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Residency Preceptors

 

Luke ProbstLuke A. Probst, PharmD, BCPS
Director, Special Projects
Learning Experience: Pharmacy Administration

Luke Probst is the Executive Director of Pharmacy Services at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. His responsibilities include oversight of advanced clinical and distributive pharmacy services and budget/formulary management for a nearly 200 FTE pharmacy team throughout Upstate’s tertiary care academic medical center, community hospital, outpatient pharmacy and ambulatory care pharmacy services.

Luke is a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and he earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University. He holds faculty appointments as a clinical assistant professor within Upstate Medical University's Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Medicine's Section of Clinical Pharmacology. Additionally, he has served as the course instructor for Upstate School of Nursing’s Advanced Pharmacology (NURS 640) course in recent years. He has been practicing in hospital pharmacy for more than 25 years, with extensive experience in pediatric pharmacotherapy and pharmacy leadership. Probst also serves as vice chair of the Upstate Medical University Institutional Review Board.

Luke has co-authored a number of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, numerous posters and a book chapter on pediatric pharmacotherapy issues. He serves on the editorial review board of a number of pharmacy and pediatric journals. Luke has been credentialed as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 1998 and holds membership in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

 

William DarkoWilliam Darko, B.Pharm, PharmD, BCCCP
Resident Program Director, PGY-1 Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care
Coordinator, Pharmacy Residency Research Certificate Program
Coordinator, Medical Emergency Certificate Program

Learning Experience: Critical Care

William Darko earned his bachelor of pharmacy degree, B.Pharm (Hons) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa in 1993. After four years of work experience, he pursued and earned a post – graduate doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2000. He completed a pharmacy practice residency training in 2001 at Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, New York and a Critical Care Specialty Residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center/Arnold Marie Swartz College of Pharmacy, Brooklyn, New York in 2002. William Darko, is the PGY – 1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Upstate University Hospital since 2006. He also serves as a senior pharmacist at the department. Additionally, William Darko is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Clinical Pharmacology at Upstate University Hospital and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice. He is involved in numerous committees including; Pharmacy and Therapeutic (P&T) Committee, Cardiovascular Sub – Committee of the P&T committee, Anticoagulation Subcommittee of P&T, Residency Advisory Committee, Pharmacy Residency Research Committee and a member of the senior management team of the department of pharmacy.      

William Darko is very active is clinical pharmacy practice, research, pharmacy education and training. He is a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care and a preceptor for both PGY – 1 Pharmacy and PGY – 2 residents in his area of specialty. He also precepts Advance Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students. Additionally, he is the coordinator of the Clinical Research Certificate Program organized and hosted by the Pharmacy Residency Programs and the Department of Pharmacy at Upstate University Hospital in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Binghamton University and the Medical Emergency Certificate Program (MEC – Program). William Darko has collaborated with the Associated Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services and Research and other preceptors to create a culture and interest in research and publication among PGY – 1 Pharmacy residents at Upstate University Hospital, which has contributed to a very high resident research project publication rate. He is an author and co-author of more than 23 peer reviewed publications, over 60 posters and many resident platform presentations. His current research interest is in the area of improving PGY – 1 pharmacy resident training.   

 

William Darko is a member of the several pharmacy organizations including the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana and American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He is a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.

 

Kelly SteidlKelly Steidl, PharmD, BCPPS
Residency Program Director, PGY-2 Pediatrics
Learning Experience: Pediatrics

Kelly Steidl earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2008, and completed both her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital in 2009 and her PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in 2010 in Syracuse New York. After completing her residency programs, she served as a Pediatric Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and transitioned to the role of Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director in 2012. 

As Residency Program Director and Pediatric Clinical Staff Pharmacist Kelly’s primary area of interest is in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Kelly also remains active in all aspects of pediatric pharmaceutical care by being actively involved in Resident and Student education, administrative duties, pediatric related policy and procedures, technology integration with a focus on pediatric medication safety and various interprofessional pediatric committees.  Kelly is the primary preceptor for the Pediatric Rotation for PGY-1 Residents and serves as a APPE preceptor for General Pediatric rotations for many schools of pharmacy including Wilkes University School of Pharmacy, Albany College of Pharmacy, University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and St. John Fisher School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Steidl is a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist since 2015 and is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the Pediatric Pharmacy Association. 

