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, anticoagulation consults, 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 https://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 Memorial Hospital residency programs include ASHP-accredited residencies in:

Current Residents

Pharmacy Residents 2021-22

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

Jay Adams, PharmD (R230)

Jay Adams, PharmDJay Adams, PharmD is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia. As a student, Jay volunteered with Live Forward and Empowerment Resource Center, both of which provide community HIV testing and counseling services. Jay was also an active member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. His professional interests include toxicology, emergency medicine, and academia. His research this year is investigating N-acetylcysteine use in non-acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure. In his free time, Jay enjoys exploring new breweries and rooftops around Atlanta, enjoying a competitive game of corn hole, playing a golf match with any foursome he can put together, and trying his fancy at new cooking recipes.

Spencer Graczyk, PharmD (R231)

Spencer Graczyk PharmDSpencer Graczyk, PharmD is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Butler University in Indianapolis. In pharmacy school, Spencer had a desire to gain hands-on experience and balanced three jobs in a variety of pharmacy settings such as the emergency department, retail pharmacy, and inpatient pharmacy. She was also an active member and leader of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Spencer’s main areas of interest are emergency medicine and ambulatory care due to her passion for specialties with fast-paced team environments and patient interaction. Her research project this year is evaluating the transition from a paper insulin DKA protocol to Glucommander insulin protocol upon admission. Spencer spends her free time hiking, traveling to national parks, and trying new local restaurants with friends.

Rachele Hollis, PharmD (R232)

Rachele Hollis, PharmDRachele Hollis, PharmD is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. As a student, Rachele volunteered at the Mercy Health Center in Athens and was an active member of SNPhA, CPNP, and GSHP. Her interests include hematology/oncology, critical care, and internal medicine. Her research this year is evaluating the impact of a bilingual pharmacist-managed diabetes program in a primary care setting for Spanish-speaking patients. In her free time, Rachele enjoys painting, trying new restaurants, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Emily Lee, PharmD (R233)

Emily Lee PharmDEmily Lee, PharmD is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University. As a student, Emily volunteered with the Rophe Free Clinic, was the President of the Indiana Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, and an active member of APhA. Her interests include hematology/oncology and critical care. She continues two research projects from APPE rotations and hopes to gain more experience over the next year with flipped research model. Her research project this year is evaluating the impact of the transition to telehealth on direct oral anticoagulant adherence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In her free time, Emily loves practicing hot yoga, trying new foods/restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

Sam Pournezhad, PharmD (R234)

Sam Pournezhad PharmDSam Pournezhad, PharmD is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Touro University California and B.S. of Genetics from U.C Davis. As a student, Sam received the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award for 2021. This was awarded for creating social media platforms on Instagram and Youtube to educate the Farsi-speaking medical and general communities about COVID-19, assisting the CDC and the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) to translate and publish CDC official COVID-19 information for non-English speakers, volunteering at the Santa Clara County Health System COVID Vaccination Clinics every weekend, and serving as the Solano County Public Education and COVID-19 Website Publicity Team Leader. His interests include critical care, trauma/surgery, and emergency medicine. His research this year is investigating the continuation of amiodarone in critically ill patients with atrial fibrillation. In his free time, Sam enjoys hiking, participating in community service, playing soccer, cheering for Golden State Warriors, and Facetiming or talking to his wife (Kathy), who is in California.

Ah Lim Yoo, PharmD (R235)

Ah Lim (Annette) Yoo, PharmDAh Lim (Annette) Yoo, PharmD is a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland Baltimore after completing her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech. Annette completed her PGY-1 residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Her PGY-1 research project was the implementation of a DOAC monitoring service in an outpatient clinic. Her research this year is investigating the impact of a primary care clinical pharmacist in patients living with HIV. In her spare time, Annette enjoys indoor spinning, yelp-ing new coffee shops/breweries, and tackling new recipes!

Elaina Etter, PharmD, (R224)

Elaina Etter, PharmD

Elaina Etter, PharmD is the PGY-2 Critical Care Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Grady Health System. Her interests include anticoagulation reversal, ICU delirium management and prevention, pain management, and traumatic brain injury. Her PGY-1 research project assessed atypical antipsychotic prescribing practices following severe traumatic injury. This year her research is assessing a ketamine-first strategy versus standard-of-care analgosedation in mechanically ventilated patients. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts (especially true crime), exploring the outdoors, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, and spending time with family and friends.

