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2022 Academic Hall of Fame


The 2022 inductee into the Lyndhurst High School Academic Hall of Fame is Dr. Kayla Torppey, Lyndhurst High School Class of 2008. Ms. Torppey has distinguished herself in the field of Pharmaceutical Medicine.  

While at Lyndhurst High School Ms. Torppey excelled in the classroom. She was an honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society and the Salutatorian of her graduating class. Ms. Torppey was recognized as an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar, a Ciarco Scholarship Finalist, Received the Italian American and Bogle agency Scholarships and received the “Pearl L” for her community service activities.

After graduating Lyndhurst High School in 2008 Ms. Torppey attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, where she completed an accelerated 6-year Doctorial Program receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Studies in May of 2012 and her Doctor of Pharmacy in May of 2014.      

Ms. Torppey has been working at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center since 2015 as an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacist Specialist where she fulfills numerous duties which include participating in daily patient care rounds with the Internal Medicine teaching teams to deliver evidence based, safe, and cost-effective pharmaceutical care. Ms. Torppey also serves as the PGY-1 Residency Program Director where she over sees and assess the first-year residents and facilitates the achievement of their educational goals. Ms. Torppey also finds time to serve as an Adjunct Professor at Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown.

She serves on numerous committees at Beth Israel Medical Center and is the co-chairman of the Residency Advisory Committee and the Anticoagulation Stewardship Committee. Ms. Torppey also serves as a member of Pain Committee, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Medication Reconciliation Committee just to name a few.

Ms. Torppey is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association and both the American and New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Since 2014 she has participated in over twenty-five presentations at Medical Exhibitions and Clinical Meetings throughout the United States. Ms. Torppey was also published in 2016, when her article on the “Evaluation of the Appropriateness of Gastrological Prophylaxis in the Critically Ill” appeared in the June addition of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.           

Ms. Torppey also serves her community. She has participated such things as, the Women’s Health Day, the Sustainable Health and Wellness Village, the Alma Beatty Health and Wellness Fair, Patient Safety Awareness Week and most recently assisting at NBIMC COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. Ms. Torppey also found time to come speak to LHS chemistry classes about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.      

Ms. Torppey currently resides in Rutherford with her husband Abelardo who she met thru her involvement in the Peer Group Leadership Program at LHS.