 

Jeff SteeleJeff Steele, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID
Residency Program Director, PGY-2 Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases
Learning Experience: Infectious Diseases

Jeff Steele earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2002, and started working at Upstate University Hospital in 2003 as a staff pharmacist. Dr. Steele focused primarily on hematology/oncology before switching gears to pursue infectious diseases in 2008. He has served as preceptor for the PGY1 infectious diseases learning experience since that time, and took the role of Residency Program Director for the PGY2 infectious diseases program when it began in 2015. Dr. Steele has also been a longstanding mentor for the PGY1 program. In addition to precepting pharmacy residents, he precepts APPE students, and is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Upstate Medical University as well as several colleges of pharmacy.

As an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist, Dr. Steele has worked collaboratively with multidisciplinary groups to develop or refine initiatives to improve antibiotic use, and patient care. These efforts were recognized in 2019 when the stewardship program at Upstate was awarded as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Steele was also awarded Clinical Practitioner of the Year in 2018 by NYS ACCP. 

Dr. Steele is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with added qualifications in infectious diseases, and serves as a peer-reviewer for pharmacy-related journals. He has co-authored several publications related to infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.

 

Lisa PhillipsLisa Phillips, PharmD, CACP, BAAP, BCACP
Residency Program Director, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care
Learning Experience: Ambulatory Care

Elizabeth (Lisa) Phillips earned her B.S. in Pharmacy (1988) and Pharm.D. (1994) from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at St John Fisher School of Pharmacy – Wegmans School of Pharmacy in Rochester New York. She became faculty at SJFC in 2008 and Chair in 2018. Her clinical specialty area is in Ambulatory Care and she maintains a clinical practice in Ambulatory Care located within the Internal Medicine Ambulatory Care clinics at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where she also holds a clinical faculty appointment in the department of medicine, section of clinical pharmacology. She serves as Residency Program Director (RPD) for the ASHP accredited post-graduate year 2 (PGY-2) Ambulatory Care residency. Lisa is a Board Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider and Ambulatory Care Provider.

In her role as Chair at SJF, Lisa oversees 21 faculty in the practice and pharmacy administration disciplines. As a faculty member at the school of pharmacy she is actively engaged in teaching and in her role as RPD she is involved in post graduate pharmacy training. Lisa is very active in the profession advocating for an expanded scope of pharmacist practice and serves on the leadership committee for such initiatives.

 

Kelly UlenKelly Ulen, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director, PGY-2 Geriatrics
Learning Experience: Geriatrics

Kelly Ulen earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed her PGY-1 residency at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Kelly is the PGY-2 Geriatric residency program director and serves as a geriatric clinical pharmacy specialist at Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus in Syracuse, NY. 

Kelly is the secretary of the New York chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), past secretary of the Central New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP), and a member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She is on The Senior Care Pharmacist editorial review board and a member of the ASCP Women in Leadership committee. She serves as Preceptor for Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for APPE students. As a pharmacist devoted to geriatric care, her focus is centered on addressing the pharmacotherapeutic management of elderly patients, with an emphasis on ensuring the appropriateness of each drug therapy regimen and patient education for optimal patient outcomes.

 

Lisa PhillipsPeter Aiello, PharmD, BCPS, MBA
Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics
Learning Experience: Pediatric Emergency Medicine 

Peter Aiello graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2014 and went on to complete both PGY-1 pharmacy (2015) and PGY-2 pediatrics (2016) residencies at Upstate University Hospital. In December, 2019, he graduated with his Masters in Business Administration - Health Services Administration from the State University of New York College at Oswego. Peter currently practices as a pharmacist in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Upstate. He precepts students from various colleges of pharmacy in addition to both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents.

 

Lisa PhillipsMeghan D. Anderson, BS Pharm, BCPPS
Pediatric Pharmacy Coordinator
Learning Experience: Pediatrics

Meg Anderson earned her pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1986. She started her career out of college at Upstate University Hospital and specialized in Pediatrics shortly thereafter. She is currently the Pediatric Pharmacy Services Coordinator as well as a senior pharmacist. Meg is on the Upstate Medical University Department of Pediatric Faculty as a clinical instructor. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPPS) in 2017 and is active in the Pediatric Pharmacy Association.

Meg is the chairperson for the Solutions for Patient Safety Adverse Drug Event Committee, co-chair for the Pediatric P&T and Pediatric Patient Education Committees, as well as active member of many other pediatric committees. She interacts with pharmacy residents and students mentoring them on projects that are important to improve care for the pediatric service line.

 

Lisa PhillipsTheresa Balotin, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Pharmacy Operations

Theresa Balotin earned her bachelor of pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.  She completed a pharmacy practice residency training at the University of Vermont Medical Center.  She then went on to earn her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Florida.  Prior to joining Upstate, Theresa had a six-year work experience as a clinical pharmacist in acute care.

