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Residency Preceptors

Acquisto
Nicole Acquisto, PharmD, FCCP, BCCCP
Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Nicole Acquisto, PharmD, FCCP, BCCCP, received a doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaleida Health in Buffalo and a PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Acquisto works as the EM Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at URMC. In addition to clinical practice responsibilities, she was the former director of the PGY2 EM Pharmacy Residency program for 7 years, manages an emergency department antimicrobial stewardship program and is actively involved in the education of pharmacy and medical students and residents as well as the pre-hospital providers and nursing staff. She has research and therapeutics publications, has been the recipient of several American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation research grant awards, an ASHP Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy, New York State Chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Research Award, ASHP Pharmacy Residency Excellence New Preceptor Award, and ACCP New Clinical Practitioner Award. She is a Past-Chair of the ACCP Emergency Medicine Practice and Research Network, a past-member of the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Section Advisory Group on Emergency Care, current member of the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Section Advisory Group on Clinical Leadership, is a Fellow of ACCP and a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.

 

 

Amsler
Michelle E. Amsler, MS, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist II, Wilmot Cancer Institute Investigational Drug Service (IDS)

Michelle E. Amsler, MS, PharmD, BCOP, earned a MS in regulatory affairs and quality assurance from Temple University School of Pharmacy and a doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After graduation, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University at Buffalo / Erie Country Medical Center and a PGY2 residency in oncology pharmacy at the University of Rochester Medical Center / Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Amsler serves on the HOPA membership committee, the University of Rochester Institutional Review Board (IRB), Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Peer Review Committee, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Data Safety Monitoring Committee. She is a preceptor for pharmacy students at St. John Fisher College, D’Youville College and the State University at Buffalo, as well as the PGY2 oncology IDS rotation.

 

 

Bean
Stephen A. Bean, PharmD
Pharmacist, Investigational Drug Service

Stephen A. Bean, PharmD, earned his BS Pharmacy degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy and his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. 

Bean joined UR Medicine’s Department of Pharmacy in 1989 and has served as a research pharmacist since 1993 when the Investigational Drug Service was created. He also served as manager of the IDS which includes both oncology and non-oncology operations. 

He is a preceptor for elective rotations in the IDS for both IPPE and APPE students from multiple schools of pharmacy. He also serves as a preceptor for elective rotations for residents.

 

 

Camaione
Lauren Camaione, PharmD, BCPPS
Pediatric Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Lauren Camaione, PharmD, BCCPS, is a Pediatric Clinical Staff Pharmacist at UR Medicine. She received her doctorate of pharmacy from St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at the Albany Medical Center in Alany and a PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Camaione is a preceptor for the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency Infectious Diseases rotation for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. She is also the director of the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency program.

 

 

Cipriano
Gabriela C. Cipriano, PharmD
Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Gabriela C. Cipriano, PharmD, is an Associate Professor for the Pharmacy Practice Department at St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. She earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from Washington State University, Spokane. She then pursued post graduate training and completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency at UR Medicine.

Cipriano precepts third- and fourth-year pharmacy students during their Introductory Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience years and the PGY1 URMC community pharmacy residents at the Jordan Health Center in Rochester. She practices under a Collaborative Drug Therapy Management agreement focusing on chronic disease state and anticoagulation management, providing clinical pharmacy services to a unique population encountering under-insured, under-served, and Spanish-speaking patients in a site that has been accredited as a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

 

Jenna Clark
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - MICU

Jenna completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and her Doctor of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College. She completed both a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center before joining the critical care-ED pharmacy team at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2018.

 

Connor
Kathryn A. Connor, PharmD, BCCCP
Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Kathryn A. Connor, PharmD, BCCCP, serves as Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy and is a Critical Care Clinical Specialist at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Connor earned a doctorate in pharmacy at Wayne State University in Detroit. She completed a PGY1 Residency at John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at the Regional Medical Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in Memphis, Tennessee. She has had the opportunity to practice pharmacy in the mid-west, east coast and mid‐south.

