MHW PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

MHW Pharmacy PGY1 Residents 2021

Learn about the current and past residents in the Memorial Hospital West PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.

Current Residents

Osama Assad

Osama Assad, PharmD

Osama is originally from Palestine and moved to the United States in 2011 with the dreams of pursuing a pharmaceutical education. He earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida and a PharmD from at Nova Southeastern University. His areas of interest include Infectious Disease, Ambulatory Care, and Oncology. His immediate goal is to develop the necessary skills to provide optimal medication therapy management and become an independent clinician. Upon completion of his PGY1, he aims to continue developing his clinical knowledge by pursuing specialized training through a PGY2 residency. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and spending quality time with his family and friends. An interesting fact about Osama is that during high school he was on his way to become a professional soccer player where he almost signed to a major team in Saudi Arabia. However, his parents encouraged him to finish his education to secure his future first.

PGY1 Research

“Comparison of intranasal fentanyl vs IV morphine in patients presenting to the emergency department with vaso-occlusive crisis due to sickle cell disease”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?

I value the MHW program for its commitment in shaping residents into competent and highly qualified independent clinical pharmacists.

Contact
oassad@mhs.net


Aqueelah Nasai

Aqueelah Nasai, PharmD

Aqueelah is Miamian – born and raised in Miami, Florida. She completed her PharmD at LECOM School of Pharmacy. Her interests include Oncology, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. In her free time she enjoys reading mystery novels, spending time with family and friends, and trying new recipes.

PGY1 Research

“Implementation of a pharmacist-led opioid stewardship program for adults patients in an academic medical facility”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?

I choose the program at West because, it provides me opportunities for clinical and professional development.

Contact
anasai@mhs.net


David Newlun

David Newlun, PharmD

David was born and raised in Racine, WI and completed my PharmD at Roseman University College of Pharmacy in Las Vegas. His interests include infectious disease focusing on antimicrobial stewardship and informatics. In his free time, he enjoys watching the Packers, playing with his dog, and building computers. A fun fact is that he used to work as a taste tester at a macaroni and cheese factory.

PGY1 Research

“Prevalence and Influencing Factors of Thyroid dysfunction among People Living with HIV in south Broward County”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?

I chose Memorial because of the staff. From the first day you are treated like family. Everyone is incredibly passionate about pharmacy, and making sure that we get the most out or experiences.

Contact
dnewlun@mhs.net


Dor Portash

Dor Portash, PharmD

Dor is from Ramat Gan, Israel and obtained his B.Pharm from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. After practicing as a pharmacist in Israel, he moved to Florida to complete PharmD, which he obtained from Nova Southeastern University. His interests in pharmacy are ambulatory care, inter-professional quality outcomes an internal medicine. He enjoys travelling to different parts of the world to experience new cultures and learn about their history. He also enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach and cooking.

PGY1 Research

“Impact of Pharmacist-integrated Transition of Care Services within a Multi-hospital Healthcare System targeting Patients Enrolled in CMS Value-Based Care Programs”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?

I chose this program because I liked the variety of rotations it offered, including unique opportunities like transitions of care and ambulatory care clinic, as well as specialty pharmacy. I got to know Memorial Hospital West as an APPE student and felt very comfortable with the staff and culture. This program also offers great opportunities to advance to PGY-2 or work as a clinical pharmacist.

Contact
dportash@mhs.net


Alec Soto

Alec Soto, PharmD

Alec was born in Miami and raised in Miramar, Florida, and obtained his B.S in Biology and PharmD from Nova Southeastern University. His areas of interest are critical care, emergency medicine, and transplant. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, listening to a wide variety of music, cooking/baking, and watching movies. A fun fact about Alec is that he enjoys trying food from all cultures with the goal of cooking those foods himself. It is sometimes challenging but he finds it very rewarding and a good stress reliever.

PGY1 Research

“Effects of Cyclic Versus Continuous Tube Feeding on Glycemic Control and Insulin Utilization in Intensive Care Unit Patients”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?

I chose to pursue a residency at MHW because I felt that this would be the best environment to grow as a new clinician and to learn. The highly qualified and friendly pharmacists at MHW made me feel welcomed and I felt that I would be in good hands.