Theresa has been highly involved in pharmacy education and training since joining Upstate.  She has been a pharmacy supervisor for over 10 years and a Senior Pharmacist for pharmacy operations since 2015.  She is the Pharmacy Operations Preceptor for the PGY- 1 Pharmacy residency program, facilitating their training during their entire year. Additionally, she is the primary pharmacist involved in the training of newly hired pharmacists, technicians and student interns.      

Theresa Balotin, participates in many departmental committees including Inventory management, medication backorders and recall management along with being a regular contributor of pharmacy operational workflow.  She is a member of the hiring committee for pharmacy staff. Theresa Balotin also oversees the pharmacist schedule for over 60 pharmacists including the PGY1 and PGY2 residents. 

 

Lisa PhillipsAndrew Burgdorf, PharmD, BCPS
Oncology Pharmacy Specialist
Learning Experience: Oncology and Geriatric Oncology

Andrew Burgdorf earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2002.  Immediately after graduation, Dr. Burgdorf returned home to Central New York and took a position as a staff pharmacist with the pharmacy team at Upstate University Hospital.   He started his career as a generalist, working in all areas of acute care with a slant towards renal transplant and adult hematology/oncology.

After eight years as a motivated staff pharmacist, Dr. Burgdorf earned a Clinical Pharmacist position in Oncology that included some work with the New York State Medicaid Prescriber Education Program. In 2012, Dr. Burgdorf completed the ASHP Oncology Traineeship Program at the University of Washington Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle.  Concurrent with the opening of the new Upstate Cancer Center in 2014, Andrew changed his clinical pharmacy practice from inpatient to ambulatory focused.  Most recently, in 2015, Andrew joined the management team in the department as a Senior Pharmacist for Oncology Services overseeing inpatient and ambulatory services.  

Andrew Burgdorf has a strong interest in professional service, leadership development and mentoring. He is past President of the Central New York Society of Health System Pharmacists and former Director of Communication for the New York State Council of Health System Pharmacists. Andrew is very passionate about precepting, assisting in the development of new practitioners and serving as a mentor to pharmacy professionals in all stages of their professional life. He precepts pharmacy students from pharmacy schools across the Northeast, precepts an elective Oncology rotation for the PGY-1 residency program as well as an elective in Geriatric Oncology for the PGY-2 Geriatrics residency. 

 

Jeni BurgessJeni Burgess, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Residency Program Coordinator, PGY-2 Pediatrics

Learning Experiences: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics

Jeni Burgess earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the Roseman University of Health Sciences. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York and a PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York. Jeni is currently practicing as the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Golisano Children’s Hospital. She is also an adjunct professor for Wilkes University School of Pharmacy; St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy and School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

Jeni is highly interested in student and resident education and training. She co-precepts PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residents during their Pediatrics rotation. Jeni also serves as the primary preceptor for both the PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency and PGY-2 Infectious Disease Residency for the Infectious Diseases rotation.

Jeni recently transitioned to the role of Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship and will be growing this position from the ground up, practicing in the inpatient and outpatient setting focusing on antimicrobial stewardship and pediatric HIV. Jeni is a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

 

Gregory CwiklaGregory Cwikla, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care
Residency Program Coordinator, PGY-1 Pharmacy
Learning Experience: Critical Care

Greg Cwikla earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003.  Post-graduation Dr. Cwikla took a position as a staff pharmacist at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY where he was first introduced to the area of critical care.  In 2006, Dr. Cwikla joined the pharmacy team at Upstate University Hospital at a staff/clinical pharmacist where he was given the opportunity to continue pursuing his interest in critical care.

In 2013, Dr. Cwikla completed the ASHP Critical Care Traineeship Program under the mentorship of many respected critical care faculty with direct mentorship under Dr. Neal Benedict at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the area of Surgical/Trauma Critical Care.  In 2016, Dr. Cwikla accepted the position of Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist at Upstate University Hospital to focus on continued quality improvement via academic and administrative avenues. 

Dr. Cwikla has been involved in pharmacy education and training early after graduation precepting students from various schools of pharmacy. At Upstate, he is a preceptor for the critical care and teaching/education learning experiences for the PGY-1 residency program as well as a preceptor for the critical care learning experience for the PGY-2 infectious diseases residency program. He also precepts numerous APPE students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy annually. As of June 2019, Dr. Cwikla accepted the role of PGY-1 Resident Program Coordinator.  Dr. Cwikla is a Board-Certified Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Specialist, a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and American College of Clinical Pharmacy and actively participates in research and publication at Upstate University Hospital.