Connor is the Faculty Liaison for the WSoP student ACCP chapter and is passionate about involving students in clinical pharmacy and professional organizations.

 

 

Cooley
Jennifer Cooley, PharmD, BCPS
Abdominal Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Jennifer Cooley, PharmD, BCPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at The VA Connecticut Healthcare System and has worked with the kidney and liver transplant teams at UR Medicine since 2007.

She serves as a preceptor for PGY1 pharmacy practice residents completing elective rotations in solid organ transplant and PGY2 infectious disease residents during transplant infectious disease rotations. She is an Associate Professor and preceptor for students at University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy and University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

 

 

Cristofaro
Lisa Cristofaro, RPh, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Hepatology/Fertility

Lisa Cristofaro, RPh, BCACP, earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She became a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Specialist in 2017. She serves on the URSP Quality Management Committee and the University of Rochester Residency Advisory Committee. She is a preceptor for APPE students, PGY1 community residents, PGY1 pharmacy residents and PGY2 infectious diseases residents in specialty pharmacy rotations with a focus in hepatology and research.

 

 

Crowley
Amber Crowley, PharmD, MS-MTM, BCPS, BCACP
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist

Amber Crowley, PharmD, MS-MTM, BCPS, BCACP, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Upon graduation, she completed PGY1 Pharmacy residency at Upstate Medical University and a PGY2 in Emergency Medicine/Critical Care at Strong Memorial Hospital. She also pursued a master’s of science at The University of Florida in Medication Therapy Management.

Crowley is a preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 residents in ambulatory care rotations.

 

 

Delibert
Kendra Delibert, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Outpatient Hematology/Oncology at UR Specialty Pharmacy

Kendra Delibert, PharmD, BCOP, earned her bachelor of science degree from Mercyhurst University and her doctor of pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Delibert began her career as a PGY1 inpatient pharmacy resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed her PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency at Wilmot Cancer Institute. She has continued her career as a clinical specialist at the University of Rochester Specialty pharmacy. She practices in leukemia, bone marrow transplant and benign hematology in the ambulatory care setting. She is board certified in oncology pharmacy and serves as a clinical preceptor for the outpatient ambulatory hematology/oncology rotations for PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents and students. In addition, she is an active member of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA).  

 

 

Delibert
Samantha Delibert, PharmD, BCCCP
Neuromedicine ICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Samantha Delibert, PharmD, BCCCP, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy. After graduation, she completed her PGY1 residency at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, PA, and then a PGY2 critical care residency at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.

Delibert serves as a member of the Critical Care Quality Council, Anticoagulation Subcommittee, Residency Advisory Committee and a Mock Code Facilitator at UR Medicine. She is a preceptor for APPE students, PGY1 residents, as well as PGY2 Emergency Medicine and Critical Care residents.

 

 

Dick
Travis Dick, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Associate Director of Pharmacy | Clinical Services 
Director | PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Travis Dick, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Communication from the University of New Mexico followed by a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then completed both PGY1 and PGY2 residencies at Duke University Hospital where he specialized in Solid Organ Transplantation. After residency training, Travis relocated to Utah where he was a clinical pharmacy specialist prior to becoming the clinical coordinator for the transplant team and the PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator at Intermountain Medical Center. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist that has published peer-reviewed manuscripts and has presented at state, national, and international meetings. 

Travis is currently an Associate Director of Pharmacy at Strong Memorial Hospital where he is responsible for clinical pharmacy services and is the Director of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. He has been involved in residency training since completing his PGY2 training and has served as a preceptor for clinical and management rotations, precepted research projects and presentations, served as a Residency Program Coordinator, chaired residency-related committees, and directed PGY2 residency programs in Infectious Diseases and Oncology. He holds faculty appointments at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry as well as at St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. 

Travis is active in state and national pharmacy organizations and is a past-president of the New York State Chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and was a member of the 2018 Annual Planning Committee for the 2018 ACCP Global Conference.  He is also a past board member for the Utah State Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has served in the House of Delegates for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Today, he chairs the Professional Affairs Committee for the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists, serves on the Leadership Development Section Advisory Group for ASHP, and is on the Certification Affairs Committee for ACCP.

