Meet the leadership team for the pharmacy residency programs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Alison L. Apple, RPh, MS
Chief Pharmacy Officer (CPO) of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Alison recently relocated to Philadelphia and oversees all of the pharmacy services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and will serve as the PGY1/PGY2 Health-system pharmacy administration residency program director. She received her BS in pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island and her MS in pharmacy at the University of North Carolina where she also completed a residency in hospital pharmacy. Most of Alison’s career was spent in Memphis, TN at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare serving in many roles over the years including Director of Pharmacy, Administrator for the Cancer Center, Administrative Director of Clinical Services, Transplant Program Administrator and System Director of Pharmacy. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and served as a residency program director for a PGY1/PGY2 Health-system pharmacy administration program for fifteen years.
Alison has been very active with residency accreditation over the past fifteen years including serving on the American Society of Health-system Pharmacy Commission on Credentialing as Chair and as a Lead Surveyor in both domestic and international residency accreditation.
In 2012 Alison was the first recipient of the Fred M. Eckel Pharmacy Leadership Award from the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics.
Danielle Auxer, PharmD
Danielle Auxer, PharmD, Associate Director of Pharmacy, Medication Use Policy, serves as the PGY1 Residency Program Director at HUP. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2004 and came to HUP in 2005 after completing a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. She has worked in several different roles during her time at the Hospital including Decentralized Pharmacist, Drug Information Specialist, and Pharmacy Residency Coordinator, and coordinator of the Center for Medication Use Policy. Dr. Auxer currently serves the immediate past President for the Delaware Valley Society of Health System Pharmacists and is a member of the PSHP Board of Directors.
Colleen Timlin, PharmD, BCOP
Colleen Timlin, PharmD, BCOP is the residency program director for the PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency. Dr. Timlin received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Wilkes University. From there she went on to complete both her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Colleen joined the HUP oncology team in 2012 as a clinical pharmacy specialist in hematology/hematopoietic cell transplant and the PGY2 Oncology Residency Program Director. In her current role, Colleen has transitioned to the ambulatory care setting to establish clinical pharmacy services for the hematology, hematopoietic stem cell and immunotherapy patient populations here at Penn. She is a member of multiple pharmacy and interdisciplinary committees within the hospital, including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Residency Research Committee, Preceptor Development and the Residency Advisory Committee. In addition to local committee involvement, Colleen is also an active member of national oncology committees, holding leadership positions in the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant (ASBMT) - Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA).
Julia Weiner, PharmD, BCPS
Julia Weiner, PharmD, BCPS is the residency program director for the PGY2 Critical Care Specialty Residency. Dr. Weiner received her PharmD degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences. She completed both her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She began at HUP in 2016 and transitioned into her current role as a Surgical Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist in 2019. Her primary practice area is in the General Surgical ICU, but she spends time in other surgical units such as the Heart and Vascular ICU as well. Her professional and research interests include PK/PD in critically ill patients, post-surgical infections, acute pain management, withdrawal syndromes, and transitions of care. She is a member of multiple pharmacy and interdisciplinary committees at HUP including the Critical Care Committee, Pharmacy Anesthesia Committee, Antimicrobial subcommittee of P&T, and the Residency Advisory Committee, including the Recruitment and Orientation subcommittee. Dr. Weiner is also a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), as well as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Shawn Binkley, BS, PharmD
Shawn Binkley, BS, PharmD is the residency program director for the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program. Dr. Binkley graduated from Pennsylvania State University and later from Midwestern University – Glendale. He came to HUP for residency and has remained here as one of the three infectious disease (ID) pharmacists in the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. His duties within the stewardship program include prior authorization of restricted antimicrobials, prospective audit of antimicrobial usage including stewardship rounds with an ID physician, and outpatient follow-up of ID consult patients discharged on IV antimicrobials. Dr. Binkley has several publications including articles in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. He is a member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and is an antimicrobial stewardship resource to outside institutions such as the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and Duke Antimicrobial Stewardship Outreach Network. Within the institution, Dr. Binkley is a member of the Antibiotic Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Infection Control, Residency Advisory Committee, and Residency Research Committee.
Chelsea Sammons, PharmD, BCPS
Chelsea Sammons, PharmD, BCPS is the residency program director for the PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency. Dr. Sammons received her PharmD degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. After graduating, she completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency at Tampa General Hospital. After developing her practice in liver and intestinal transplantation at New York – Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Irving Medical Center, she came to HUP in 2017 in her current role as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in liver transplantation. Her professional and research interests include transplant pharmacotherapy, patient education and medication adherence, transitions of care, and long term renal outcomes post-liver transplantation. Her institutional involvement at HUP includes the Transplant Unit Based Clinical Leadership Committee, the Medication Reconciliation Committee, the Residency Advisory Committee and the Preceptor Development Sub-committee.
Danielle Ciuffetelli, PharmD, BCACP
Danielle Ciuffetelli, PharmD, BCACP is the creator and residency program director for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency. Dr. Ciuffetelli graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. She then went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and a specialized PGY2 residency in Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
After residency, Dr. Ciuffetelli was the Regional Hepatology/HIV Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan, Mid-Atlantic States. She developed and implemented a multidisciplinary HIV Pharmacy Adherence and Patient Education Program that was shown to improve patient outcomes. She led the Hepatitis C Pharmacy Clinic that managed patients regionally and was the primary educator to pharmacists for various ID topics. Dr. Ciuffetelli returned to HUP in 2015 as the Ambulatory Hepatology and Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist. She specialized in HIV, viral hepatitis, nontuberculous mycobacterial infections and PrEP. Her publications include articles published in the Journal of Pharmacy Technology and Clinical Infectious Diseases.
In 2019 Dr. Ciuffetelli transitioned to a new role as Ambulatory Pharmacy Coordinator to work alongside the administrative team to manage and assist in executing goals of expanding Ambulatory Pharmacy services. Dr. Ciuffetelli enjoys quality and safety process improvement with a Yellow Belt certification and a passion for educating the next generation of pharmacists.