  

Danielle DelVecchioDanielle DelVecchio, PharmD, BCPS
Neurology Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Ambulatory Care

Danielle DelVecchio earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in 2015. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at Upstate University Hospital. She is currently an ambulatory care pharmacist in the Neurology Clinic at Upstate Health Care Center. 

At Upstate, Danielle is a preceptor for the ambulatory care learning experience for the PGY-1 residency program and the neurology learning experience for the PGY-2 ambulatory care residency. Danielle’s primary practice areas include multiple sclerosis, stroke, transitions of care, and other subspecialty clinics within the neurology department. Danielle is a member of the Upstate Specialty Pharmacy Quality Management Committee which serves to improve care for patients receiving specialty medications from the SUNY Outpatient Pharmacy. Danielle is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and will be obtaining a Pharmacogenomics Certificate in 2020.

 

Jessica EhnotJessica Ehnot, PharmD
Pediatrics / CF Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Cystic Fibrosis

Jessica Ehnot earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at SUNY Upstate University Hospital and a PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate Hospital.  After residency, Jessie served as the General Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia specializing in pediatric neurology, GI and pulmonary diseases before returning to SUNY Upstate University Hospital in 2014.  Upon her return to Upstate, Jessie served as an inpatient pediatric clinical pharmacist before transitioning to her current role as the Pediatric and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Pharmacist.

Jessie has been highly involved in pharmacy education and training since completing residency.  She has served as a PGY-1 pharmacy preceptor in general pediatrics at both Upstate University Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has precepted numerous APPE students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy.  Most recently, Jessie has developed an elective PGY-2 rotation in Cystic Fibrosis for the Pediatric PGY-2 and Infectious Disease PGY-2 residency programs.

Jessie is an active participant in multiple Cystic Fibrosis quality improvement projects as well as various multidisciplinary CF committees focusing on CF hospital discharges, transitions of care, and family and staff education.

 

Elizabeth FeldmanElizabeth A. Feldman, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences: Research, TEDKLE

Elizabeth Feldman earned her doctorate of pharmacy from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy. Following graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York and went on to be the first PGY-2 Geriatrics Resident at Upstate and in conjunction with the SUNY Binghamton School of Pharmacy. Elizabeth currently works as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital working primarily in cardiology, internal medicine, and transitions of care.

Elizabeth has remained active in the residency program as a co-preceptor for the longitudinal Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge (TEDKLE) learning experience and as a mentor in the PGY-1 Mentorship Program.

Elizabeth serves as the secretary of the Cardiovascular Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, and is a member of the Geriatric Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and of the Executive Leadership Board for the Central New York Chapter of the New York State Council of Health System Pharmacists. She has dual board certification in Pharmacotherapy and Geriatrics, remains active in research and publication, and has presented on a number of platforms including the state and international level.

 

Lara HorvathLara Horvath, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Ambulatory Care

Lara Horvath earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College in 2014. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in Ambulatory Care at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA followed by a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency at Upstate University Hospital. She accepted the position as a clinical pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital in 2016 and is board certified in ambulatory care. Additionally, Lara has obtained collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) and immunization licenses through the state of New York.

Lara is part of a clinical practice site located within the medical resident-run Adult Medicine Clinic. She primarily spends her time managing the anticoagulation clinic as well as participating in diabetes management, ASCVD risk reduction, and pharmacy consult services. She is involved in the Anticoagulation (pharmacy chair) and Cardiovascular Subcommittees for the hospital.

Lara is highly involved in pharmacy education and training. At Upstate, she is a preceptor for the ambulatory care learning experience for the PGY-1 residency program as well as a preceptor for the anticoagulation and teaching experiences for the PGY-2 ambulatory care residency program. She has participated in both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 research and publication experience. She also acts as the primary preceptor for APPE students from Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College.

 

Wesley KufelWesley D. Kufel, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP
Residency Program Coordinator, PGY-2 Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Learning Experience: Infectious Diseases

Wesley Kufel earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at SUNY Upstate University Hospital and a PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC. He is a board-certified infectious disease pharmacist, board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, and HIV-certified pharmacist. 

Kufel is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Binghamton, NY. He is also a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY, where he precepts pharmacy students and residents on their infectious disease rotation. He provides clinical services for the antimicrobial stewardship program and the infectious disease consultation teams. He was a key leader in our institution receiving designation as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is also the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program. He holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where he provides clinical education to medical students, residents, and infectious disease fellows.  