 

 

Echtenkamp
Christine Echtenkamp, PharmD
Pediatric Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Christine Echtenkamp, PharmD, earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy. She recently completed a PGY1 residency at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Echtenkamp currently serves as a pediatric clinical staff pharmacist and is a co-preceptor for residents completing rotations in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. Her clinical interests include pediatric intensive care and cardiology.

 

 


Jennifer Falvey, PharmD, BCPS
Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Jennifer Falvey, PharmD, BCPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island. After graduation, she completed her PGY1 residency at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, AZ, and then a PGY2 cardiology residency at Boston Medical Center.

She serves as a member of the Anticoagulation Subcommittee, Residency Advisory Committee, Advanced Heart Failure Quality Assurance committee, and the Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplant/Ventricular Assist Device listing committee. She is a preceptor for APPE students, PGY1 residents, as well as PGY2 Emergency Medicine and Critical Care residents completing elective rotations in cardiology.

 

 

Matthew O
Michael Flannery, PharmD
Sherwood I. Deutsch Outpatient Pharmacy Manager

Michael Flannery, PharmD, earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy. He worked as a retail pharmacist for fifteen years. During this time he was first a staff pharmacist and then a supervising pharmacist for twelve of those fifteen years at a chain pharmacy located in his home town. In August of 2016, Michael was hired as the manager of the Outpatient Pharmacy. For the last two years he has helped to implement a number of initiatives within the department, the most recent being the transition of the Outpatient Pharmacy to a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation. Michael has been both an IPPE and an APPE preceptor to a number of students from the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy and the Eschelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina.

 

 


Justin Foster, PharmD, MSBA
Informatics Clinical Specialist

Justin Foster, PharmD, MS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. Upon graduation, he completed PGY1 and PGY2 Informatics residencies at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, IL.

Foster is a preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 residents in pharmacy informatics rotations and the lead data analyst for pharmacy research projects. He attended the University of Rochester Simon School of Business and graduated with a Master of Science in Business Administration.

 

 

Gashlin
Lauren Gashlin, PharmD
Medication Safety and Policy Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Lauren Gashlin, PharmD, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency at the Strong Memorial Hospital.

Gashlin is a preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 residents in Medication Safety elective and Therapeutics Committee longitudinal rotations. In addition, she coordinates the summer pharmacy internship program.

 

 

Geiser
L Thomas Geiser, PharmD
Pharmacist, Investigational Pharmacy at Wilmot Cancer Institute

Tom Geiser, PharmD, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Florida School of Pharmacy. Prior to receiving his PharmD, he received a Bachelor of Science degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from State University of New York at Albany. He also completed a PGY1 residency at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Geiser is a preceptor for IPPE students and PGY2 residents in oncology rotations at the Wilmot Cancer Institute.

 

 

Groth
Christine M. Groth, PharmD, FCCM, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator-Adult Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Christine M. Groth, PharmD, BCCCP, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She then completed a PGY2 residency in critical care and emergency medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Groth is the program director for the PGY2 Critical Care residency program at URMC and is a preceptor for APPE students, PGY1 pharmacy residents, and PGY2 emergency medicine residents. She has served as the principal investigator for two multi-center studies and is an active member of both the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Critical Care Practice and Research Network and the Society of Critical Care Medicine Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section.

 

 

Haas
Curtis E. Haas, PharmD, FCCP
Director of Pharmacy

Curtis E. Haas, PharmD, FCCP, received his BS from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1982, and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1989. He is the Director of Pharmacy for the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Haas spent the first 18 years of his professional career in the acute care environment progressing through many clinical, administrative, and research responsibilities ranging from staff pharmacist to director of the Clinical Pharmacology Trials Unit. In 2000, he joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, eventually promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. In 2006, he accepted his current position.

For 17 years, he specialized in critical care pharmacy practice and maintained an active teaching, practice and research program with numerous publications and national presentations in critical care therapeutics. His many professional service activities include serving two three-year terms as a Board member for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, appointment to the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties for 6 years, and serving as President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Haas has been involved in the training and education of pharmacy students, residents and fellows for more than 25 years.

