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Good Samaritan Hospital Pharmacy Preceptors

Taha Alhayani, PharmD

Rotation: Neurovascular Intensive Care

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – University of Cincinnati (2021); PGY1 – UC Medical Center (2021); PGY2 Internal Medicine – Good Samaritan TriHealth Hospital (2022)

About: Dr. Alhayani has been with TriHealth since 2021, completing his Internal Medicine PGY2 pharmacy residency with our program before joining our team as an Internal Medicine clinical pharmacy specialist. He received a BS in Chemistry and PharmD from the University of Cincinnati. He is originally from Iraq and has called Cincinnati his home for more than 8 years. Outside of work, he is passionate about soccer, video games, traveling, and exploring new restaurants and coffee shops.

Amneh Alzatout, PharmD

Rotation: Internal Medicine

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – University of Cincinnati (2020); PGY1 Residency – UC Health – West Chester Hospital (2021); PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency – The Christ Hospital (2022)

About: Directly after completing her two years of residency, Dr. Alzatout joined Good Samaritan Hospital as an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in 2022. Within pharmacy she has a passion for transitions of care, diversity/inclusion, diabetes management, and gastroenterology. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and hanging out with friends and family (including her two cats, Samour and Maui).

Kimberly Arvin PharmD, BCACP

Rotations: Populations Health (PGY2 Cardiology)

Training and Education: Doctor of Pharmacy (UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy – 2011)

Residency: PGY1 Community Residency Program with Kroger Health/ University of Cincinnati

About: Kim has been a pharmacist since 2011 and joined the Population Health team at TriHealth in 2019. Kim works as one of our Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacists providing medication management services for our primary care physician offices. Prior to joining TriHealth, Kim worked at UC Health in the outpatient pharmacy providing medication management, pharmacotherapy and “meds to beds” services. She also worked as a Pharmacy Manager at Kroger and provided medication and disease management services as a part of their clinical services.

Emily Beasley, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation: Emergency Medicine

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – Ohio Northern University (2018); PGY1 – University of Toledo Medical Center (2019)

About: After playing volleyball for the Polar Bears while earning her PharmD at ONU, Dr. Beasley completed her PGY1 residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She then went on to become a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in North Carolina, covering the intensive care units, emergency department, and operating rooms. She is passionate about critical care, emergency medicine, and multidisciplinary education. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and supporting local sports teams.

Shirin Bigdeli, PharmD, MBA

Rotation: Pharmacogenomics

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy & Master of Business Administration – University of Kentucky (2020); PGY1 Good Samaritan TriHealth Hospital (2021)

About: Dr. Bigdeli has been with TriHealth since graduating from University of Kentucky in 2020. After completion of her PGY1 residency at Good Samaritan, Dr. Bigdeli joined the TriHealth Precision Medicine team as the Pharmacogenomics Clinical Coordinator. During her PGY1 year, she gravitated towards pharmacogenomics and obtained a certification in PGx which prepared her well for her current role as a pharmacogenomics pharmacist. She is passionate about direct patient care, bridging the gap between science and clinical practice, and precepting students and residents.

Samuel Boateng, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation: Administration/Operations

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – University of Cincinnati (2016); PGY1 Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital (2017)

About: After completing residency training within the Cleveland Clinic system in 2017, Dr. Boateng joined Good Sam Pharmacy as a clinical pharmacist. As a jack-of-all-trades pharmacist, Dr. Boateng became well-versed in nearly all roles of our clinical pharmacists as well as anything and everything to do with central pharmacy operations. This understanding of all elements of the department made him an ideal candidate to assume the role of pharmacy department supervisor, which he transitioned into early in 2022. Outside of work Dr. Boateng enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer.

Jacob Cannan, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Rotation: Neurovascular Intensive Care

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy (Ohio Northern University – 2011)

About: Dr. Cannan joined the clinical ranks of Good Samaritan Pharmacy in 2018, and has quickly become a leader within the department. As a versatile, well-rounded clinician, Dr. Cannan has helped establish and solidify our cardiology rounding service.

Melvi Chacko, PharmD, BCOP

Rotation: Hematology/Oncology; Bone Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – The Ohio State University; PGY1 Residency – St. Elizabeth Healthcare (2018); PGY2 Oncology Residency – St. Elizabeth Healthcare (2019)

About: Dr. Chacko has been with TriHealth since 2021 serving as the pharmacy clinical coordinator for cellular therapy. She was heavily involved in building the TriHealth cellular therapy service line and currently manages cellular therapy patients in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Chacko has taken ownership of her role and enjoys being part of an interdisciplinary team to deliver safe patient care. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, bike riding, and trying out new restaurants.

Jinal Choksi, PharmD

Rotation: Behavioral Health

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – University of Florida (2016); PGY1 Residency – Boca Raton Regional Hospital (2017)

About: Dr. Choksi joined the TriHealth team in 2018 after beginning her career in Florida. Since joining Good Sam Pharmacy, Dr. Choksi has climbed the clinical ladder, gaining experience in internal medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, and then to what has evolved into a primary role on the behavioral health team. Outside of work, Dr. Choksi can be found touring the local arts, social, and food scenes with friends & family.