Kufel is engaged in scholarship and research with peer-reviewed publications and grant funding in the area of antimicrobial stewardship, infectious disease education, and Lyme disease. He also serves as the co-coordinator for the Upstate University Hospital Pharmacy Residency Research Certificate Program. Kufel is actively involved in professional service in the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Board of Pharmacy Specialties. He has also delivered several presentations at local, state, and national meetings in the area of infectious disease.

Mary Jo LakomskiMary Jo Lakomski, BS Pharm, CDE, BCACP
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Ambulatory Care

Mary Jo Lakomski graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1992. After completing a pharmacy practice residency at St. Peter’s Hospital, she started practicing clinical pharmacy at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. In 1998, she made a shift to a staff model HMO and found her niche in ambulatory care. She went on to become an Insulin Pump/Sensor Trainer and became a Certified Diabetes Educator by 2003. Mary Jo successfully managed to work as an independent consultant for physicians prior to joining Upstate in 2011. She earned Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy in 2011 as well.

In her new role at Upstate, Mary Jo established the Diabetes and ASCVD Risk Reduction Collaborative Drug Therapy Program, expanding the already established ambulatory care services beyond anticoagulation in the Internal Medicine Department. The clinic’s diabetes outcomes were included in the New York State report for CDTM performance in 2014 helping to support continuation of CDTM practice in the state. She is precepts numerous APPE students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy, PGY1 Residents and is a lead preceptor for the Ambulatory Care PGY2 residency. Working alongside attending physicians, Mary Jo maintains a vital role in assisting in the training of resident physicians. She has a keen interest in Global Health participating in the care of and in research involving refugees.

  

Lauren MacellLauren A. Machell, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Pediatrics

Lauren Machell earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy in 2015. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY and a PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Lauren is currently a Pediatric Clinical/Staff Pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital-Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Lauren is a preceptor of the pediatric rotation for the PGY-1 residency program and is highly involved as a preceptor for the PGY-2 pediatric residency program. Additionally, she precepts pediatric elective rotations for APPE pharmacy students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy annually.

Lauren is involved in the Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics (P & T) subcommittee and in the development and continued improvement of medication policies and protocols throughout the children’s hospital. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPPS). Lauren remains active in organizations such as PPA (the Pediatric Pharmacy Association) and NYSCHP (NYS Council of Health System Pharmacists) and has presented at local, state, and national meetings.

 

Jeanna Marraffa PharmDJeanna M. Marraffa, PharmD, DABAT
Clinical Toxicologist
Learning Experience: Clinical Toxicology

Jeanna Marraffa is currently the Assistant Clinical Director of the Upstate New York Poison Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Upstate Medical University, University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. She is the Fellowship Director for the Clinical Toxicology Fellowship Program and Core Faculty for the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Upstate Medical University, Department of Emergency Medicine.  She graduated from Union University, Albany College of Pharmacy with her Pharm.D. Degree in 2001 and have completed a one-year ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Department of Pharmacy. She completed a 2-year Fellowship Program in Clinical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine in 2004 at the Upstate New York Poison Center, Department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology in 2005. She has many research interests but is passionate about loperamide abuse within the community and have been working tirelessly to improve the knowledge about loperamide abuse and identify solutions for mitigating use and access.

She has published numerous publications in the field of toxicology and have authored a book chapter in the 9th and 10th  and 11th editions of Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies on “Dieting Agents”. She is currently serving as Secretary for the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and am Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee for the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. She is also currently enrolled in SUNY Albany and expected to receive her Masters in Public Health in 2020.

 

Gregory MeolaGregory Meola, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Coordinator, Medical Emergency Certificate Program

Learning Experience: Adult Emergency Medicine

Gregory Meola earned his doctorate of pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2013.  After graduation, Dr. Meola completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY.  Upon completion of residency, Greg took a position as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital, primarily working in the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit.  Greg currently practices as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist in Emergency Medicine, working in the Adult Emergency Department at Upstate.

Greg serves as the primary preceptor for the PGY-1 and PGY-2 Infectious Disease Emergency Medicine rotation.  His teaching philosophy for pharmacy residents is to immerse them into a truly multi-disciplinary team within the emergency department where they gain hands on experience managing medication therapy in medical and surgical emergencies at the bedside with physicians, nurses, and advanced practice providers.

Greg’s primary areas of interest within emergency medicine are cardiac resuscitation, trauma resuscitation, and acute stroke resuscitation.  He has co-authored several publications in the field of emergency medicine. Greg also serves on the hospital resuscitation committee, the emergency management committee, and the emergency department leadership committee.  In 2017, he was named the off-service preceptor of the year for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Greg is a Board-Certified Critical Care Pharmacist and serves as an advanced cardiac life support instructor.

