About the Preceptors and Management Team

Talaat Aggour, BS
Director of the Cancer and Therapeutic infusion pharmacy, Inpatient Oncology, Pediatric Satellites

Education and training:
Bachelors of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Joined Mount Sinai: 1974

About His Satellites: Residents will rotate staffing throughout different areas of the pharmacy. This area is responsible for ambulatory chemotherapy, inpatient oncology and inpatient pediatric satellites. Residents will spend time staffing in the pediatric satellites during their weekly staffing requirement.

Jose C Almonte, BS
Assistant Director of Operations: Employee Pharmacy and Robot Pharmacy

Education and training:
Bachelors of Science- St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY

Joined Mount Sinai: 1997

About His Satellites: Residents will rotate staffing throughout different areas of the pharmacy. The Employee Pharmacy is responsible for filling prescriptions for employees of the Mount Sinai Hospital. The Robot Pharmacy dispenses over 11,000 doses on a daily basis to the adult in-patient population.

Jason Babby, Pharm D, BCPS
Drug Information Coordinator

Education and training:
Pharm D - St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, NJ
PGY-2 Drug Information Specialty Residency: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ.

Joined The Mount Sinai Hospital: 2011

About His Drug Information Rotation: Drug Information is a longitudinal rotation exposing the resident to advanced concepts in Drug Information and application of Evidence Based Medicine. During the rotation, the resident will apply drug information skills to formulate recommendations to various members of the health care team.

Gina Caliendo, BS, Pharm D, BCPS
Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services

Education and training:
BS Pharmacy – St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY
Pharm D – St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY
PGY-1 Drug Information Residency: Roche Laboratories, Nutley, NJ

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 1993

About Her Role With The Residents: This residency is designed to introduce residents to all areas of pharmacy practice within a large teaching organization. Dr. Caliendo meets with each resident individually throughout the residency to develop their schedule and review their progress. Schedules are designed to ensure that residents acquire the broad range of skills and knowledge necessary to become excellent pharmacy practitioners. Particular attention is given to developing residents ability to problem solve, work with other disciplines to improve patient care, educate patients and other health care providers, and improve the medication use process. Each resident is considered as an individual, with schedules and activities designed to focus on their areas of interest as well as areas for development.

Areas of Interest: Medication Safety, Palliative Care, Clinical Decision Support, Education

Ivy Cohen, BS
Investigational Drug Services Coordinator

Education and training:
Bachelors in Biology - University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Bachelor in Pharmacy - St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 1992

About her Investigational Drug Service (IDS) rotation: The resident will provide pharmacy support for clinical research activities. The resident will create pharmacy procedures specific to each clinical trial, conduct pharmacy reviews of research protocols, and learn about Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and other regulations and laws. The resident will prepare, dispense, and maintain accountability of investigational agents. The resident will also provide in-service on novel investigational agents and new protocols.

Michelle Crawford, Pharm D, BCPS
Pediatrics/Performance Improvement Coordinator

Education and training:
Pharm D - University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Austin TX
PGY-1and2 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Pharmacotherapy Practice Residency at University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and University Hospital, San Antonio, Texas

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2001

About Her Inpatient Pediatrics Rotation: The rotation is offered to pharmacy students and PGY-1 residents. The rotation is designed to allow for the development of the pharmaceutical approach to the general pediatric patient. Pediatric and adolescent patients have special pharmaceutical care needs because of the changes that occur as they mature. This is further complicated by the unavailability of reliable information regarding appropriate dosing. More than 75% of medications carry the FDA warning: safety and efficacy in children have not been established. Ethical, logistical and technical difficulties hamper conducting well-designed pediatric trials. This often times forces a clinician to extrapolate information from results obtained from adult trials. The need for adjustments in the dose and dosage interval changes as the child matures, resulting in the need for careful drug therapy and monitoring. These challenges and limitations will be discussed. Common pediatric disease states and drug therapy topics (such as the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences between children and adults) will also be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed upon the rational use of drug therapy in the patient treatment plan.

Ted S. Friedman, M Sc
Director, Pharmacy Operations

Education and training:
Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Science - University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
MS - St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 1987

About His Longitudinal Administrative Rotation: During the administration rotation, the resident will meet to review the activities of the weekend to put into perspective philosophies of leadership, change management and planning. Additionally, the resident will learn about the financial aspects of the department, budgeting, variance reports and personnel issues (i.e. hiring and disciplinary actions). The resident will review any new legislative activity or professional issues that have arose. Finally, as a past president of both the local and state of the affiliate of ASHP, Ted will expose the resident to the behind the scene activity at local chapter board of director meetings.

