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Residency Program Information

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.

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Lori Arena, PharmD, BCPS, CDE 
Clinical Specialist, Primary Care; 
Director, PGY2 Primary Care Residency Program 

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (2004)
Residency: Primary Care Specialty Residency, Boston Medical Center (2005)
Professional Membership:
ACCP, ASHP, MSHP
Practice/Research Interests: Diabetes management, improving patient access to medication
Rotations Offered: Primary Care

Dr. Arena holds a faculty appointment as adjunct clinical instructor at Northeastern University.  She provides numerous continuing education lectures in diabetes management, as well as precepts students in Primary Care. 

Lindsay Arnold, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Cardiology

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (2002)
Residency: 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 is also serves as secretary of the BMC Endocrine Subcommittee and the co-chair Anti-thrombotic Task Force.  She has presented research in the areas of glycemic control and thromboprophylaxis. 

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Megan Bergstrom, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Specialist, Primary Care

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Drake University (2008)
Residency: 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.

Dana Whitney Bridges, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID
Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases;
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island (2001)
Residency:
Pharmacy Practice, Boston Medical Center (2002)
Professional Membership: ASHP, ACCP, SIDP, ASM
Practice/Research Interest: Pharmacokinetics/ Pharmacodynamics, antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial resistance
Rotations Offered: Infectious Disease Consult

Dr. Bridges plays an important role in ensuring optimal antibiotic treatment at Boston Medical Center.  She enjoys educating others in the area of infectious disease and antibiotic use.  She is a lecturer at Boston University School of Medicine and at Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

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

Education: BS Pharmacy, University of Rhose Island (1977), Doctor of Pharmacy, State University New York at Buffalo (1980)
Fellowship: Fellowship in Pharmacokinetics, SUNY Buffalo
Professional Membership: IDSA; DHHS – Working Group on Antiretroviral Therapy and Medical Management of HIV-Infected Children, Health Resources and Services Administration, NIH; WHO – Pediatric Antiretroviral Working Group; Vice Chair, Pharmacy Resource Committee, International Maternal Pediatric-Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT)
Practice/Research Interest: Pediatric HIV Pharmacotherapy and Prevention of HIV (PMTCT and PEP)
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 patients in the pediatric HIV 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
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, 2011
Residency: 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, LKS
Practice/Research Interest: Primary care, chronic disease state management, transitions of care, renal transplant, anemia management in CKD
Rotations Offered: Ambulatory Care

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, and also manages anemia treatment in patients with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Dickson looks forward to precepting both students and residents who have an interest in ambulatory care.

Danielle Gingras, PharmD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Northeastern University – School of Pharmacy

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Northeastern University (2012)
Residency: PGY-1 Primary Care, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (2013)
Professional Memberships: ASHP, AACP, APhA
Practice/Research Interest: Ambulatory care (management of diabetes, lipids, hypertension, medication adherence), Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Rotations Offered: Primary care - geriatrics

Dr. Gingras provides clinical pharmacy serves to primary care patients, focusing on the geriatrics population. Dr. Gingras serves as a primary preceptor for Northeastern University students on clinical rotation at Boston Medical Center.

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Barry Graime, RPh, MS
Information Systems Pharmacist

Education: BS Pharmacy, Northeastern University (1997), Masters in Healthcare Informatics, Northeastern University (2010)
Practice/Research Interest: Streamlining information technology systems to improve pharmacy workflow
Rotations Offered: Pharmacy Informatics

Mr. Graime is an integral member of the pharmacy department keeping all systems running smoothly.  He has recently begun to offer a rotation in pharmacy informatics.  Development of skill in this area is increasingly necessary to function efficiently with the rapidly advancing technology in healthcare.   

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Kevin Horbowicz, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Critical Care - MICU;
Director, PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program 

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: Neurocritical care, pulmonary hypertension, quality & medication safety
Rotations Offered: MICU, Neurocritical Care

Dr. Horbowicz precepts students from Northeastern University and the University of Buffalo.  He serves on the BMC Critical Care Committee and is also involved in research on the use of epoprostenol for pulmonary hypertension. 