 

 

Handzel
Michele Handzel, PharmD, BCCCP
Emergency Medicine Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Michele Handzel, PharmD, BCCCP, earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and biochemistry from Mercyhurst College and a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency in pharmacy practice at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE, and a PGY2 residency in critical care pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Handzel is a preceptor for APPE students as well as PGY1 and PGY2 residents in emergency medicine rotations.​

 

 

Henry
Danielle E. Henry, PharmD
Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Danielle E. Henry, PharmD, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Following graduation, Danielle completed her PGY1 residency at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY. She is a preceptor for IPPE students and PGY1 residents in their pharmacy practice rotation.

 

 


Hutchinson
David J. Hutchinson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy

David J. Hutchinson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at The Ohio State University and a PGY2 pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers. In 2008, Dr. Hutchinson joined St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. 

In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Hutchinson provides clinical pharmacy services at Golisano Children’s Hospital. He is a preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 residents for the general pediatrics rotation. His expertise is pediatric pharmacotherapy, nutrition, cystic fibrosis and epilepsy. He is active in local, state, and national pharmacy organizations.  His research interests include stability of compounded products and academic assessment.

 

 


Jennifer Iuppa Melaragno, PharmD, BCPS
Abdominal Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Jennifer Iuppa Melaragno, PharmD, BCPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Upon graduation, she pursued post-graduate training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where she completed both PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 solid organ transplant training. Following her residencies, Iuppa Melaragno practiced as a clinical specialist in lung transplantation for three years at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Iuppa Melaragno serves as the co-chair of the Pharmacy Department’s Residency Program Research Committee. She also serves nationally as a member-at-large on the American Society of Transplantation’s (AST) Transplant Pharmacy Community of Practice Executive Committee (TxPharm CoP), is the chair of the AST TxPharm CoP’s Programming & Education committee, and is the chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Immunology & Transplantation PRN Research Committee. She serves as an adjunct faculty member for the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy and University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a preceptor for APPE students, PGY1 residents, and PGY2 Infectious Disease and Ambulatory Care residencies.

 

 

Juba
Kate Juba, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Kate Juba, PharmD, BCPS, received her doctorate of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at UB/Niagara Hospice. After her residency she was a pain and palliative clinical pharmacy specialist for three years at Suncoast Hospice in Pinellas County, FL. 

She teaches third- and fourth-year pharmacy students in the palliative care service at the Strong Memorial Hospital.

She precepts the URMC PGY1 and PGY2 palliative care rotations. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Her research interests focus on pain management and hospice/palliative care pharmacotherapy. She is an active member of the Society of Palliative Care Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

 

 

Kalvaitis
Keith Kalvaitis, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical-Staff Pharmacist Manager for Critical Care and Emergency Medicine

Keith Kalvaitis, PharmD, BCPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Services in Indianapolis. Upon graduation, he completed his PGY1 pharmacy residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. He began as a clinical staff pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2008 and transitioned in a team leader role for the Critical Care/ED team in 2013. From 2013-2014 he completed an ASHP Foundation traineeship in Critical Care. Keith also serves as adjunct faculty at St. John Fisher School Wegmans School of Pharmacy and serves as a preceptor for the PGY2 program in Critical Care.

 

 

Kanouse
Eric Kanouse, PharmD
Informatics Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Eric Kanouse, PharmD, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Upon graduation, he completed a PGY1 residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has worked as a clinical pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital in Emergency Medicine and Pharmacy Informatics. Starting in 2018 he transitioned to his current role as a full time clinical informatics pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital and precepts PGY1 residents in pharmacy informatics.

 

 

Klajbor
Kerri Klajbor, RPh, MS, BCPP
Strong Ties Pharmacy Supervising Pharmacist

Kerri Klajbor, RPh, MS, BCPP, earned a bachelor of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. After working in the field of psychiatry, she obtained board certification for psychiatric pharmacy. She obtained a master’s of science degree at the University of Rochester Simon Business School in Medical Management.

