Pharmacy & Drug Information Residency Programs

Pharmacy residency training was established in 1996 with all residency programs consisting of a minimum of 2080 hours of training and experience under the preceptorship of full-time, Grady-employed clinical pharmacists. All members of the clinical staff have one or two years of residency training from an accredited program; Residents participate in a 24-hour, in-house, on-call program unique to only a few programs nationally. In this capacity, they are responsible for addressing drug information questions, responding to pharmacokinetic consults, evaluating low molecular weight heparin bridging consults, participating in anticoagulation bridging clinic, and participating as a member of the Code Blue Response and Stroke Response teams. All residencies conform to the standards of the ASHP Residency Learning System Model with regard to goals and objectives and evaluations. Residents are required to have Georgia licensure early in the residency year. The practical exam will be in early June. Please see gbp.georgia.gov for license requirements.

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency training year is mid-June through June 30 of the following year. The Specialty Residencies will begin on July 1 and go through June 30. Information specific to each residency can be selected from the menu at the top of the page.

Grady Health System residency programs include ASHP-accredited residencies in:

Grady participates in the PhORCAS online residency application process. For more information please see www.ashp.org/phorcas.

PGY-1 Pharmacy

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care

PGY-2 Internal Medicine

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases

PGY-2 Critical Care

PGY-2 Oncology

PGY-2 Emergency Medicine

PGY-2 Neurology*

*Pending Accreditation

Current Residents

Grady’s Pharmacy Residency Program prides itself in developing highly qualified independent practitioners able to provide patient-centered care in various environments. Pharmacists completing this program will be capable of conducting their practice with a high level of maturity and leadership, and be able to perform practice-related projects.

Julianna Cebollero, PharmD, (R188) 

Julianna CebolleroJulianna Cebollero, PharmD, (R188) is the PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia after receiving a BS/MS in Chemistry from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and working in the pharmaceutical industry for a few years. As a student, Julianna was involved in American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, Georgia Pharmacy Association, Phi Delta Chi, and Jesse Mercer Stewards. During her fourth-year rotations, she completed the Advanced Clinical Track (ACT) at Grady Health System. Her clinical interests currently include hematologic malignancies, pain management and supportive care. As a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident at Grady, she completed a research project where she evaluated human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates following pharmacist interventions in an ambulatory clinic. Outside of pharmacy, Julianna enjoys cheering her Villanova Wildcats, cooking, exploring Atlanta’s restaurants, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Bailey.

Sarah Fisher, PharmD, (R189)

Sarah FisherSarah Fisher, PharmD, (R189) is the PGY-2 Internal Medicine Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University (Go Tigers!). Sarah completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Grady. Her interests include internal medicine, cardiology, and infectious diseases. As a PGY-1 pharmacy resident, Sarah’s research project focused on loop diuretics administered in the emergency department for acute decompensated heart failure patients. Her research project this year will evaluate the safety of prescribing anticoagulation in patients with a recent intracranial hemorrhage. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cheering on her Clemson Tigers, watching live music, and dreaming of the day when she can (finally) get a French bulldog puppy.

Allison Hester, PharmD, (R199)

Allison HesterAllison Hester, PharmD, (R199) is the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident. Allison completed her PGY-1 residency at Grady Health System and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University (Boiler Up!). As a student, Allison taught English as a Second Language to immigrant families in her community and co-developed a resource fair for the local underserved population. She was also involved in American Pharmacists Association as well as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, specialty pharmacy, global health, and academia. Her research this year is on the genetic evaluation of patients with familial hypercholesterolemia phenotype. In her spare time, Allison enjoys exploring Atlanta, listening to podcasts, and napping with her new pet kitten, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Meshell Maxam, PharmD, (R190)

Meshell MaxamMeshell Maxam, PharmD, (R190) is the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident. Meshell received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina after earning her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. Meshell completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. As a student, Meshell was involved in the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Student National Pharmaceutical Association. Her interests include HIV/AIDS and multi-drug resistant organisms in immunocompromised hosts. Her current research project is evaluating the clinical outcomes of obtaining respiratory cultures in critically-ill patients diagnosed with pneumonia. In her free time, Meshell enjoys watching football (Go Dawgs!), working out, and traveling.

