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2024 40 Under 40: Lisa Cillessen

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and Jordan Valley Community Health Center

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Lisa Cillessen is dedicated to making pharmacy practice and education more rewarding and accessible. She established a residency program for ambulatory care through the UMKC School of Pharmacy and Jordan Valley Community Health Center, helped redesign UMKC’s Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, and actively contributes to the Missouri Pharmacy Association by leading the professional affairs committee and supporting continuing education efforts.

Cillessen, 36, also works to enhance medical accessibility and care for the medically underserved in Springfield, delivering clinical pharmacy services at Jordan Valley and leading educational initiatives through Missouri’s Show-Me ECHO program.

What about your job would shock people? Pharmacists play a vital role beyond the pharmacy counter and work in clinics and doctors’ offices. As an ambulatory care pharmacist, I collaborate with medical providers, utilizing a collaborative practice agreement to adjust medications for patients and empowering them to achieve their health goals through lifestyle changes.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? From my dad growing up: “Never let the books get in the way of your education.” This reminder has shaped my approach to learning and teaching, emphasizing the importance of seeking knowledge from diverse sources and embracing opportunities for growth.

Favorite TV show/podcast/book? “Brave, Not Perfect,” by Reshma Saujani.

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