Bryan Keen, PharmD (R225)

Bryan Keen, PharmDBryan Keen, PharmD is the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident. Originally from Soperton, GA, he received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Union University (Jackson, TN) and completed his PGY-1 at Charleston Area Medical Center (Charleston, WV). His interests include resistant gram-negative and enterococcal infections and infectious processes that arise in immunocompromised patients. His PGY-1 research project evaluated the use of weight-stratified daptomycin dosing in obesity. His research this year is investigating risk factors for bacterial co-infections in patients with COVID-19. In his free time, Bryan enjoys taking his Jeep off-roading, exploring the outdoors, and cheering on the Atlanta Braves. Bryan also serves as the Chaplain for the Gulf Coast Province of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

Annalise Labatut, PharmD (R226)

Annalise Labatut, PharmDAnnalise Labatut, PharmD is the PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident. She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Annalise completed her PGY-1 residency at Grady Health System. Her research will be an assessment of near misses identified by a review of parenteral chemotherapy orders. Annalise’s professional interests include oncology and malignant hematology, as well as AIDS-related malignancies and oncologic emergencies. In her free time, Annalise enjoys spending time with her pets, traveling, and baking.

Lindsey Lindsey, PharmD (R227)

Lindsey Lindsey, PharmDLindsey Lindsey, PharmD is the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident. She received her Bachelor of Science at Georgia College and State University and Doctorate of Pharmacy from Mercer University. Lindsey completed her PGY-1 residency at Grady Health System. Lindsey’s professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care. Her PGY-1 research assessed seroconversion following Heplisav-B, hepatitis B vaccine, in patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis. Her research this year will compare grade III open fracture antibiotic prophylaxis protocols in trauma patients. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys scuba diving, cooking, and spending time hiking with her husband and dog.

Chelsea Wamsley, PharmD (R228)

Chelsea Wamsley, PharmDChelsea Wamsley, PharmD is the PGY-2 Neurology Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, and completed her PGY-1 residency training at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. Her interests include ischemic stroke, seizure disorders, and neuroplasticity. Her PGY-1 research evaluated the effects of quetiapine on QTc when used for delirium in critically ill patients. Her research this year is evaluating the safety of acute blood pressure lowering practices in spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage. In her free time, she loves to travel, try new restaurants, explore Georgia’s many hiking trails, and visit Piedmont Park with her dog, Rudy.

Hiba Yacout, PharmD, (R229)

 

Hiba Yacout, PharmDHiba Yacout, PharmD is the PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Mercer University. Hiba completed her PGY-1 residency at Grady Health System. Her PGY-1 research evaluated PrEP adherence and discontinuation at a pharmacy-supported PrEP program. Her research this year is evaluating patients initiated on long-acting injectable antipsychotics during psychiatric hospitalizations. Her professional interests include internal medicine, transitions of care, cardiology, and ambulatory care. In her free time, Hiba enjoys traveling, sharpening her multilingual skills, and spending time with family and friends.

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Previous Residents

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2020-2021

Grady Pharmacy Residents 2020-2021

Annalise Labatut, PharmD , (R220)

Lindsey Lindsey, PharmD, (R221)

Elaina Etter, PharmD, (R218)

Amanda Hammond, PharmD, MPH, (R219)

Hiba Yacout, PharmD, (R222)

Shannon Lawson, PharmD, (R214)

Haley Ellis, PharmD, MBA, (R213)

Casey Boyer, PharmD, (R212)

Millad Sobhanian, PharmD, (R216)

Shelbie Foster, PharmD, (R223)

Joseph Torrisi, PharmD, (R217)

Hannah Leschorn, PharmD, MBA (R215)

2019-2020

Kara Asselborn-Fifer, PharmD, (R200)

Emily Drwiega, PharmD, (R201)

Alexandria (Andie) Hall PharmD, (R202)

Jessica Ringler, PharmD, (R203)

Stella Ye, PharmD, (R204)

Patrick Filkins, PharmD, (R205)

Shelbie Foster, PharmD, (R206)

Hannah Leschorn, PharmD, MBA (R207)

Kristen Robinson, PharmD, (R208)

Joseph Torrisi, PharmD, (R209)

Connor Walsh, PharmD, (R210)

Alexandria May, PharmD, (R211)

2018-2019

Julianna Cebollero, PharmD, (R188)