Brittny Medenwald, PharmD, (R191)

Brittny MedenwaldBrittny Medenwald, PharmD, (R191) is the PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident in Neurology. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy in Austin, Texas. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her PGY-1 research evaluated the rate of hypoglycemia in inpatients when oral antidiabetic medications were continued. Brittny is originally from Burlington, Wisconsin, and completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology from The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Outside of pharmacy she enjoys running with her husky, cooking, and watching college basketball.

Jimmy L. Pruitt III, PharmD, (R192)

Jimmy L. Pruitt IIIJimmy L. Pruitt III, PharmD, (R192), is the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Resident. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. During his time in pharmacy school, he served as the president of SNPhA, was an active member of ASHP, and APhA-ASP. Additionally, he completed a pharmacy research internship through Presbyterian College on painful diabetic neuropathy. His interests include emergency medicine, toxicology, simulation training, and critical care. His PGY-1 research project evaluated the impact of pharmacy technician conducted medication histories on emergency department throughput time. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys exercising, trying out new juice bars, traveling, and going to football games.

Trinh Tran, PharmD, (R193)

Trinh TranTrinh Tran, PharmD, (R193) is the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident. Tu-Trinh completed her PGY-1 residency at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Georgia School of Pharmacy. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. During pharmacy school, she was actively involved in Phi Delta Chi Professional Fraternity (PDC), Dean’s Advisory Council (DSAC), American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Georgia Health System Pharmacists (GHSP), and served as Vice President of her local Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS). As a PGY-1 pharmacy resident, her research project focused on evaluating the management of patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. This year, her research project will focus on the resuscitation process for burn patients. In her spare time, Tu-Trinh enjoys baking, shopping, exploring Atlanta, and spending time with family and friends. ​

Jared Cavanaugh, PharmD, (R194)

Jared CavanaughJared Cavanaugh, PharmD, (R194) is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident in the two-year toxicology track with the Georgia Poison Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University. As a student, he was involved in the Rho Chi Society, Washington State Pharmacy Association, and Kappa Psi Fraternity. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.

Emily Drwiega, PharmD, (R195)

Emily DrwiegaEmily Drwiega, PharmD, (R195) is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. During school, Emily was an active member of Phi Lambda Sigma, Phi Delta Chi, and the American Pharmacists Association. She was involved as a student in multiple research projects assessing the impact of rapid diagnostic tests and evaluating antimicrobial stewardship initiatives. Her areas of interest include infectious diseases, internal medicine, and academia. In her free time, Emily enjoys exploring new restaurants, cheering on Chicago sports teams, and trying recipes from Pinterest.

Alexandria (Andie) Hall, PharmD, (R196)

Alexandria (Andie) HallAlexandria (Andie) Hall, PharmD, (R196) is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina after completing her pre-requisites at Clemson University. As a student, Andie volunteered regularly at the student-run free clinic and the South Carolina Aquarium. She was also an active member of Phi Delta Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma. Her interests include neurology, critical care, and emergency medicine. As a student, her research included evaluating the effects of antipsychotics on the QTc interval in critically ill patients and examining the safety of DOACs in hemodialysis patients. In her spare time, Andie enjoys live music, traveling, and being on the water.

Alexandria May, PharmD, (R197)

Alexandria MayAlexandria May, PharmD, (R197) is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina Honors College. As a student, Alexandria was involved in the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, and served as a student ambassador for MUSC. Her professional interests include infectious diseases, ambulatory care, and psychiatry. As a student, her research project evaluated the impact of targeting interventions on pharmacy efficiency through the implementation of a direct oral anticoagulant dashboard. In her spare time, Alexandria enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, baking, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Melissa Sandler, PharmD (R198)

Melissa SandlerMelissa Sandler, PharmD (R198), is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). During pharmacy school, she was involved in Student National Pharmaceutical Association, American Pharmacists Association, and Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. During her fourth-year rotations, Melissa evaluated the use of medications to treat heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. For the future, she is interested in pursuing a position in critical care or infectious diseases at an academic medical center. Melissa enjoys spending time outdoors, running, and reading novels.

