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2021-2022
Pharmacy Residents 

PGY2 Pharmacy Residents

Cardiology

Henry Okoroike, PharmD

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago

PGY1: University of North Carolina

Professional Interests: Cardiac intensive care, advanced heart failure

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Golfing, eating sushi

PGY2 Research: Impact of inpatient SGLT2i initiation on GDMT for HFrEF patients

PGY1 Research: Incidence and severity of hypertension and effectiveness of antihypertensive agents in renal cell carcinoma patients receiving vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: Being able to practice at an institution that routinely takes care of the sickest of the sick and allows you to get hands on experience working in the gray areas of medicine.

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Clinical Pharmacogenomics

Dung (Grace) Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS

Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

Pharmacy School: St. Louis College of Pharmacy

PGY1: Ascension SE Wisconsin St. Joseph Hospital

Professional Interests: Pharmacogenomics implementation, psychiatry, oncology

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Trying new recipes, watching the beautiful city skyline and lakeshore at sunset

PGY2 Research: Implementing a pharmacist-led pharmacogenomics telemedicine consult service to guide antidepressant therapy in major depressive disorder

PGY1 Research: Implementation of a fixed dose oral phenobarbital protocol for alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine Clinical Pharmacogenomics (PGx) residency program offers valuable PGx clinical, research and teaching opportunities and mentorship in an environment that cultivates collaborations and innovations to make a positive impact on our patients' outcomes. I am fortunate to take part in clinical PGx implementation and research at the forefront at UCM, and to learn from PGx experts consisting of clinical pharmacists, physicians and scientists at our Center for Personalized Therapeutics. Additionally, I value the large, diverse residency class from which we can learn and support one another.

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Critical Care

Maryam Naveed, PharmD

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine

Professional Interests: Critical care, emergency response 

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Biking along the lakefront and movies in the park during the summer

PGY2 Research: Evaluation of second-line antiepileptic agents in the treatment of benzodiazepine-resistant status epilepticus

PGY1 Research: Dexmedetomidine versus opioids for neonates with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy undergoing therapeutic hypothermia

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The UCM pharmacy residency program provides a rigorous, well-rounded learning experience through diverse ICU experiences, a 24-hour on-call program, and numerous leadership opportunities. Having a large residency class and highly qualified, supportive preceptors provides a great learning environment to work in! I look forward to developing my clinical and critical thinking skills over the next year to become a confident and competent critical care specialist!

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Natalie Haddad, PharmD

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA

Pharmacy School: University of Minnesota

PGY1: Mayo Clinic

Professional Interests: Critical care, emergency medicine, pediatrics

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: EAT! Trying new restaurants with my co-residents

PGY2 Research: Low dose versus high dose levetiracetam for seizure prophylaxis in TBI

​PGY1 Research: Derivation and validation of a prediction model for beta-lactam neurotoxicity

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago residency program is fast-paced, challenging, exciting, and extremely rewarding! Our preceptors are committed to providing excellent patient care and supporting resident development. As a critical care resident, I have had unparalleled access to a wide variety of intensive care units, complex disease states, and world renowned physician colleagues. I am constantly impressed by the inclusivity of our medical colleagues and how widely respected pharmacy is at this institution. Residents are given a myriad of opportunities for collaboration and involvement with both resident projects and administrative tasks. Bottom line - this is program that fosters growth and creates strong and independent pharmacists!

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Emergency Medicine

Stephanie Sin, PharmD

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Pharmacy School: University of California, San Francisco

PGY1: University of California, San Francisco

Professional Interests: Emergency medicine

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Trying new restaurants, dog watching in the park

PGY2 Research: Efficacy of 5 units versus 10 units of regular insulin for the treatment of hyperkalemia in the emergency department

PGY1 Research: Pharmacists’ impact on deliriogenic medication use in the context of an interdisciplinary delirium reduction campaign

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: I value the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Program because it will help me build a strong EM background through the opportunities to practice at a Level I Trauma and Certified Stroke Center, to serve a diverse patient population, and to gain experience with a 24hr on-call program. The preceptors here are dedicated to helping the residents grow, both professionally and personally. I have learned an immense amount during my first few months here and excited to continue to grow over the year to become a well-rounded EM pharmacist.

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Hematology and Oncology

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Zaheera Shabbir, PharmD

Hometown: Whitestone, NY

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine

Professional Interests: Adult and pediatric leukemia, BMT, cancer health equity and financial toxicity

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Admire all the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture!