Sara S. Kim, BS, Pharm D, BCOP
Oncology Clinical Coordinator

Education and training:
Bachelors in Pharmacy - St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Pharm D - St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2006

About Her Inpatient Oncology Rotation: It provides residents an opportunity to learn about current treatment strategies of various types of both solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. In addition, residents will learn different types of cancer-and chemotherapy-related complications (i.e. chemotherapy-induced emesis, infectious complications, hypercalcemia, tumor lysis syndrome, neutropenic fever, etc) and become familiar with supportive cares. During this time, residents are expected to actively participate in daily patient rounds with Hem/Onc teams and provide evidence-based drug information to medical, nursing and pharmacy staff upon their medication-related inquiry. Residents will also provide counseling on the side effect and management of chemotherapeutic agents to cancer patients. This rotation will provide residents with a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience in treatment of various types of malignancies and their complications.

Alan G. Levine, BS
Assistant Director of Pharmacy- Materials Management

Education and training:
BS Pharmacy – Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, Brooklyn, NY
MBA – CUNY-Baruch College and The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 1987

About His Interaction With The Residents: Provides information about the supply, availability and cost of formulary and non-formulary medications. Alan gives residents guidance regarding procedures and policies of the hospital’s procurement and distribution systems.

Ernie Lukens, Pharm D, BCPS
Director, Experiential Education, Touro College of Pharmacy

Education and training:
Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Science - University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Pharm D – University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2007 (2015 – Voluntary Faculty)

Faculty at Touro College of Pharmacy: The Adult Liver and Kidney Transplant rotations are high paced, patient centered clinical experiences. During the rotations pharmacy residents will gain and apply knowledge of pharmacotherapy associated with the care of solid organ transplant patients. The residents will work closely with preceptors and the multidisciplinary teams to managing disease states and provide patient education. The solid organ transplant rotations are a great opportunity to enhance your direct patient care skills.

Leandra Miko, Pharm D
Transplant Clinical Coordinator

Education and training:
Bachelors in Biochemistry- Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Pharm D – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY PGY-2 in Transplant: New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2010

About Her Transplant Rotation: The Adult Liver and Kidney Transplant rotations are high paced, patient centered clinical experiences. During the rotations pharmacy residents will gain and apply knowledge of pharmacotherapy associated with the care of solid organ transplant patients. The residents will work closely with preceptors and the multidisciplinary teams to managing disease states and provide patient education. The solid organ transplant rotations are a great opportunity to enhance your direct patient care skills.

Simone Muller, BS, Pharm D, BCPS
Director of Medication Safety

Education and training:
BS Pharmacy - St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health
Pharm D - Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany NY

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 1999

About Her Critical Care Rotation: This rotation is an intense clinical rotation in the medical ICU where the resident rounds daily with the MICU team. In addition to learning basics of critical care and pharmaceutical care of the critically ill, the resident is part of the team, learning with medical residents about a large variety of diseases and treatments. This rotation combines an academic approach on rounds and a practical approach to pharmacy to combine into a full understanding of the medication use system.

Amber Ng, Pharm D
Assistant Director, Sterile Products

Education and training:
Pharm D - Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
PGY-2 in Hematology/Oncology: Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2011

About Her Satellites: Residents will rotate staffing throughout different areas of the pharmacy. IV/manufacturing is responsible for making sterile compounding preparation for both controlled and non-controlled medication. This area is also responsible for the batching of sterile preparations. The TPN pharmacists make daily total parenteral nutrition for adult, pediatrics and neonatal patients in addition to rounding daily with the team. The IV/Manufacturing staff is responsible for preparing chemotherapy for the in-patient nursing units, the Dubin Breast Cancer Center and the pediatric hematology/oncology unit.

Mitchell Dorn, Pharm D, MS

Education and training:
Pharm.D. – The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Columbus, OH
M.S. – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC
PGY-1/2 combined Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Joined Mount Sinai: 2015

About his Rotation: Residents will rotate staffing throughout different areas of the pharmacy as part of a longitudinal experience. The three Guggenheim Pavilion Adult Satellites provide services to approximately 60% of the hospital beds at Mount Sinai. They cover the general med/surg adult population, all Adult ICUs, and telemetry step down units. They also service the first TJC-designated Comprehensive Stroke Unit in New York State, transplant units (kidney, liver, heart and small bowel), and one of the most active cardiac catheterization services in New York State. Residents staffing in one of these satellites will learn how to function in a general medical/surgical/ICU satellite pharmacy distribution model. By the end of the experience, Mitch wants residents to be able to communicate effectively with pharmacy & non-pharmacy staff and have further developed critical thinking skills necessary to excel as a practice leader.”

