Northwestern Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program Current Residents

Specialties

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

PGY-1 Traditional

Kyle RitterKyle Ritter: Dr. Ritter is from Louisville, Kentucky and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy where he earned his PharmD degree in 2022. Prior to pharmacy school he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Centre College. His professional interests include hematology/oncology and cardiology. His research project will focus on characterizing risk factors and treatment approaches to euglycemic diabetic ketoacidosis. In his free time, he enjoys running along the lakefront, reading, backpacking (both camping and traveling!), and exploring the Chicago music scene with his co-residents.

Sarah Mahmood Sarah Mahmood: Dr. Mahmood is from Washington, DC. She earned her BS degree in biochemistry with a minor in chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2016 and her PharmD degree from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2022. Her professional interests include ambulatory care and psychiatry. Dr. Mahmood is researching the current use of antipsychotics in the non-critical care inpatient setting. In her free time, she likes exploring new restaurants, enjoying live music, and spending time with friends and family.

Maureen Shin Maureen Shin: Dr. Maureen Shin is from Seoul, South Korea and is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2022. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in music. She also received her Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Northeastern University. Her professional interests include drug research and development, and investigational drug services. Dr. Shin's research project will focus on identifying barriers to biosimilar conversion in a large healthcare system. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Shin enjoys going for walks to look at wildlife, working out, reading Webtoons, and trying different coffee blends at the Starbucks Reserve.

Stefanie Nguyen Stefanie Nguyen: Dr. Nguyen is from Milpitas, California and is a graduate of Roseman University of Health Sciences, South Jordan, Class of 2022. Prior to pharmacy school, she attended undergraduate at the University of Utah. Her professional interests include critical care and infectious diseases. Her research project will focus on the remdesivir PINETREE protocol in the inpatient setting and outcomes. In her free time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending ample time Facetiming her loved ones, learning how to cook and bake, occasionally crafting, and enjoying piano.

JinJoo Chung JinJoo Chung: Dr. Chung is from Vernon Hills, Illinois and is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Pharmacy in 2022. Her professional interests include cardiology, critical care, and transplant. Dr. Chung’s research project will focus on determining if MRSA nasal swabs in the ED lead to less anti-MRSA antibiotic exposure for patients admitted to the hospital. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks along the Chicago lakefront, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, thrifting, and spending time with family and friends.

Eliane Nguyen Eliane Nguyen: Dr. Nguyen is from Lynchburg, Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Class of 2022. Prior to pharmacy school, she attended undergraduate at the Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Her professional interests include cardiology, critical care, transplant, and infectious disease. Her research project will focus on the current state of high-risk antiarrhythmic drug monitoring at Northwestern Medicine. In her free time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys exploring restaurants and breweries!

Kelsey LaMartina Kelsey LaMartina: Dr. Kelsey LaMartina is from Aurora, Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2022. Her professional interests include medication use policy and cardiology. Dr. LaMartina’s research project will focus of the effect of daily targeted interventions on the incidence of duplicate medication therapy. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. LaMartina enjoys taking her dog Luna on walks, listening to true crime podcasts, trying new recipes, and watching TV shows.

Rawan Harb Rawan Harb: Dr. Harb is from Vernon Hills, Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2022. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Neuroscience. Her professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine and ambulatory care. Dr. Harb’s research project will focus on the benefit of clinical pharmacist attendance at airway emergencies. Outside of pharmacy Dr. Harb enjoys trying new restaurants, working out and spending time with friends and family.

Abby Baniel Abby Baniel: Dr. Baniel is from Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy where she earned her PharmD in 2022. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Society, and Environment. Her professional interests include hematology/oncology and ambulatory care. Dr. Baniel's research project will focus on the use of SGLT-2 inhibitors in the inpatient setting and the compliance to this protocol at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In her free time, Abby enjoys walking along the Chicago Lakefront, exploring new restaurants, spending time with her friends and family, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Jenny Novak Jenny Novak: Dr. Novak is from Mount Prospect, Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2022. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Her professional interests include transplant, critical care and emergency medicine. Dr. Novak’s research progress will focus on the discharge high-risk medication burden for patients admitted to the ICU for SARS-CoV2 pneumonia. In her free time, Jenny enjoys spending time outdoors on walking or running, spending time with her dog, Yukon, and trying new restaurants or breweries.

Katie Noonan Katie Noonan: Dr. Katie Noonan is from Memphis, Tennessee and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2022. Her professional interests include cardiology, ambulatory care, and academia. Dr. Noonan’s research project will focus on the rate of pharmacist-led Entresto prescribing for patients with HFrEF in the inpatient setting. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Noonan enjoys taking her dog, Snickers, on walks to the dog park, indoor cycling, traveling, trying new foods and craft beer, and watching Disney plus.

PGY-1 Nontraditional

Virginia Bland Virginia 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. Dr. Bland research project will focus on the appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing in the CTICU. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Bland enjoys traveling, attending concerts, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

PGY1&2 Health System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership

Kevin Blake Kevin Blake: Dr. Blake is the PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident. He is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a graduate of Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy where he earned his PharmD in 2022. Prior to pharmacy school, he attended undergraduate at the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a minor in pharmacology. His professional interests include operations management, quality and safety, and formulary management. His research project will focus on identifying if crash carts streamlining impacts the time to appropriate care during a cardiac arrest. In his free time, Dr. Blake enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling.