She is a preceptor for APPE students from St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy and University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as PGY1 community residents.

 

 

Knoeck
Marvin Knoeck, Jr., MS, RPh
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist

Marvin Knoeck Jr, MS, RPh, completed a combined master's of science in hospital pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota, concurrent with a PGY1 hospital pharmacy residency.

He is the PGY2 Oncology preceptor for the Chemotherapy Drug Preparation and Outpatient Infusion Center rotation. He is also involved in the training of IPPE and APPE students from St. John Fisher College Wegman's School of Pharmacy and the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

 

 

Kokanovich
Kate M. Kokanovich, PharmD, BCCCP
Emergency Medicine Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Kate M. Kokanovich, PharmD, BCCCP, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College after completing a bachelor of arts degree at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice and PGY2 Emergency Medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital.

She serves as a preceptor for APPE students from several different pharmacy schools as well as PGY1 and PGY2 residents in the UR Medicine Emergency Department, and is the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency director. She also participates in interdisciplinary education including facilitating organization-wide mock code simulations, trauma simulations, and trauma skills education for emergency medicine nurses.

 

 

Kozakiewicz
Jessica Kozakiewicz, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Specialty Pharmacy

Jessica Kozakiewicz, PharmD, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science. Following graduation she completed a PGY1 residency at Lifetime Health Medical Group and the University at Buffalo focused in ambulatory care. She is a preceptor for IPPE, APPE, and PGY1 residents.

 

 

Lako
Rezarta Lako, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Rezarta Lako, PharmD, BCPS, received her doctorate of pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. After completing her residency she held clinical staff positions at local hospitals and served as a Transitions of Care Specialist. She is currently a clinical pharmacist at a primary care center that services adult patients with complex childhood onset conditions.

 

 

Lindner
Chelsey Lindner, PharmD
Oncology Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy

Chelsey Lindner, PharmD, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College. Following graduation, she completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. She began working with the Specialty Pharmacy and transitioned into an oncology position offering outpatient oral chemotherapy management at the Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Lindner is a preceptor for PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy residency program, and for APPE students and PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residents completing elective rotations in oncology.

 

 

Manou
Katie Manou, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Specialty Pharmacy

Katie Manou, PharmD, BCACP, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy residency at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Manou serves as the clinical pharmacist for the cardiology and pulmonology branches of the Specialty Pharmacy, with particular interest in management of hyperlipidemia, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She is a preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 residents and also accepts students interested in shadowing.

 

 

McCarthy
Kate McCarthy, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy

Katharine (Kate) McCarthy, PharmD, BCACP, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Upon graduation, she pursued a PGY1 ambulatory care residency at Strong Memorial Hospital.

McCarthy serves as a clinical pharmacist for the allergy/rheumatology clinic assisting with medication therapy management. She is a preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 residents in the community pharmacy residency program, offering experiences in immunology/rheumatology specialty areas as well as research experiences.

 

 

Moore
Jeremiah Moore, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Specialty Pharmacy-Hematology Oncology

Jeremiah Moore, PharmD, BCOP, earned his bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and his doctor of pharmacy degree from the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. 

He began his career at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2010 as a clinical staff pharmacist and has served as a clinical pharmacist specialist since 2014. Moore is board certified in oncology pharmacy and serves as a clinical preceptor for the outpatient ambulatory hematology/oncology rotations for PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents. He serves as an adjunct professor at the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy as well as a preceptor for APPE students. In addition, he is an active member of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA). Clinical interests include clinical research in hematological malignancies.

 

 

Napolitano
Teresa Napolitano, PharmD, BCOP
Oncology Pharmacy Manager

Teresa Napolitano, PharmD, BCOP, earned a doctor of pharmacy degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester. Upon graduation, she worked in the retail setting before switching her career to hospital practice. She worked as a pediatric pharmacist at St. Louis Children's Hospital where she became passionate about oncology. Born and raised in Rochester, she moved back home and took a position as a clinical oncology staff pharmacist at the Wilmot Cancer Institute, where she practiced in both the inpatient and outpatient oncology settings. Teresa is now the Oncology Pharmacy Manager. 