Contact
alecsoto@mhs.net


Past Residents

2020-2021 Pharmacy Residents

Kimberly Benavente

Kimberly Benavente, PharmD, MBA

PGY2 in Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership, Memorial Healthcare System

PGY1 Research
“Development of an acuity-based calculator to predict the critical care pharmacist to-patient ratio in the ICU [ABC-ICU]”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
Kimberly values the family atmosphere and the opportunity to grow oneself at Memorial Hospital West.


Georandy Bernard

Georandy Bernard, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist, Memorial Hospital West

PGY1 Research
“Can the implementation of an antiretroviral(ARV) stewardship decrease the amount of errors found with continuation of inpatient ARV?”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
It provides opportunities to develop the resident clinically and professionally.


Amer El Ghali

Amer El Ghali, PharmD

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases Outcomes, Anti-Infective Research Lab and Wayne State University

PGY1 Research
“Super-imposed or over-exposed? Incidence of co-infections in COVID-19 patients”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
From the beginning, the Memorial Hospital West residency program has truly challenged me to grow on a day to day, week to week basis. The preceptors truly care about my success and while expectations to grow are high, they offered me the resources and advice I need to make the most out of my experiences. I truly feel like I am part of a family, which was something I valued very highly when selecting a program


Kevin Liu

Kevin Liu, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist, Memorial Hospital West

PGY1 Research
“Efficacy and Safety of Ticagrelor and Aspirin in Patients with Stroke or TIA Who Failed Clopidogrel Plus Aspirin (STASIS-ASA)”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
The residency program offers a supporting cast of intelligent and caring pharmacists that are passionate about facilitating the growth and well-being of their residents.


Madison Wood

Madison Wood, PharmD

PGY2 Internal Medicine Resident, Memorial Hospital West

PGY1 Research
“Assessment of inappropriate treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program

I value the MHW program for the friendly supportive staff and the conducive interprofessional learning environment.



2019-2020 Pharmacy Residents

Alexandra Hagan

Alexandra Hagan, PharmD

Clinical Specialist in Pediatrics and NICU, Memorial Hospital West

PGY2 in Pediatrics, Joe Dimaggio Children Hospital

PGY1 Research
“The impact of patient controlled analgesia on pain management in vaso-occlusive crisis”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
The program is dedicated to fueling the resident’s interests and providing constructive feedback. Memorial Hospital System’s culture of teamwork and uncompromising patient care is contagious.


Dana Holger

Dana Holger, PharmD

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases Outcomes, Anti-Infective Research Lab and Wayne State University

PGY1 Research
“Impact of Pre-emptive Immunosuppressant Dose Changes on Immunosuppressant Levels in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients Initiating Antifungal Therapy”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
The tremendous support of the preceptors is the most valuable aspect of the MHW residency program. Everyone is willing to offer their expertise and advice in order to help the resident succeed.


Vanessa Huffman

Vanessa Huffman, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist, Memorial Hospital West

PGY1 Research
“Impact of Nasal Swabs on Empiric Treatment of Respiratory Tract Infections (INSERT-RTI)”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
Guidance provided by our inspiring preceptors and our Residency Program Director.


Nicole Ianniello

Nicole Ianniello, PharmD

Clinical Specialist in Oncology, Memorial Hospital West

PGY2 in Oncology, Memorial Cancer Institute

PGY1 Research
“Repeat dosing of ondansetron and dexamethasone for preventing CINV in multiple myeloma patients receiving melphalan prior to autologous stem cell transplant”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
All of the pharmacists are extremely knowledgeable, valuable resources, and provide an excellent support system during residency. Not only are they colleagues and mentors, but also friends.



2018-2019 Pharmacy Residents

Julia Gonzalez

Julia Gonzalez, PharmD, MS

Clinical Pharmacist, Memorial Hospital West

PGY1 Research
“Cost consequence analysis of single-dose dalbavancin versus standard of care for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in a multi-site healthcare system”



2017-2018 Pharmacy Residents

Nayeli Montes

Nayeli Montes, PharmD, MSBI, BCCCP

Critical Care Specialist and Pharmacy Residency Coordinator, Memorial Hospital West

PGY2 Critical Care Residency, Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital

PGY1 Research
“Impact of a 24-hour Stop Time of Opioid and Sedative Infusions on Mechanical Ventilation Duration in Critically Ill Patients”