Paul Huiras, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Critical Care – SICU

Education: BA Biology, University of Saint Thomas (2004), Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota (2008)
Residencies: PGY1, Boston Medical Center (2009); PGY2, Critical Care, Boston Medical Center (2011)
Professional Memberships:  ASHP, ACCP, SCCM
Practice/Research Interest:  VTE prevention, Surgical site infection prophylaxis, Pharmacokinetics following traumatic injury
Rotations Offered: SICU

Dr. Huiras precepts PGY1 and PGY2 residents in the trauma/surgical ICU at BMC.  He is involved in the BMC surgical residency education curriculum and is a member of the Consortium of Boston Teaching Hospitals Continuing Education Steering Committee.

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Kelly Killius, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Emergency Medicine;
Director, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Program 

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2005)
Residency:  PGY1, SUNY Upstate Medical University (2006), PGY2 Critical Care, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL (2007)
Professional Membership: ASHP, ACCP, SCCM, AACT
Practice/Research Interest: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Toxicology, Intranasal fentanyl in pediatric procedural pain
Rotations Offered: Emergency Medicine

Dr. Killius precepts pharmacy students from Northeastern University and the University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  She has a background in critical care and solid organ transplantation. She actively participates in committees and work groups to improve the efficiency and safety of ordering of medications in the BMC Emergency Department.  

Brian Kopcza, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care
Family Medicine Clinic

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Duquesne University (2011)
Residency: PGY1 Pharmacy Practice, Hospital of Saint Raphael (2012); PGY2 Ambulatory Care, University of Washington Medicine (2013)
Professional Memberships: ACCP, ASHP, APhA
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.

Lindsey Krueger, PharmD, BCACP 
Clinical Specialist, Ambulatory Care

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Drake University (2006)
Residency: PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency - Boston Medical Center (2009)
Professional Membership:
ASHP
Practice/Research Interests: Medication adherence, HIV, primary care of HIV patients, diabetes, lipids, smoking cessation
Rotations Offered: HIV clinic, Family Medicine clinic

Victoria Liu, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Primary Care & Outpatient Cardiology

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut (2011)
Residency: PGY1 - VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (2012), PGY2 - Ambulatory Care, Detroit Medical Center (2013)
Professional Membership: ACCP, ASHP, NEIAP
Practice/Research Interests: Medication adherence; Post discharge transitions of care; Management of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and CHF
Rotations Offered: Primary care; Cardiology clinic

Dr. Liu provides clinical pharmacy services to patients in primary care and in cardiology clinics concentrating on medication reconciliation, adherence, and education. She helps to manage patients with diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, and heart failure. She looks forward to precepting pharmacy students and residents.

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Stella Papadopoulos, PharmD, BCPS 
Administrative Director, Pharmacy Clinical Services & Academic Affairs

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (2004)
Residencies: PGY1, Duke University Medical Center (2005), PGY2 Critical Care, University of Kentucky (2006)
Professional Membership: ASHP, SCCM
Rotations Offered: Practice Management
Practice/Research Interest: Sedation, delirium

Dr. Papadopoulos served as the PGY-2 critical care residency program director and SICU specialist prior to transitioning to her new role overseeing the clinical programs at BMC. She remains involved in the residency program and co-precepts the practice management rotation for our PGY-1 residents. 

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.

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Gail Sanchez, PharmD, BCPS
Manager, Clinical Medicine Pharmacists;
Director, PGY1 Residency Program 

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2000) 
Residency: Pharmacy Practice, University of Maryland Medical Center (2001)
Professional Memberships: ASHP, ACCP, SHM
Practice/Research Interest: Transitions of care, discharge counseling, health literacy, pain management
Rotations Offered: Internal Medicine

Dr. Sanchez has conducted research in the areas of discharge counseling, and the impact of pharmacist follow-up phone calls on 30 day re-admission rates.  She has been recognized for her outstanding work to improve patient care by receiving the Boston Medical Center's We Care employee recognition award in 2006 for demonstrating a commitment to patient safety.  She serves as the Medication Management Chapter Chair to ensure compliance with The Joint Commission standards. In addition, she is on numerous committees such as, Medical Operations, Inpatient Innovation and the Formulary Management Committees.