She is a board certified oncology pharmacist and currently precepts PGY2 residents during their longitudinal Pharmacy Practice rotation. She is an advocate for patient safety and currently is part of the Adverse Drug Event Committee and the Pediatric Oncology Workgroup for the cancer institute. 

 

 

Phillips
Michelle Phillips, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy

Michelle Phillips, PharmD, BCOP, earned her doctorate of pharmacy from St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 Community Residency at Strong Memorial Hospital.

She practices in gastrointestinal and neuro-oncology in the Wilmot Cancer Institute ambulatory clinic. Prior to that, she spent time as a community pharmacist in a large retail chain. She is currently the director of the UR Medicine Scholars Program for fourth year pharmacy students from St. John Fisher College. Her interests include patient education, optimizing medication therapy, medication deprescribing, and side effect management.

 

 

Pillinger
Kelly E. Pillinger, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director

Kelly Pillinger, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 and PGY2 Infectious Diseases residency at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. 

Pillinger has been practicing in infectious diseases since 2012. Recently, she joined the pharmacy department after serving as an Infectious Disease Clinical Team Leader at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Her professional interests include treatment of infections due to multi-drug resistant gram-negative organisms (CRE), immunocompromised/bone marrow transplant population, and antimicrobial stewardship. She is passionate about clinical research and has published numerous articles and posters as well as book chapters in infectious diseases. She serves as a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP) and as an active member of several committees for the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP). She is actively engaged in teaching and has precepted over 25 residents and pharmacy students since completing her residency training.

 

 

Rappaport
Stephen Rappaport, PharmD, BCPS
Surgical Critical Care Clinical Specialist

Stephen Rappaport, PharmD, BCPS, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center and a Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He currently works as the Surgical Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Strong Memorial Hospital. In addition to clinical practice responsibilities, he is the co-chair of the Pharmacy Resident Research Committee and is actively involved in the education of pharmacy and medical students and residents as well as nursing staff.

 

 

Reid
Leigh Ann Reid, PharmD, BCPS
Transitional Care Clinical Pharmacist

Leigh Ann Reid, PharmD, BCPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. She has worked as a clinical staff pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital and Kenmore Mercy Hospital (Catholic Health) in Buffalo. Starting in 2015 she transitioned to her current role as a transitional care pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital and precepts PGY1 residents in transitions of care rotations.

 

 

Richards
Kyle W. Richards, PharmD, BCPPS
Investigation Drug Services Manager

Kyle W. Richards, PharmD, BCPPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he completed a PGY1 pediatric residency at Strong Memorial Hospital.

He serves as the Investigation Drug Services Manager, and is a preceptor for APPE students, PGY1, and PGY2 residents in pediatric hematology-oncology elective rotations.

 

 

Rightmier
Elizabeth Rightmier, PharmD, BCPS, MSCS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Specialty Pharmacy

Elizabeth Rightmier, PharmD, BCPS, MSCS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She completed PGY2 infectious diseases and PGY1 pharmacy residencies at Strong Memorial Hospital. She became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2012 and obtained Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Certified Specialist credentialing through the Consortium of MS Centers in 2016. She serves as chair of the URSP Quality Management Committee. She is a preceptor for APPE students, PGY1 community residents and PGY1 pharmacy residents in specialty pharmacy rotations with a focus in MS and research.

 

 


Anne Schweighardt, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Anne Schweighardt, PharmD, BCPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she pursued a PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is a preceptor for IPPE and APPE students as well as PGY1 resident internal medicine rotations.

 

 

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Stephanie Shulder, PharmD, BCIDP
Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Stephanie Shulder, PharmD, BCIDP, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she completed PGY1 and PGY2 infectious diseases residencies at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Shulder serves as the co-chair for the Antimicrobial Stewardship subcommittee at URMC and serves as a member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP). She is also a pharmacist faculty member for St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. She is a preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 and PGY2 residents in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship rotations.

