IPhO Leadership

James Alexander, PharmD

Executive Director and Founder

The Executive Director and Founder of IPhO is James G. Alexander, PharmD, a 1986 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy. Jim enjoyed a 15-year career in the pharmaceutical industry and rose to the level of Vice President, Corporate Development and Licensing for Pfizer and Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis before moving to academia to become the first Director of the Rutgers Institute for Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships. During this professionally rewarding 10-year period of his industry-focused career, he was responsible for the administration of the premier Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program for pharmacists and trained and mentored more than 400 PharmDs who are now working throughout the entire pharmaceutical/biopharma industry. Dr. Alexander is also an experienced pharmacy educator and founded the i) Introduction to Industry and ii) Pharmacy Leadership courses at Rutgers' Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Alexander is a strong advocate for the role that pharmacists can play in the pharmaceutical industry. In his new role as Founder and Executive Director of IPhO, the first professional organization designed exclusively for industry-based pharmacists, Jim brings his distinguished experience in advocacy and professional development to support the professional careers of the growing number of industry-based pharmacists.

Jerry Silverman, RPh, CCP

VP, Professional Development

Jerry Silverman, RPh, CCP is the former President and CEO of Bimark Medical Communications (1992–2008) where he utilized his extensive experience in pharmaceutical marketing, training, healthcare education, and managed care to build a successful organization. He continues today working with a very selective group of clients in areas of training, development, and marketing. Mr. Silverman is most proud of his contributions to the professional growth and advancement of pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry. His company served as an undergraduate pharmacy experiential training site for five schools of pharmacy in the New York metropolitan area for almost two decades. In 1998, Bimark was invited to participate as a fellowship site for the Rutgers Post-Doctoral Program as a member of the exclusive family of partner companies. For more than 10 years, Jerry offered the marketing services of his company on a pro bono basis to advise, develop, and execute a national campaign on behalf of the Rutgers Fellowship Program and its partner companies.

In 2008, Jerry was honored by the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME) for his commitment to the professional development of industry pharmacists.

Mr. Silverman began his professional career as a community pharmacist before joining Eli Lilly, where he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, training, and marketing. He went on to join Searle in CV Marketing, where he directed the strategy and promotion of their cardiovascular portfolio.

Jerry received his BS in Pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and remains an avid Steeler fan.

Sergio Gatoulis, PharmD

Chief Information Officer

Sergio Gatoulis, PharmD is the Chief Information Officer at IPhO, having graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2010. Following graduation Sergio was a post-doctoral fellow in the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program at Bayer HealthCare Consumer Care. During his time as a fellow Sergio managed the maintenance and development of the fellowship website and the transition to digital scheduling of candidate interviews during fellow recruitment. Having recently completed his fellowship program, Sergio remains at Bayer where his primary area of responsibility is Global Medical Affairs.

Maria Leibfried, PharmD, BCNSP, CCP

Director of Education

Maria Leibfried, PharmD, BCNSP, CCP, is an expert in pharmacy education and continuing medical education. Dr. Leibfried earned both a BS in Pharmacy and a PharmD from Rutgers University, and completed a General Pharmacy Practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center. She is the owner and CE administrator at Comprehensive Continuing Education, LLC, a company dedicated to continuing education for healthcare professionals. Her pharmacy practice has included hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, and consulting pharmacy. Dr. Leibfried is Board Certified in Nutrition Support and is a Certified Consultant Pharmacist. She is also Assistant Professor at St. John's University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and has served as an adjunct professor in the College of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.