Colton Staudt Colton Staudt: Dr. Staudt is the PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident. He 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 340B, medication safety, pharmacy operations, and public health. His research project will focus on implementation of Diligent Robotics® for hazardous compounds for NMG Oncology Infusion Clinics. In his free time, Dr. Staudt enjoys working out, boating, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

PGY-2 Pharmacy Residents

Ambulatory Care

Sarah Al Azmeh Sara Al Azmeh: Dr. Sara Al Azmeh is a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident. She 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. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include internal medicine, cardiology, and academia. Dr. Al Azmeh’s research project will analyze healthcare disparities among Chicago zip codes relating to hypertension management. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Al Azmeh enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, indoor gardening, audiobooks, and watching new shows.

Leydi Sanchez-Almaguer Leydi Sanchez-Almaguer: Dr. Sanchez-Almaguer is one of the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residents at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She was born in Cuba, but has resided in Louisville, Kentucky for past 9 years. She is a graduate of Sullivan College of Pharmacy where she earned her PharmD in 2021. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Louisville Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Her professional interests include HIV & Type 2 Diabetes. Dr. Sanchez-Almaguer’s research project will focus on understanding the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescribing patterns at Northwestern Medicine. In her free time, Leydi enjoys painting, dancing, and lakefront walks with her puppy Lyla.

Cardiology

Christine Cunningham Christine Cunningham: Dr. Cunningham is the PGY-2 Cardiology Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is from Elkhart, Indiana and is a graduate of Purdue University where she earned her PharmD in 2021. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Her professional interests include heart failure, arrhythmias, and critical care. Dr. Cunningham’s research project will focus on the rates of thromboembolism in CVVH and ECMO patients receiving angiotensin II in the CTICU. In her free time, Christine enjoys working out, spending time outdoors, going to country concerts, and walking the lakefront.

Critical Care

Katie Sherman Katie Sherman: Dr. Sherman is the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is from Palos Heights, Illinois and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy where she earned her PharmD degree in 2021. Prior to pharmacy school, she received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her professional interests include critical care and emergency medicine. Her research project will focus on the use of 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrates compared to andexanet alfa for emergent periprocedural DOAC reversal. Outside of work, Dr. Sherman enjoys exploring the city, live music, working out, baking, buying too many houseplants, and faithfully following Fighting Illini basketball.

Emergency Medicine

Alyse Rehberger Alyse Rehberger: Dr. Rehberger is the PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is from Park Ridge, Illinois and completed the Dual Acceptance program at Loyola University Chicago and graduated from the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD in 2021. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, critical care, infectious disease, and toxicology. Her research project will focus on the evaluation of pulmonary embolism treatment in the emergency department. In her free time, Dr. Rehberger enjoys lakefront runs with her dog, attending concerts, spending time with her family and friends, and exploring Chicago with her co-residents.

Infectious Diseases

Michael Dickens Michael Dickens: Dr. Dickens is a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Visiting Instructor at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy. He 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, antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistance. This year, Dr. Dickens will complete his research project on the prevalence of beta-lactam allergy labels in hospitalized patients who have undocumented tolerance of other beta-lactams and who may be eligible for non-invasive delabeling of these allergies. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Dickens enjoys cooking, walking along the lakefront, and table tennis.

Oncology

Douglas Mazewski Douglas Mazewski: Dr. Mazewski is a PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident. He 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. He completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His primary interest areas include malignant hematology, medication safety, and GI oncology. His research project will focus on the outcomes and tolerability of KEYNOTE 522 which looked at use of Pembrolizumab in early triple negative breast cancer. In his free time, Dr. Mazewski enjoys fishing, attending Chicago Cubs games, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Umida Nasritdinova Umida Nasritdinova: Dr. Nasritdinova is one of the PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Residents at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, where she earned her PharmD in 2021. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. Her professional interests include malignant hematology, pediatric oncology, underserved populations. Her research project will focus on Venetoclax dosing strategies (50 v 100 mg) with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors. In her free time, Dr. Nasritdinova enjoys watching sunsets by the lakeside, cooking/baking, reading non-fiction novels, and exploring all the unique restaurants and bars that Chicago has to offer.

Meghan Ritchey Meghan Ritchey:   Dr. Ritchey is a PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident. 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. She also completed her PGY1 residency at NMH. She's still figuring out her niche oncology, so her professional interests include inpatient and outpatient care for patients with a variety of disease states. Her research project will focus on comparing first line immunotherapy regimens for NSCLC. In her free time, Dr. Ritchey enjoys spending time with loved ones, playing video games, trying new restaurants, and experiencing the diverse Chicago culture.

Transplant

Anna Rubino Anna Rubino: Dr. Rubino is a PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Resident. She 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, Dr. Rubino graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rubino's professional interests include cardiothoracic transplant, opportunistic infections, and transitions of care for transplant patients. Her research project will focus on evaluating direct oral anticoagulation therapy in lung transplant recipients. 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.