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Nish Kasbekar headshotNishaminy Kasbekar, BS, PharmD, FASHP

Chief Pharmacy Officer

Rotation(s): Administration, Research

Nishaminy Kasbekar is the Chief Pharmacy Officer for the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. She then completed an ASHP residency in Pharmacy Practice and a Specialty Residency in Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dr. Kasbekar began her career as a Clinical Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Penn Presbyterian and then moved to the following leadership positions, Director of Pharmacy, System Director of Pharmacy for UPHS and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Dr. Kasbekar has practiced and had many roles in various areas of pharmacy practices. She has contributed to a number of publications, presented at national conferences and received numerous recognitions most notably the PSHP Sister Gonzales Duffy Lecture Award (2016), PSHP Pharmacist of the Year (2014), Philadelphia Business Journal’s Top 40 individuals under the age of 40, ASHP Best Practice Award, Pennsylvania Health System Pharmacists - Joe E Smith Award, Delaware Valley Society of Health Systems Pharmacists –Jonathan Roberts Award, University of the Sciences Young Alumnus Award and placed in the American Druggist’s List of Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists.

Dr. Kasbekar is currently on the ASHP Board of Directors. She is also a Past President of the PPA Educational Foundation, Past Chair of the Vizient Practice Advancement Committee and ASHP Council on Pharmacy Practice. She is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and Delaware Valley Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. She is also a Fellow of ASHP and has represented Pennsylvania in the ASHP House of Delegates for eight years. In addition, she was the Chair of the Section Advisory Group for ASHP Multi-Hospital and Health Systems and was a Steering Committee Member on the ASHP Women in Leadership Initiative.

Her passion for advancing pharmacy practice is evident in her daily interactions with providers, pharmacists and students.

Amanda Binkley headshotAmanda Binkley, PharmD, AAHIVP

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director

Rotation(s): Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Infectious Disease Transitions Service

Amanda is currently a Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. After graduation, she went on to complete her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency and PGY-2 Infectious Diseases residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests within infectious diseases include antimicrobial stewardship, HIV and Hepatitis C therapy.

Current areas of practice include antimicrobial stewardship, inpatient Infectious Diseases consult service, Infectious Diseases Transitions in Care, and HIV and Hepatitis C ambulatory care. Dr. Binkley is a member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacist (ASHIP). She currently serves as the pharmacist representative on the Board of the AAHIVM Pennsylvania Steering Committee. Her research experiences include access to Hepatitis C therapy, medication errors associated with antiretroviral therapy, antimicrobial stewardship interventions and utilization of clinical decision support tools for antimicrobial prescribing.

Natalie Blaine headshotNatalie Blaine, PharmD, BCACP

Rotation(s):Ambulatory Care (Longitudinal), Ambulatory Care (Specialty Pharmacy)

Natalie is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She then completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in June 2017. Dr. Blaine practices in multiple specialties with primary focus on clinical pharmacy services in oncology and cardiology here at PPMC.

Chase Brown headshotChase Brown, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation(s): Internal Medicine, Research

Chase is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He received his doctorate of pharmacy from The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. He stayed at MUSC for two years of residency training, completing his PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency before specializing in Internal Medicine as a PGY-2. He has published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Dr. Brown’s current position provides the opportunity to practice with the internal medicine service. He also serves as the Co-Chair for Penn Presbyterian’s Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee. Professional interests include infectious diseases, benign hematology, hepatology, and rheumatology. 

Matt Hinton headshotMatthew Hinton, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation(s): Emergency Medicine, Trauma Bay Response

Matt is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Emergency Medicine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He received his doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma. He then completed a PGY1 residency at University of Florida Health - Jacksonville and PGY2 residency in Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Prior to joining Penn Presbyterian in 2018, he has helped establish clinical pharmacy services in two separate academic medical centers.

Dr. Hinton is a member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). His research experiences include management of alcohol withdrawal, antimicrobial stewardship, and evaluating health literacy in Emergency Department.

Andy_Hui headshotAndy Hui, PharmD, BCPS

PGY-1 Residency Program Director

Rotations: Orientation, Cardiology, Unit-Based Clinical Pharmacy

Andy is the PGY-1 Residency Director at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC). He is originally from Edison, NJ and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University. Andy completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) in Neptune, NJ and thereafter held a position as the Critical Care Operations Pharmacist. In 2014 Andy joined the team at PPMC as a Unit Based Clinical Pharmacist (UBCP), where he precepts students from Jefferson College of Pharmacy.

Andy serves as the chair for the UBCP Council, and is active in several PPMC committees such as Pain Management and Health-system Opioid Task Force. His research and interests include transitions of care, opioid stewardship, and quality improvement.

Andy is a Board Member-at-Large for the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists (DVSHP), and is active in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP). He recently served as the DVSHP Programming Committee Chair, and is now transitioning into President-elect. Andy is passionate about expanding pharmacy community involvement in the Philadelphia area as well as at the state and national level.

Chris Hvisdas headshotChris Hvisdas, PharmD

Rotation(s):Ambulatory Care (Specialty Pharmacy)

Chris graduated from Jefferson College of Pharmacy in 2016. After graduation, he went on to complete his PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2017. He currently practices as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, with a presence in different clinics, including: Pulmonology, Endocrinology, and Allergy/Immunology. His areas of interests within his practice settings are pulmonary hypertension, osteoporosis, and allergic asthma.

Diane Kim headshotDiane Kim, PharmD

Rotation(s):Ambulatory Care (Longitudinal), Ambulatory Care (Specialty Pharmacy)

Diane is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Rutgers University in 2017. She completed her PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and her PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at Christiana Care in Newark/Wilmington, DE. She currently practices in the Cardiology and Family Medicine clinics.

Justin Kuratnick headshotJustin Kuratnick, PharmD, MS

Rotation(s): Informatics, Staffing

Justin is currently an Associate Director of Pharmacy at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Willow (Epic) Pharmacy Operational Lead for the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System. Dr. Kuratnick received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University and his Masters of Medical Informatics from Northwestern University.

His primary focus for the past two years has been leading the standardization of pharmacy workflows, hospital formularies, clinical medication build, order set design, decision support, clinical monitoring, and antimicrobial stewardship with Subject Matter Experts across the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System in preparation for the implementation of inpatient Epic. Areas of interest include performance improvement, informatics, innovative ways to utilize technology to increase patient safety and satisfaction, student and residency education and training in informatics.

Raymond Lamore headshotRaymond Lamore, PharmD, BCCCP

PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Raymond is a Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC). He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at St. John’s University, where he received the University’s Excellence in Patient Care Award. He then completed his Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Lamore currently practices in both medical and surgical intensive care. He also serves as a co-chair for the institution’s Medication Safety/Nursing Pharmacy Committee.

Dr. Lamore is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), completed three terms as a selected member of ASHP’s New Practitioners Forum Advisory Group, and continues to be an active member of the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists, recently completing a term as president. He also received Pennsylvania Health-System Pharmacists’ Joe E Smith Award in recognition for service to his institution, the community, and the profession.

Kevin Lee headshotKevin Lee, PharmD, AAHIVP

Rotation(s): Ambulatory Care (Longitudinal), Ambulatory Care (Specialty Pharmacy)

Kevin is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Lee graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in June 2017. After graduation, he completed his PGY-1 pharmacy residency training at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in June 2018 before accepting a position as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Lee currently works in the Family Medicine clinic with a focus in HIV, viral hepatitis, addiction medicine, transgender health, and chronic disease state management.

Nina Maguire headshotChristina Maguire, PharmD

Nina Maguire, PharmD is an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is originally from Atlanta, GA and received her doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Georgia. She went on to complete her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency and PGY-2 Infectious Diseases residency at Ascension Seton at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Dr. Maguire’s current areas of practice include inpatient infectious diseases consult, antimicrobial stewardship, infectious diseases transitions of care, and HIV and Hepatitis C outpatient clinic. Her professional interests include gram negative resistance, optimization of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic indices in unique patient populations, and ambulatory HIV care.

Stela Papa headshotStela Papa, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation(s): Orientation/Unit Based Clinical Pharmacy

Stela is currently the Unit Based Clinical Pharmacist in CUPP 3 East. She earned her Doctorate degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Veterans Affair Medical Center in Boston. Upon completion of her residency training, she worked at Beth Israel Medical Center for 6 years as a clinical pharmacist. She joined Penn Presbyterian Medical Center as a Unit Based Clinical Pharmacist on a cardiac floor in 2012. Dr. Papa is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP). Her areas of interest include patient education, medication safety, and being a mentor for residents and students. 

Vanessa Prendergast headshotVanessa Prendergast, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation(s): MICU, TSICU, HVICU, NCCU, Longitudinal Trauma Bay Rotation

Vanessa is currently a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is originally from Marshfield, WI and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Minneapolis, MN. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Residency at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC.

Her current position provides her opportunity to rotate through the Medical ICU, Heart and Vascular ICU, Trauma Surgical ICU, and Neurology ICU. Dr. Prendergast is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Her practice interests in critical care include: Sedation, analgesia, and delirium; management of trauma patients; and toxicology.

Lauren Schmidt headshotLauren Schmidt, PharmD, BCCCP

Rotation(s): MICU, TSICU, HVICU, NCCU, Longitudinal Trauma Bay Rotation

Lauren is a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is originally from Mechanicsburg, PA and received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Her current position provides her the opportunity to rotate through the Medical ICU, Heart and Vascular ICU, Trauma and Surgical ICU, Neurology ICU and Trauma Bay Response. Her professional interests include sepsis, traumatic brain injury, fluids, and anticoagulation reversal. Dr. Schmidt is an active member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and participates in the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section of SCCM.

Michael Silvey headshotMike Silvey, PharmD

Mike Silvey, PharmD graduated from University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2017. After graduation, he has worked in a wide variety of areas of pharmacy, including time in specialty retail pharmacy, traditional retail pharmacy, a LTC and inpatient hybrid model at University of Connecticut Health System (UCONN Health) that serviced the Connecticut state prison system, and a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Vincent Hospital. He currently practices as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, with a focus in rheumatology, dermatology, and gastroenterology. He also has an interest in psychiatric pharmacy and completed a psychiatry focus during his PharmD education at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Megan Zielke headshotMegan Zielke, PharmD, BCCCP

Rotation(s): MICU, TSICU, HVICU, NCCU, Longitudinal Trauma Bay Rotation

Megan is a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Penn Presbyterian who is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Mercy Hospital and her PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Zielke began at Penn Presbyterian in 2016 and her practice areas include rotation through the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit, Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Neuro Intensive Care Unit, as well as Trauma Response. Her professional interests include delirium and sleep in the critically ill, pharmacology as it relates to hepatic dysfunction, and interdisciplinary collaboration and education. Dr. Zielke is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and participates in the Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section of SCCM.

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