Northwestern Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program Current Residents

Specialties

Administration
Ambulatory Care
Cardiology
Critical Care
Emergency Medicine
Infectious Disease
Oncology
Solid Organ Transplant

Traditional PGY-1 Residents

kelsey-bridgemanKelsey Bridgeman: Dr. Bridgeman is from Davenport, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from North Central College in Naperville, IL with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN with a Master of Science in Global Health. Her professional interests include drug information, infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, and global health. Dr. Bridgeman will complete her quality improvement project on the efficiency of the process around the pneumatic tube system for the timely delivery of medications. Her research project will focus on the evaluation of initial antibiotic dosing practices and outcomes in critically ill patients receiving concomitant continuous renal replacement therapy. In her free time, Dr. Bridgeman enjoys traveling, baking treats, and spending time with her family (including her dog, Auggie) & co-residents.

sophia-brownSophia Brown: Dr. Sophia Brown is from Louisville, Kentucky and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, she also attended the University of Kentucky, completing her pharmacy prerequisites with a focus on food science. Her professional interests include oncology, critical care, and pharmacy administration. Dr. Brown will complete her quality improvement project on the evaluation of controlled substances and non-controlled substances distribution models using LEAN techniques and linear programming. Her research project will focus on the incidence of venous thromboembolic events following the administration of angiotensin II from start of therapy through 72 hours post-infusion. Dr. Brown enjoys running and cycling, traveling, exploring Chicago’s restaurant scene, spending time with her co-residents, and of course, watching SEC basketball!

jeremy-capulongJeremy Capulong: Dr. Capulong is from Carol Stream, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. His professional interests include critical care and emergency medicine. Dr. Capulong will complete his quality improvement project evaluating the Institute of Safe Medication Practice’s IV Push Gap Analysis Tool at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and his research project evaluating if pharmacist attendance at a rapid response decreases time to antibiotic administration. Other than pharmacy, Dr. Capulong enjoys spending time with friends, family and his co-residents, listening to music, and wants to get into fishing!

jack-changJack Chang: Dr. Chang is from Rochester, New York and is a graduate of Midwestern University- Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. His professional interests include infectious diseases, opioid stewardship, and informatics. Dr. Chang will complete his quality improvement project on the evaluation of fluoroquinolone use at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and his research project evaluating and improving broad spectrum antibiotic use in the emergency department. In his free time, Dr. Chang enjoys traveling, exploring Chicago and spending time with friends.

erica-heckerErica Hecker: Dr. Hecker is from Seattle, WA and is a graduate of the University of Washington where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. She fulfilled her pharmacy prerequisites with a focus in Biochemistry in the three years prior to starting her studies at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, transplant and critical care. Dr. Hecker will complete her quality improvement project on development of a standardized approach to assess medication adherence pre-transplant to allow for pharmacist identification of patients at risk for noncompliance. Her research project will evaluate if there is a significantly increased rate of late onset sepsis in neonates admitted to the NICU when treated with ceftazidime versus cefotaxime for early onset sepsis. In her free time, Dr. Hecker enjoys traveling, skiing, playing soccer, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.

fischer-heraldFischer Herald: Dr. Herald is from Muscatine, Iowa and is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, he also attended the University of Iowa with a focus on organic chemistry. His professional interests include infectious diseases and oncology. Dr. Herald will complete his quality improvement project on the Assessing antibiotic prescribing patterns for cancer patients with urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections or acute uncomplicated bronchitis. His research project is focused on assessing hemodynamic response of septic shock patients receiving early versus late angiotensin II therapy. Dr. Herald enjoys playing soccer in a local co-ed league with his co-residents and exploring Chicago. He also enjoys cheering on the Iowa Hawkeye football team, go Hawks!

rachel-larryRachel Larry: Dr. Larry is from Mobile, AL and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her professional interests include infectious diseases and critical care. Dr. Larry will complete her quality improvement project developing a rapid infusion protocol for outpatient oncology patients receiving monoclonal antibody infusions, and her research project evaluating drivers of carbapenem antibiotic prescribing and consumption in stem cell transplant recipients. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Larry enjoys walking the lakefront, indoor cycling, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

haley-longoHaley Longo: Dr. Longo is from Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. Her professional interests include hematology/oncology and cardiology. Dr. Longo will complete her quality improvement project on the evaluation of controlled substances and non-controlled substances distribution models using LEAN techniques, and her research project on the efficacy of liposomal daunorubicin/cytarabine for secondary AML. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Longo enjoys running on the lakefront, traveling, hiking, trying new restaurants in Chicago, spending time with her co-residents, family, and friends.

jenn-millerJenn Miller: Dr. Miller is from St. Louis, MO and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BS of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Bachelor of General Studies. Her professional interests include oncology and critical care. Dr. Miller will complete her quality improvement project on the prevention and management of iron infusion reactions, and her research project on the efficacy of venetoclax + azactidine/decitabine in the setting of refractory/relapsed AML. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Miller enjoys playing soccer, running, cooking, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Cardinals, Blues, and Ole Miss Rebels.

ryan-raganRyan Ragan: Dr. Ragan is from Shakopee, MN and is a graduate of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His professional interests include Hematology/oncology, pediatrics, and administration. Dr. Ragan will complete his quality improvement project on the USP 800 Receiving Process and his research project on the role of anti-glycoprotein antibodies and eculizumab treatment in thrombotic microangiopathy in renal transplant patients. In his free time, Dr. Ragan enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and video games, running, watching movies, and spending quality time with his friends and family across the United States.