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Previous Residents

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2017-2018

2017-2018-Residents

 

Julianna Cebollero
Sarah Fisher
Allison Hester
Elizabeth Silver
Ashley Weiss
Sonali Patel
Adrienne Stevens
Constance Terrell
Ansley Tidwell
Tina Wang
Kelsey Woods
Felicia Wong

2016-2017

2016-2017-Residents

 

Julianne Jones
Nicholas Barker
Amy Brotherton
Emily Cook
Hannah Dills
Tyler Redelico
Amanda Cass
Gregory Cook
Sonali Patel
Ansley Tidwell
Kelsey Woods

2015-2016

2015-2016-Residents

 

Kyle Bertram
Ah Hyun Jun
Sperry Kotsianas
Jessica Michal
Amanda Naujelis
Kayla Randle
Molly Trent
Nicholas Barker
Katherine Saunders
Hannah Dills
Julianne Jones

2014-2015

2014-2015-Residents

 

Shreena Patel Advani
Kristina Smith Evans
Coral Iserhienrhien
Meredith Miles
Emily Pavich
Ah Hyun Jun
Stacey Karl
Amanda Naujelis
Kayla Randle
Lindsay Schaack
Molly Trent

2013-2014

2013-2014-Residents

 

Houda Aboujamous
Rita Gayed
Olivia Johnson
Steven Nakajima
Katherine Pleasants
Rejena Azad
Coral Iserhienrhien
Shreena Patel
Emily Pavich
Kristina Smith

2012-2013

2012-2013-Residents

 

Tiffany Choe
Brianna Franklin
Elyse Hall Panjic
Amy Schultz
Jennifer Sutherland
Houda Aboujamous
Rita M. Gayed
Olivia Johnson
Steven Nakajima
Kate Pleasants

2011-2012

2011-2012-Residents

 

Robin Gerding
Kara Goddard
Bailey Guest
Tara Holt
Andy Perez
Grishma Desai
Dayne Laskey
Elyse Panjic
Amy Schultz
Rebecca Spivey
Jennifer Sutherland

2010-2011

2010-2011-Residents

 

Derek Burden
Tanea Chane
Tai Houtz
Vivian Liao
Kara Goddard
Bailey Guest
Tara Holt
Shauna Jacobson
Sara Miller
Andy Perez
Mary Katherine Brown

2009-2010

Derrick Clay
Brandon Hobbs
Aryan Rahbar
Derek Burden
Tanea Chane
Tai Houtz
Elim Ijo
Vivian Liao

2008-2009

Crystal Calloway
Rebekah Thomas
Aryan Rahbar
Brandon Hobbs
Derrick Clay
Jessica Southward
Nikita Patel
Alissa Lockwood
Beth Irvine
Kristy Fordjour

2007-2008

Nikita Patel
Jessica Southward
Alissa Lockwood
Kristy Fordjour
Beth Irvine
Michael Biglow
Kat Wyatt
Samantha Munro
Angelina Davis

2006-2007

Julie Rafferty
Kat Wyatt
Dusty Lisi
Angelina Davis
Ebony Broner
Lindsay Helms
Leigh Efird
Margie Curry

2005-2006

Cortney Stone
Brooke Sorgen
Leah Smith
Amy Parks
Alison Eisenhart
Marjorie Curry
Marina Rabinovich
John Patka

2004-2005

Marina Tovbina
Cailin McLaughlin
Kim Mahoney
Kelly Goodson
Lillian Chou
Dipti Patel
Kelly O’Neil
Katie Holloway

2003-2004

Erin Robinson
Kelly O’Neil
Jennifer Ling
Katie Holloway
Tara Hill
Scott Taylor
Rhonda Martin
Jason Brady

2002-2003

Laura Lowder
Scott Taylor
Rhonda Martin
Jennifer Lehneman
Jason Brady
Tina Bhavsar
Amy Trobaugh
Melinda Throm

2001-2002

Amy Trobaugh
Melinda Throm
Seema Talsania
Cathy Schubert
Rangaroon (Noy) Russell
Quwanna Raven
Elvira Madueme

2000-2001

Ozma Kahn
Deanne Jones
Maureen Haas
Heather Eyrich
Amy Dzerba
Michelle Lowe

1999-2000

Savitha Thomas
Michelle Lowe
Michael Knauss
Sharon Jones
Paul Gautier
Lisa Woolard

1998-1999

Lisa Woolard
Mamie Pang
Mary Dewey
Kim Davis
Terri Corbo
Sumita Biswas

1997-1998

Irene Gabel
Terri Corbo
Sumita Biswas
Scott Cooper

1996-1997

Steve Harrison
Scott Cooper

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Clinical Preceptors

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Rondell Jaggers, PharmD, FASHP - Program Director

Rondell Jaggers, PharmD, FASHP is Executive Director of Pharmacy and Medical Nutrition. Dr. Jaggers received his B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky and completed an administrative residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Prior to joining Grady Health System, he practiced as a pharmacist, clinical pharmacist and pharmacy manager in various hospitals and health systems in Kentucky, Virginia and Georgia. Dr. Jaggers is adjunct faculty at Mercer University & The University of Georgia Schools of Pharmacy. Professional activities include serving as president and chairman of the board for the Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy, and in addition to serving on various committees, he is a past President and Chair of The Board for The Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. Jaggers is a former residency program director, a practitioner surveyor for ASHP and served a three-year term on The Commission on Credentialing. He was recently appointed to serve on ASHP’s Council on Pharmacy Management.