 

Christopher MillerChristopher Miller, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Director Clinical Pharmacy Services and Research
Learning Experiences: Internal Medicine, Research

Chris Miller earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center and a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System / University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining Upstate, Chris was an Associate Professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  He is currently the Associate Director of Pharmacy for Clinical Services and Research at Upstate University Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor at Upstate Medical University.

Chris has been highly involved in pharmacy education and training since completing residency. At Upstate, he is a preceptor for the internal medicine learning experience for the PGY-1 residency program. He also precepts numerous APPE students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy on an annual basis. Chris chairs the residency advisory committee that oversees all pharmacy residency programs at Upstate. He also co-chairs the residency research committee. Chris is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, remains highly active in research and publication, and has presented at local, state, and national meetings.

 

Bryan MogleBryan T. Mogle, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP
Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences: Research and TEDKLE

Bryan Mogle earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University and Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. Bryan is currently a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital and serves as a preceptor for the Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge Learning Experience for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. Bryan is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, holds credentials as an HIV Pharmacist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine, and remains actively involved in research and publication at Upstate University Hospital.

 

Jennifer MorganJennifer Morgan, PharmD, CACP
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Ambulatory Care Anticoagulation

Jennifer Morgan earned her Pharm. D. degree from Albany College of Pharmacy.  Jennifer began working as clinical/staff pharmacist for upstate following graduation.  Her covered areas included mostly internal medicine and cardiology.  She continued along this path while adding in the outpatient ambulatory anticoagulation experience soon after.  After a number of years on the inpatient side, she transitioned to the outpatient side to focus in ambulatory care anticoagulation management.  She is certified by the National Certification Board of Anticoagulation Providers as a Certified Anticoagulation Provider (CACP).

Jennifer has worked together with her peers to achieve the appointment and designation of an Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence (ACE) which is nationally recognized and provided by the Anticoagulation Forum.  She continues to be consistently involved in the education and precepting of pharmacy students/residents PGY-1 and 2, in the realm of ambulatory care for area affiliated pharmacy schools.  She also holds a voluntary faculty appointment to the Department of Medicine as Clinical Assistant Professor.  She continues to be a part of the medical residency education program teaching in the area of anticoagulation.  She participates on many committees and meeting in regards to ambulatory care and the outpatient internal medicine area. 

 “My experience at Upstate began in the hospital’s inpatient areas.  This was invaluable because it guided me when I moved to the outpatient ambulatory side of clinical pharmacy.  While managing approximately 300 Internal Medicine patients receiving anticoagulation therapy, we work closely with physicians, nursing and other staff.  We assist medical and pharmacy residents in clinical training, and precept pharmacy students and residents in ambulatory care.  We also serve as a consultant to physicians transitioning their patients to other providers, or with difficult cases, with an often-challenging patient population.  We operate our clinic out of the adult internal medicine office, collaborate with our outpatient cardiology office and other specialty clinics.”

 

Meaghan MurphyMeaghan Murphy, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Services Coordinator
Residency Program Coordinator, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care
Learning Experience: Ambulatory Care

Meaghan Murphy earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She subsequently completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States Region, specializing in Ambulatory Care and Managed Care Practice. Prior to joining Upstate, Meaghan was a clinical pharmacist supporting teams of Internal Medicine Providers and Neurology Specialists at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston, MA, involved in direct patient care under collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) agreements.

Meaghan is currently the Manager for the Ambulatory Care pharmacy team at Upstate, where her team of pharmacists are primarily involved with hospital-based clinics of Internal Medicine, Neurology, Rheumatology and Immune Health Services.  Meaghan has been actively involved in advancing the scope of pharmacist practice in the ambulatory care setting by pioneering a pharmacist-driven CDTM practice model in Boston, MA and supporting that same practice model here at Upstate.

Meaghan has been highly active in resident mentorship and training since completion of her PGY-1 residency. She has served as the Residency Advisory Committee Co-chair at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency here at Upstate. She actively participates in teaching both pharmacy and medical residents, as well as students from affiliated schools of pharmacy.

 

Scott MurrayScott Murray, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist Transitions of Care and Medication Safety
Learning Experience: Transitions of Care

Scott Murray earned his B.S in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1993 and earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University in 2005. Scott's pharmacy practice experience includes retail, USAR United States Army Reserves, and hospital. He has been practicing hospital pharmacy for over the last 20 years and joined the Upstate Pharmacy department team in 2002.

