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Preceptors

Our team of residency preceptors are highly skilled clinicians with diverse backgrounds and interests. Below you will find a brief biography for each preceptor, most of whom are involved in several of the residency programs. These talented individuals make up an exceptional team that is one of the greatest strengths of the Boston Medical Center residency programs.

Lindsay Arnold, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Cardiology

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (2002)
Residencies: PGY1 University of Nebraska Medical Center (2003), PGY2 Adult Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University (2004)
Memberships: ACCP, HFSA, ASHP
Practice/Research Interests: Acute decompensated heart failure, glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Rotations Offered: Coronary Care ICU, Inpatient Diabetes Consult

Dr. Arnold is actively involved in ACCP, previously serving as the Chair of the Adult Medicine PRN, and she continues to be actively involved in various committees throughout the organization. She serves as the co-chair Anti-thrombotic Task Force. She has presented research in the areas of glycemic control and thromboprophylaxis.

Megan Bergstrom, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Specialist, Primary Care

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Drake University (2008)
Residencies: PGY1 St. Mary's Health Center (2009), PGY2 Primary Care, Boston Medical Center (2010)
Professional Membership: ACCP, ASHP, MSHP, NEIAP
Practice/Research Interests: Medication adherence; management of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and asthma
Rotations Offered: Primary Care

Dr. Bergstrom provides clinical pharmacy services to patients in primary care focusing on medication teaching, adherence, and optimization. She works with patients to better understand and treat their diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and asthma.

Prachi D. Bhatt, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Critical Care

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (2010)
Residencies: PGY1, Temple University Health System (2011); PGY2, Critical Care, Boston Medical Center (2015)
Professional Membership: Society of Critical Care Medicine, ACCP, MSHP
Practice/Research Interests: ICU sedation, delirium, antibiotic stewardship, pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetics in critically ill patients
Rotations Offered: Medical ICU

Dr. Bhatt provides clinical pharmacy services for critically ill patients in the medical intensive care unit. She precepts students from Northeastern University, PGY1 residents, and PGY2 critical care and emergency medicine residents. Her research interests focus on improving the quality of care and medication use in critically ill patients.

Karrine Brade, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Colorado School of Pharmacy (2013)
Residencies: PGY1, Memorial Hospital – University of Colorado Health (2014); PGY2, Infectious Diseases, Detroit Medical Center (2015)
Professional Memberships: SIDP, ACCP, ASHP
Practice/Research Interest: Antimicrobial stewardship, pharmacokinetics and pharmacokinetics of antimicrobials, antimicrobial resistance
Rotations Offered: ID Consult, antimicrobial stewardship

Dr. Brade precepts PGY1 and PGY2 residents, along with students from Northeastern University, on their ID rotation which includes experiences in both ID consult and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).  She works as part of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team to optimize the use of antimicrobials across the entire hospital in order to improve patient care outcomes, while minimizing toxicity and the emergence of resistance.

Diana Clarke, PharmD
Pediatric HIV Pharmacotherapy Specialist; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Education: BS Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island (1977), Doctor of Pharmacy, State University New York at Buffalo (1980)
Fellowship: Fellowship in Pharmacokinetics, SUNY Buffalo
Professional Membership: IDSA; IAS; Member of Panel: Working Group on Antiretroviral Therapy and Medical Management of HIV-Infected Children, Health Resources and Services Administration, NIH; Member of Panel, Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections among HIV-exposed and HIV-infected children, CDC, NIH, AAP; WHO – Pediatric Antiretroviral Working Group; Protocol Chair, International Maternal Pediatric-Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT)
Practice/Research Interest: Pediatric HIV Pharmacotherapy and Prevention of HIV; Management of HIV+ pregnant women; Transitioning HIV+ youth into adult care; Pharmacokinetics of antiretroviral agents in neonates and infants; TDM antiretroviral agents
Rotations Offered: Pediatric HIV Clinic/Pediatric ID Consult service

Dr. Clarke has been involved in the field of pediatric HIV pharmacotherapy and perinatal transmission since the start of the NIH HIV Treatment Networks. She provides counseling for HIV+ patients in the pediatric, OB, and ID specialty clinics and coordinates investigational studies involving antiretroviral medications. Dr. Clarke serves on both domestic and international pediatric HIV guideline committees and is a member of the leadership group for IMPAACT.

Justine E. Dickson, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Specialist, Ambulatory Care

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, 2011
Residencies: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice, Yale New-Haven St. Raphael's Campus, New Haven, CT (2012), PGY-2 Ambulatory Care, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH (2013)
Professional Memberships: ASHP, ACCP, Lambda Kappa Sigma
Practice/Research Interest: Primary care, chronic disease state management, transitions of care, renal transplant, anemia management in CKD, medication adherence
Rotations Offered: Ambulatory Care - Primary Care, Renal Clinic, Renal Transplant

Dr. Dickson provides clinical pharmacy services to patients in our Primary Care clinics with a focus in chronic disease state management, patient education, and optimization of medication therapy. Outside of the primary care realm, she also sees patients before and after renal transplant for evaluation, medication management, and patient education. In addition she also manages patients with CKD associated anemia in the renal clinic. Dr. Dickson looks forward to precepting both students and residents who have an interest in ambulatory care, transplant, and medication adherence who look to improve their patient counseling skills.