Ted Walton, PharmD, BCPS - Residency Director PGY-2 Internal Medicine

Ted Walton, PharmD, BCPS is the Pharmacy Clinical Manager and director of the PGY-2 Internal Medicine Specialty Residency. Dr. Walton graduated from the VCU – Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy and completed a clinical pharmacy residency at the University of Cincinnati Hospitals. He became Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in 1993. He has presented at state and national meetings and has published over 25 articles in various journals in the area of nephrology. Dr. Walton is a reviewer for American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Critical Care Medicine and has served as a chapter reviewer for the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP). Previously, Dr. Walton was a clinical pharmacist specialist in the areas of nephrology and internal medicine.  He serves as a preceptor for Mercer University, University of Georgia and South University Schools of Pharmacy and instructs residents and students in internal medicine and nephrology. Dr. Walton also participates as a practitioner surveyor for ASHP residency programs and currently is a member of the Internal Medicine residency standards committee.

Michael Knauss, PharmD, BCPS - Residency Directory PGY-1

Michael Knauss, PharmD, BCPS is the Director of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University School of Pharmacy in 1999 and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Grady Health System. Prior to receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy, he earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently practices in the area of internal medicine. Dr. Knauss precepts pharmacokinetics and internal medicine rotations, as well as pharmacy students from Mercer University, University of Georgia, and South University. He serves on the Heart Failure Practitioners Work Group and Research Advisory Committee at Grady. In addition, he is a member of the GSHP Student and Resident Committee, and a reviewer for Pharmacotherapy and American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. GSHP honored him with the 2011 Outstanding Pharmacy Practitioner Award, and the 2015 Best Paper Describing a Pharmaceutical Care Service Award. He was also named the 2012 Preceptor of the Year for South University School of Pharmacy. Additionally, he enjoys participating in the residency accreditation process as a practitioner surveyor for ASHP.

Katleen Wyatt Chester, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP - Residency Director PGY-2 Critical Care and Neurology

Katleen Wyatt Chester, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP is the clinical pharmacist specialist for the neurocritical intensive care unit and director of the PGY-2 Critical Care Program since 2014. In 2017 she led the development of a novel PGY-2 Neurology Pharmacy Residency Program at Grady Health System, the second program of its kind and the first in a Comprehensive Stroke Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia State University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in 2006. In addition, she completed both her pharmacy practice and critical care specialty residencies at Grady Health System. After residency training, Dr. Chester began her career as a clinical pharmacist in the health system’s busy Emergency Department, and two years later transitioned her practice to the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Health System which opened in 2010. Dr. Chester serves as adjunct faculty for the Emory University School of Nursing teaching Advanced Pharmacology to nurse practitioner students. She places high importance on organizational involvement and giving back to the community. She served as President of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) from 2014 to 2016 during which Spike out Sepsis, a fundraising event to promote sepsis awareness, was developed and implemented. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and is completing a second term as Fundraising Committee Co-Chair. Dr. Chester also serves on the Pharmacy Leadership, Membership, and Advocacy Committees of the multi-disciplinary Neurocritical Care Society (NCS). On an institutional scale, Dr. Chester continues to oversee the Pharmacist Stroke Response Program which has been highly successful since 2011 and the Departmental Communications Committee which through the engagement of residents and dedicated preceptors has also been successful in publishing a monthly newsletter since 2015. Dr. Chester is the recipient of the Grady Health System Clinical Pharmacist of the Year award (2014), and she participates as a reviewer for the Journal of Critical Care and the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Dedicated research interests include anticoagulant reversal, pharmacotherapy of the geriatric patient in neurocritical care, antiplatelet therapy in stroke, and safely reducing door-to-needle times for fibrinolytic administration in the setting of acute ischemic stroke.

