Northwestern Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program Current Residents

Specialties

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

Traditional PGY-1 Residents

terry-brownTerry Brown: Dr. Brown is from Omaha, NE and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BS in Medicinal Chemistry. His professional interests include critical care and cardiology. Dr. Brown will complete his quality improvement project on the assessment of analgesia and sedation use for moderate sedation in outpatient GI procedures, and his research project on identification of risk factors for heparin resistance in an ICU patient population. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Brown enjoys watching sports, kayaking along the Chicago River, eating Mexican food, and spending time with friends, family, and co-residents!


taylor-conklinTaylor Conklin:
Dr. Conklin is from Kansas City, MO and is a graduate of UMKC School of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia (Fight Tiger!) with degrees in Medicinal Chemistry and Biology. His professional interests include psychiatry, emergency medicine, critical care, and oncology. Dr. Conklin will complete his quality improvement project on the cost avoidance of a pharmacist's interventions in an outpatient oncology clinic. His research project will focus on the correlation between opioid-benzodiazepine prescribing and the severity of documented inpatient falls. In his free time, Dr. Conklin enjoys eating his way through Chicago, watching Kansas City sports (Go Chiefs!), and going to happy hours with his co-residents.


magdalena-dankowskaMagdalena Dankowska:
Dr. 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 University of Denver with a BS in Biology. Her professional interests include oncology, emergency medicine, and critical care. Dr. Dankowska will complete her quality improvement project on drug stability, light protection, and filter needle requirements at Northwestern. Her research project will focus on the incidence of MACE events when switching from ticagrelor to clopidogrel. In her spare time, Dr. Dankowska enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and trying new restaurants.


raymon-dematteoRaymond DeMatteo:
Dr. DeMatteo is from Schenectady, New York and is a graduate of Long Island University, Brooklyn, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience. His professional interests include oncology, infectious disease, and investigational drug services. Dr. DeMatteo will complete his quality improvement project on evaluating gaps that currently exist in the controlled substance chain of custody based on DEA requirements at Northwestern, and his research project on comparing Factor Xa levels to aPTT monitoring in LVAD patients on heparin, and assessing risk of bleeding and thrombosis. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. DeMatteo enjoys going to the gym, attending concerts, reading, and hanging out with co-residents!


abby-lodicoAbby Lodico:
Dr. Lodico is from Westchester, IL and is a graduate of Purdue University, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2018. Her professional interests include internal medicine, neonatal intensive care unit, and solid organ transplant. Dr. Lodico will complete her quality improvement project on prior authorization turnaround time, and her research project on gentamicin levels in neonates whose mother's received standard dosing compared to extended infusion gentamicin. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Lodico enjoys working out, traveling, and cooking as often as she can!


justin-mooreJustin Moore:
Dr. Moore is from Richmond, VA and is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Spanish. His professional interests include infectious diseases, solid organ transplant, and pharmacy leadership. Dr. Moore will complete his quality improvement project on adherence to ISMP best practice standards related to oral methotrexate use in non-oncologic indications. His research project will focus on antimicrobial stewardship initiatives for community acquired pneumonia prescribing patterns and associated occurrence of multidrug resistant organisms. In his free time, Dr. Moore enjoys taking in the sights with architecture cruises, finding rooftop patios in the city, and exploring Chicago's beaches with his dog, Lemon.


patrick-nelsonPatrick Nelson:
Dr. Nelson is from Oak Lawn, Illinois and is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2018. His professional interests include cardiology, internal medicine, and ambulatory care. Dr. Nelson will complete his quality improvement project on drug stability, light protection, and filter needle requirements at Northwestern. His research project includes the effects of conversion between electronic health records on drug-drug interaction alerts and acceptance rates by pharmacists. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Nelson enjoys hiking/walking with his dog, exploring new places in Chicago with his co-residents, watching Netflix or Chicago sports, and eating Chick-Fil-A.


jamal-prattJamal Pratt:
Dr. Pratt is from New Orleans, La and is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2016. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from Xavier University in 2011 with a degree in Chemistry. His professional interests include infectious disease, neonatology, and antimicrobial stewardship. Dr. Pratt will complete his quality improvement project on the optimization of anesthesia trays using Kit Check technology, and his research project on the effect of a new vancomycin dosing protocol on steady state troughs in the neonatal ICU. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Pratt enjoys going to the gym, playing video games, spending time with family, and friends, and cheering on the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers!


anooj-shahAnooj Shah:
Dr. Shah is from Niles, IL and is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2018 and will complete his MBA in 2019. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in Biology and Psychology. His professional interests include infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, pharmacy leadership, and healthcare administration. Dr. Shah will complete his quality improvement project on the analysis of the Spinraza (Nusinersin) revenue cycle at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and his research project on the impact of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of azole prophylaxis in lung transplant recipients on the development of positive fungal BAL cultures. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Shah enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, cooking, Chicago sports, and binge watching Food Network.


kelsey-waierKelsey Waier:
Dr. Waier is from Verona, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2018. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Biology. Her professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine, and administration. Dr. Waier will complete her quality project on the appropriateness of text messaging patient orders, and her research project on the optimization of sugammadex usage in the operative setting. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Waier enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her co-residents, family, and friends, and cheering on the Badgers!