Sarah Fisher, PharmD, (R189)

Allison Hester, PharmD, (R199)

Meshell Maxam, PharmD, (R190)

Brittny Medenwald, PharmD, (R191)

Jimmy L. Pruitt III, PharmD, (R192)

Tu-Trinh Tran, PharmD, (R193)

Jared Cavanaugh, PharmD, (R194)

Emily Drwiega, PharmD, (R195)

Alexandria (Andie) Hall, PharmD, (R196)

Alexandria May, PharmD, (R197)

Melissa Sandler, PharmD (R198)

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 - Vice President, Pharmacy and Medical Nutrition

Rondell Jaggers, PharmD, FASHP is Vice President, 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 - Pharmacy Clinical Manager

Ted Walton, PharmD, BCPS is the Pharmacy Clinical Manager and an assistant professor of pharmacy for the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy. Dr. Walton was the previous 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 medicine and nephrology and a book chapter in a recent NAPLEX review guide. Dr. Walton is a reviewer for American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Critical Care Medicine and Annals of Pharmacotherapy 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 the University of Georgia, Mercer University, 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 program accreditation and currently is a member of the Internal Medicine residency standards committee.

Marina Rabinovich, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM – Residency Director PGY-1

Marina Rabinovich, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM is the clinical pharmacy specialist for the medical intensive care unit and director for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Prior to becoming the PGY1 RPD, she served as PGY1 residency coordinator and assisted with resident orientation, longitudinal experiences, and development plans. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA in 2004, and completed pharmacy practice residency and internal medicine specialty residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. 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 teaching Advanced Pharmacology to nurse practitioner students. She is involved in various research projects and medication use evaluations, with particular interest in sepsis care, prevention of hypoglycemia and drug-induced AKI in critically ill patients, and pain, agitation, and delirium. Dr. Rabinovich is an active member of multiple committees at Grady and heavily involved in organizations at local and national levels. She served as President of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) from 2016 to 2018 and continues to be actively involved as chapter Member-at-Large and Fundraising Committee Co-Chair focusing on raising funds for Sepsis Alliance and promoting sepsis awareness via annual fundraising event, Spike out Sepsis. She currently serves as the Co-Director for the annual Southeast Critical Care Summit organizing poster presentations and continued education for healthcare providers, and is an active member of GSHP and SCCM serving on Drug Shortage Committee. Dr. Rabinovich is the recipient of the Doug Miller Clinical Pharmacist Leadership Award (2017) and enjoys mentoring pharmacy residents and students. Outside of work, Dr. Rabinovich enjoys spending time with family and two very active daughters, travel, dance and listen to live music, and explore in-town Atlanta area.

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, and Diabetes Clinic. She precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University, South University and the University of Georgia. Her areas of interest are in hypertension, hepatitis C and diabetes, with a special interest in Type 1 diabetes and diabetes technologies.

Rita Gayed, PharmD, BCCCP – Residency Director PGY-2 Critical Care

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 and burn clinic. 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 sepsis treatment, antimicrobial stewardship and multi-drug resistant organism management in the burn ICU and management of inhalation injury. Her research interests include traditional and adjunct pain management options, 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), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), 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).

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.

Michael Knauss, PharmD, BCPS, AACC, FGSHP – Residency Director PGY-2 Internal Medicine

Michael Knauss, PharmD, BCPS, AACC, FGSHP is the Director of the PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University School of Pharmacy 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 reviewer for Pharmacotherapy and the 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.

Manish Patel, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS – Residency Director PGY-2 Infectious Diseases

Manish Patel, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS 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 an HIV pharmacy residency program at Toronto General Hospital. Currently, he practices clinical pharmacy with the inpatient HIV service, Infectious Diseases Consult Service, and Antimicrobial Stewardship team at Grady. 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 traveling, playing tennis, swimming, and spending time with his 2 children. Currently, he is a member of the Georgia Society of Health-Systems.

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

Katleen Wyatt Chester, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP is a clinical pharmacist specialist in neurocritical care and director of the PGY-2 Neurology Pharmacy Residency Program, established in 2017.  Previously, she was director of the Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program. 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. 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. Dr. Chester currently serves on several committees within the multi-disciplinary Neurocritical Care Society (NCS). At the institutional level, Dr. Chester continues to oversee the Pharmacist Stroke Response Program established in 2011. 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. 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 thrombolytic therapy.

