Houda Aboujamous, PharmD (R133) is the PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Grady Health System. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Mercer University College of Pharmacy. At Mercer, Houda served as a volunteer recruitment ambassador for the National Marrow Donor Program, was a member of the ASHP Student Society Development National Advisory Group, and participated in multiple building projects with Habitat for Humanity. Houda lives in Marietta, and in her spare time likes to run, relax at the Marietta square, and spend time with her friends and family. Her research project involves evaluating the effect of implementation of an outpatient influenza vaccination protocol in the cancer center clinics.
Rejena Azad, PharmD (R138) is a PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia in 2012. During pharmacy school, she was an active member of Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity, Student National Pharmaceutical Association, Rho Chi and Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists. She enjoyed partaking in various community outreach programs such as health fairs, charity events, and supporting causes such as AIDS Athens and St Jude. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC. She chose to complete her PGY-2 at Grady because of the variety and flexibility of rotations, knowledgeable and caring preceptors, and the ample amount of teaching opportunities offered by the institute. Her professional interests include internal medicine, critical care, infectious disease, and academia. After completing her PGY-2, she plans on working in academia or as a clinical pharmacist at an academic medical center. Her research interests include interdisciplinary education, transition of care, and pharmacokinetics in obese patients. She grew up in Michigan and currently resides in Georgia. During her spare time, she like spending time with friends and family, traveling, trying exotic cuisine and exploring different cultures.
Rita M. Gayed, PharmD (R134) is a PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Tallahassee, FL. During school, Rita was class President, served on the Dean's Student Council, and was an active member of the Rho Chi Honor Society and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. After graduation, Rita moved to Atlanta to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Grady Health System. Rita enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new foods and learning new languages. At Grady, she has become an active member of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, where she serves on the programming committee. Rita's professional interests include infectious disease, neurology and cardiology. Her research project focuses on evaluating pain, agitation and delirium management in the ICU prior to and post the implementation of a pain, agitation and delirium bundle. Upon completion of her PGY-2 residency, she plans on completing her BCPS certification and practicing as a critical care specialist at an academic institution.
Olivia " Libby" Johnson, PharmD (R135) is a PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. While in Dawg country, Libby was the Class of 2012 Vice President and Lambda Kappa Sigma President. After graduating, Libby completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Grady Health system and is currently involved in the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Southeast chapter's programming committee. Libby lives in Atlanta and enjoys the perks of living in the city: fun festivals, great food, and having fun in beautiful Piedmont Park. In addition to emergency medicine, Libby's other interests include neurology and critical care. Her research project this year will focus on evaluation of benzodiazepine use for acute seizure management in the emergency department. Upon completion of her PGY-2 specialty residency, she plans to pursue BCPS certification and a position as a clinical pharmacist specialist.
Steven Nakajima PharmD (R136) is a PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University Of Georgia College Of Pharmacy in Athens, GA. At UGA, he was involved in the school’s Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Senior Legacy Committee and the Cycling team. Through UGA he became involved with Camp Rainbow, an annual week long camp for children with cancer, for which he continues to volunteer each summer. He completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Grady Health System. In Atlanta, he has become involved in the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is also currently training to run the Atlanta Marathon in October 2013. His research project involves implementing and evaluating a new pain, agitation and delirium protocol in the ICU’s at Grady Health System. Upon completion of his PGY-2 critical care pharmacy residency he plans to pursue a clinical specialist position in critical care at a large academic institution.
Kate Pleasants, PharmD (R137) is a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. As a student, Kate first developed her interest in Infectious Diseases while working for the Ryan White HIV/AIDs Grant at MUSC’s Division of Infectious Diseases. Upon graduating pharmacy school, Kate completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Grady Health System. Kate has enjoyed living in the big city of Atlanta during her first and second year of pharmacy residency. Her research project is focused on developing a weighted antibiogram of micro-organisms isolated in the Burn Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at GHS. She plans to utilize the Burn ICU antibiogram to develop empiric antibiotic guidelines specifically for implementation in the Burn ICU at GHS. Upon completion of her PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency, Kate is looking forward to pursuing a clinical specialist position in Infectious Diseases.
Shreena Patel Advani, PharmD (R140) is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Georgia. During school, she was an active member of the Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists and a founding member of the Student Society of Pediatric Advocates. She enjoys participating in various community outreach programs including health fairs and camps for kids living with disabilities. She has conducted and assisted with a variety of research projects including evaluating detection methods for reduced vancomycin susceptibility among community acquired Staphylococcus aureus isolates and comparing the activity of cefazolin alone and in combination with vancomycin against heteroresistant populations of Staphylococcus aureus. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, watching movies, and trying new restaurants and recipes. Her primary pharmacy-related interests include infectious diseases and ambulatory care. Her research project this year will focus on evaluation of current practices in the management of urinary tract infections at Grady Health System. Upon completion of her PGY-1 pharmacy residency, she hopes to pursue a specialty residency in the area of infectious diseases.
Kristina Smith Evans, PharmD (R142) is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. Kristina received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Georgia. As a student she was involved in Lambda Kappa Sigma, National Community Pharmacists Association, and Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy. Kristina and her husband Zach enjoy attending sporting events like watching the Braves play at the Ted and heading to Athens to cheer on the dawgs! They also like to enjoy all Atlanta has to offer, especially the food. Her research projects this year include evaluating our in-house on-call program and enoxaparin dosing in morbid obesity. Kristina's professional interests include critical care, neurology, and internal medicine. After completion of her PGY-1 residency, Kristina plans to pursue a specialty residency.
Emily Pavich, PharmD (R141) is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University College of Pharmacy. At Purdue, Emily was involved with the Purdue Pharmacy Christian Student Association and the Indiana American Diabetes Association. Emily's favorite experience during college was visiting a remote village in Honduras on a medical mission trip. Her ongoing research includes investigating the safety of high-dose ketamine in adult ICU patients. Emily now resides in Atlanta with her husband Joe and they enjoy hiking, camping, and being outdoors. Her primary interests include emergency medicine, psychiatric medicine, and critical care. Her research project this year will focus on evaluation of treatment patterns for urinary tract infections in the emergency department. Upon completion of her PGY-1 pharmacy residency, she plans to pursue a specialty residency. Boiler up!
Coral Iserhienrhien, PharmD (R139) is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in Memphis, TN. As a student, Coral was involved in the Student National Pharmacist Association, Phi Delta Chi, APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists, and the Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacist. As a master tutor for the College of Pharmacy, she tutored other pharmacy students in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics. She also volunteered at Mustard Seed (a local after school program) to tutor elementary-high school students in various subjects and served as a role model for the children. Atlanta is home for Coral and she is glad to be back. In her free time, she enjoys catching up with friends and family, trying new cuisines at the different amazing restaurants Atlanta has to offer and watching movies. Her primary interest is critical care. Her research project will focus on evaluating inappropriate stress ulcer prophylaxis in non-critically ill patients at Grady Health System. Upon completion of her PGY-1 pharmacy residency, she plans on pursuing a specialty residency.