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2013-2014 Pharmacy Residents

Abdalla Ammar, PharmD
PGY-1 Non-Traditional Pharmacy Practice Resident

ammara@ccf.org

Abdalla Ammar is one of the Non-Traditional Pharmacy Practice Residents. He earned his bachelor degree in pharmaceutical sciences from Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Abdalla earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from Purdue University, IN. He enrolled in the residency program to continue building his therapeutic knowledge and enhance his clinical skills. Post-residency training his goals includes being a member of a multidisciplinary patient care team and he aspires to further train in a specialized area. When he is not on a clinical rotation he primarily works in the ICU satellite pharmacy and he is also a Nursing Unit Based Pharmacist (NUBP) on the Neuro-Step down and general Neurology units. One of his career goals is to be a well-rounded clinical pharmacist in a specialized area and help in educating other healthcare care professionals. Some of Abdalla's unique qualities that he is detail oriented and easy to work with.

Mahmoud Ammar, PharmD
PGY-1 Non-Traditional Pharmacy Practice Resident

ammarm@ccf.org

Mahmoud Ammar is a Non-Traditional Pharmacy Practice Residents. He earned his bachelor degree in pharmaceutical sciences from Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Additionally, he received his doctor of pharmacy degree from Purdue University, IN. He is pursuing a residency training to continue procurement of therapeutic knowledge and to enhance his clinical skills. Furthermore, post-residency training his goals includes precepting PharmD candidates, pharmacy residents and educating other healthcare professionals while playing a vital role in a multidisciplinary patient care team. In his off residency month he works primarily in the ICU satellite pharmacy and as a Nursing Unit Based Pharmacist (NUBP) on the Neuro-Step down and general Neurology units. One of his career aspirations is to strengthen the clinical pharmacy practice in the middle-east. What makes Mahmoud unique is his adaptability; he works well with others and his international experience.

Matthew Arango, PharmD
PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Resident

arangom@ccf.org

Matt Arango is originally from Woodbridge, VA and, after earning his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia, traveled to Ohio to attend The Ohio State University for pharmacy school. While at UVA, Matt was fortunate enough to shadow a clinical pharmacy specialist at the university’s medical center and decided to pursue his PharmD and subsequent post-graduate residency training as a result. By completing residency he hopes to improve his clinical and professional skills, gain experience with a broad and diverse patient population, and develop the life-long learning tools needed to practice in the quickly-changing medical environment. After his PGY1 residency, Matt hopes to complete a PGY2 in oncology and, ultimately, to find a career as a specialty practice pharmacist in an academic medical center where he can provide direct patient care services as well as precept students and residents. Although it should not be a unique skill, Matt is very proud of his ability to tie a bow tie and wears one every Friday. 

Christopher Boreen, PharmD
PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident

boreenc@ccf.org

Dr. Christopher Boreen is from Plymouth, Minnesota, and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Christopher’s practice interests include leadership development, automation/technology, sterile products, and informatics. His current research project involves the implementation and analysis of the IV workflow system, DoseEdge, at the Cleveland Clinic. After his residency, Christopher plans to pursue a role as an inpatient operations manager with opportunities to work closely with an informatics team. Ultimately, he would like to obtain a position that would allow for significant teaching opportunities for students and residents interested in pharmacy leadership. In his leisure time, Christopher enjoys following his favorite Minnesota sports teams, the Vikings, Timberwolves, and Gophers. 

Connie Cheng, PharmD
PGY-2 Oncology Resident

chengc@ccf.org

Dr. Connie Cheng is from North Potomac, Maryland, and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 2012. Connie’s practice interests include hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant. Connie is also involved with the Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS) Hematology/Oncology Specialty P&T Panel. Her current research projects include evaluating the incidence of cholinergic syndrome with irinotecan, as well as monitoring of anthracycline cumulative doses.  After her residency, Connie plans to pursue a clinical specialist position in hematology/oncology.  Ultimately, she would like to obtain a clinical position at a large academic medical center in the inpatient and/or outpatient settings. In her leisure time, Connie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and watching football and basketball as an avid Wolverine fan.