Jennifer LaFollette, PharmD, BCOP – Residency Director 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 precepts PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents, as well as, pharmacy students from Mercer University, the University of Georgia and South University. She is an Adjunct Instructor for Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology. Dr. LaFollette provides clinical pharmacy services to inpatient and outpatient hematology and oncology patients. She also serves on committees within the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence and Grady Health System (GHS) including the Cancer Center Clinical Research Committee, GHS Medication Safety Committee, and GHS Anticoagulation Management Team. She is actively involved in the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist Association, and is currently a member of the BCOP Conference Planning Committee.

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.

Sarah Boyko, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Sarah Boyko, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2017 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency followed by a PGY-2 in Internal Medicine at Grady Health System. Dr. Boyko is an active member of GSHP. She precepts the Internal Medicine rotation for PGY-1 residents as well as students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia Schools of Pharmacy. Her areas of special interest are heart failure, anticoagulation, and infectious diseases Dr. Boyko also serves on the Residency Research Advisory Committee.

Julianna Cebollero, PharmD, BCOP – Clinical Pharmacist

Julianna Cebollero, PharmD, BCOP is a Hematology/Oncology clinical pharmacist specialist at Grady’s Outpatient Cancer Center for Excellence. Dr. Cebollero earned her Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Chemistry at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. After working as a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist for three years, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2017 and later completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Oncology Specialty Residency at Grady Health System. She currently practices as an ambulatory care pharmacist with areas of interest including oral chemotherapy adherence, toxicity management, specialty pharmacy processes, and chemotherapy-related quality improvement. Dr. Cebollero is an Adjunct Instructor for the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology. She also serves on various committees including Chemotherapy Quality Committee, ASCO Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Committee, Cancer Center Clinical Research Committee, and the Residency Research Advisory Committee. Dr. Cebollero precepts P4 pharmacy students, as well as PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents.

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 and serves as the primary preceptor for the inpatient hematology rotation. Dr. Curry earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2005. She completed her pharmacy practice residency and hematology/oncology specialty residency at Grady Health System. She is an Adjunct Instructor for Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Mercer University. In addition to residents, Dr. Curry precepts pharmacy students from the University of Georgia and Mercer University and served as the coordinator for the Mercer Advanced Clinical Track (ACT) APPE students at Grady from 2012 – 2021. Additionally, she developed and implemented the residency Professional Development Program and has served as a co-coordinator for the past nine years. In 2018, Dr. Curry was the recipient of the Emory Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Award and in 2019, she was named the APPE Preceptor of the Year for Mercer University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Curry serves on multiple hospital-wide committees including the Anticoagulation Management Team, the COVID Clinical Best Practice Committee, and is a core team member of the ASCO Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Committee. Most recently, she was asked to sit on the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) Oral Chemotherapy Collaborative, a new national committee on which she is excited to serve. Outside, of work, Dr. Curry is actively involved in the community and serves on the Board of Directors at the Dunwoody Nature Center.

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 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 a 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 Grady.

Kristina Evans, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Kristina Evans, PharmD, BCPS, is a clinical pharmacist specialist in internal medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, GA in 2013. She then completed two years of residency at Grady Health System with her PGY2 specialty residency in internal medicine. After completion of residency, Dr. Evans worked in internal medicine at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. While in Louisville, Dr. Evans was active on several multi-disciplinary committees within the organization, precepted pharmacy residents and students, and helped develop the PGY2 internal medicine residency at ULH. After returning to Grady Health System, Dr. Evans has served as an internal medicine preceptor for the PGY2 internal medicine resident, PGY1 residents, and students from both Mercer University and the University of Georgia. She also serves on the Residency Research Advisory Committee. Dr. Evans’s clinical interests include heart failure, diabetes, and optimizing the role of the clinical pharmacist within the healthcare organization.

Allison Hester, PharmD, BCACP – Clinical Pharmacist

Allison Hester Leidheiser, PharmD, BCACP is a clinical pharmacist in ambulatory care. Originally from Indiana, Dr. Leidheiser received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy. While living in Indiana she taught English as a Second Language to adults in her community and also contributed to the development of a new international rotation in Bogotá, Colombia for Purdue pharmacy students. In 2017 she moved to Atlanta and completed both a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency and a PGY-2 Residency in Ambulatory Care at Grady Health System. As a resident, her genetic research project on Familial Hypercholesterolemia received second place at the National Lipid Association 2019 Scientific Sessions. Dr. Leidheiser continues to be a strong advocate for the local immigrant population and she now practices in two multilingual outpatient family medicine clinics. She loves to precept residents and students. Her professional areas of interest include cardiovascular risk reduction, indigent care, global health, and the development and implementation of novel ambulatory care pharmacy services.