Her professional interests include management of patients with multi-drug resistant organisms and antimicrobial stewardship.

 

 

Smith
Andrew P. Smith, PharmD, CDE, BCPS, MSBA
Transitional Care Clinical Pharmacist

Andrew P. Smith, PharmD, CDE, BCPS, MSBA, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Upon graduation, he worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center for 2 years before returning to the Rochester area to work at Strong Memorial Hospital. Starting in 2012 he transitioned to his current role as a transitional care pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital and precepts pharmacy residents and students in transitions of care rotations.

 

 

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Betsy Smith, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Specialty Pharmacy

Betsy Smith, PharmD, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Upon graduation, she pursued a PGY1 residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. 

After completion of her PGY1, Smith served as a clinical staff pharmacist in the inpatient pharmacy. She then transitioned to serve as the manager/team leader for the medical-surgical group of inpatient pharmacists. Recently, she started serving in a new role in the Specialty Pharmacy at University of Rochester Medical Center. She now works closely with the Gastroenterology clinics to help manage the specialty pharmacy aspects of patient care for patients who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.

 

 

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Tae Smith, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Specialist Oral Oncology, Specialty Pharmacy

Tae Smith, PharmD, BCACP, earned her doctor of pharmacy at University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has worked as an inpatient clinical staff pharmacist at both University of Virginia Health System and Strong Memorial Hospital. Since 2014, she has worked in her current position with the UR Specialty Pharmacy as a clinical oncology specialist supporting the breast, gynecological and general oncology services.

 

 

Stauber
Sierra Stauber, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Coordinator, Pediatric Pharmacy
Pediatric Intensive Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Sierra Stauber, PharmD, BCPPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After graduation, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency in pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Stauber serves as the clinical coordinator for pediatric pharmacy services at Golisano Children’s Hospital. She precepts APPE students, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residents, and PGY2 Emergency Medicine and Critical Care residents during core and elective rotations in the pediatric intensive care unit and in the pediatric cardiac care unit.

 

 

Sundberg
Jane Sundberg, PharmD, BCPP
Psychiatry Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Jane Sundberg PharmD, BCPP, earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University Of Nebraska Medical Center School Of Pharmacy. Upon graduation she completed a Psychiatric Pharmacy residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis.

She has been board certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy since 1999. Sundberg is a psychopharmacology expert of a 100-bed Psychiatric Department at Strong Memorial Hospital. Patient populations include adult, child & adolescent, geriatric, ECT, substance abuse and the Psychiatric Clinical Liason-medical patients. She also is a psychopharmacology expert participate in the Psychiatric Telemedicine ECHO geriatric and primary care clinics. She is a preceptor for pharmacy students, PGY1 pharmacy residents and PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residents from the Buffalo VA Medical Center. She also teaches psychopharmacology to the Psychiatric residents.

 

 

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Linda Thomas, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Coordinator

Linda Thomas, PharmD, BCPS, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Following graduation, she completed a PGY1 ambulatory care residency program at The Endocrine Group in conjunction with Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany.

 

 

Topping
Taylor Topping, PharmD
Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Taylor Topping, PharmD, earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo. Upon graduation he went on to complete his PGY1 residency at Strong Memorial Hospital and was subsequently hired as a clinical staff pharmacist.

He serves as a preceptor for IPPE students and UR PGY1 residents who are rotating through inpatient medicine and general clinical practice. He is also involved with nursing education and works closely with UR’s error reporting system as a part of ongoing safety initiatives.

 

 

Trawinski
Allison Trawinski, PharmD, MBA, BCACP
Assistant Director - Specialty Pharmacy
PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Director

Allison Trawinski, PharmD, MBA, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Upon graduation, she pursued a master’s of business administration at Simon Business School, University of Rochester. She also completed PGY1 Community Pharmacy residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. She is a preceptor for PGY1 residents in management, research, teaching and specialty pharmacy rotations.