Non-Traditional PGY-1 Residents

rachel-brunnerRachel Brunner: Dr. Brunner is from St. Joseph, MI and is a graduate of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Neuroscience (Go Blue!). Her professional interests include psychiatry, ambulatory care, and medication safety. Dr. Brunner completed her first-year quality improvement project by standardizing allergy test dose order sets in EPIC. Her second-year quality improvement project is focused on RFID tracking of OR medication waste. Her research project investigates the appropriate use of antibiotics within the ambulatory care setting. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Brunner enjoys spending time on Lake Michigan with her family, exploring different parks and neighborhoods throughout Chicago, and re-watching The Office on Netflix.

jessica-carlsonJessica Carlson: Dr. Jessica Carlson is from Brookfield, IL and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology and Health Sciences. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, psychiatry, and geriatrics. This year, she will complete her quality improvement project on the Development of Formalized Chemotherapy for Pharmacist and Technician Training and her research project on The Impacts of Dispensing Multi-Dose Inhalers to COPD Patients at Discharge. Outside of pharmacy, Jessica enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, friends, and cat, going to brunch, binge watching TV series, and going to concerts.

allison-cowettAllison Cowett: Dr. Cowett is from Coral Springs, Florida and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. Her professional interests include psychiatry, more specifically, managing acute psychosis and substance use disorder, identifying and implementing harm reduction strategies, and cardiology. Dr. Cowett will complete her quality improvement project on creating a formulary for vouchered medications, and her research project on determining if the use of IV Tylenol in the NICU reduces the amount of opiates administered to neonates for pain. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Cowett enjoys attending live music, checking out new venues and bands, exploring CHI-cago with her CHI-huahua, and learning new flow tricks with her hula hoops.

nikola-markoskiNikola Markoski: Dr. Markoski is from Crown Point, Indiana, and is a graduate of Purdue University College of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2017 along with a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Minor in Biology. After pharmacy school, he went on to earn his MBA degree in 2019 from Purdue University Krannert School of Business. His professional interests include leadership and administration, informatics, opioid and substance abuse populations, infectious diseases, and medical technology. Dr. Markoski completed his first-year quality improvement project by establishing processes for controlled substance waste and documentation in clean rooms and pharmacy satellites. His second-year quality improvement project is focused on the development of formalized hazardous drug and chemotherapy pharmacist and technician training documents and procedures. He is continuing his research project on the use of refractometers to establish a protocol for controlled substance waste in anesthesia. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Markoski enjoys spending time with his family and friends, fishing and hiking in the outdoors, traveling, cooking, working on automobiles, and cheering on the Purdue Boilermakers!

PGY-2 Pharmacy Residents

Administration

kelsey-waierKelsey Waier:
 Dr. Waier the PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident. She is from Verona, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL in 2019. Her professional interests include residency program directorship, clinical management, and automation. Her quality improvement project is optimizing a hybrid medication distribution model utilizing linear programming, and her research project is improving controlled substance management with artificial intelligence. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Waier enjoys going to the gym, traveling, spending time with her co-residents, family, and friends, and cheering on the Badgers!

Ambulatory Care

allison-golomAllison Golom: Dr. Allison Golom is the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Allison is from Fort Myers, Florida and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2018 after earning her B.S. in Biology in 2014 (Go Blue!). She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn in Dearborn, Michigan in 2019. Her areas of professional interest include ambulatory care focusing on diabetes, anticoagulation, and oncology. Her research project is looking to assess appropriate prescribing and monitoring of men and postmenopausal women diagnosed and treated for osteoporosis post fracture. In her free time, Allison enjoys spending time outdoors camping/hiking/boating, traveling, and exploring Chicago’s numerous rooftop restaurants.

Cardiology

patrick-nelsonPat Nelson: Dr. Patrick Nelson is the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Patrick is from Oak Lawn, Illinois and is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2018. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2019. His areas of professional interest include heart failure, left ventricular assist devices, general cardiology, anticoagulation, ambulatory care, leadership, and academia. His research project is to assess differences in clinical and laboratory outcomes between activated clotting time and anti-factor Xa-based monitoring of heparin in venous-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking/walking with his dog, exploring new places in Chicago with his co-residents, watching Netflix and Chicago sports, and eating Chick-Fil-A.