Jennifer Empfield, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (2012)
Residency: PGY1, Boston Medical Center (2015); PGY2 Emergency Medicine (2016)
Memberships: ACCP, ASHP, MSHP
Practice/Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Quality Improvement
Rotations Offered: Emergency Medicine

Dr. Empfield provides clinical services to patients in the adult and pediatric emergency department. Her practice focuses on optimizing safe and effective pharmacotherapy practices within the ED. She looks forward to precepting PGY1 residents and students on their emergency medicine rotations.

Camilla Farrell, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Clinical Specialist, Pediatrics

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (2010)
Residency: PGY1, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital (2011)
Memberships: ACCP, PPAG
Practice/Research Interests: Neonatal ICU, Neonatal abstinence syndrome, parenteral nutrition
Rotations Offered: General Pediatrics, Neonatal ICU

Dr. Farrell provides clinical pharmacy services for critically ill patients in the neonatal ICU, pediatric ICU, general pediatrics, labor and delivery, and newborn nursery. She enjoys working with residents and students to gain confidence with managing this high risk and vulnerable population.

Kieran Fennell, RPh
Clinical Specialist, Anticoagulation

Education: BS Pharmacy, Northeastern University (1998)
Practice/Research Interest: Medication adherence, transitions of care, monitoring of DOAC
Rotations Offered: Ambulatory Care - Anticoagulation Clinic

Mr. Fennell provides outpatient anticoagulation therapy management in the Anticoagulation Clinic at Boston Medical Center. He educates patients initiating warfarin and the direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC), monitors and adjusts as warranted. Kieran looks forward to precepting both students and residents who have an interest in anticoagulation therapy management.

Kevin Horbowicz, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Manager – Critical Care & Emergency Medicine

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2005)
Residencies: PGY1, UMass Medical Center (2006), PGY2 Critical Care, Boston Medical Center (2007)
Professional Memberships: Society of Critical Care Medicine, ACCP, MSHP
Practice/Research Interest: Quality improvement, medication safety, pulmonary hypertension
Rotations Offered: Practice Management

Dr. Horbowicz has a passion for quality improvement and medication safety. He has been involved in a number of quality improvement projects to reduce the time to antibiotics in severe sepsis, to perform daily interruptions of sedation in mechanically ventilated patients, to standardize and improve the care of ICU patients with severe alcohol withdrawal, to identify surgical patients at risk for alcohol withdrawal, and to reduce the number of antibiotic days with a procalcitonin-guided algorithm.

Brian Kopcza, PharmD, BCACP, CDE
Clinical Specialist, Ambulatory Care - Family Medicine Clinic
Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Duquesne University (2011)
Residencies: PGY1 Pharmacy Practice, Hospital of Saint Raphael (2012); PGY2 Ambulatory Care, University of Washington Medicine (2013)
Professional Memberships: ACCP, ASHP, MSHP, NEIAP
Practice/Research Interest: Family medicine, diabetes care, dyslipidemia, medical home model, transitions of care, cultural competency, patient counseling
Rotations Offered: Ambulatory Care – Family Medicine

Dr. Kopcza provides clinical pharmacy services within the Family Medicine Clinic at Boston Medical Center. He works as part of a multidisciplinary patient care team to improve patient transitions of care, chronic disease state management and comprehensive medication education. He looks forward to serving as a preceptor for residents and students.

Michelle Mancuso, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Medicine Pharmacist

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University at Buffalo (2013)
Residencies: PGY1, Boston Medical Center (2014)
Professional Memberships: MSHP, ACCP
Practice/Research Interest: Internal Medicine, Transitions of Care
Rotations Offered: Internal Medicine

Dr. Mancuso provides clinical services to patients on the internal medicine services. She precepts PGY1 residents in their core internal medicine rotation as well as inpatient geriatrics and renal rotations, along with students from Northeastern University.

Jason Mordino, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Specialist, Critical Care - TSICU
Director, PGY1 Residency Program

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Residencies: PGY1, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2012); PGY2, Critical Care, Boston Medical Center (2013)
Professional Memberships: Society of Critical Care Medicine, ACCP, ASHP
Practice/Research Interest: Post traumatic injury, acute care surgery, parenteral nutrition, quality improvement and resource utilization.
Rotations Offered: Trauma/Surgical Critical Care (Menino SICU) for both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents and a Nutrition rotation for PGY-2 residents.