Manish Patel, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID - Residency Director PGY-2 Infectious Diseases

Manish Patel, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID is the director for the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency Program. Dr. Patel received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. He subsequently completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 1998, Dr. Patel completed a HIV pharmacy residency program at Toronto General Hospital. Currently he practices clinical pharmacy with the inpatient HIV service and Antimicrobial Stewardship team at Grady Hospital, and at the Ponce de Leon Center outpatient HIV Clinic. He enjoys precepting pharmacy students from Mercer University, University of Georgia and South University. Dr. Patel is the recipient of several awards including: Grady Health System Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award (2013), GSHP Outstanding Residency Preceptor Award (2012), and GSHP Best Paper Describing a Pharmaceutical Care Service Award (2012, 2014 & 2017). Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, swimming and spending time with his 2 children. Currently, he is a member of the Georgia Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

John Patka, PharmD, BCPS - Residency Director PGY-2 Emergency Medicine

John Patka, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist specialist in emergency medicine. Dr. Patka received his doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center and a critical care specialty residency at Grady Health System. In the emergency department he is an active pharmacy resident and student preceptor and is involved in the training of nurses, medical students and post-graduate medical residents. He is a member of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is co-chair of their education committee.  Dr. Patka has presented at regional and national meetings on pharmacy services in the emergency department and was a contributing author the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s 2017 PSAP Book 2, Pulmonary and Emergency Medicine.

Jennifer LaFollette, PharmD, BCOP - Residency Directory PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology

Jennifer LaFollette, PharmD, BCOP is the Director of the PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Specialty Residency and a clinical pharmacy specialist in hematology and oncology. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She completed a pharmacy practice residency and an oncology specialty residency at the University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. LaFollette provides clinical pharmacy services to inpatient and outpatient hematology and oncology patients. She also serves on numerous committees within the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence and Grady Health System. In addition to residency training, she precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University, South University and the University of Georgia. She is actively involved in the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist Association, and is currently a member of the BCOP Conference Planning Committee. Dr. LaFollette previously served on the Program Committee, Session Proposal Workgroup, and was a member, Vice Chair, and Chairperson of the Membership Committee.

Kristi Quairoli, PharmD, BCACP, CDE - Residency Director PGY-2 Ambulatory Care

Kristi Quairoli, PharmD, BCACP, CDE is a clinical pharmacist specialist in ambulatory care and the director of the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, FL. She completed a community pharmacy practice residency with the Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy (now College of Pharmacy). After completing her residency, she served as Clinical Assistant Professor with Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for three years. Dr. Quairoli became Board Certified in Ambulatory Care in 2011. She now practices in the outpatient internal medicine clinics (Primary Care Center), Liver Clinic, Diabetes Clinic and Neurology Clinic. She precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University, South University and the University of Georgia. Her areas of special interest are in diabetes, hypertension, general neurology and hepatitis C.

Rebecca “Becky” Andruski, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacist

Rebecca “Becky” Andruski, PharmD is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) College of Pharmacy in Suwanee, GA. After completion of her PharmD, she completed an ambulatory care focused PGY1 at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City, FL. She continued to work at the North Florida/South Georgia VA as a pharmacist in the outpatient pharmacy and ambulatory care clinics until she joined the Grady family. Dr. Andruski is currently the clinical pharmacist for the Transitions of Care Clinic where she primarily works with the outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) patients.

Irene Bemis, PharmD, BCPS - Clinical Pharmacist

Irene Bemis, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist specialist in internal medicine. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, where she received a B.S. in Pharmacy. After four years of retail work, she attended the University of Colorado, where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Grady Health System in 1998, and became board certified in pharmacotherapy in 1999. Dr. Bemis precepts the Internal medicine rotation for both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents as well as students from Mercer University, University of Georgia Schools of Pharmacy and South University. Dr. Bemis serves on various committees at Grady Health System including the Research Advisory Committee the Anticoagulation Management Committee and Falls Committee. She is currently a member of ASHP, ACCP and GSHP.

 

Laurie Cavendish, PharmD, BCPS - Clinical Pharmacist

Laurie Cavendish, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacist in Drug Information. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University. She completed her Managed Care Pharmacy Residency at Kaiser Permanente of Georgia in Atlanta. Dr. Cavendish provides clinical pharmacy services in the areas of drug information, drug shortage planning, and formulary management. She serves as the preceptor for PGY-1 residency longitudinal and elective Drug Information learning experience. In addition, she precepts pharmacy students and is a member of the Professional Development Committee. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy and is involved in various committees at Grady Health System, including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and various subcommittees and expert panels.

