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 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

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.

Kara Asselborn-Fifer, PharmD, (R200)

Kara FiferKara Fifer, PharmD, is the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University. Kara completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.  Her interests include neurology, trauma and toxicology. Kara has been actively involved in volunteering at health clinics for the underserved populations of Indianapolis and Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Kara completed research evaluating the risk of falls in elderly patients secondary to antihypertensive treatment and determining the efficacy of labetalol versus nicardipine for blood pressure control prior to alteplase for acute ischemic stroke. Outside of pharmacy, Kara enjoys hiking, lake days, sporting events and spending time with her pup, Dexter.

Emily Drwiega, PharmD, (R201)

Emily DrwiegaEmily Drwiega, PharmD is the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident. She completed her PGY-1 at Grady Memorial Hospital after receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. During school, Emily was an active member of Phi Lambda Sigma, Phi Delta Chi, and the American Pharmacists Association. Her PGY-1 research project was to evaluate antibiotics for surgical prophylaxis in genitourinary procedures. Her professional interests include promoting antimicrobial stewardship, clinical infectious diseases research, and working with students. Emily loves pool days in the Atlanta sun, cheering on Chicago sports teams, and trying recipes from Pinterest.

Alexandria (Andie) Hall PharmD, (R202)

Andie HallAlexandria (Andie) Hall, PharmD, is the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident. She completed her PGY-1 at Grady Memorial Hospital and 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. As a PGY-1, her research included evaluating the use of a new urinary biomarker for predicting drug induced kidney injury in critically ill patients. Her professional interests include neurology, critical care, and emergency medicine. In her spare time, Andie enjoys live music, traveling, and being on the water.

Jessica Ringler, PharmD, (R203)

Jessica RinglerJessica Ringler, PharmD, is the PGY-2 Neurology Resident. She completed her pre-pharmacy track and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia. She then completed her PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. During her PGY-1 year, Jessica was actively involved in the local chapter of GSHP and participated as a mentor to local pharmacy students. Her research project evaluated the efficacy and safety of an institution-specific diabetic ketoacidosis protocol. Her interests include intracranial hemorrhages and anticoagulation reversal. Jessica is most looking forward to taking her dog for walks on the Beltline and enjoying all the food that Atlanta has to offer.

Stella Ye, PharmD, (R204)

Stella YeStella Ye, PharmD, is the PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina and went on to complete her PGY-1 training at the VA in Memphis, Tennessee. Her interests include ID, cardiology, transitions of care, and critical care. Her past research projects include assessing the pre-admission use of calcium channel blockers in sepsis outcomes and evaluating the implementation of a student-driven discharge medication reconciliation process on readmission rates. In her spare time, Stella enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and eating. She is looking forward to exploring Atlanta and taking advantage of everything this city has to offer.

Patrick Filkins, PharmD, (R205)

Patrick FilkinsPatrick Filkins, PharmD, is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident in the first year of the two-year toxicology track with Georgia Poison Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy in Hartford, Connecticut. During the three-year accelerated program, he was involved in the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP), Rho Chi Society, Connecticut Society of Health -System Pharmacy (CSHP), and American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA -ASP). Patrick has a passion for anything and everything involving toxicology, but also has interests in emergency medicine and critical care. In his spare time, he enjoys experimenting with different cooking techniques, producing music, hiking, and discovering new restaurants.

Shelbie Foster, PharmD, (R206)

Shelbie FosterShelbie Foster, PharmD, is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University after receiving her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from UGA. As a student, Shelbie volunteered at the Physician’s Care Clinic. She was also an active member of APhA, the pharmacy ambassador program, and student government. Her interests include ambulatory care, internal medicine, and infectious diseases. Her student research included the evaluation of antihypertensives in patients with chronic kidney disease, and the role of compliance aids in patients with hypertension. In her free time, Shelbie enjoys sewing, painting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Hannah Leschorn, PharmD, MBA (R207)

Hannah LeschornHannah Leschorn, PharmD, MBA, is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina and her Master of Business Administration from The Citadel Graduate College after completing her pre-requisites at Presbyterian College. She was an active member in APhA, SSHP and PLS. Her interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, and critical care. As a student, her research included evaluating the use of thrombolytic agents in acute PEs in patients with cancer and evaluating the diagnosis and treatment of UTIs in psychiatric patients with a communicative barrier. Hannah enjoys relaxing on the water, trying new restaurants, and exploring the outdoors.