Nicole Little, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacist

Nicole Little, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist in primary care. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, LA. She completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the Birmingham VA Medical Center where her focus was on ambulatory care. Dr. Little practices in the outpatient Morehouse internal medicine clinic, Emma I. Darnell geriatric center and the newest Camp Creek comprehensive care clinic. She is an active member of both GSHP and ASHP. She precepts 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 geriatrics, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and smoking cessation.

Alexandria May, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Alexandria May, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist specialist in ambulatory care. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2018 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 ambulatory care specialty residency at Grady Health System. Dr. May currently practices in the primary care setting at the Kirkwood Family Medicine Clinic and in the neurology clinic at the Grady Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center. Dr. May serves as co-chair of the Residency Research Advisory Committee and is an active member of GHSP, ASHP, and ACCP. She precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia as well as PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. Her professional areas of interest include mental health, migraine/headache disorders, and diabetes with a focus on cardiovascular risk reduction.

Katie McDaniel, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Katie McDaniel, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist in ambulatory care managing patients referred for HCV treatment. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. Dr. McDaniel completed a PGY-1 residency in Managed Care followed by a PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, GA. Dr. McDaniel practices in the outpatient Grady Liver Clinic, primary care clinic, and serves as a resource to the Grady specialty clinics. She precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia as well as PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents. Dr. McDaniel is secretary of the Vaccine Expert Panel and serves as a pharmacy liaison for the Epic Ambulatory Optimization committee. She is a member of AASLD, GSHP, and ACCP and serves on the Education committee for GSHP.

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 “Libby” 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 the clinical coordinator of the first PGY-2 neurology specialty pharmacy residency in a comprehensive stroke center. She also assists with the coordination of the PGY-1 Pharmacy residency program and advanced pharmacy practice experience.  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 the Surgery/Trauma ICU. Dr. Morrison received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006. He completed a 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, Dr. Morrison practiced at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL 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. He is active within the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) serving on multiple multidisciplinary committees. His professional interests include the pharmacological management of polytrauma, neurotrauma, emergent reversal of life-threatening coagulopathy, organ donor management, targeted temperature management, status epilepticus/refractory seizures, infectious diseases, and pain/agitation/delirium. Dr. Morrison precepts both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents, as well as P4 pharmacy students.

Joseph Oliva, PharmD, BCACP - Clinical Pharmacist

Joseph Oliva, PharmD, BCACP is a clinical pharmacist specialist in ambulatory care. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from MCPHS University in Boston, MA in 2018. After pharmacy school, Dr. Oliva completed his PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency training at the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Oliva currently practices in primary care in the Diabetes Center at Grady Hospital. He thoroughly enjoys precepting all levels of learners including pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia, as well as pharmacy residents. His areas of interest include diabetes and other chronic disease state management such as dyslipidemia or hypertension, cardiovascular risk reduction, polypharmacy, and transitions of care.

Melissa P. Patel, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacist

Melissa P. Patel, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist in Internal Medicine and Acute Care in the Elderly. 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 where she practiced in multiple areas including Internal Medicine and Critical Care. She is an active member of both the Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP) and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and serves on the education committee for GSHP. Dr. Patel’s interests include geriatrics, neurology, diabetes, pain management, process improvement development, and growing as an educator for students and residents. She precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University, University of Georgia, and South University.

Lindsay Schaack Rothstein, PharmD, DABAT – Clinical Pharmacist

Lindsay Schaack Rothstein, PharmD, DABAT is a clinical pharmacist in the Emergency Care Center (ECC). She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from The University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy (Go Dawgs!). Dr. Schaack Rothstein then completed a PGY1 residency at Grady Health System followed by a toxicology fellowship with the Georgia Poison Center. Upon completion of her fellowship, she successfully sat for the clinical toxicology board exam and is now a Diplomat of the American Board of Applied Toxicology. In addition to working in the ECC, Dr. Schaack Rothstein takes call for the Georgia Poison Center once per month where she acts as the toxicologist on-call for the state of Georgia.

