction in 1993. In 1998, Dr. Akers graduated with a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In 2000, Dr. Akers became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapeutic Specialist (BCPS) as granted by the Board of Pharmacotherapeutic Specialties. He is currently serving as the System Director of Pharmacy for Appalachian Regional Healthcare, a 10-hospital integrated delivery system in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia.

Dr. Akers is also active in the pharmacy profession. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Akers is also a member of several professional societies including the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacists, University of Kentucky and North Carolina Alumni Chapters. Dr. Akers serves as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Pikeville. He is married to Zoe Akers and has two handsome boys, Zane and Rand.


Dustin Thomas, PharmD
Emergency Medicine Learning Experience Preceptor

Dr. Dustin Thomas is originally from Hindman, Kentucky. He completed his undergraduate pre-pharmacy course work at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY. He obtained his PharmD from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. During pharmacy school, Dr. Thomas served as an intern at the Hazard ARH inpatient pharmacy whenever his schedule allowed. Following graduation, Dr. Thomas completed a PGY1 residency at the University of Louisville in KY. Upon completion of that program, Dr. Thomas returned to Hazard ARH and accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist.

Dr. Thomas’s primary responsibility as a clinical pharmacist is to serve as the unit based pharmacist in the Emergency Department. Dr. Thomas has helped to build that practice site and solidify the need for pharmacy presence in the ED. As a unit based ED pharmacist, Dr. Thomas assists with the medication reconciliation process, performs prospective chart review of patients that are to be admitted to the hospital, provides drug information to other members of the healthcare team and provides patient education as needed.

As a member of the clinical pharmacy team, Dr. Thomas has become involved in many endeavors throughout the hospital to improve patient care. He has worked with education of nursing and pharmacy staff, writing and revising protocols and implementation of patient safety initiatives. During his residency, Dr. Thomas completed the University of Kentucky’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. He serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students and residents and enjoys taking a hands-on approach to teaching.

Dr. Thomas currently resides in Hazard, KY with his fiancée. During his free time, he enjoys hunting and being outdoors.


Tiffany Herald, PharmD
Residency Program Coordinator

Tiffany R. Herald

Dr. Tiffany R. Herald is a Clinical Pharmacist for the Hazard ARH Pharmacy Department and the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY1 Residency Program.

Dr. Herald earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She has served as a Clinical Pharmacist since 2001. She has been one of the site’s front-line clinical pharmacists, always working with new technologies and programs. Dr. Herald helped oversee the implementation of the AcuDose™, MedCarousel™, and NarcStation™ technologies and has worked closely with the pharmacy director to develop and streamline processes. After rounding on a significant number of patients for various clinical programs, she became one of the first unit-based clinical pharmacists, developing the role of the pharmacist in the Intensive Care Unit at this site.

As the Residency Program Coordinator, Dr. Herald played an integral role in the successful inaugural year of the Hazard ARH PGY1 Residency Program. She was one of the first clinical pharmacists to assume the role of residency preceptor, attending the ASHP National Residency Preceptors Conference twice.

She has also served as a leader in the pharmacy profession by maintaining an active role in professional pharmaceutical organizations. She is a member of the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists (KSHP) and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). She was recently appointed to the University of Kentucky Committee for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice.

Dr. Herald has cultivated relationships with several Colleges of Pharmacy and developed several pharmacy practice clerkship sites. She serves as a preceptor for three Colleges of Pharmacy.

Dr. Herald grew up in Southeastern Kentucky and now resides in Hazard, Kentucky. During her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling with her family. She is actively involved in many charitable ventures through her church and ARH. She is the proud mother of two young sons.


Amanda Hall, PharmD
Internal Medicine Preceptor

Amanda Hall

Dr. Amanda Hall is originally from Whitesburg, Kentucky. She completed her pre-pharmacy course work and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY. She then became a member of the inaugural class for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Buchanan County, Virginia. Following graduation, Dr. Hall began her current position as a clinical pharmacist at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Hall has played a major role in shaping the clinical programs at Hazard ARH during her employment. Along with Dr. Michael Herald, Dr. Hall developed, implemented and evaluated the Anticoagulation Monitoring Program. Once that program was well established, Dr. Hall began the first unit-based clinical pharmacist practice on a medicine unit in the hospital. Dr.Hall shaped that practice to provide the most benefit to patients by completing clinical pharmacist duties, assisting with the medication reconciliation process, providing medication related patient education and assisting with discharge counseling. She also monitors the patients on her unit for compliance with Core Measures benchmarks.

Dr. Hall currently precepts students from her alma mater, Appalachian College of Pharmacy. She believes that shaping the future of pharmacy begins with helping students gain the experience that they need.

Dr. Hall has been very proactive in promoting immunizations during the flu season for both employees and the public. Each year she leads the “Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine” making the flu vaccination more accessible to the public.

Dr. Hall is involved in many community service projects within ARH. Each fall, she leads the Operation Christmas Child initiative which fills shoe boxes with gifts for underprivileged children. She also assists with an annual coat drive and various fundraisers to raise money for March of Dimes and Relay for Life.

Dr. Hall currently resides in Hazard, KY with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys photography and being outdoors. She is a country music fan and loves spending time with her friends and family.


Helen Herald, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Services

Helen Herald, RPh is the Director of Pharmacy Services for the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center.

