Northwestern Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program Current Residents

Specialties

Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership
Administration
Ambulatory Care
Cardiology
Critical Care
Emergency Medicine
Infectious Disease
Oncology
Solid Organ Transplant

PGY-1 Traditional

Sara Al Azmeh headshotSara Al Azmeh: Dr. Sara Al Azmeh is from Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2021. Her professional interests include hematology/oncology, ambulatory care, and academia. Dr. Al Azmeh’s research project will focus on the effectiveness of enoxaparin in preventing venous thromboembolism in patients receiving PEG-asparaginase. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Al Azmeh enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, indoor gardening, audiobooks, and watching new shows.

Arash Asadollahi headshotArash Asadollahi: Dr. Asadollahi is from Denton, Texas and is a graduate of The University of Texas, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2021. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Neuroscience. His professional interests include hematology/oncology, critical care, and investigational drug services. Dr. Asadollahi’s research project will focus on the overall response rate with Rituximab for steroid refractory acute graft-versus-host disease in allogenic hematopoietic cell transplant patients. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys hiking, reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time with his family and friends.

Christine Cunningham headshotChristine Cunningham: Dr. Cunningham is from Elkhart, Indiana and is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2021. Her professional interests include cardiology, critical care, and emergency medicine. Dr. Cunningham will complete her research project on the safety and tolerability of prolonged use of ketamine for analgosedation in COVID critical illness. In her free time, Christine enjoys working out, spending time outdoors, going to breweries, and spending time with her friends and family.

Michael Dickens headshotMichael Dickens: Dr. Dickens is from Buffalo Grove, Illinois and is a graduate of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy where he earned his PharmD degree in 2021. His professional interests include infectious diseases and oncology. This year, Dr. Dickens will complete his research project on the order of angiotensin II weaning in distributive shock for patients in the medical intensive care unit and impact on hemodynamic response. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Dickens enjoys cooking, walking along the lakefront, table tennis, and spending time with his cat, Frank.

Mphamvu KalengamaliroMphamvu Kalengamaliro: Dr. Kalengamaliro is from Richmond Virginia, and graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where she earned her PharmD in 2021. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and infectious disease. Dr. Kalengamaliro’s research project will focus on the safety and efficacy of utilizing anti-Xa monitoring for patients with Impella® devices on heparin infusions compared to previous standards of care. In her free time, Dr. Kalengamaliro enjoys running along the Chicago Lakefront Trail, reading, binge watching TV shows, and exploring new restaurants in the city.

Douglas MazewskiDouglas Mazewski: Dr. Mazewski is from Northbrook, Illinois and is a graduate of Midwestern University College of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2021. Prior to Pharmacy school, he graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He also graduated from Midwestern University College of Graduate Studies, with a Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences. His professional interests include oncology and infectious diseases. His research project will focus on AUC-guided vancomycin monitoring and risk of nephrotoxicity in non-staphylococcus aureus infections. In his free time, Dr. Mazewski enjoys fishing, attending Chicago Cubs games, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Meghan Ritchey headshotMeghan Ritchey: Dr. Ritchey is from Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned her BS in 2017 and PharmD in 2021. Her professional interests include hematology/oncology and public health. Her research project will focus on allogeneic stem cell transplant recipients receiving piperacillin/tazobactam or meropenem versus cefepime and the incidence of GVHD and/or overall survival. In her free time, Dr. Ritchey enjoys spending time with loved ones, playing video games, trying new restaurants, finding the best movie theater in the city, and experiencing the diverse Chicago culture.

Anna Rubino headshotAnna Rubino: Dr. Rubino is from Ashton, Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2021. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her professional interests include solid organ transplant, cardiology, and internal medicine. Dr. Rubino's research project will focus on the use of digoxin for atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing continuous renal replacement therapy. In her free time, Dr. Rubino enjoys taking walks to explore Chicago, discovering local coffee shops, and growing a jungle of houseplants in her apartment.

Katie Sherman headshotKatie Sherman: Dr. Sherman is from Palos Heights, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy where she earned her PharmD in 2021. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Her professional interests include critical care and emergency medicine. Her research project will focus on comparing the use of clonidine versus guanfacine for dexmedetomidine weaning in ICU patients. In her free time, Dr. Sherman enjoys going to concerts, working out, cooking and baking, spending time with her dogs, and faithfully following Fighting Illini basketball.

PGY-1 Nontraditional

Virginia Bland headshotVirginia Bland: Dr. Bland is from High Point, North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2021. Prior to pharmacy school, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from North Carolina State University. Her professional interests include infectious disease, solid organ transplant, and critical care. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Bland enjoys traveling, attending concerts, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

Ray Chang headshotRay Chang: Dr. Chang is from Newark, New Jersey, and is a graduate of the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2019. His professional interests include critical care and cardiology. This year, Dr. Chang will complete his research project on evaluating the safety profile of 3% sodium chloride administration through a peripheral vein in neurosurgical patients. Dr. Chang enjoys traveling, watching Disney/Pixar movies, and trying new food in his free time.

Taylor McDonaldTaylor McDonald: Dr. McDonald is from Elgin, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD in 2020. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2016. His professional interests include informatics, medication safety, and pharmacy administration. Dr. McDonald will complete his research project on the impact of a pharmacist-run transitions of care program on quality metrics in patients with COPD. In his free time, Dr. McDonald enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring the city, listening to country music, and running by the lake.

Brennen Yasuda headshotBrennen Yasuda: Dr. Yasuda is from Mililani, Hawaii and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2021. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. His professional interests include oncology, infectious disease and academic pharmacy. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Yasuda enjoys exploring the city for new coffee shops, learning to keep plants alive, and playing online computer games.