Dr. Mordino provides clinical pharmacy services for critically ill patients after traumatic injury in addition to post-surgical care for neurosurgical, orthopedic and acute care surgery patients. He also works with the nutrition committee and dietary team to provide optimal parenteral nutrition in a safe and effective manner for all BMC patients. Dr. Mordino is also an avid educator and supporter of pharmacy residency. He currently sits as an active member of the MSHP Residency Committee.

Katelyn O’Brien, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist - Ambulatory Care and Anticoagulation

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut (2014)
Residency: PGY1 VA Boston Healthcare System (2015)
Professional Memberships: ASHP, NEIAP, Phi Delta Chi
Practice/Research Interest: chronic disease state management, transitions of care, anticoagulation
Rotations Offered: Primary Care, Anticoagulation

Dr. O’Brien provides clinical pharmacy services in both the anticoagulation and adult internal medicine clinics. Her interests in caring for underserved patient populations began as a student at Uconn where she was an interprofessional team member in the Urban Service Track. Outside of patient care interests, she enjoys precepting and working with students/residents. She oversees Operation Awesome which focuses on improving the student experience at BMC.

Michael Rio, PharmD
Clinical Specialist – Generalist

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (2009)
Residency: Pharmacy Practice, Swedish Medical Center (2010)
Professional Memberships: ACCP
Practice/Research Interest: ICU sedation, delirium, infectious diseases, learning theory
Rotations Offered: To be determined

Dr. Rio embraces the diverse experiences provided by working in a variety of clinical specialties. He finds great value in caring for underserved patient populations and providing them with tools to better understand and control their health outcomes. He looks forward to spending time with residents and students on rotation.

Radhika Sane, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Specialist, Hematology/Oncology;
Director, PGY2 Oncology Residency Program

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut (2004)
Residencies: PGY1, Fletcher Allen Medical Center, Burlington, VT (2005), PGY2 Hematology/Oncology, Boston Medical Center (2006)
Professional Membership: Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA)
Practice/Research Interest: Supportive care of cancer patients, infectious disease, oral chemotherapy
Rotations Offered: Outpatient Hematology/Oncology - Chemotherapy Clinic

Dr. Sane provides clinical pharmacy services in the outpatient oncology clinic and serves on various committees in the Hematology/Oncology department including the Data Safety Monitoring Board and the Hematology/Oncology QI committee. Dr. Sane precepts PGY1, PGY2 residents as well pharmacy students in the outpatient oncology clinic.

Hope Serafin, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Medicine Pharmacist

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (2014)
Residencies: PGY1, Boston Medical Center (2015)
Practice/Research Interest: Internal Medicine, Patient safety, Transitions of care

Rotations Offered: Internal Medicine, Inpatient Geriatrics

Dr. Serafin enjoys providing clinical pharmacy services to the diverse patients on the internal medicine service, internal medicine subspecialties and in the emergency department. She precepts both PGY1 residents and students from Northeastern University in internal medicine.

Bhavesh Shah, RPh, BCOP
Administrative Director of Specialty and Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy

Education: BS Biochemistry, Loyola University (1998), BS Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2001)
Professional Memberships: HOPA, MASCC, ASHP
Practice/Research Interest: Anemia, anorexia/cachexia, peripheral neuropathy, iron deficiency anemia, IBD
Rotations Offered: Hematology/Oncology/Specialty Pharmacy/Practice management

He oversees clinical and specialty resources in Oncology, Transplant, Renal, Cardiology, IBD, Endocrine, Pulmonary, Rheumatology, Neurology, HIV, General Internal medicine, Geriatrics, Anticoagulation etc...)  He also manages and oversees specialty pharmacy contracting, limited distribution drug procurement and patient financial assistant programs at Boston Medical Center.   His research experience is in cancer-related anorexia and cachexia where he was the principal investigator of a prospective active drug trial evaluating the safety and tolerability of megestrol acetate in combination with oxandrin in cancer-related anorexia/cachexia.  He is currently the PI on a Phase III trial evaluating safety of Ferumoxytol vs. Carboxymaltose for Iron deficiency anemia.

Alison Stebbings, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Specialist, Hematology/Oncology

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (2010)
Residencies: PGY1, Tufts Medical Center (2011); PGY2 Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2012)
Professional Membership: Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA)
Practice/Research Interest: Supportive care of cancer patients, MASCC criteria in febrile neutropenia, post-discharge transitions of care
Rotations Offered: Inpatient Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Stebbings provides clinical pharmacy services to patients admitted to the hospital with cancer related complications. She enjoys working with residents and students interested in learning more about hematology/oncology and the needs of this diverse patient population.