Nathalie See, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacist

Nathalie See, PharmD is a graduate of University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Orlando, FL. After completion of her PharmD, she completed a PGY1 at West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL and a PGY2 in Ambulatory Care at UF Health Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. See is currently the clinical pharmacist for the Rheumatology, Dermatology, and Gastroenterology Clinics. Her areas of interest include specialty pharmacy and chronic disease state management.

Kruti Shah, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP – Clinical Pharmacist

Kruti Shah, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP is a clinical pharmacist specialist in drug information and drug policy development.  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 drug information, drug shortage planning, medication utilization, and formulary management. In addition, she serves as the preceptor for PGY-1 residency longitudinal and elective Drug Information learning experience. She precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University, University of Georgia and South University.  She is involved in various committees at Grady Health System, including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and various subcommittees and expert panels.

Brad Smith, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP – Clinical Pharmacist

Brad Smith, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP is a clinical pharmacist specialist in primary care. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, GA. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah, GA and a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He received his American Academy of HIV Medicine Pharmacist certification in 2018 and then became a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in 2019. Dr. Smith provides primary care services in the outpatient HIV clinic and runs the pharmacy-based HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) program. He precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia. He also preceptors both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. Dr. Smith was the recipient of the 2019-2020 UGA Preceptor of the Year for the North Georgia area. He is currently a member of GSHP, ASHP, IDSA, HIVMA, and ACCP. He currently serves on the Education and Communications Committees for GSHP as well as the Research Advisory Committee for Grady. Dr. Smith’s areas of special interest are related to primary care in patients with HIV, the prevention of HIV transmission, and pharmacy-lead public health initiatives.

Kate Tauson, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Kate Tauson, PharmD, BCPS is a graduate of The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson, AZ. After completion of her PharmD, she completed a PGY1 at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. She then went on to complete a specialty residency in Critical Care at University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining Grady Health System (GHS) in 2014, Kate practiced as a specialist in the ICU at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA and then the Emergency Department at Emory University Hospital Midtown. At GHS, Kate currently combines both an ambulatory and inpatient role as the pharmacist in the Chronic Care Clinic as well as the Emergency Care Center.

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.

Joseph Torrisi, PharmD - Clinical Pharmacist

Joseph Torrisi, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist in infectious diseases and covers the ID consult, antimicrobial stewardship, and inpatient HIV services. He completed his undergraduate and pharmacy schooling at the University of South Carolina in 2019. Subsequently, he completed both his PGY-1 and PGY-2 infectious disease residency at Grady Health System in 2021. His professional areas of interest include HIV/AIDS, multi-drug resistant organisms, and infectious diseases in critically ill patients. He is a member of ASHP, GSHP, SIDP, and the ACCP ID PRN organizations.

Alyssa Utz, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Alyssa Utz, PharmD, BCPS is an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at Grady Health System. Dr. Utz received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and her Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, GA and her PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Utz received Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2018. She practices in the outpatient anticoagulation clinic and serves as the Anticoagulation Stewardship Pharmacist leading various quality improvement projects related to anticoagulation within the health system. Dr. Utz is an active member of GSHP and ACCP. Her areas of interest include anticoagulation management, quality improvement, and precepting.

Connor Walsh, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacist

Connor Walsh, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist in Grady’s emergency care center. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2019. Dr. Walsh completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Grady Health System, followed by a PGY-2 clinical toxicology fellowship through the Georgia Poison Center. His professional and academic interests include venomous animal and insect bites/stings, acute and chronic overdose management, and acute care of COVID-19. He is an active member of AACT. Dr. Walsh is looking forward to precepting students with similar interests in the near future.

Stella Ye, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Stella Ye, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist in Grady’s Transitions of Care Clinic. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2018 from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Ye completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, followed by a PGY-2 residency in Internal Medicine at Grady Health System. Dr. Ye precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia, as well as PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. Her professional areas of interest include cardiology, anticoagulation, infectious diseases, and transitions of care. She is an active member of GSHP.

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Program Directors Contacts

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Marina Rabinovich, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM – [email protected]

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

PGY-2 Critical Care Residency
Rita Gayed, PharmD, BCCCP– [email protected]

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

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency

Manish Patel, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS – [email protected]

PGY-2 Internal Medicine Residency
Michael Knauss, PharmD, BCPS– [email protected]

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

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