PGY2 Research: Association of tacrolimus levels and time from transplant with GVHD in allogeneic HSCT patients

PGY1 Research: Impact of a pharmacist-driven protocol for high-dose methotrexate monitoring and leucovorin rescue

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The PGY2 hematology/oncology program at UChicago Medicine offers robust training experiences in both inpatient and outpatient oncology practice. Whether it be providing compassionate counseling to patients on their new regimens or assisting in the management of therapy-related adverse effects, there are always opportunities to support patients on their unique health journeys here at UCM! The support I have received from my preceptors as well as my medicine/nursing colleagues is truly unmatched. I am confident that the diverse opportunities afforded to me at UCM will enable me to cultivate various clinical proficiencies and challenge me in my pursuits of becoming a well-rounded heme/onc clinical specialist.

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Andrew Tiemann, PharmD

Hometown: Valencia, CA

Pharmacy School: University of North Carolina 

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine 

Professional Interests: Lung cancer, hematologic malignancies

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: I like baking sourdough bread, making yogurt and riding my bike along the lakeshore. I also enjoy taking walks through Hyde Park with my wife and two dogs.

PGY2 Research: Evaluating the feasibility of pharmacogenomics guided tacrolimus dosing

​PGY1 Research: IV to PO stepdown therapy for enterobacterales bacteremia

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago offers a wealth of experiences, allowing you to work with teams at the cutting edge of medicine. As an NCI designated cancer center, for example, there are ample opportunities to care for patients on a multitude of clinical trials with the next generation of oncology therapeutics. In addition to the excellent rotation opportunities, the call program helps to build your critical thinking skills and confidence in your abilities as an independent pharmacist. These experiences are all enhanced by the top rate preceptor group, who serve as outstanding mentors and role models for practice.

Informatics

Katherine Moser, PharmD, BCPS

Hometown: Hanover Park, IL

Pharmacy School: Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL)

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine

Professional Interests: Clinical informatics, clinical decision support, medication safety

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Trying new restaurants and breweries 

PGY2 Research: Optimizing clinical decision support medication alert warnings to reduce alert fatigue

PGY1 Research: Impact of the implementation of an infusion reaction documentation template at UChicago Medicine

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The residency provides the opportunity for me to become Epic Willow certified and learn the skills needed to work with the EHR from a clinical pharmacist standpoint. 

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Internal Medicine

Geoff Pucci, PharmD

Hometown: Dyer, IN

Pharmacy School: Purdue University

PGY1: Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak

Professional Interests: General medicine, endocrinology, cardiology, mental health disorders

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Go to White Sox games

PGY2 Research: Zoledronic acid use for hypercalcemia in renal insufficiency

PGY1 Research: Oral beta-lactam versus fluoroquinolones as step-down therapy for the treatment of uncomplicated Enterobacterales-associated bloodstream infections

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: One reason I was drawn to this program is because UChicago Medicine has the passion and resources to make a lasting impact a unique patient population. Having the privilege to work with such a diverse patient population is something I sought out in a program. Additionally, the internal medicine PGY2 provides a wide variety of both core and elective rotational experiences that many other institutions cannot provide. After completion of this program, I know I will be ready for an internal medicine job, whether it is with a specialty team or general medicine service.

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Pediatrics

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Liza Kenny, PharmD

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Pharmacy School: Roosevelt University

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine

Professional Interests: Pediatrics

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Explore the Chicago restaurant scene and spend time with my dogs!

PGY2 Research: Optimal therapeutic and prophylactic enoxaparin dosing in obese pediatric patients

PGY1 Research: Effect of adjunctive thiamine and corticosteroids on shock resolution in patients with septic shock

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The PGY2 pediatric residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center is one that is unmatched. Pharmacy residents develop autonomy through invaluable experiences such as the pediatric specific on-call program, leadership opportunities, and teaching experience. Additionally, the extensive rotation opportunities paired with preceptor's dedication to resident development allows residents to practice in dynamic and challenging environments while developing clinical confidence. I am confident that this program will provide me with the foundation and tools necessary to excel as a future pediatric pharmacy specialist.

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Sally Mansour, PharmD

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Pharmacy School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center 

PGY1: Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD)

Professional Interests: Pediatric hematology/oncology

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Try new coffee shops and restaurants

PGY2 Research: Assessment of vancomycin dosing in overweight and obese pediatric patients

PGY1 Research: Time to first antibiotic in febrile neutropenic patients

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago PGY-2 in Pediatrics offers numerous versatile learning opportunities to develop me into a well-rounded pediatric clinical pharmacist. From the pediatric on-call program, to the robust learning experiences and leadership opportunities offered, there are so many ways and places to grow from. The team of invested preceptors that create both a challenging, yet extremely supportive environment, are a huge asset to my growth and development as a resident.