Non-Traditional PGY-1 Residents

tyler-alversonTyler Alverson: Dr. Alverson is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Go Rockets!), where she earned her PharmD degree in 2017. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her professional interests include internal medicine, emergency medicine, critical care, and pharmacy operations. Dr. Alverson will complete her quality improvement project on the standardization of controlled substance waste and over-fill documentation in the clean room. Her research project will focus on the timing of discontinuation of continuous sedatives and liberation from mechanical ventilation in critical care patients. In her free time, Dr. Alverson enjoys spending time with her co-residents, family, and friends, going to concerts, traveling, skiing, and eating as much sushi as she can find!

rachel-brunner Rachel Brunner: Dr. Brunner is from St. Joseph, MI and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, 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 internal medicine, psychiatry, and ambulatory care. Dr. Brunner will complete her quality improvement project on the standardization of allergy test dose order sets in EPIC. Her research project focuses on evaluation of treatment differences in morphine versus methadone use for neonates with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Brunner enjoys spending time on Lake Michigan with her family, exploring different parks and neighborhoods throughout Chicago, and rewatching The Office on Netflix.

talha-khan Talha 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!!!). His professional interests include infectious diseases, oncology and academia. Dr. Khan's quality improvement project focuses on updating sterile compounding practices at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In addition, his research project involves assessing readiness to change behavior in heart failure patients that are counseled by the internal medicine pharmacy team. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Khan enjoys running, hiking, traveling, spending time with his co-residents/family, and binge watching TV shows (big GOT fan!!).


nikola-markoskiNikola Markoski:
Dr. Markoski is from Crown Point, Indiana, and is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2017 with a Certificate of Entrepreneurship and minor in Biology. His professional interests include administration, psychiatric pharmacology, and opioid and substance abuse populations. Dr. Markoski will complete his quality improvement project on the processes of controlled substances wasting and documenting in clean rooms, and his research project on the use of refractometers to establish a protocol for controlled substance wasting and returning in anesthesia. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Markoski enjoys spending time with his family and friends, fishing and hiking the outdoors, traveling, cooking, working on automobiles, and cheering on the Purdue Boilermakers!

PGY-2 Pharmacy Residents

Administration

brittany-huffBrittany Huff:
Dr. Huff is from Chicago, IL and is a graduate of Chicago State University, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2017. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Community Health. She completed her PGY-1 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Her current professional interests include pharmacy administration and leadership, specifically coordination of clinical and operational services and medication safety. Dr. Huff will complete her quality improvement project on the Evaluation of a Pharmacy Intern Program in the ED at a Large Academic Medical Center, and her research project on Pediatric Emergency Response in an Adult Hospital. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Huff enjoys traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends, especially her little nephew.

Ambulatory Care

mariet-eivaziMariet Eivazi:
Dr. Eivazi is from Chicago, IL and is graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2017. She completed her PGY1 at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Her personal interests include Specialty Pharmacy oncology, and academia. Dr. Eivazi will complete her quality improvement project on prior authorization turnaround time, and her research project on outcomes of optimizing guideline directed therapy in heart failure patients. In her free time, Dr. Eivazi enjoys exploring the downtown Chicago, jogging by Lake Michigan, finding rooftop patios, cooking, and spending time with her new puppy, Yagi.


emily-hoadleyEmily Hoadley:
Dr. Hoadley is from Palatine, IL and is a graduate of Purdue University, where she completed pre-pharmacy coursework and earned her PharmD degree in 2017 with a minor in Psychology. She completed her PGY-1 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital/WW Knight Family Medicine Center in Toledo, OH. Her professional interests include specialty pharmacy, diabetes, and precepting students. Dr. Hoadley will complete her quality improvement project on the Spinraza revenue cycle, and her research project on the value of pharmacy technician interventions within a primary care coordination team. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Hoadley enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and exploring Chicago!