 

 

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Carissa Treptow, PharmD, BCOP
Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Carissa Treptow, PharmD, BCOP, earned a bachelor’s of science degree from St. John Fisher College and a doctorate of pharmacy degree from LECOM School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Treptow serves as a preceptor for APPE students and PGY1 residents completing elective hematology/oncology rotations. She also is a preceptor for PGY2 oncology residents for the inpatient malignant hematology rotation and the PGY2 Oncology Residency Program Director.

 

 

Vasilyeva
Olga Vasilyeva, PharmD, PhD, BCPS
Operating Room Clinical Pharmacist

Olga Vasilyeva, PharmD, PhD, BCPS, received a Pharmacist Diploma with Honors from Pyatigorsk State Academy of Pharmacy in Russia in 1997. Upon graduation, she pursued a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences which focused on the structure and function of polysugars from Panax Ginseng C.A. Mey from the same institution.

Following her move to the United States in 2002, she completed her Post-doctoral training in the Department of Otolaryngology at Strong Memorial Hospital and investigated how diabetes affects age-related hearing loss. In 2008, she transitioned into the role of a Clinical Staff pharmacist and thereafter into her current role as an Operating Room Clinical Pharmacist in 2015. She offers an elective rotation in the OR for IPPE students and UR PGY1 residents interested in gaining more exposure to this area.

 

 


Jineane Venci, PharmD, MS-CI, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Jineane Venci, PharmD, MS-CI, BCACP, received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from the University of Rochester. She completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy residency at Strong Memorial Hospital and is board certified in ambulatory pharmacotherapy.

Jineane serves as a pharmacy consult service for the UR Medicine Primary Care Network. This includes assisting in team-based management of complex pharmacotherapy regimens, polypharmacy, and other medication-related concerns. She is involved with a number of population health initiates and oversees the achievement medication-related payer quality metrics.

 

 

Webster
David Webster, RPh, MSBA
Associate Director, Operations

David Webster, RPh, MSBA, earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from St. Bonaventure University, bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University at Buffalo, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. 

Webster has been a member of the Pharmacy Leadership team and in the role of Associate Director of Pharmacy Operations since 2001, overseeing innovative development of staffing models and technology implementation with a focus on continual improvement of patient safety and efficient medication distribution systems. In addition, he was the Director of the PGY1 Residency program for 12 years and currently appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Community and Preventative Medicine since 2006.

He began his career as a licensed pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital in 1993 as a Pediatric Clinical Staff Pharmacist. 

 

 

Weisbrod
Dennis Weisbrod, PharmD
Oncology Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Dennis Weisbrod, PharmD, earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as an oncology clinical staff pharmacist at the Wilmot Cancer Institute. He rounds with the inpatient Solid Tumor service and services outpatients in the Wilmot Infusion Center, as well as the Pediatric Treatment Center and Neuroimmunology Treatment Center. He coordinates review of Treatment Plan Protocols and is heavily involved in changes and updates to eRecord in conjunction with the eRecord pharmacy team.

 

 

Wiemeier
Stephanie Wiemeier, PharmD
Internal Medicine Pharmacy Specialist

Stephanie Wiemeier, PharmD, earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency at Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse.

She has worked as a medication reconciliation pharmacist at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. She has also worked as a compounding pharmacist and a clinical staff pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital. Starting in 2016 she transitioned to her current role as an internal medicine pharmacy specialist at Strong Memorial Hospital and precepts PGY1 residents in the core internal medicine rotations.

 

 

Zak
Matthew Zak, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Matthew Zak, PharmD, BCPS, graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Upon graduation he worked at the University of Rochester Medical Center for eight years in a variety of areas, including internal medicine, pediatrics, critical care and emergency medicine. He served as a primary preceptor for PGY1 internal medicine rotations for five years and sat on a number of committees at the department and hospital level.

Zak is currently the Assistant Director of Experiential Education at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy where he coordinates the four IPPE classes offered there. He also teaches in the Applied Pharmaceutics and Therapeutics sequence as well as their elective in critical care. He maintains an adjunct appointment with the University of Rochester and currently serves as a preceptor for PGY-1 residents rotating on internal medicine.