 

Mary Katherine Cheeley, PharmD, BCPS, CLS, FNLA - Clinical Pharmacist

Mary Katherine Cheeley, PharmD, BCPS, CLS, FNLA is a clinical pharmacist specialist in primary care. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, GA. She completed her Primary Care pharmacy residency at Grady Health System and received her board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2011. She also received her Clinical Lipid Specialist certification in 2014. Dr. Cheeley practices in the outpatient internal medicine clinics, lipid clinic and diabetes clinic. She also teaches Emory Internal Medicine residents on a regular basis. She is an active member of the National Lipid Association and GSHP. She precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia. For the PGY-1 residency, she precepts the advanced lipid disorders longitudinal experience for the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care resident as well as Primary Care rotations. Her areas of special interest are advanced dyslipidemias, resistant hypertension, diabetes, and health literacy related to patient outcomes.

 

Marjorie Adams Curry, PharmD, BCOP - Clinical Pharmacist

Marjorie Adams Curry, PharmD, BCOP is a clinical pharmacist specialist in hematology and oncology. Dr. Curry received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Georgia Institute of Technology. She completed her pharmacy practice residency and hematology/oncology specialty residency at Grady Health System. In addition to residents, Dr. Curry precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University, the University of Georgia and South University on the inpatient hematology rotation. She is an Adjunct Instructor for Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Mercer University, serving as the coordinator for the Mercer Advanced Clinical Track (ACT) APPE students at Grady. Dr. Curry serves on multiple hospital wide committees at Grady including the Blood and Laboratory Utilization Committee, the Anticoagulation Management Team and the Opioid Management Leadership Committee. She is also a core team member of the ASCO Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Committee which recently resulted in QOPI Certification for Grady’s Cancer Center for Excellence; the first certified academic hospital in the country.

 

Emily Durr, PharmD, BCCCP - Clinical Pharmacist

Emily Durr, PharmD, BCCCP is a clinical pharmacist for the surgical/trauma intensive care service.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then completed a PGY1 residency with an emphasis in critical care at the University of Illinois at Chicago followed by PGY2 training in Critical Care at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Grady Health System (GHS) in the Fall of 2016, Dr. Durr practiced at the UNC Medical Center in the Neurocritical Care ICU and served as program director for the PGY1 residency.  The diverse patient population cared for in the SICU at GHS includes a high volume of traumatic brain injuries, which allows Dr. Durr to continue focusing her career in the neurosciences. She is active within the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS), serving on multiple multidisciplinary committees. Dr. Durr is also involved in a number of research endeavors at GHS and has particular interest in traumatic brain injury and its impact on drug metabolism.  Additionally, she now chairs the Residency Research Advisory Committee and has helped transform the research model that PGY1 and PGY2 residents follow while training at GHS.

 

Rita Gayed, PharmD, BCCCP - Clinical Pharmacist

Rita Gayed, PharmD, BCCCP, is the clinical pharmacist specialist practicing in the burn center at Grady Health System, covering the burn service in the intensive care and step-down units. She earned her PharmD degree at Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in Tallahassee, FL. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy residency and PGY-2 Critical Care specialty residency at Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA. Her clinical interests include pain and agitation management in the burn patient, burn wound sepsis treatment, and management of inhalation injury. Her research interests include pain management, altered medication pharmacokinetics in large burns and burn resuscitation. Rita is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Burn Association (ABA) and the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP). Additionally, she is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

 

Jane Kriengkauykiat, PharmD, DrPH, BCPS - Clinical Pharmacist

Jane Kriengkauykiat, PharmD, DrPH, BCPS is a clinical pharmacy specialist in Infectious Diseases. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Southern California and her Doctor of Public Health from Loma Linda University. She completed her pharmacy practice residency at Veterans Affairs in San Diego, California, Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Practice Residency at Western University/Huntington Hospital, Anti-Infective Pharmacology Research Fellowship at University of Southern California, and Epidemiology and Health Education training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to coming to Grady Health System, she was at City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Transplant Infectious Diseases. Her current practice is with the Antimicrobial Stewardship team at Grady Hospital, and at the Ponce de Leon Center outpatient HIV Clinic.

 

Katie McDaniel, PharmD, BCPS - Clinical Pharmacist

Katie McDaniel, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist in ambulatory care managing patients with Hepatitis C. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency in Managed Care followed by a PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, GA and received board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2016. Dr. McDaniel practices in the outpatient liver clinic as well as the primary care medicine clinics. She is an active member of GSHP and the Georgia Affiliate of AMCP. She is eager to begin precepting pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia as well as PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. Her areas of special interest are: Hepatitis C, advanced hepatology, pulmonary disease, and process improvement related to patient access and healthcare outcomes.