Christopher Domenico, PharmD
PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Resident

domenic@ccf.org

Christopher Domenico graduated from Thomas Jefferson University School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013 and Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2009. His desire to pursue a residency was inspired by my professors, preceptors, and practice goals as a pharmacist. His goals for residency include publishing my research project, obtaining a PGY-2 in cardiology, and obtaining the knowledge and experience to become a successful clinical pharmacist. His career goals are to become a clinical cardiology specialist before transitioning into a management position. A unique trait about Chris is that he is from the Blueberry Capital of the World. 

Riane Ghamrawi, PharmD
PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Resident

ghamrar2@ccf.org

Dr. Riane Ghamrawi is originally from Kent, OH. She completed her pharmacy pre-requisite courses at Kent State University and graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Cleveland Clinic. Her practice areas of interest include viral infections, transplant, HIV, and academia. She plans to pursue a career as an infectious diseases clinical specialist in an academic medical center. Her current research projects include a quality assessment of aminoglycoside use at Cleveland Clinic as well as a drug use evaluation of ceftaroline across the Cleveland Clinic health system. Besides her clinical responsibilities, Riane is involved with the Antimicrobial Specialty Panel of the P&T committee. She is also involved as a member of Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Dean’s Advisory Committee. In her free time, Riane enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, and traveling.

Gabrielle Gibson, PharmD
PGY-2 Critical Care Resident

gibsong2@ccf.org

Dr. Gabrielle Gibson, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science and a minor in Spanish. She also completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 2012. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Cleveland Clinic. Her research interests include critical care with a focus in hemodynamics and delirium. Gabrielle’s current project investigates the influence of colistin dose on clinical and microbiologic outcomes in patients with gram negative bacteremia. At the Clinic, Gabrielle is involved with the Critical Care/Surgery/Anesthesia Specialty Panel of the P&T Committee. Upon completion of her residency, she plans to pursue a career as a critical care clinical specialist. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing volleyball and watching Michigan football (Go Blue!).

Megan Huebner, PharmD
PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Resident

huebnem@ccf.org

Dr. Megan Huebner is from Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Findlay in 2012. Megan’s practice interests include chronic disease state management including type II diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. Megan’s goal as a resident is to develop into a practitioner that can successfully manage multiple disease states in an outpatient setting that will aid in patients meeting their therapeutic goals and better manage their overall health. Megan is also involved with the Value Based Care (VBC) subcommittee focusing on social work and behavioral health. Her current research project involves the evaluation of warfarin patients converted to rivaroxaban. Additionally, she is completing a quality improvement project evaluating the new VBC pharmacist positions at select Cleveland Clinic Health Centers. After her residency, Megan plans to pursue a clinical specialist position in an ambulatory care clinic focusing on chronic disease state management.  Ultimately, she would like to obtain a faculty appointment to a college of pharmacy and continue to conduct research at a large academic medical center.  In her leisure time, Megan enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. 

Alexander Kantorovich, PharmD
PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy Resident

kantora@ccf.org

Dr. Alexander (Alex) Kantorovich is from Palatine, IL. Dr. Alexander (Alex) Kantorovich is from Palatine, IL. He graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012. Prior to pharmacy school, Alex earned an Associate in Science degree with an emphasis in chemistry from William Rainey Harper College. Alex’s current practice interests include cardiology and critical care. His current research projects involve evaluating anticoagulation strategies after ventricular assist device implantation and the use of prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) for warfarin reversal prior to emergent cardiothoracic surgery. Besides clinical responsibilities, Alex is involved with the Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular and Thrombosis Specialty P&T Panel. After his residency, Alex plans to pursue a clinical specialist position in cardiology. Ultimately, he would like to obtain a clinical position at a large academic medical center with a faculty appointment to a college of pharmacy. In his free time, Alex enjoys watching and playing soccer, rooting for Chicago sports teams along with Manchester United, as well as catching up with friends and family back home.

Michael Kenes, PharmD
PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Resident

kenesm@ccf.org

Dr. Michael Kenes is from Orland Park, IL, and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2013. Michael’s practice interests include critical care and infectious disease.  Michael is also involved with the Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS) Critical Care Specialty P&T Panel.  His current research project involves evaluation of liposomal bupivacaine compared with elastomeric continuous infusion bupivacaine pump.  After his PGY1 residency, Michael plans to pursue a PGY2 residency in critical care.  Ultimately, he would like to obtain a critical care clinical specialist position at a large academic medical center with a faculty appointment to a college of pharmacy. In his leisure time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exercising, cooking, and watching sports. 