Scott accepted a position as a Senior Pharmacist in 2003 and assisted with establishing satellite pharmacy services in Orthopedics, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, and most recently Pharmacy Transitions of Care. Scott completed an ASHP PCIP (Patient Care Impact Program): Introducing an Emergency Room Pharmacist to your Institution, in 2010. This was coincident with leading the development of the Pharmacy Medication History Team, which now includes Discharge Pharmacists.

Scott has served as the Medication Safety Co-Chair since 2007 and in 2017 this has become the focus of practice, along with Pharmacy Transitions of Care. He is a member of the ISMP MSOS Medication Safety Officer Society and attended ISMP Medication Safety Intensive. He has served as a preceptor for APPE and IPPE students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy.

 

John NoviaskyJohn Noviasky, PharmD, R.Ph., BCPS, FNYCHP - Senior Pharmacist
Residency Program Coordinator, PGY-2 Geriatrics
Learning Experience: Geriatrics

John Noviasky earned his pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has been clinical coordinator for pharmacy at St Elizabeth Medical Center, Upstate University Hospital and currently at Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus. He is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pharmacology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

John is a preceptor for the PGY-2 geriatric pharmacy residency program and has several publications, many of which are related to controversial topics in pharmacotherapy selection.

 

Christina PhelanChristina Phelan, PharmD, BCPS
Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Transitions of Care 

Christina Phelan received her doctorate of pharmacy degree from Temple University. Following graduation, she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University in Syracuse, NY. Christina is currently a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital, primarily focusing on transitions of care.

Christina has helped create the discharge pharmacist position at University Hospital. She is a preceptor for the elective PGY-2 transitions of care rotation, and has served as a mentor in the PGY-1 Mentorship Program. Christina also regularly precepts APPE pharmacy students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy.

Christina is an active participant in the falls committee at Upstate University Hospital, and the Central New York Chapter of the New York State Council of Health System Pharmacists. Christina holds board certification in Pharmacotherapy.

  

Peter RosherPeter Rosher, BS Pharm
Clinical Pharmacist, Endocrine
Learning Experience: Pharmacy Operations

Peter Rosher earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy.  Peter’s experience includes many years in retail pharmacy and hospital pharmacy.  Currently, he is a clinical supervising pharmacist and team leader at Upstate University Hospital.

Peter has been highly involved in pharmacy education and training while Upstate University Hospital.  He is a preceptor in training for the operational experience for the PGY-1 residency program.  He also precepts numerous APPE students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy on an annual basis. He has developed a strong pharmacy presence on the Neurology and Oncology services at Upstate University Hospital.  He co-chairs the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Endocrine Subcommittee.  He is also helping to develop a pharmacist role on an inpatient endocrine management team.

 

Josh SchraderJosh Schrader, B.S., PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
Learning Experiences: Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Josh Schrader earned his bachelors of science in pharmacology & toxicology from the University at Buffalo. He then went on to obtain his doctorate of pharmacy from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York receiving a Research and Education Foundation award from the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists. Josh is currently a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital, specializing in Pediatric and Adult Emergency Medicine. He also frequently works with general and intensive care pediatric teams, and cardiothoracic surgery team.   

Josh is highly involved in pharmacy education, precepting students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy. In addition to precepting IPPE and APPE students, he precepts PGY-1 and PGY-2 pharmacy practice residents on their Pediatric and Adult Emergency Medicine rotations. He remains highly active in research and publication at Upstate University Hospital.

 

Robert SeaburyRobert W. Seabury, PharmD, BCPS, DABAT
Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences: Research, Emergency Medicine, TEDKLE

Robert Seabury earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York and participated in a Toxicology/Emergency Medicine fellowship at Upstate University Hospital/Upstate New York Poison Center. Rob is a currently a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Upstate University Hospital, specializing in Emergency Medicine and Investigational Drug Services. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pharmacology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

Rob is highly active in pharmacy education and training. He is a preceptor for the Research and Emergency Medicine rotations for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a supervisory preceptor for the Teaching, Education and Dissemination of Knowledge Learning Experience. He also precepts PGY-2 residents in Emergency Medicine and mentors their research. In total, Rob has assisted our pharmacy residents prepare > 50 poster or platform presentations and > 25 publications. Pharmacy residents have received awards for more than five of the research projects Rob has mentored.

Rob is also active in Emergency Medicine and has led initiatives in Opioid Overdose Prevention and Sepsis Management. He was named the Off-Service Preceptor of the Year for the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2017. He regularly serves as a peer-reviewer for at least four pharmacy-related journals and is a member of the New York Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and the American Board of Applied Toxicology. Rob is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology.

