Featuring Aimee Faso, PharmD, CPP, BCOP

Aimee Faso, PharmD, CPP, BCOP, is a member of the Education Council and a clinical pharmacist practitioner in breast oncology at the North Carolina Basnight Cancer Hospital at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Aimee received her PharmD degree at the University of Florida and completed a general pharmacy residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). She worked at DHMC and Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL before starting at UNC in 2008. As a pharmacy student, she was very interested in being able to help others and to have an impact on patients’ lives. She enjoyed studying pharmacology and how medications worked to treat disease. During her oncology rotation as a resident, she realized how oncology pharmacy perfectly combined her two interests. She values the opportunity to get to know and help patients with symptom and side effect management.

Who is Aimee Faso

Aimee started working as an oncology pharmacist 19 years ago where she was an inpatient pharmacist in the hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant units. She completed rounds, provided chemotherapy counseling to patients and their families, and was the medication resource for the oncology team. As oncology treatments moved from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting so has the role of pharmacists. They are now aligned with specific teams and work closely with the providers and nurses in order to provide care for oncology patients.

She currently works with the outpatient breast cancer team at UNC. One of her primary roles is to provide education on oral and IV chemotherapy. She reviews the treatment regimen, potential adverse effects, and how to prevent or treat adverse effects with her patients. She also manages patients who are on oral chemotherapy to help ensure they receive their medications and have appropriate labs and follow-up appointments. During patient visits, Aimee reviews their labs, provides side effect management, and manages oral chemotherapy doses as appropriate. For patients who can’t afford their medications, she helps with medication assistance.

Aimee enjoys helping educate patients about their treatments. She advocates for her patients by enabling them to better understand complex mechanisms and treatment regimens. With this knowledge, patients can make better medical decisions. She also takes the time to assess the patients’ health literacy and readiness for learning, as well as how well they understand the treatment plan.

She also teaches and trains pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and nurse practitioner students. She considers herself fortunate to work with wonderful doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. Working with great staff and being able to teach others keeps her motivated to be able to provide the best care for the patients she serves.

Fun Facts:

Baking is one of Aimee’s pastimes. She likes to read and experiment with new recipes. Her love of baking was fostered by her Italian paternal grandfather, a professional baker who frequently brought amazing treats home from the bakery. Although she enjoys making a variety of desserts, her favorite is cookies. She makes her maternal grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies, her family’s favorite. For the past several years, she has been practicing making French macarons. They are challenging but she likes the preciseness that they require while being pretty and great tasting.