Solid Organ Transplant

Brenda Astorga, PharmD

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Pharmacy School: University of Texas at Austin

PGY1: Methodist Hospital (San Antonio)

Professional Interests: Solid organ transplant, critical care, infectious diseases

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Go to the beach with my dogs and try new restaurants

PGY2 Research: Rituximab use for Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) viremia in solid organ transplant recipients

PGY1 Research: Impact of coagulase-negative S. aureus speciation on vancomycin initiation and duration of therapy

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine Residency Program provides a challenging yet supportive environment for residents. Our preceptors truly care about our personal and professional growth and it is evident by the time they invest in their residents. Although I am the Solid Organ Transplant resident, I have the opportunity to interact with preceptors from other practice areas due to our 24-hour on-call program. It is one of my favorite aspects of residency at UCM as it allows me to develop skills to be resourceful and think critically. Our transplant program integrates both inpatient and outpatient care in the daily responsibilities of a pharmacist. The knowledge and expertise of the transplant pharmacists is invaluable for my learning. I’m so grateful to be here and to spend this year with amazing co-residents!

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Health System Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership

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Amy Lawando, PharmD

Hometown: Morton Grove, IL

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago

PGY1: UW Health - Rockford

Professional Interests: Specialty pharmacy, health-system administration

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Exploring new restaurants while trying to find the best pizza and chicken sandwiches

PGY2 Research: Rheumatology medication adherence in a health-system specialty pharmacy versus a PBM-owned specialty pharmacy

PGY1 Research: Influence of academic detailing on GLP-1 RA prescribing habits in a primary care clinic

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: UCM's HSPA in Specialty Pharmacy program allows me to train alongside a multidisciplinary team of leaders, clinicians, and mentors. Centered around health-system specialty pharmacy administration, the program provides me with a variety of experiences which I am confident will advance my leadership and management skills.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residents 

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Jordan Baur, PharmD

Hometown: Wausau, WI

Pharmacy School: University of Minnesota

Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Exploring local breweries, playing beach volleyball, watching WI sports at Will's Northwoods Inn, shop at the Jewel-Osco, running through historic Hyde Park, riding the 'L'

​PGY1 Research: Evaluation of perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis for head and neck surgeries

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: UChicago Medicine provides the rewarding experience of caring for an underserved population of Chicago. This program has excellent preceptors that are supportive of your growth as a pharmacist and also give you the resources to gain clinical confidence. The breadth of opportunities allow you to explore your clinical interests and become a more well-rounded pharmacist. Another valuable experience includes the on-call program which challenges you to gain autonomy by responding to critical situations. Finally, the large residency class provides a supportive network that will help you succeed.

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Paula Krzos, PharmD

Hometown: Norridge, IL

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Interests: Transplant, critical care

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Run along the lake

​PGY1 Research: CVVHD flow rate influence on achievement of therapeutic vancomycin concentration

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: What makes UCM residency unique is its in house on call experience which pushes residents to step out of their comfort zone, quickly gaining autonomy and clinical confidence along the way! I think having this additional experience built into a residency allows UCM residents to differentiate themselves amongst other applicants when thinking about opportunities post PGY1. Additionally, doing a residency in a busy level 1 trauma center and serving an underserved patient population allows for experiencing unique and complicated cases!

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Kun (Peter) Lin, PharmD

Hometown:  Wenzhou, China

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Health-system administration

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Bouldering

​PGY1 Research: Same day pegfilgrastim administration in patients with GI malignancies

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: UChicago Medicine has an extremely supportive environment for all levels of learners. But at the same time, you also have great opportunities to challenge your independence with the presence of our 24-hour on-call program. With the possibility of exposure to a wide variety of clinical experiences, UCM allows me to diversify and grow into a well-rounded clinical specialist. 

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Tiffany Lin, PharmD

Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ

Pharmacy School: Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Professional Interests: Emergency Medicine, Toxicology, Critical Care, Infectious Disease

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Bike along the lake and try new restaurants

​PGY1 Research: Assessment of epinephrine administration route and site on symptom improvement and need for escalation of care in the emergency department

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: Being a resident at UCM means having the best of both worlds: a training that both challenges and encourages residents. The opportunities provided to residents quickly encourage our autonomy and growth as clinicians, especially as we respond to emergencies at the bedside during 24-hour on-call shifts. At the same time, residency leadership, preceptors, and a large co-resident class offer a strong support system that always has your back!

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Harriet McGowan, PharmD

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Pharmacy School: Medical University of South Carolina

Professional Interests: Pediatrics

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Running by the lake, concerts, rooftops

​PGY1 Research: Gut decontamination for GVHD prophylaxis in stem cell transplant

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: UCM will prepare me to be an asset to a medical care team for my current and future patients by being an independent thinker but collaborative team member. The challenging, yet rewarding, program structure has pushed me to be decisive and confident in providing patient care.