 

Sara Miller, PharmD, DABAT - Clinical Pharmacist

Sara Miller, PharmD, DABAT is a clinical pharmacist in Emergency Medicine and Toxicology. Her Doctor of Pharmacy degree was earned at Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy in Weatherford, OK. Passion for toxicology brought Dr. Miller cross-country to Grady Health System and the Georgia Poison Center where she completed a pharmacy practice residency as well as a clinical toxicology fellowship. Dr. Miller practices in the Emergency Care Center and continues her professional association with the Georgia Poison Center as a toxicologist-on-call. She is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. Her interests include envenomations and disaster preparedness.

 

Olivia M­­­­organ, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP - Clinical Pharmacist

Olivia “Libby” M­­­­organ, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP is a clinical pharmacist specialist in neurology for the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center. Her role is a hybrid of acute care and ambulatory care. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia in 2012. In addition, she completed both her pharmacy practice and emergency medicine specialty residencies at Grady Health System. After her residency training, she began her career at UNC Health in medicine/emergency medicine but maintained her passion for neurology. Dr. Morgan is involved in Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) and being clinical coordinator of the first PGY-2 neurology specialty pharmacy residency in a comprehensive stroke center.  Dr. Morgan is the recipient of the Grady Health System Rookie of the Year award (2017), and she participates as a reviewer for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Dedicated research interests individualized stroke therapies, reducing door-to-needle times for alteplase administration in acute ischemic stroke, and multiple sclerosis

 

Christopher Morrison, PharmD, BCCCP, FNCS - Clinical Pharmacist

Christopher Morrison, PharmD, BCCCP, FNCS is currently a pharmacist clinical specialist in critical care at Grady. Dr. Morrison received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006. He completed PGY1 residency at Tampa General Hospital in 2007 and a PGY2 in Critical Care at Greenville Memorial Hospital in 2008. Prior to joining Grady Health System in January 2016, Dr. Morrison practiced at Jackson Memorial Hospital with the Neurocritical Care service with consult coverage in Trauma ICU since 2008 and expanded to the Burn service in 2012. He in the past has been the coordinator and residency program director for PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at JMH and a voluntary assistant professor in the Department of Neurology/Division of Neurocritical Care at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His professional interests include the pharmacological management of traumatic brain injury, targeted temperature management, emergent reversal of life threatening coagulopathy, status epilepticus/refractory seizures, spinal cord injury, infectious diseases, pain/agitation/delirium, and burns.

 

Melissa P. Patel, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacist

Melissa P. Patel, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist in acute care in elderly and internal medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University in Birmingham AL and completed her residency at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL. Her residency was focused on internal medicine and after completion of residency she stayed on as a clinical pharmacist for Manatee Memorial Hospital where she practiced in multiple areas including internal medicine, critical care and covered the operating room pharmacy also. Dr. Patel’s interests include providing patient care in the acute setting, process improvement development and growing as an educator for students and residents.

 

Saira Rab, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), AAHIVP - Clinical Pharmacist

Saira Rab, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), AAHIVP is a clinical pharmacist specialist in Infectious Diseases at Grady Health System. Dr. Rab earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY Binghamton and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York. She completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency as well as her Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rab currently provides clinical pharmacy services to the HIV inpatient service, the ID consult service, and the Antimicrobial Stewardship team at Grady Health System. Dr. Rab precepts both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents, as well as P4 pharmacy students from Mercer University, the University of Georgia and South University. Dr. Rab serves on various committees at Grady Health System including the Infection Control Committee, the Advanced Clinical Track Program, the Research Advisory Committee, and the Antimicrobial Subcommittee. Dr. Rab serves as the secretary of the Antimicrobial Subcommittee. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Rab was the recipient of the Grady Health System Clinical Pharmacist of the Year award in 2015 as well as the GSHP Best Paper Describing a Pharmaceutical Care Service Award in 2017. Currently, she serves as a member of ASHP, ACCP, SIDP, and GSHP and has served on various committees for these organizations.