Sean Krohn, PharmD
PGY1-Community Pharmacy Resident

krohns@ccf.org

Dr. Sean Krohn is from Willowick, Ohio, and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2013. Sean’s practice interests include community and ambulatory care. His current research project involves evaluation of the impact of pharmacist-delivered Medication Therapy Management Services.  After his residency, Sean plans to pursue a position involving direct patient care in either a community and/or ambulatory care setting and to potentially become shared faculty at NEOMED.  In his leisure time, Sean enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, biking, and camping. 

Corey McEwen, PharmD
PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident & Chief Resident

mcewenc@ccf.org

Dr. Corey McEwen, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi in 2012.  Currently, Corey is pursuing his Master’s degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from Northeast Ohio Medical University.  Corey’s professional interests include pharmacoeconomics, leadership development, clinical and operational management, cardiology, and healthcare reform.  His current resident project involves the implementation and evaluation of a pharmacist based discharge counseling program on HCAHPS scores.  Corey also serves on the P&T Medication Related Policy and Procedures Subcommittee.  Professionally, Corey is involved in the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists and serves on their Membership and Marketing Division.  Upon completion of his PGY-2 residency, Corey plans to pursue a career in pharmacy management and continue his involvement in professional organizations.  In his free time, Corey enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing golf, and watching college football.

Ashley Overy, PharmD
PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident

overya@ccf.org

Dr. Ashley Overy was born and raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Pharmacy Administration from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Ashley’s professional interests include operations, medication safety, and informatics. She is also very passionate about leadership development. Ashley’s residency project involves implementation of a web-based application for contingency drug inventory management. She also serves on the Cleveland Clinic Health-System Medical Staff P&T Committee. Professionally, Ashley is involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and serves on the New Practitioner Forum Communications and Technology Advisory Group. Upon completion of her PGY-2 in health-system pharmacy administration, Ashley wishes to find an operations management position in a community hospital. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her fiancé and cheering on Cleveland sports teams.

Kajal Patel, PharmD
PGY1-Pharmacotherapy Resident

patelk9@ccf.org

Dr. Kajal Patel is from Bedford, Pennsylvania, and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Kajal’s practice interests include internal medicine, nephrology, cardiology and transitions of care.  Kajal is also involved with the Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS) Cardiology Specialty P&T Panel.  Her current research project involves evaluation of the appropriateness of anti-platelet factor-4 lab test ordering for Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia in the Cardiovascular ICU. After her pharmacotherapy residency, Kajal plans to pursue a clinical specialist position in internal medicine at an academic institution.  In her leisure time, Kajal enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, cooking, and traveling. 

Sarah Petite, PharmD
PGY1-Pharmacotherapy Resident

petites@ccf.org

Dr. Sarah Petite is from Mentor, Ohio and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 2013. Sarah’s practice interests include critical care, transplant and internal medicine. Sarah is involved with the Cleveland Clinic Health System Internal Medicine Specialty P&T Panel. Her current research project involves an evaluation of the cytomegalovirus prophylaxis regimen in heart transplant recipients. After her residency, Sarah hopes to work as a clinical specialist in critical care or internal medicine. Her ultimate career goal is to obtain a position at an academic medical center with an adjunct faculty appointment to a college of pharmacy. In her free time, Sarah likes spending time with her family and friends, baking and shopping 

Michael Stanton, PharmD
PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Resident

stantonm4@ccf.org

Dr. Michael Stanton is from Timberlake, Ohio and graduated from the Ohio Northern University Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013. His practice interests include hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, and transplant medicine. Michael is also involved with the Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS) Transplant Medicine Specialty P&T Panel. His current research project involves the characterization of azole antifungal therapeutic drug monitoring in patients with acute leukemias or myelodysplastic syndrome.  After his residency, Michael plans to pursue a clinical specialist position in hematology/oncology or transplant medicine. Ultimately, he would like to obtain a clinical position at a large academic medical center and have the opportunity to precept students and residents in the future. When he is not doing pharmacy related work, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, going to concerts, cooking and watching sports. 