Timothy Nguyen, Pharm D, BCPS, CCP, FASCP
Associate Professor and Clinical Pharmacotherapy Specialist in Nephrology and Dialysis

Education and training:
Bachelors of Science - Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Pharm D – University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Middlesex General MC and HNMC’s Regional Dialysis Center

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2009 (Voluntary faculty)

About His Nephrology/General Medicine Rotation: The pharmacy resident is part of a comprehensive member of the interdisciplinary team. The pharmacy resident will gain clinical competency, involve in direct patient care, daily round with team of physicians, medical residents, medical students, other healthcare providers, and provide evidence-based pharmacotherapy regimens.

Aniwaa Owusu Obeng, Pharm D
Assistant Professor Institute for Personalized Medicine, Clinical Pharmacist Pharmacogenomics Coordinator

Education and training:
Pharm D - Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, NY
PGY-2: Personalized Medicine Program: University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Gainesville, FL

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2013

About Her Pharmacogenomics Rotation: A clinical pharmacogenomics rotation is an exciting and rare opportunity. Pharmacy residents and students will learn to evaluate pharmacogenomics literature, identify commonly prescribed medications listed in the FDA Table of Pharmacogenomic Biomarkers in Drug Label and suggest alternative agents and/or appropriate doses for patients with high risk genotypes. Residents/students will also familiarize themselves with CLIPMERGE – the Mount Sinai platform for genome-informed clinical decision support.

Peter Paxos, MS, BCPS
Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Inpatient Pharmacy Services, OR Pharmacy Services and ED Pharmacy Services

Education and training:
BS Pharmacy- St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY
MS Pharmacotherapeutics- St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 1996

About His Satellites: Residents will rotate staffing throughout different areas of the pharmacy. The Main Pharmacy area provides services and care to the inpatient psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine and some general medicine units. The Main Pharmacy provides service to many outpatient ambulatory clinics as well. The OR pharmacies provide services for the operating rooms, anesthesia pain service and palliative care services. The ED pharmacists work alongside providers and nurses in the emergency room to provide pharmaceutical service to the ED patient population. The overnight shift provides care for all patients throughout the hospital. Residents will spend time staffing in the main pharmacy as part of their weekly staffing requirements.

Rebecca L. Salbu, Pharm D, CGP
Assistant Clinical Professor, Touro College of Pharmacy

Education and training:
Pharm D – St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with Emphasis in Geriatrics: James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2013 (Voluntary Faculty)

About her Internal Medicine 1 Rotation – This rotation enables pharmacy residents to develop a patient-centered pharmacotherapy service. The pharmacy resident will round daily with the interdisciplinary Mobile Acute Care for the Elderly (MACE) team to support pharmaceutical care in the elderly population. The role of the pharmacy resident is to ensure all of a patient’s drug therapy is indicated, effective, and safe for the patient. The pharmacy resident is expected to become an active member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team and provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management. The pharmacy resident will also answer drug-information questions posed by the medical team and provide discharge counseling to patients and families when needed.

Patricia Saunders-Hao, Pharm D, BCPS
Infectious Disease Clinical Coordinator

Education and training:
Pharm D – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
PGY-2 in Infectious Diseases: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2008
About her Infectious Disease Rotation: This rotation introduces students to evaluating antibiotic regimens and cultures in preparation for rounding with either the general or transplant infectious diseases consult teams. Residents are able to attend microbiology plate rounds, infectious diseases case conferences and pediatric as well as adult infectious diseases journal clubs.

Nina Yousefzadeh, Pharm D, BCPS
Emergency Department Pharmacist

Education and training:
Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy: Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Pharm D- St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2005

About Her Emergency Medicine Rotation: As part of the ED rotation, residents get a balanced experience including, participating in cardiac arrest and stroke codes, rounding in the Geri ED daily and being a critical part of the healthcare team. Residents also gain experience in patient counseling and medical reconciliation and well as gaining knowledge of treating patients with sepsis, DKA, acute PE/DVT among other interesting topics. Nina is involved with the GEDI-WISE grant in improving patient outcomes for those 65 years and older, giving residents a unique experience in geriatric medicine.

Kendra Yum, Pharm D
Investigational Drug Service Coordinator, Oncology

Education and training:
Pharm D – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
PGY-2 in Hematology/Oncology: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Joined Mount Sinai Hospital: 2012

About her Oncology Investigational Drug Service (IDS) rotation: The resident will provide pharmacy support for clinical research activities. The resident will create pharmacy procedures specific to each clinical trial, conduct pharmacy reviews of research protocols, and learn about Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and other regulations and laws. The resident will prepare, dispense, and maintain accountability of investigational agents. The resident will also provide in-service on novel investigational agents and new protocols.