Combined PGY1&2-Health System Administration & Leadership

PGY1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership

Colton Staudt headshotColton Staudt: Dr. Staudt is from Mason City, Iowa, and is a graduate of University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and University of Iowa College of Public Health, where he earned his PharmD and MPH degrees in 2021. His professional interests include medication safety, pharmacy operations, quality, and public health. His research project will focus on identifying if strict norepinephrine order parameters, in a titratable medication order, impact time from medication initiation to achieving a therapeutic goal. In his free time, Dr. Staudt enjoys working out, boating, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

PGY-2 Pharmacy Residents

Administration

Elizabeth Dowell headshotElizabeth Dowell:
 Dr. Dowell is the PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident. Dr. Dowell is from North Webster, Indiana, and is a graduate of Purdue University College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD in 2018. After pharmacy school, she completed her PGY-1 residency training in 2019 at Baptist Health Lexington in Lexington, KY and then worked as a clinical pharmacist for surgical service for two years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include project management, regulatory compliance, medication safety, and operations. Dr. Dowell will complete her research project on the implementation and outcomes of drug diversion software in the automated dispensing cabinets at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Dowell enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Ambulatory Care

Jessica Carlson headshotJessica Carlson: Dr. Carlson is a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident. She is from Brookfield, Illinois, 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. She completed a PGY-1 Non-Traditional Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, internal medicine, and medication safety. Dr. Carlson’s research project will focus on analyzing healthcare disparities among Chicago zip codes. Outside of pharmacy, Jessica enjoys traveling, podcasts, spending time with her family, friends, and cat, going to brunch, binge watching TV series, and attending concerts.

Cardiology

Matthew Boyd headshotMatthew Boyd: Dr. Boyd is the PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is from Clinton, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned his PharmD degree in 2020 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 2016. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. His primary interest areas include heart failure, electrophysiology, and acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Boyd’s research project will focus on milrinone therapy versus milrinone plus beta-blocker therapy in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Outside of pharmacy, he enjoys going to sporting events, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends!

Critical Care

Kendall MoresKendall Mores:
 Dr. Mores is the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is from Crown Point, Indiana and is a graduate of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and PharmD degree in 2020. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Her professional interests include critical care, cardiology, and infectious disease. Her research project will focus on the impact of phenobarbital on benzodiazepine requirements and ICU length of stay in alcohol withdrawal in ICU patients. In her free time, Dr. Mores enjoys attending concerts, spending time with her family and friends, and exploring Chicago with her co-residents.

Emergency Medicine

Allison Cowett headshotAllison Cowett:
 Dr. Cowett is the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She 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. She completed a PGY-1 Non-Traditional Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include psychiatry, more specifically, managing acute psychosis and substance use disorder, as well as identifying and implementing harm reduction strategies. Dr. Cowett will complete her research project looking to assess outcomes using Northwestern’s Emergency Department's new rate control pathway for atrial fibrillation. 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.

Infectious Disease

Erin McGuireErin McGuire:
Dr. McGuire is a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Visiting Instructor at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy. She is from Bishopville, Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she earned her PharmD degree in 2020 and is a graduate of Davidson College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 2021. Her professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistance. Dr. McGuire’s research project will focus on evaluating the outcomes of a hospital-wide Beta Lactam graded challenge allergy protocol. In her free time, Dr. McGuire enjoys reading, playing board games and sports, binge watching TV shows, and exploring the city.

Oncology

Taylor Drowne headshotTaylor Drowne:
 Dr. Drowne is a PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is from Salt Lake City, Utah and is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2020. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Utah in Health Society and Policy. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include thoracic and breast oncology. Her research project will focus on investigating real-world experience of Verzenio for adjuvant versus metastatic breast cancer. In her free time, Dr. Drowne enjoys playing volleyball, rollerblading, paddle boarding, going to White Sox games, and traveling.

Taylor Kujawa headshotTaylor Kujawa: Dr. Kujawa is a PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is from Tempe, Arizona and is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2020. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include hematology, immunocompromised infectious disease, and drug information. Dr. Kujawa’s research project will focus on second line therapy for steroid-refractory immune checkpoint inhibitor colitis. In her free time, Dr. Kujawa enjoys cooking, spending time outside, and exploring Chicago.

Claire Schumann headshotClaire Schumann: Dr. Schumann is a PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident from West Chester, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2020. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include malignant hematology and global health. Dr. Schumann's research project will assess the efficacy of daunorubicin 60 mg/m2 versus daunorubicin 90 mg/m2 in newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys walking the lakefront, swimming, finding new music, and exploring restaurants and farmers markets around Chicago.

Solid Organ Transplant

Rish Arora headshotRish Arora: Dr. Arora is a PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Resident. He is from Chicago, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2020. Prior to pharmacy school, Dr. Arora graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 2021. Dr. Arora’s professional interests include solid organ transplant recipient transitions of care and immunocompromised infectious diseases. His research project will focus on evaluating the development of de novo donor-specific antibodies in patients treated with IR tacrolimus (Prograf) vs Envarsus XR for immunosuppression. In his free time, Dr. Arora enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, longboarding along the lakefront, taste testing local brews (both teas and IPAs), and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Krista PaplacyzkKrista Paplaczyk: Dr. Paplaczyk is a PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Resident. She is from Chicago, Illinois and is a graduate from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where she earned her PharmD degree in 2020. Prior to pharmacy school, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include intensive care management and histocompatibility. This year, Dr. Paplaczyk will complete her research project investigating the loss of HBsAb or HBcAb positivity in transplant patients receiving lymphocyte depleting induction therapy as well as expand upon her continued research analyzing the impact of belatacept conversion on renal function and donor specific antibody development in kidney transplant recipients. In her free time, Dr. Paplaczyk enjoys traveling, cooking, going to concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.