Kristen Robinson, PharmD, (R208)

Kristen RobinsonKristen Nicole Robinson, PharmD, is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident. Kristen completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after completing her pre-requisites at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. As a student, she was involved in the Student National Pharmacy Association, Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students, and Kappa Epsilon. Her interests include toxicology, emergency medicine, neurology and critical care. Her research while in school focused on rates of hypertriglyceridemia and pancreatitis in cystic fibrosis patients receiving propofol. Kristen enjoys working out, traveling, spending time with family and friends, hiking and watching sports (Go Steelers!).

Joseph Torrisi, PharmD, (R209)

Joseph TorrisiJoseph Torrisi, PharmD, is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident who completed his prerequisites and Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of South Carolina. As a student, Joe worked for ContinueCare Pharmacy and interned at the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center in Columbia.  Joe was also an active member of ACCP, SNPhA, and SCSHP.  His interests include oncology, infectious diseases, and critical care. As a student, his research included evaluating the use of aspirin and other anti-platelets in patients with ischemic vascular disease and a systematic review of HCV treatment in patients receiving opioid substitution therapy. Outside of pharmacy, Joe enjoys going to the gym, rooting for the Yankees, and cooking homemade meals.

Connor Walsh, PharmD, (R210)

Connor WalshConnor Walsh, PharmD, is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident who received his PharmD at Mercer University College of Pharmacy, and received his BS in Biochemistry at Berry College. As a fourth year pharmacy student, Connor participated in the residency track program at Grady and conducted research evaluating multimodal pain management practices in the burn unit among patients with small burns. He was also a member of Kappa Psi and Phi Lambda Sigma. Connor’s practice interests include emergency medicine, toxicology, and critical care. Outside of pharmacy, Connor enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with family.

Alexandria May, PharmD, (R211)

Alexandria MayAlexandria May, PharmD, is the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care 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 disease, neurology, and mental health. Her research project this year is evaluating the presence of inappropriate fluoroquinolone and azithromycin use in nine of Grady’s primary care clinics. In her spare time, Alexandria enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

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Previous Residents

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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)

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 - 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 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 – Residency Director PGY-2 Internal Medicine

Michael Knauss, PharmD, BCPS is the Director of the PGY-2 Internal Medicine 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.

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 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.

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 – Clinical Pharmacist

Sarah Boyko, PharmD, 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 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: heart failure, anticoagulation, and infectious diseases.

Julianna Cebollero, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacist

Julianna Cebollero, PharmD is a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at Grady’s Outpatient Cancer Center for Excellence. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2017 and completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Oncology Specialty Residency at Grady Health System. Prior to receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy, she worked as a Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist. She earned a Bachelor and Master degree in Chemistry from Villanova University. She currently practices as an ambulatory care pharmacist with a primary focus on oral chemotherapy adherence.

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.

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. 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, she was active on several multi-disciplinary committees within the organization, precepted pharmacy residents and students, and helped develop their PGY2 Internal Medicine Program. Dr. Evans recently returned to Grady Health System and is excited to develop her practice back in Georgia. Her clinical interests include heart failure, diabetes, and optimizing the role of the clinical pharmacist within the healthcare organization.

Allison Hester, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacist

Allison Hester, PharmD is a clinical pharmacist in ambulatory care. Originally from Indiana, Dr. Hester received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy in 2017. 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, and she also gave an invited presentation on Pharmacy Considerations for Transgender Patients at the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Spring 2019 Meeting. Dr. Hester continues to be a strong advocate for the local immigrant population and she now practices in two multilingual outpatient family medicine clinics. She is excited to begin precepting pharmacy students from Mercer University, South University and the University of Georgia. Her professional areas of interest include diabetes, cardiovascular risk reduction, indigent care, global health, and development and implementation of novel ambulatory care pharmacy services.

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.

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.

Katie McDaniel, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Katie McDaniel, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist in ambulatory care managing patients referred for treatment chronic HCV. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. Dr. McDaniel completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency in Managed Care followed by a PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, GA. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy and ambulatory care. Dr. McDaniel practices in the outpatient Grady Liver Clinic and serves as a resource to the Grady primary care medicine clinics and transitions of care clinic. She precepts pharmacy students from Mercer University and the University of Georgia as well as pharmacy residents. Her areas of special interest are in advanced hepatology, advancing outcomes in population health, 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 “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 and Medical ICU. 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, 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. He is active within the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS), serving on multiple multidisciplinary committees. His professional interests include the pharmacological management of polytrauma, 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 organ donor management.

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.

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 her Doctor of Pharmacy from the 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 practices in the outpatient family medicine clinics 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. His 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.

Alyssa Utz, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Alyssa Utz, PharmD, BCPS is an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist in the anticoagulation clinic. 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 works on 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, cardiology, quality improvement, and precepting.

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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]