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Umida Nasritdinova, PharmD

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Pharmacy School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Pharmacogenomics

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Reading by the lakeside, exploring new restaurants or bars in different neighborhoods of Chicago

​PGY1 Research: Impact of an integrated specialty pharmacy on oral oncolytic medication management

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: Pharmacy training at UChicago Medicine is unparalleled; from 24-hour on call shifts to wide variety of rotational experiences, the skills gained here are valuable across all sects of pharmacy. From the moment I spoke with the PGY1 residency leadership, I was immediately drawn by the program's emphasis on education, independence, and leadership development. I am confident that the experience I will gain here will translate seamlessly into my PGY2 year.

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Madison Salam, PharmD

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Pharmacy School: Medical University of South Carolina

Professional Interests: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Finding the best food with the best views!

​PGY1 Research: IV to PO stepdown therapy for uncomplicated Streptococcal bacteremia

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine boasts a comprehensive program with no shortage of support and fun along the way. This program provides a strong foundational knowledge and training and allows for autonomy of the resident to truly develop their skills as a practitioner. Specifically, the 24 hour on call program and pharmacy-friendly culture provide a setting in which residents can grow. Being at a prestigious medical center coupled with preceptors who are dedicated to each resident’s individual success creates endless opportunities for residents to explore their interests and maybe even find new ones! I always feel supported, both clinically and in the challenges that come with being a new resident, and I look forward to continuing my skills to become a confident practitioner.

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Myesha Tabriz, PharmD

Hometown: Orland Park, IL

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago 

Professional Interests: Solid organ transplant and critical care

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Trying new coffee shops and having picnics by the lake

​PGY1 Research: Ketamine for sedation in the medical ICU

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The residency program at UChicago Medicine offers a wide variety of opportunities to develop the skills necessary to grow professionally including the rigorous 24 hour on-call service, unique clinical practice settings, and the flipped research model. More importantly, the clinical preceptors are highly skilled and very dedicated to creating an excellent learning environment while also providing excellent mentorship.

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Jason Bugno, PharmD, PhD (Non-Traditional PGY1)

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL

Pharmacy School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Interests: Drug Development and Translational Medicine, Oncology, Precision Therapeutics

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Live Music

​PGY1 Research: Contribution of ototoxic medications to sensorineural hearing loss in patients with high-risk neuroblastoma exposed to high-dose platinum chemotherapy

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The program has been extremely flexible in creating a customized program and working with me to concurrently pursue a residency and research fellowship. The staff and faculty are incredible teachers, mentors, and role models.

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Joseph Griffin, PharmD (Non-Traditional PGY1)

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Pharmacy School: Chicago State University

Professional Interests: Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Walk my dog by the lake and rooting for my Cubbies and Packers

​PGY1 Research: Phenobarbital vs lorazepam for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal in critically ill patients

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: Opportunities to work with a diverse patient population along with world-class preceptors to develop well-rounded skills to be the best pharmacist I can be.

Combined PGY1/PGY2 Program

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Austin Sack, PharmD

Hometown: Manchester, IA

Pharmacy School: University of Iowa

PGY1: University of Chicago Medicine 

Professional Interests: Pediatrics, palliative care, and health-system administration

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: I enjoy exploring restaurants with outdoor patios and going for walks along the lakeshore with my dogs

PGY2 Research: Evaluation of medication dispense tracking at an academic medical center

​PGY1 Research: Retrospective chart review of fentanyl patch initiation on inpatient opioid naïve patients with head and neck cancer at a tertiary institution

Professional Affiliations: Member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Resident Advancement Advisory Group

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The combined HSPAL residency program allows trainees to develop high-level clinical skills, collaborate with leaders in the profession of pharmacy, lead impactful department initiatives, and engage in didactic leadership training over the course of the two year program. The individualized training opportunities provided by UChicago Medicine develops the skills necessary to excel as a leader in the profession of pharmacy. Additionally, the coursework provided through the ASHP Foundation's Leadership Academy and master's degree establishes business acumen to communicate with stakeholders outside of the profession of pharmacy.

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Austin Githens, PharmD

Hometown: Mesa, AZ

Pharmacy School: Midwestern University

Professional Interests: Pharmacy enterprise expansion, business management, teaching and education

Hobbies/Favorite things to do in Chicago: Explore downtown, hike, read on the porch

​PGY1 Research: Impact of a pharmacy managed HIV clinic on retention in care and viral suppression

Professional Affiliations: Member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders Advisory Group on Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residents

Value of University of Chicago Medicine Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine provides an incredibly strong clinical background during the PGY-1 component of the HSPAL program. There are plenty of opportunities to practice pharmacy at the highest level possible. This program prioritizes the resident's needs, and can be altered to fit your interests. UCM is a great program to be a part of as an administrative resident, as our pharmacy enterprise is very robust, and our leadership team is amazing! As an added bonus, you get to work with the team of 20+ other residents who all become one big family.