 

Eric SidmanEric Sidman, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experiences - Ambulatory Care and HIV

Eric Sidman earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the Wilkes University Nesbitt College of Pharmacy in 2012. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency (2012-2013) and PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency (2013-2014) at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Sidman pioneered the implementation of clinical pharmacy services directed at HIV positive individuals within the Inclusive Health Services outpatient clinic and antiretroviral inpatient stewardship during his post-graduate training. He continues in this role as a clinical ambulatory care pharmacist and is recognized as a HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Upstate Medical University.

Dr. Sidman’s passion resides in the educating of his peers in the art of ambulatory care and HIV pharmacology. He is a primary preceptor within the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency, PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency, and the Infectious Diseases Medical Fellowship. He offers elective and core experiences targeted at providing comprehensive care to HIV infected, hepatitis C infected, and LGBTQ persons. Rotations are focused on a multidisciplinary approach to care, linking provider and patient education, and community outreach. He has also served as a mentor within the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency since 2014.

 

Bruce StadlerBruce Stalder, BS Pharm
Associate Director of Pharmacy Operations
Learning Experience: Internal Medicine

Bruce Stalder earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1992. Bruce joined the pharmacy team at Upstate after graduation and served as a clinical staff pharmacist for several years. In 2002 Bruce accepted a role as the department’s critical care specialist and in 2015 was promoted to his current role as the Associate Director of Inpatient Operations. In his current role Bruce oversees the daily pharmacy workflow and works closely with senior staff members managing drug inventory and personnel.

Bruce has been highly involved in pharmacy education and training since starting his career at Upstate. Bruce is a preceptor for the internal medicine learning experience for the PGY-1 residency program. He also precepts numerous APPE students from affiliated colleges of pharmacy on an annual basis.

    

Katherine TrieselKatherine N Triesel, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Oncology

Katherine Triesel earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, followed by her PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at St. Joseph Hospital Health Center/ Wegmans School of Pharmacy - St. John Fisher College. In 2018, Katie joined the pharmacy department at Upstate University Hospital as a clinical pharmacist practicing primarily in oncology and other internal medicine services. 

While Katie is new to pharmacy residency preceptorship at Upstate University Hospital, she has had diverse experiences in pharmacy education and training. She has given multiple lectures at Wegmans School of Pharmacy as part of her residency training and served as a preceptor to IPPE and APPE students. Katie has also presented at Central New York Society of Health System Pharmacists meetings on her residency research projects. She has also completed Advanced Certification in Antimicrobial Stewardship from the Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) organization and currently serves on the Upstate Sepsis Committee.

 

Sarabeth WojnowiczSarabeth Wojnowicz, PharmD, BCPS
Pediatric Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Pediatric Oncology

 Sarabeth Wojnowicz earned her doctorate of pharmacy from The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in 2006. Following graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. After residency, Sarabeth worked as a Staff Pharmacist earning experience in various areas of pharmacy operations, and then transitioned primarily to Pediatric Pharmacy operations. Working with her mentor, Sarabeth assisted in development and implementation of her position as the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist in 2013, achieving a long-awaited goal of taking care of pediatric cancer patients.

Sarabeth works closely with the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology service to provide collaborative care for both inpatients at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and outpatients at the Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders. Sarabeth’s research interests center around medication safety and quality improvement; she is involved in all clinical trials for pediatric hematology and oncology patients performed at the institution. Her administrative and clinical duties include all aspects of pharmacy care for this population including medication procurement, investigational protocol management, policy and guideline development and care coordination. Additionally, Sarabeth coordinates care for other specialties providing infusion care through the Waters Center.

Sarabeth is the Vice Chair of the Pediatric Chemotherapy Safety Committee and participates in other interprofessional pediatric committees. Sarabeth is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Sarabeth has served as a preceptor for various colleges of pharmacy and as a preceptor and mentor for pharmacy residents. She has also served as adjunct faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine and at Syracuse University. As a community advocate for childhood cancer and medication safety, Sarabeth is involved with the Upstate Healthlinks program to provide education and outreach to the community and she is a strong advocate for local childhood cancer charities. 

 

Christine YangChristine Yang, PharmD, BCPS
Transplant Clinical Pharmacist
Learning Experience: Transplant

Christine Yang earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate University Hospital and stayed on board as a clinical/staff pharmacist.

Christine is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and currently specializes in solid organ transplant, kidney and pancreas. She is involved in pharmacy education and training, precepting students from various schools of pharmacy.  She is also a preceptor for the transplant learning experience in the PGY-2 infectious disease residency program.

 

 

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