 

Marina Rabinovich, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM - Clinical Pharmacist

Marina Rabinovich, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM is a clinical pharmacist specialist practicing in the medical intensive care unit. She is also the Residency Coordinator for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA in 2004, and completed a pharmacy practice residency and internal medicine specialty residency at Grady Health System. Dr. Rabinovich currently practices in the area of critical care and, in addition to training residents, precepts students from Mercer University and University of Georgia, and serves as Clinical Instructor for the Emory University School of Nursing. She is involved in various research projects and medication use evaluations and is a reviewer for several pharmacy and medical journals. Dr. Rabinovich is an active member of multiple committees at Grady Health System and heavily involved in organizations at local and national levels. She is currently the Co-Director for the annual Southeast Critical Care Summit, Fundraising Committee Co-Chair and Immediate Past-President of the Southeast chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), and member of GSHP . Dr. Rabinovich is the recipient of the Doug Miller Clinical Pharmacist Leadership Award (2017) and enjoys mentoring pharmacy residents and students.

 

Kruti Shah, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP - Clincal Pharmacist

Kruti Shah, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP is a clinical pharmacist in acute care in elderly and internal medicine.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kentucky and completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Louisville Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky.  Prior to joining Grady Health System, Dr. Shah has worked as a clinical pharmacist and clinical coordinator at various health systems.  Dr. Shah currently provides clinical pharmacy services in the area of acute care in elderly, internal medicine, and neurology. In addition, she serves as preceptor for PGY-1 Acute Care in Elderly and Internal Medicine learning experience.  She is involved in various committees at Grady Health System and precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University and University of Georgia.  Her areas of interest include appropriate medication use among the elderly patient population, transitions of care, and optimization of electronic health records to improve pharmacist efficiency.

 

Deborah Taylor, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacist

Deborah Taylor, PharmD is a graduate of Mercer University School of Pharmacy. She completed a Staff Development Program for pharmacists of Grady Health System and currently works in the areas of cardiology and internal medicine.  She is a member of the CPR Committee and the Mock Code Team.  She precepts 4th year pharmacy students for their Pharmaceutical Care and Internal Medicine rotations and pharmacy residents in Cardiology.  She works with the Grady interventional cardiologist to ensure post-PCI patients are discharged and counseled on their medications. She is also a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer with Nursing at Grady, a program developed by AHRQ to improve collaboration and communication in the interest of patient safety.  A native of Atlanta, she has worked at Visiting Nurse Health System, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Baptist Medical Center. Her interests include cardiology and diabetes.

 

Suzanne M. Walton, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP - Clinical Pharmacist

Suzanne M. Walton, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Hematology/Oncology. She received her BS Pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, NY and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. She completed an ASHP-accredited Residency in Hospital Pharmacy at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI and an ASHP-accredited Residency in Oncology Pharmacy Practice at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH. She is board-certified in Pharmacotherapy and in Oncology Pharmacy Practice. She is an active member of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA). She has held national office in the Practice Research Network Group for Hematology/Oncology within ACCP. She has published and presented both locally, regionally, and nationally on various subjects within the area of Hematology/Oncology. She has been a reviewer for multiple national practice guidelines in Oncology and serves as a reviewer for the journals Pharmacotherapy and the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. She has served as preceptor and advisor to many students and residents over the years. Her practice at Grady focuses primarily on helping to manage the operational aspects of the Georgia Cancer Center Pharmacy. She serves as primary preceptor for both the PGY-1 Oncology Practice Management rotation and the longitudinal Oncology Practice Management rotation for the PGY-2 Oncology Residency program.

Jordan Wong, PharmD, BCPS - Clinical Pharmacist

Jordan Wong, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Infectious Diseases. He completed his undergrad in Biology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from pharmacy school at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York. He completed his Pharmacy Practice Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and his Infectious Disease Pharmacy Residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Wong provides services with regards to antimicrobial stewardship and inpatient ID consult team. His areas of interest include use of technology for education and antimicrobial stewardship.

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Program Directors Contacts

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Michael Knauss, PharmD, BCPS – [email protected]

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency
Kristi Quairoli, PharmD, BCACP – [email protected]

PGY-2 Critical Care Residency
Katleen Chester, PharmD, BCCCP – [email protected]

PGY-2 Internal Medicine Residency
Ted Walton, PharmD, BCPS – [email protected]

PGY-2 Oncology Residency
Jennifer LaFollette, PharmD, BCOP – [email protected]

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency
Manish Patel, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID) – [email protected]

PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Residency
John Patka, PharmD, BCPS – [email protected]

PGY-2 Neurology Residency
Katleen Chester, PharmD, BCCCP – [email protected]