Mohammad A. Rattu, Pharm D, CGP

Education and Training:
Pharm.D. - St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn, NY
Joined Mount Sinai: 2013

About his Inpatient Oncology Staffing Rotation: This rotation provide residents the opportunity to:

  1. Participate in patient care rounds with various inpatient oncology teams.
  2. Provide medication education and counseling to adult hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients, hematologic malignancy patients, and solid tumor patient on current medications, chemotherapy and discharge medications.
  3. Residents will become familiar with the process of verifying chemotherapy treatment plan and medication orders, coordinating medication delivery and patient care, medication dispense checks and ADR reporting.
  4. Provide pharmacological recommendations and drug information to health care provider.
  5. Develop the skills necessary to function as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary oncology team.

Andrew Santeusanio, Pharm D

Education and training:
Pharm D - The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Lebanon, PA
PGY-2 in Solid Organ Transplant - Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Joined Mount Sinai: 2015

About Her Transplant Rotation: The Adult Liver and Kidney Transplant rotations are high paced, patient centered clinical experiences. During the rotations pharmacy residents will gain and apply knowledge of pharmacotherapy associated with the care of solid organ transplant patients. The residents will work closely with preceptors and the multidisciplinary teams to managing disease states and provide patient education. The solid organ transplant rotations are a great opportunity to enhance your direct patient care skills.

Marisa Lewengrub, Pharm D

Education and training:
Pharm D - The State University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy, Buffalo, NY
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Joined Mount Sinai: 2011

About her Outpatient Oncology Rotation: This rotation introduces residents to evaluating chemotherapy regimens for appropriateness and accuracy. Residents will review chemotherapy orders, supportive care medications, and relevant labs. Residents will become comfortable interacting with providers to make appropriate recommendations/interventions in patient medication therapy. Residents will have the opportunity to counsel patients on new chemotherapy regimens and other outpatient medications. Residents will also be able to learn the process of preparing chemotherapy and biologic agents in the clean room for administration.

Katherine Ku, BS, Pharm D, BCOP

Education and training:
BS Pharmacy - St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, Jamaica, NY
Pharm D- University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Gainesville, FL

Joined Mount Sinai: 1997

About her Inpatient Oncology Staffing rotation: This rotation provide residents the opportunity to:

  1. Participate in patient care rounds with various inpatient oncology teams.
  2. Provide medication education and counseling to adult hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients, hematologic malignancy patients, and solid tumor patient on current medications, chemotherapy and discharge medications.
  3. Residents will become familiar with the process of verifying chemotherapy treatment plan and medication orders, coordinating medication delivery and patient care, medication dispense checks and ADR reporting.
  4. Provide pharmacological recommendations and drug information to health care provider.
  5. Develop the skills necessary to function as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary oncology team.

Richard Wiebalk, BS, RPh, BCNSP, CNSC

Education and training:
Bachelor of Science- St John’s University- College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Queens, NY

Joined Mount Sinai: 1981

About the Nutrition Support Rotation: The Nutrition Support rotation introduces the resident to Parenteral Nutrition (PN). Residents will learn the indications and contraindications for PN. We will discuss the risks and complications associated with PN. The resident will learn how to make a TPN/PPN using the Baxa 2400 compounder. They will learn how to write a PN order by calculating appropriate calorie and protein goals as well as being able to adjust electrolytes. We round daily with the Surgical Nutrition Support Service (SNSS). The rotation includes all age groups- Neonate, Pediatric and Adult.

Lowena Tam, Pharm D

Education and training:
Pharm D – University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Joined Mount Sinai: 2010

About her Outpatient Oncology Rotation: This rotation introduces residents to evaluating chemotherapy regimens for appropriateness and accuracy. Residents will review chemotherapy orders, supportive care medications, and relevant labs. Residents will become comfortable interacting with providers to make appropriate recommendations/interventions in patient medication therapy. Residents will have the opportunity to counsel patients on new chemotherapy regimens and other outpatient medications. Residents will also be able to learn the process of preparing chemotherapy and biologic agents in the clean room for administration.

Catherine A. Millares, Pharm D, CGP, BCPS, BCACP

Education and training:
Pharm D – Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
PGY-1 in Geriatrics Pharmacy Residency: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
PGY-2 in Advance Geriatrics Pharmacy: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Joined Mount Sinai: 2014

About her Ambulatory Care Rotation: In this rotation residents will work in collaboration with the IMA PACT clinical team. Under the collaborative agreement, residents will have an opportunity to work closely with other healthcare providers in optimizing drug therapies of complex patients. Residents will become well verse in pharmacology and therapeutics of most common chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, chronic renal failure, chronic pain, and heart failure. Furthermore, resident will have an opportunity to improve patient medication compliance through patient counseling, formulary adherence, and drug approval process.

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