Alyssa Sterling, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Medicine Pharmacist

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island (2012)
Residency: PGY1 VA Boston Healthcare System (2013)
Memberships: MSHP
Practice/Research Interest: Adult medicine, transitions of care, pharmacy education & training (residents and students), pharmacokinetics
Rotations Offered: Internal Medicine, Inpatient Geriatrics

Dr. Sterling provides clinical pharmacy services for the adult internal medicine, geriatrics, renal, and hospitalist services. She offers rotations in internal medicine to PGY1 residents and Northeastern University pharmacy students. She is also involved in hospital-wide initiatives to provide pharmacy services to those patients at highest risk of readmission.

David Twitchell, BS, PharmD, MBA
Vice President of Pharmacy, Chief Pharmacy Officer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, University of Connecticut (2001), Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut (2003), Master of Business Administration/Healthcare Management, University of Phoenix (2007)
Professional Membership: ACHE

William R. Vincent III, PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Specialist, Critical Care – SICU
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2006)
Residencies: PGY1, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center (2007); PGY2, Critical Care, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center (2008)
Professional memberships: Society of Critical Care Medicine, ASHP
Practice/Research Interests: Using POEMs to teach and practice evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, perioperative medication management, kidney transplant pharmacy services
Rotations offered: Surgical Critical Care (East Newton SICU) for both PGY1 and PGY-2 residents

Dr. Vincent provides clinical pharmacy services for critically ill patients after surgical procedures including neurosurgery, cardiac, thoracic, vascular, kidney transplant, otolaryngology, and general surgery.  His practice focuses on identifying outcomes that improve medication use in these critically ill patients.

Joy Vreeland, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy, Inpatient

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (1998)
Residency: Pharmacy Practice, Shands at the University of Florida, Gainesville (1999)
Professional Membership: ASHP, ACCP, PPAG
Practice/Research Interest: General pediatrics, neonatology, neonatal abstinence syndrome, pediatric medication safety & quality
Rotations Offered: Practice Management

Dr. Vreeland served as PGY1 program director and pediatric clinical specialist until recently accepting her new position in Pharmacy Operations. She enjoys pediatric pharmacy for the challenge and rewards of helping the medical center's most vulnerable patients improve their health through the safe and effective use of medications. She enjoys precepting residents in the administrative aspects of pharmacy practice.

Kevin Yeh, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Internal Medicine and Transitions of Care

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (2012)
Residency: PGY1, VA Boston Healthcare System (2013)
Professional Memberships: MSHP, ACCP, ASHP
Practice/Research Interest: Internal medicine, transitions of care, decreasing ED visits and readmissions, pharmacokinetics
Rotations Offered: Internal Medicine, Renal subspecialty, Geriatrics subspecialty

Dr. Yeh provides clinical pharmacy services to patients admitted to the internal medicine service and is actively involved in hospital-wide initiatives to improve transitions of care.  He also precepts PGY1 residents in their core internal medicine rotation and students from Northeastern University and MCPHS University.  Dr. Yeh currently serves as secretary of Endocrine Subcommittee and is part of the Sickle Cell Committee.

Mark Douglass, PharmD
Associate Clinical Professor, Northeastern University- School of Pharmacy

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Internal Medicine

Education: BA Chemistry, Adrian College (1993), Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Michigan (1997)
Residency: Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago (1998)
Professional Membership: ACCP, AACP
Practice/Research Interest: Pain management education, Men's Health, BPH, ED and PE
Rotations Offered: Internal Medicine

Dr. Douglass precepts numerous Northeastern University students at BMC each year. His rotation in Internal Medicine gives residents the opportunity to become more involved in precepting. He has conducted research on pain management education for medical interns, residents, and attendings. He has been recognized by Northeastern University with the Vice President's Award for Outstanding Advisor Involvement for his work with the Phi Delta Chi fraternity.

Danielle Miller, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Clinical Professor, Northeastern University – School of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Ambulatory Care

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (2012)
Residency: PGY-1 Primary Care, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (2013)
Professional Memberships: AACP, APhA, NEIAP
Practice/Research Interest: Ambulatory care - chronic disease state management, medication adherence, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Rotations Offered: Primary Care - Adult and Geriatrics

Dr. Miller provides clinical pharmacy services to primary care patients, in both the geriatric and adult primary care clinics, with a focus on chronic disease state management and medication optimization. Dr. Miller also serves as a primary preceptor for Northeastern University P4 students on their ambulatory care clinical rotation at Boston Medical Center.

Melissa Bachman, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Medicine Pharmacist

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (2009)
Residency: PGY1 Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (2010)
Practice/Research Interest: Adult internal medicine, transitions of care,
Rotations Offered: Inpatient Internal Medicine, Inpatient Renal Subspecialty

Dr. Bachman provides clinical pharmacy services to patients admitted to the inpatient internal medicine, infectious diseases, geriatric, and renal services. Dr. Bachman also serves as a preceptor for Northeastern University students.

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