MHW PGY1 Pharmacy Residents

MHW Pharmacy PGY1 Residents

Meet our current and previous residents at Memorial Hospital West.

Current Residents

Ashley Dabalsa

Ashley Dabalsa, PharmD, MBA

Ashley was born and raised in Miami, FL. Her interests consist of pursuing a leadership role in the profession of pharmacy, while serving as a mentor to others. Ashley assumed various leadership roles as a pharmacy student and wishes to build upon those experiences as a PGY2 in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership. Some of her hobbies are boating in the Florida Keys (while eating Cuban croquettes) and traveling the world! A fun fact about Ashley is that she is very adventurous – she loves to ride ATVs, go on excursions, zip lining, and more.

PGY1 Research

“Comparing Efficacy Between Rituximab Biosimilars and Rituximab Reference Product In Treating Aggressive B-cell Lymphomas: Non-Interiority, Retrospective Cohort Study”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?
The program aligns with my goals of developing clinical and leadership skills needed to excel in my profession, while becoming an essential member of the healthcare team and pharmacy department.

Contact
adabalsa@mhs.net


Laura Perez Gutierrez

Laura Perez Gutierrez, PharmD, MBA

Laura was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. As part of her inquisitive personality, she loves learning about the different areas of the pharmacy profession. One of her goals is to pursue PGY2 training in Internal Medicine. As part of her daily life, she tries to stay physically active as working out really boosts her energy and mood. In her free time, Laura loves outdoor activities, dancing and spending time with family and friends. A fun fact about Laura is that she loves eating sushi, which she does weekly on “Sushi Wednesdays".

PGY1 Research
“Neurological outcomes in intensive blood pressure reduction in intracranial hemorrhage patients with hypertensive crisis”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?
Strong quality of training, support, and well-versed preceptors that provide endless opportunities to help residents succeed.

Contact
lperezgutierrez@mhs.net


Claudia Perez Jaime

Claudia Perez Jaime, PharmD

Claudia is originally from Cuba where she completed her Bachelors in Pharmacy at the University of Havana. Her interests are in Ambulatory Care and Oncology. Claudia sees herself as a member of the multidisciplinary hematology/oncology team to help patients receive the best treatment possible. In her free time she loves to travel, dance, go out to the beach, and is always looking for new experiences to enjoy. A fun fact is that Claudia has watched Friends countless times, and it keeps her laughing every time.

PGY1 Research
“Assessing a Four Drug Regimen with Olanzapine for the Prevention of CINV in Multiple Myeloma Patients Receiving HDM Prior to Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?
Being in a teaching hospital gives the pharmacy residents the opportunity of interacting with a multidisciplinary team making the learning experience more valuable.

Contact
clauperez@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


Mumtahinah Rashid

Mumtahinah Rashid, PharmD

Mumtahinah was born in Boynton Beach, Florida and has lived in Palm Beach County her whole life. She has interests in all areas of pharmacists and hopes to become a clinical pharmacist in a health system. For fun, Mumtahinah likes to try new recipes, which typically pop up in her social media feed and spending time with her cat, Treasure who she adopted from a cat café in Orlando! Additionally, she enjoys boba tea, sushi and trying new foods! Fun fact: In pharmacy school, Mumtahinah created a meme account on Instagram that had a high engagement rate with one of her posts reaching 125,000+ likes!

PGY1 Research
“Nitric Oxide Inhibition in Refractory Septic Shock (NOISES)”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?
The positive learning environment and plethora of opportunities offered at MHW.

Contact
mrashid@mhs.net


Samantha Sakdipanichkul

Samantha (Suthida) Sakdipanichkul, PharmD

Sam is from Miramar, Fl and her pharmacy interests are in infectious disease. During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her cat (Pumpkin), trying new baking recipes, and playing Wordle. A fun fact about Sam is that she loves to hike and hopes to visit all the US national parks one day - she’s been to six so far so 57 to go.

PGY1 Research
“Does the dose of norepinephrine equivalents at the time of vasopressin initiation impact the number of vasopressin free days in adult patients with septic shock?”

Why did you choose the Memorial Hospital West residency program?
The excellent support system and opportunities for growth provided to the residents.

Contact
ssakdipanichkul@mhs.net


Past Residents

2021-2022


Osama Assad

Osama Assad, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist at Memorial Hospital West

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”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West Program
I value the MHW program for its commitment in shaping residents into competent and highly qualified independent clinical pharmacists.


David Newlun

David Newlun, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist at Memorial Hospital West

PGY1 Research
“Prevalence and Influencing Factors of Thyroid dysfunction among People Living with HIV in south Broward County”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West 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.


Dor Portash

Dor Partosh, PharmD
PGY2 in Ambulatory Care at Memorial Regional Hospital

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”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West 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.


Alec Soto

Alec Soto, PharmD
PGY2 in Critical Care:
at Memorial Regional Hospital

PGY1 Research
“Application of drug resistance in pneumonia (DRIP) score at an acute care facility”

Value of the Memorial Hospital West 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.



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”