Critical Care

tori-adamsTori Adams:
 Dr. Adams is a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is from Lincoln, NE and is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2018. She completed her PGY1 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Her professional interests include neuro, surgical, and trauma ICU, delivering bedside patient care, patient safety, and teaching. Her QI project will optimize processes for handling of investigational and hazardous drugs and her research project will evaluate efficacy and safety of intravenous-push administration of levetiracetam within the Neuro ICU. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Adams enjoys spending time with her St. Bernard Nala, traveling and hiking (favorite hike so far is in Alaska), boxing, and spending time with family and friends at baseball games or playing cards (I am the reigning Nerts champion).

kaitlin-nutleyKaitlin Nutley: Dr. Nutley is a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Kaitlin is from Chicago, IL and is a graduate of Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD in 2018. She completed her PGY-1 at CHI Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY. Her professional interests include medical and cardiothoracic ICU, left ventricular assist devices, emergency medicine, and research. Her research project is evaluating Olanzapine versus Quetiapine for the Treatment of Hyperactive ICU Delirium. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Nutley enjoys hiking/walking with her dog Bama, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on her favorite sports teams the Chicago Cubs and Alabama football (ROLL TIDE!).

Emergency Medicine

dion-tylerDion Tyler:
 Dr. Dion Tyler is a PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and associate instructor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dion is from St. Louis, MO, and is a PharmD graduate of University of Missouri - Kansas City following completion of prerequisite studies at the University of Missouri (Go Tigers!). He completed his PGY1 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO. His primary practice interests include emergency medicine, toxicology, and critical care. Dion’s research project will focus on intravenous unfractionated heparin dosing in obese venous thromboembolism patients presenting to the emergency department. In his free time, Dion enjoys attending music festivals and exploring the big city with his friends.

Infectious Disease

justin-mooreJustin Moore:
Dr. Justin Moore is a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Visiting Instructor at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Justin is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2018 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Virginia. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL in 2019. His primary interest areas include antimicrobial stewardship, pharmacokinetics and drug dosing in special populations, pharmacy leadership, and academia. His research project will focus on antimicrobial stewardship initiatives surrounding fluoroquinolone use and evaluation of rapid diagnostic technology to improve antibiotic selection in purulent skin and soft tissue infections for hospitalized patients. In his free time, Justin enjoys taking in the sights with architecture cruises, finding rooftop patios in the city, and exploring Chicago's beaches with his dog, Lemon.

anooj-shahAnooj Shah: Dr. Anooj Shah is a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Visiting Instructor at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Dr. Shah is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2018 and is completing his Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Dr. Shah’s primary interest areas include antimicrobial resistance, pharmacokinetics and drug dosing in critically ill patients, and rapid diagnostics. His research project will focus on the impact of area under the curve (AUC) guided dosing of vancomycin on nephrotoxicity rates and assessing prescribing patterns of URI in cancer patients. In his free time, Anooj enjoys trying new restaurants, beer/wine tastings, traveling, and cooking. 

Oncology

enela-aliajEnela Aliaj:
Dr. Aliaj is from Lombard, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, IL. Her professional interests include gynecologic oncology and fertility impact on cancer patients. Dr. Aliaj will complete her quality improvement project on the development of formalized hazardous drug and chemotherapy pharmacist and technician training documents and procedures. Her research project will focus on the efficacy of isavuconazole prophylaxis in the allogeneic stem cell transplant patient population. In her free time, Dr. Aliaj enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants, wine, and spending time with her family and friends.

magdalena-dankowska Magdalena Dankowska: Dr. Magdalena Dankowska is from Denver, Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Denver with a BS in Biology.  She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Her professional interests include hematology and stem cell transplant. Dr. Dankowska will complete her quality improvement project on the management of Iron infusion reactions, and her research project on the efficacy of third generation cephalosporins for febrile neutropenia prophylaxis. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Dankowska enjoys spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, practicing yoga, and traveling.

talha-khanTalha Khan: Dr. Khan is from St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2016. He completed his undergraduate degree with a BS in Biology and a minor in Sociology at University of Missouri (Go TIGERS!!!). He completed a non-traditional PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2019. His professional interests include oncology, infectious diseases, and academia. Dr. Khan's quality improvement project focuses on developing a rapid infusion protocol for outpatient oncology patients receiving monoclonal antibody infusions. In addition, his research project is to assess the efficacy of venetoclax and azacitidine/decitabine in the treatment of newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Khan enjoys running, hiking, traveling, spending time with his co-residents/family, trying out new restaurants, and binge watching TV shows.

Solid Organ Transplant

kyle-langKyle Lang: Dr. Lang is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, he fulfilled pre-requisite courses at the University of Kentucky. His professional interests include solid organ transplantation focusing in abdominal transplantation. Dr. Lang will complete his quality improvement project on implementing a procedure for transplant pharmacists to assess pre-transplant medication adherence, and his research project on the evaluation of induction immunosuppression strategies in elderly renal transplant recipients. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Lang enjoys cooking and traveling.