Michael Samarkos PharmD, CPh - is currently the Regional Director of Clinical and Consulting Services with Guardian Pharmacy of Orlando, Florida. Guardian is a long-term care pharmacy servicing nursing home and institutionalized residents throughout the state. Michael has more than 20 years of experience in pharmacy. He began working in the community setting first for Eckerd Drugs then CVS/Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Manager for multiple locations in the Pinellas County area. Michael transitioned to Clinical Pharmacy 11 years ago when he joined the Baycare Health System with Morton Plant Hospital. He has also spent time on the staff of Florida Hospital North Pinellas as a Clinical Pharmacist. During this time, he has increased his clinical knowledge and practice skills to assist patients in the hospital setting, as well as practitioners with medication selection, dosing guidelines, and clinical medication management. In 2008, Michael was licensed as a consultant pharmacist and continues to apply his clinical knowledge as a consultant pharmacist. In the clinical setting, Michael is a preceptor for 3rd and 4thyear University of South Florida Pharmacy students and continues to work with them in the long term care setting. He works daily to expand the role of pharmacists and is especially interested in the Pharmacist’s role in the Transitional Care setting.