Caitlin Swann, PharmD
PGY2-Oncology Resident

swannc@ccf.org

Caitlin Swann graduated from Ohio Northern University in May, 2012 with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She then completed her first year residency at Grandview Medical Center, a community teaching hospital in Dayton, Ohio. When she was a student, she completed the summer internship program at the Cleveland Clinic, which is where her interest for pursuing residency began. During this experience, she developed a special interest for oncology which led her to pursue a second year oncology residency. Her goals during her residency are to expand her knowledge base and skill set to be able to participate in the unique care of oncology patients. After completion of her PGY-2 oncology residency, she wishes to obtain a clinical oncology position in a large academic hospital where she can also be involved in the training of pharmacy students and residents. A unique fact about Caitlin is that she had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to Jamaica during her first year residency where she was involved in caring for people with no access to regular health care. 

Maya Wai, PharmD
PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Resident

waim@ccf.org

Dr. Maya Wai is from Los Angeles, CA and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2013. Maya is involved with the Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS) Internal Medicine Specialty P&T Panel.  Her current research project involves the evaluation of the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program for transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) medications.  While Maya’s practice area interests remain varied, Maya plans to eventually complete a PGY-2 residency and pursue a clinical specialist position at a large academic medical center with a faculty appointment at a college of pharmacy.  In her leisure time, Maya enjoys spending time with family & friends, eating out, walking her dog, and traveling. 

Britany Walls, PharmD
PGY1-Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Resident

wallsb@ccf.org

Britany Walls graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2013. She decided to pursue residency training to gain the clinical experience necessary to specialize in pediatrics. Her residency goal is to become a well-rounded pharmacist with the skills and abilities to take an active role in optimizing pharmaceutical care for each patient. Upon completion of residency training, she hopes to practice as a pediatric specialist at an academic medical center. Britany’s career goal is to make an impact on the care of pediatric patients and further the profession through leadership and a passion for caring for patients. A unique trait about Britany is that she is good at Wheel of Fortune and hopes to be on the show someday. 

Sarah Welch, PharmD
PGY1-Pharmacy Practice Resident

welchs@ccf.org

Sarah Welch graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011. Upon graduation, she accepted a job from CVS pharmacy, worked there for two years, and then made the decision to leave retail and pursue a residency. The choice to transition her career stems from a desire to further her clinical knowledge and engage with colleagues over patient care decisions. Sarah plans on pursing a PGY2 in critical care and eventually hope to obtain a position where she can conduct research, precept students and residents, and, most importantly, impact clinical decision making. Sarah aspires to have a career that provides life-long learning, enrichment, and challenges. Oddly enough, it is unique that she has a twin. 

Marc Willner, PharmD
PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Resident

willnem@ccf.org

Dr. Marc Willner is from Cleveland, Ohio, and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in 2012.  Marc completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Marc’s current practice interests include clinical decision support and automation technologies. Marc’s current research projects include implementing decision support for medication ordering in patients with renal impairment, as well as evaluating the use of a weight-based vancomycin order panel for patients in the emergency department. After his residency, Marc plans to pursue a position as a pharmacy informatics specialist in a large academic medical center. Over the course of his career, Marc plans to teach in an academic setting in the growing area of pharmacy informatics.  In his leisure time, Marc enjoys spending time with his family and friends, trying new restaurants, and attending sporting events.

Sara Wolf, PharmD
PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident

wolfs@ccf.org

Sara Wolf graduated from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013. She is in her first year of a two year Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency. She is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Pharmacy Administration from the Northeast Ohio Medical University in conjunction with her residency. Sara always had a great interest in both the clinical and management sides of pharmacy, which developed throughout pharmacy school. She also has a passion for leadership and development, all of which led her to pursue a residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration. After completing the two year residency, Sara hopes to obtain a pharmacy management position at a large medical center with the aspiration of one day becoming a Director of Pharmacy. Sara wants to be actively involved in professional organizations throughout her career to help promote the advancement pharmacy practice. A unique fact about Sara is the first time she went rafting was down the White Nile in Uganda, Africa.