Critical Care

david-antoineDave Antoine:
Dr. Antoine is from Port Washington, WI and is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2017. He took the accelerated route, completing two years of pre-pharmacy curriculum prior to admittance to pharmacy school. He completed his PGY-1 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. His professional interests include critical care (specifically medical ICU and neuro ICU) and precepting students. Dr. Antoine will complete his quality improvement project on the Utilization of Kit Check Technology to Optimize Anesthesia Trays, and his research project on Catheter-Directed vs Systemic Thrombolysis vs Anticoagulation Alone for Acute Pulmonary Embolism. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Antoine enjoys watching horror movies, playing cards, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends. Go Packers and Brewers!

daniel-dicksonDaniel Dickson: Dr. Dickson is from Libertyville, IL and is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2017. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (I-L-L!) with a Bachelor's degree in biology. He completed his PGY1 residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. His professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine, toxicology, and academia. Dr. Dickson will complete his quality improvement project on the assessment of analgesia and sedation use for moderate sedation in outpatient GI procedures, and his research project on comparing unfractionated heparin versus direct thrombin inhibitors in ECMO. Dr. Dickson is a Chicago sports fan (for better or for worse), he enjoys taking his dog Jazz on long walks around Lincoln Park, and also enjoys brewing beer in his free time.

Emergency Medicine

kayla-myersKayla Myers:
Dr. Myers is from Sheldon, IA and is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she earned both her PharmD and MPH degree in 2017. She fulfilled her pharmacy prerequisites and a Spanish minor in two years before being accepted into the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY-1 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, toxicology, and academia. Dr. Myers will complete her quality improvement project on the both the Evaluation of a Pharmacy Intern Program in the ED as well as, the Utilization of andexanet alfa at a large academic medical center. Her research project is evaluating the efficacy (hematoma size/expansion over time) of 4F-PCC (Kcentra, FEIBA) vs. DOAC Specific Agent (andexanet alfa) for Anti-Xa AC (rivaroxaban and apixaban). Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Myers enjoys traveling, watching The Office, eating lots of candy, and cheering on the HAWKEYES! :)

Infectious Disease

christie-bertramChristie Bertram:
Dr. Bertram is from Schaumburg, IL and is a graduate of Butler University, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2017 along with a Spanish minor with medical Spanish emphasis. She completed her PGY-1 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Her professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship, treatment of multidrug resistant infections, public health, and academia. Dr. Bertram's current areas of research include correlating urine concentrations with serum concentrations of aminoglycosides in ICU patients as well as assessing the national impact of penicillin allergy labels on broad-spectrum antibiotic use. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Bertram enjoys exploring the city, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Cubs and my Butler Bulldogs!

Oncology

justin-fisherJustin Fisher:
Dr. Fisher is from Youngstown, OH, and is a graduate of the Ohio State University, where he earned his PharmD degree in 2017. Prior to pharmacy school, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, with a Bachelor's degree in biology and music. He completed his PGY1 residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. His professional interests include hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplant. Dr. Fisher will complete his quality improvement project on the assessment of institutional compliance with the ISMP's recommendations on oral methotrexate, and his research project on the use of propylene glycol-free melphalan in patients with renal dysfunction. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Fisher is an avid Cleveland and Ohio State sports fan, he enjoys spending time outside and exploring new restaurants around Chicago.


alison-svobodaAlison Svoboda:
Dr.Svoboda is from Huntley, Illinois and is a graduate of Midwestern University, where she earned her PharmD degree in 2017. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from University of Illinois with a BS in Chemistry. Her professional interests include hematology, stem cell transplant, and infectious diseases in immunocompromised patients. Dr. Svoboda will complete her quality improvement project on the impact of a pharmacist embedded in an oncology clinic and her research project on evaluation of the drug interaction between tacrolimus and isavuconazonium. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Svoboda enjoys spending time with her dog Zooey, seeing as many concerts as she can and cheering on the Cubbies at Wrigley Field!

Solid Organ Transplant

michelle-kapugiMichelle Kapugi:
Dr. Kapugi is from Schaumburg, IL and is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she earned her PharmD degree in 2017. She completed her PGY-1 at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to pharmacy school, she graduated from Western Illinois University with a BS in Biochemistry. Her professional interests include solid organ transplant and transplant infectious disease. Dr. Kapugi will complete her quality improvement project on the evaluating gaps that currently exist in the controlled substance chain of custody based on DEA requirements at Northwestern, and her research project on risk factors for initial subtherapeutic tacrolimus levels in renal transplant recipients. Outside of pharmacy, Dr. Kapugi enjoys watching Netflix, listening to podcasts, visiting her PGY-1 co-residents in Milwaukee, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs!