Clinical Pharmacy Preceptors

Cody Allison, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Solid Organ Transplant 
callison@ochsner.org

Education and Training: PharmD, Ohio State University; PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University Health System, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant, University Health System, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Practice Interests:  Lung Transplant, Abdominal Transplant, Infectious Disease

Dr. Allison began his clinical practice at Ochsner Medical Center in 2010.  He is currently the advisor to the PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant resident.  The Lung Transplant Program is where Cody manages most of his time, serving as the preceptor for the PGY-2 required Lung Transplant rotation and also cross-covers the abdominal transplant teams. 

Stephanie Anders, PharmD, BCPS

Residency Program Director, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant 
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Abdominal Transplant
sanders@ochsner.org

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy, Purdue University; Pharmacy Practice Residency, Rush University Medical Center (formerly Rush-Presbyterian-St.Lukes Medical Center);

Practice Interests: Adult Liver Transplant, Cytomegaovirus (CMV), and post-transplant delirium

Dr. Anders joined the Transplant Team at Ochsner in 2007.  Since that time, she has served as a preceptor for the PGY1 residency program and created the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Solid Organ Transplant in 2011.  She serves on the Transplant Quality-Improvement-Performance-Improvement Committee, the Transplant Research Committee, the Residency Recruitment & Research Sub Committees, and the Residency Advisory Committee.  She also serves as an ASHP Residency Accreditation Surveyor.   

Brooke E. Baetz, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Heart Transplant

Education and Training: PharmD, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy; Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Pharmacy Residency; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Cardiology Residency

Practice Interests:  heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, critical care, heart failure

Dr. Baetz started practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in 2011. Brooke participates in the PGY1 and PGY2 transplant residency program as the preceptor for the elective Heart Transplant rotation and serves on the Heart Transplant Selection Committee and Heart Transplant Quality Improvement Subcommittee. 

Yana Bukovskaya, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Neurocritical Care Education and Training:

Education and Training: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, PharmD -Massachusetts General Hospital, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency -VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, PGY2 Neurology Pharmacy Residency

Practice Interests: epilepsy, status epilepticus, stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, headache, movement disorders, emergency neurological life support.

Dr. Bukovskaya joined the Ochsner team in 2015. She is involved with the PGY1 program as a preceptor for the elective Neurocritical Care rotation and is also involved in the education of neurology and anesthesia residents from LSU and Ochsner. Yana serves on several multidisciplinary committees including Critical Care and Stroke Committee.

Ashley Casey, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Internal Medicine
acasey@ochsner.org

Education and Training: PharmD, Xavier University; PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency, Ochsner Medical Center

Practice Interests: Infectious Disease, Inpatient Management of Diabetes, Pain Control

Since 2012, Dr. Casey has worked closely with our hospital medicine department to provide quality patient care alongside hospitalists and nurses to train medical residents, interns and students as well as pharmacy interns and residents.  She is very involved with the PGY1 program as a preceptor for the required internal medicine rotations and many longitudinal activities (i.e., journal club, research, etc.).  She serves on the Residency Education and Preceptor Development Sub-committees and is a clinical group leader for the Pharmacy Shared Governance committee. 

Ashley Chasick, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant 

Education and Training:  PharmD , Virginia Commonwealth University; PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, National Naval Medical Center/ Walter Reed Army Medical Center; PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center/National Institutes of Health

Practice Interests:  bone marrow transplant, acute leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, prevention and treatment of infections in oncology/bone marrow transplant patients, chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, pain management, palliative care

Dr. Chasick joined the Ochsner team in 2012. She is involved with the PGY1 program as a preceptor for the elective Oncology rotation and serves on the Education Subcommittee. Dr. Chasick is also involved in the education of internal medicine residents and oncology fellows from Ochsner and LSU. She serves on several multidisciplinary committees including: Committee on Cancer, Adult and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Selection Committee, Bone Marrow Transplant Quality Committee, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Committee, Pursuit of Value - Oncology, and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Steering Committee.

Jessalynn Cordaro, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Anticoagulation Clinic

Education and Training:  PharmD, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy; Ochsner Medical Center, Pharmacy Residency

Practice Interests:  Anticoagulation

Dr. Cordaro started practicing at Ochsner Medical Center’s Anticoagulation clinic in 2003.  She is responsible for monitoring and evaluating anticoagulant medication therapy for appropriateness, including devising coumadin and lovenox medication regimens, making necessary adjustments based on patient-specific characteristics, and providing patient education to reach optimal patient care outcomes. Dr Cordaro is also involved in education services as the preceptor of pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents.  She serves on the clinical pharmacy staff of presenters for the University of Queensland –Ochsner Medical Center Education program.   She is also a member of the Anticoagulation Forum.

Kyle Davis, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Internal Medicine

Education and Training: PharmD, University of Florida; PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Jackson Memorial Hospital; PGY-2 Internal Medicine Residency, Indiana University Health-Butler College of Pharmacy

Practice Interests: anticoagulation, cardiometabolic disorders, transitions of care.

Kyle began practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in the Fall of 2015. He is involved with the PGY-1 program as a preceptor for the internal medicine rotation. He is also a preceptor for Xavier University PharmD students.

Marissa Janusek, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Solid Organ Transplant

Education and Training: Midwestern University, PharmD; Rush University Medical Center, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency -University of Illinois at Chicago, PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency

Practice interests:  Abdominal transplant, antibody mediated rejection and cellular mediated rejection, opportunistic infections

Dr. Janusek began practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in September 2015.  She will serve as a preceptor for the abdominal transplant rotation and the PGY2 solid organ transplant resident in the coming months. 

Katherine Jennings, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care 

Education and Training: PharmD, Wayne State University; University of Illinois at Chicago, Pharmacy Residency; University of Illinois at Chicago, Critical Care Residency

Practice Interests:  sepsis, ICU delirium, sedation, antimicrobial therapy for critically ill patients, acute neurological injury, and status epilepticus  

Dr. Jennings started practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in 2013. Katherine is very involved in the PGY1 residency program as the preceptor for the required Critical Care rotation and serves on the Residency Advisory Committee and Education Subcommittee.  She is also a member of the interdisciplinary Sepsis and Code Blue committees.

Nicole Fabre’-LaCoste, PharmD, BCPS, CGP

Clinical Lead Supervisor, Academics, Education and Research
PGY 1 Residency Program Director
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Internal Medicine
nlacoste@ochsner.org

Education and Training: PharmD, Xavier University College of Pharmacy; PGY 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Texas Medical Branch

Practice Interests: diabetes, geriatric medicine, research, education

Dr. LaCoste began her clinical practice at Ochsner Medical Center in 1996 practicing in the area of ambulatory care managing a hypertension and lipid clinic in internal medicine.  Since then, she has continued practice in the area of acute care medicine.  Dr. LaCoste is the current director of the PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency and the Clinical Lead Supervisor making her responsible for development of academics, education and research opportunities across the health system.

Mersina Lawrence, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Pediatrics 

Education and Training: PharmD, Xavier University; PGY 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Ochsner Medical Center

Practice Interests:  sepsis, sedation, antimicrobial therapy for critically ill patients, and oncology

Dr. Lawrence started practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in 2006. Mersina precepts all PGY1 residents for their required pediatric rotations and also offers an elective rotation in pediatric critical care.  She is a member of the Child Health, Glycemic Management, and CDAN committees.  Dr. Lawrence has also been an active member of MedAssets Best Practices Pediatrics Committee for the last three years.

Julius Li, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases

Education and Training: PharmD, Rutgers University; PGY 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency, South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Practice Interests: antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, antimicrobial stewardship

Dr. Li started practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in 2013. Katherine is involved in the PGY1 residency program as the preceptor for the required Infectious Diseases rotation and serves on the Residency Advisory Committee and Research Subcommittee. Together with Dr. Cynthia Nguyen, he has spearheaded efforts to implement and develop the antimicrobial stewardship program at Ochsner Medical Center in addition to maintain his practice on the Infectious Diseases consult services.

Cynthia Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Infectious Diseases

Education and Training: PharmD: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy; PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center; PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency: University of Michigan Health System 

Practice Interests: antimicrobial stewardship, Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, pharmacokinetics

In August 2014, Dr. Nguyen began practicing as an Infectious Diseases Pharmacist at Ochsner Medical Center. Her daily activities include: performing antimicrobial stewardship activities, rounding with the Infectious Diseases Consultation Services, precepting PGY1 pharmacy practice residents in a variety of settings. Dr. Nguyen sits on the Ochsner’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Steering Committee and on the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) Elections Committee. 

Chioma Obih, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Internal Medicine

Education and Training: PhamD, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice Residency, Xavier University of Louisiana/ Interim Louisiana State University Hospital, Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency, University of Arizona

Practice interests: Cardiology, Diabetes, Health Disparities, Academia

Dr. Obih joined the Ochsner team in 2015. She serves as a preceptor for APPE students from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, as well as Ochsner pharmacy residents. She is also involved in the expansion of Internal Medicine pharmacy services to the outpatient setting, managing the care of patients through the Diabetes Empowerment clinic and the Priority Care Clinic.

Daphne O’Hara, PharmD, BCOP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Oncology

Education and Training:  PharmD: West Virginia University;  PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency: Indiana University Health System; PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency: Indiana University Health System

Practice Interests:  oral chemotherapy, patient safety, patient education, immunotherapy

Dr. O’Hara began practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in 2015. She is involved with the PGY1 program as a preceptor for the elective Oncology rotation.

Ushma Patel, Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Abdominal Transplant

Education and Training: Pharm.D., University of Connecticut; Ochsner Medical Center, Pharmacy Residency; Ochsner Medical Center, Transplant Residency

Practice Interests:  abdominal transplantation, antibody-mediated and acute cellular rejection, opportunistic infections, critical care, patient education

Dr. Patel started practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in 2015. Ushma participates in the PGY1 and PGY2 transplant residency program as the preceptor for the elective Kidney Transplant.  She also serves on the Kidney Transplant Selection Committee, Kidney Transplant Quality Improvement Subcommittee, and the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Quality Improvement Subcommittee.

Jenny Puchot, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Internal Medicine
jpuchot@ochsner.org

Education and Training: PharmD, University of Georgia; PGY 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Ochsner Medical Center

Practice Interests: anticoagulation

Since 2009, Dr. Puchot has worked closely with our hospital medicine department to provide quality patient care alongside hospitalists and nurses to train medical residents, interns and students as well as pharmacy interns and residents.  She is very involved with the PGY1 program as a preceptor for the required internal medicine rotations and many longitudinal activities (i.e. journal club, research, community service).  She is also a member of the anticoagulation subcommittee of the therapeutics committee and serves as the pharmacy liaison for Ochsner's STAR program (a cost-free opportunity to explore the world of healthcare for qualified high school students).

Kyle Simmons, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Internal Medicine

Education and Training: PharmD, Xavier University of Louisiana; Ochsner Medical Center, Pharmacy Residency

Practice Interests:  geriatrics

Since joining the team in 2012, Dr. Simmons has been responsible for all aspects of pharmacy for Ochsner Elmwood satellite campus. He is integrally involved in providing focused & cost-effective patient care to ensure optimal pharmaceutical outcomes via timely patient chart reviews, medication reconciliation on admission and discharge, thorough clinical monitoring of admitted patients and comprehensive medication education for patients and caregivers upon discharge.

Britta Staubes, Pharm.D, BCPS

Education and Training: PharmD, Mercer University; Pharmacy Residency, Emory University Hospital Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency, Emory University Hospital

Practice Interests: Infectious diseases, cystic fibrosis, pain management

Dr. Staubes started practicing at Ochsner Medical Center in 2015 with the Internal Medicine service. She enjoys educating medical residents as well as pharmacy students and residents. She plans on precepting PGY1 residents and fourth year pharmacy students on Internal Medicine rotations in the future.

Steven Q. Thai, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Heart Transplant

Education and Training: PharmD, University of Connecticut; Ochsner Medical Center, Pharmacy Residency & Solid Organ Transplant Residency

Practice Interests: heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, pulmonary hypertension, transplant opportunistic infections

Dr. Thai joined the heart transplant team at Ochsner Medical Center in 2013.  He participates in the PGY1 and PGY2 transplant residency program as the co-preceptor for the elective heart transplant rotation.  He also serves on the Heart Transplant Selection Committee, Pulmonary Hypertension Committee, and Heart Transplant Quality Improvement Subcommittee.