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

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut (2004)
Residency: 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, impact of iron supplementation without ESA support
Rotations Offered: Inpatient Hematology/Oncology, Chemotherapy Clinic

Dr. Sane precepts PGY1 and PGY2 residents primarily in inpatient Oncology.  She also precepts students from Northeastern University. She serves on various committees in the Hematology/Oncology department including the Data Safety Monitorin Board and the Hematology/Oncology CQI committee.

Bhavesh Shah, RPh, BCOP, Hematology Oncology Clinical SpecialistBhavesh Shah, RPh, BCOP
Clinical Specialist, Hematology/Oncology

Education: BS Biochemistry, Loyola University (1998), BS Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2001) 
Professional Memberships: HOPA, ACCP, MASCC
Practice/Research Interest: anemia, anorexia/cachexia, peripheral neuropathy, iron deficiency
Rotations Offered: Chemotherapy clinic, inpatient hematology/oncology

Mr. Shah precepts PGY1 and PGY2 residents, primarily in the Solomont Center for Hematology and Medical Oncology Clinic. In 2004, he received a BMC We Care employee recognition award for his committment to patient care.  He serves on various committees in the Hematology Oncology department  including the Data Safety Monitoring Board, Scientific Review committee, and Hematology/Oncology CIA committee.  He is also the principal investigator of  an on-going prospective active drug trial evaluating the safety and tolerability of megestrol acetate in combination with oxandrin in cancer-related anorexia/cachexia.

Julie Slomkowski, PharmD, BCPS
Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2011)
Residency: PGY-1 Yale-New Haven Hospital (2012), PGY-2 Pediatrics Yale-New Haven Hospital (2013)
Professional Memberships: Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG)
Practice/Research Interest: Neonatal Intensive Care, Cocoon Program and pertussis prevention, pediatric medication safety 
Rotations Offered: General Pediatrics, NICU

Dr. Slomkowski is an active member of PPAG, where she serves on the Membership Committee. She is interested in the Cocoon Program, whereby parents and caregivers of infants are vaccinated against pertussis and influenza in order to protect infants who cannot receive the vaccine, and would like to work toward establishing a clinic to accomplish this at BMC. She serves as a member of several groups in the pediatric department, including the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Quality Improvement Group and the Pediatric Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. She looks forward to precepting both residents and students.

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David Twitchell, BS, PharmD, MBA
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

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William Vincent, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Critical Care – SICU

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, ACCP
Practice/Research Interests: Educational approaches for evidence-based medicine for pharmacy students and residents, Perioperative medication management, Immunonutrition, Kidney transplantation
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 cardiothoracic, otolaryngology, vascular, and neurological surgical procedures.  His research focuses on identifying outcomes that improve medication use in these critically ill patients.

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Joy Vreeland, PharmD, BCPS 
Administrative Director, Pharmacy Operations & Clinical Services

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 from 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 looks forward to precepting residents in the administrative aspects of pharmacy practice.  

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Kelly Wright, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (2005)
Residencies: PGY1, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; PGY2, Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Center
Professional Memberships:  ACCP, ASM
Practice/Research Interest:  Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, Antimicrobial Resistance and Anti-infective Stewardship
Rotations Offered: Infectious Diseases Consult Service

Dr. Wright plays an important role in the Antiinfective Stewardship Team at Boston Medical Center.  She enjoys educating others in the area of Infectious Diseases and optimal anti-infective use. 

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Affiliated Faculy

Mark Douglass, PharmD 
Associate Clinical Professor, Northeastern University College of Pharmacy

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.

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