She grew up in Southeastern Kentucky and now resides in Hazard, KY. Ms. Herald earned her BSPharm degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

As the Director of Pharmacy Services she oversees pharmacy functions at the Medical Center Pharmacy, an ambulatory Cancer Center pharmacy, and two retail pharmacies. Under her leadership, the pharmacy services offered at Hazard ARH have grown significantly. A comprehensive sterile product preparation program that is fully compliant with USP 797 requirements, computerized pharmacist order entry of scanned orders, an automated dispensing program utilizing automated dispensing machines and a carousel, automated controlled substance distribution, and multiple revisions of services have all been implemented under her guidance. She oversaw the development of the hospital’s clinical pharmacy program which began as a pharmacokinetic dosing service and has now grown to include unit-based clinical pharmacists in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and medicine units as well as programs for anticoagulation, renal dosing, antimicrobial stewardship, investigational drug treatment, and initiatives to improve the hospital’s performance with Core Measures. Other experiences at Hazard ARH have included beginning home infusion services and establishing a new retail pharmacy.

As the Pharmacy Director, Ms. Herald played an integral role in the successful inaugural year of the Hazard ARH PGY1 Residency Program. Under her direction, the residency program was awarded a six year term for accreditation from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Ms. Herald has advanced the impact of the pharmacy department on the ARH system by serving on numerous local and system-wide committees. She has served as a leader in the pharmacy profession by maintaining an active role in professional pharmaceutical organizations. She is a member of the ASHP.

Ms. Herald has cultivated relationships with several Colleges of Pharmacy and developed several pharmacy practice clerkship sites. She serves as a preceptor.

During her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and dog. She is actively involved in many charitable ventures through ARH and the community.


Eyob Adane, PhD
Research Project Preceptor

Dr. Eyob Adane is originally from Ethiopia. He obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and joined the Faculty of Medicine at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia as a graduate assistant. He then took a position as a senior pharmacist and pharmacology lecturer at Addis Ababa University while pursuing his Master of Science degree in Pharmacology. In this capacity, Dr. Adane served as a course coordinator and provided pharmacology lectures to medical, nursing and dental students.

Dr. Adane and his family moved to the United States in 2005. He obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2010. While completing the PhD program, Dr. Adane worked as a pharmacist at the UK Chandler Medical Center and as a research assistant for the UKCOP Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He gained more teaching experience through this endeavor by providing pharmacokinetic lectures for pharmacy students at UKCOP.

During the PhD program, Dr. Adane accumulated significant research experience. He has co-authored several publications and has experience with providing poster presentations at national meetings, writing grant proposals and overseeing program expansions.

Since joining the staff at Hazard ARH, Dr. Adane has had a great impact on the clinical pharmacy program. He typically works as a clinical pharmacist and is currently conducting a practice based research project. Dr. Adane also has significant involvement in the resident’s research project.

Dr. Adane is multi-lingual, speaking fluent Amharic and English, intermediate level French and Italian, and beginner level German.

Dr. Adane maintains membership in various professional associations, including the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the International Society of Neurochemistry and the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association.

During his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with his family. He is the proud father of two young daughters. Dr. Adane participates in various charitable ventures through ARH.


Hesham Mourad, PharmD
Critical Care Learning Experience Preceptor

Hesham Mourad

Dr. Hesham Mourad is originally from Homs, Syria. He completed his BSPharm at Damascus University in 2005. After two years working as a community pharmacist he decided to further his education. While working as a regional medical advisor for a pharmaceutical company he concurrently enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by Purdue University. He successfully obtained his PharmD from Purdue in 2011.

Dr. Mourad selected the Hazard ARH PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program because of the strong foundation of the residency program with great emphasis on leadership and teaching as well as clinical experience. He successfully completed the residency program in 2012 and concurrently obtained a teaching certificate through the University of Kentucky Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate Program.

As a member of the clinical pharmacy team, Dr. Mourad has become involved in many endeavors throughout the hospital to improve patient care. He has worked with formulary evaluations, education of nursing and pharmacy staff, writing and revising protocols and implementation of patient safety initiatives. He has successfully presented to second-year pharmacy students at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and to medical residents at the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health. He now practices primarily as a unit-based clinical pharmacist in the critical care setting.

Dr. Mourad currently resides in Hazard, KY with his wife and daughter. During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his family and friends.


Wesley Adams, Pharm.D
Oncology/Ambulatory Care Preceptor

Dr. Adams is a native of Southeastern Kentucky. He completed his prerequisites for pharmacy school and obtained an Associate Degree in Science at Prestonsburg Community College. Following his undergraduate studies, he was accepted into an accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy where he completed his Pharm.D degree. While in pharmacy school, he received various awards for maintaining a high GPA through rigorous coursework and was inducted into the Rho Chi Honor Society. He also received the 2009 Merck Award for outstanding proficiency in Medicinal Chemistry.

Dr. Adams currently maintains a position, at the Hazard ARH Pharmacy Department, as a clinical pharmacist. He has been an integral part, along with Helen Herald, RPh, in building the oncology pharmacy program at the Hazard ARH Cancer Center. He has served as a resource to help improve the management of psychtropic medications at the Hazard ARH Psychiatric Center. He currently is a member of the Medication Variances Commitee where he aids in the monitoring of adverse drug event reporting. He also partcipates in an annual summer school program helping educate high school students about the profession of pharmacy.

Dr. Adams currently is a preceptor for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy and Sullivan University College of Pharmacy. He challenges students with oncology pharmacy and enhances their knowledge of chemotherapy/biological drugs to treat cancer.

Dr. Adams is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and involved in various activities at his church.

Dr. Adams currently resides in Hazard, KY with his wife and two children. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and recreational firearms shooting.