Beth Dunkel, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation: Neonatal Intensive Care, Obstetrics & Antepartum, Orientation, Staffing (PGY1)

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – University of Cincinnati (2011)

About: Dr. Dunkel initially began her pharmacy career with Trihealth in 2006 as a pharmacy technician/intern. Following graduation, she stayed on board as a clinical pharmacist and discovered her passion for neonatal intensive care. Given her years of experience working in the pharmacy department, Dr. Dunkel is knowledgeable of pharmacy operations and enjoys sharing her expertise when onboarding PGY1 residents.

Colin Fitzgerrel, PharmD, BCPS

Colin Fitzgerrel, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Rotation: Infectious Diseases, Resident Research Project

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy (Purdue University – 2007); PGY1 Residency – Morton Plant Hospital (2008)

About: Dr. Fitzgerrel has been with TriHealth since 2014 after spending many years as a critical care pharmacist in Clearwater, Florida. In addition to being the Residency Program Director, he serves as the pharmacy department’s clinical coordinator and focuses his efforts on drug policy development, clinical service line expansion, and staff development.

Mike Friebe, PharmD

Rotation: Pharmacy Informatics

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – The Ohio State University (2018); PGY1 Residency – Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital (2019); PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residency – Lipscomb University/Vanderbilt University Medical Center

About: Dr. Friebe joined TriHealth Pharmacy in 2020. He is passionate about bridging the gap between technology and healthcare. He is part of the pharmacy informatics team, which works closely with pharmacy operations and clinical coordinators to determine the best ways to configure Epic and various automation systems to ensure TriHealth can provide safe, high-quality medication therapy to its patients.

Nate Miller PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Rotations: Hematology/Oncology (PGY1), Staffing (PGY1), PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director

Training and Education: Doctor of Pharmacy (UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy)

Residency: PGY1 - Bethesda North Hospital (2018)

About: Dr. Miller was born and raised in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati. He spent 4 years in Brunswick, Maine for his undergraduate education and obtained a bachelor’s in chemistry. After enduring dozens of snowstorms and eating countless lobster rolls in the Pine Tree State, Nate returned to his more temperate hometown to pursue a career pharmacy. He completed a PGY1 residency at Bethesda North Hospital and then stayed on to be a clinical pharmacist working mainly with the antimicrobial stewardship team and in the medical oncology unit. In 2021, Nate transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital to assume a lead role within the hematology/oncology service line.

Marissa Guillen, PharmD, BCCCP

Rotation: Emergency Medicine

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – University of Findlay (2016); PGY1 – Good Samaritan TriHealth Hospital (2017)

About: Dr. Guillen joined TriHealth in 2016 as an inaugural member of our PGY1 residency program. After residency, Marissa stayed with Good Sam as a clinical pharmacist for a few years before branching off to other area emergency departments to specialize in emergency medicine. Always knowing Good Samaritan Hospital was her home, she eventually returned full-time as part of our emergency medicine and antimicrobial stewardship teams. She is passionate about transitions of care, medication safety, and antimicrobial stewardship.

Outside of the hospital, Marissa maintains work-life balance by spending time with her beloved family and dogs, traveling the world, and curating travel guides for others on her blog.

Rebecca McKinney, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation: Behavioral Health

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – University of Findlay (2018); PGY1 St. Elizabeth Healthcare (2019)

About: Dr. McKinney completed her PGY1 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare and started as a clinical pharmacist at TriHealth shortly after. After being one of the first pharmacists to represent our department on the interdisciplinary team for the behavioral health unit, she is now one of the primary preceptors for the behavioral health rotation. She enjoys spending time with her family outside of the hospital.

Joseph Schum, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation: Ambulatory Care

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – University of Cincinnati (2019); PGY1 & PGY2 Internal Medicine – Good Samaritan TriHealth Hospital (2020, 2021)

About: Dr. Schum has been with TriHealth since graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2019. He completed both his PGY1 residency and PGY2 Internal Medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital. After initially joining the internal medicine team upon completion of his residency training, he transitioned to the role of Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Faculty Medical Center, our on-site internal medicine clinic. In addition, Dr. Schum serves as the primary preceptor for the longitudinal teaching experience.

Divya Thomas, PharmD

Rotation: Critical Care

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – Temple University (2019); PGY1 & PGY2 Critical Care – University of Cincinnati Medical Center (2020, 2021)

About: Dr. Thomas was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where she completed her pharmacy education at Temple University. She completed her PGY1 & PGY2 in critical care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. After residency she served as an ICU & ED pharmacy specialist within the Indiana University Health System. In 2022 she returned to Cincinnati to join the Good Samaritan critical care team as a pharmacy specialist. She has a passion for patient care, research and providing mentorship to future clinicians in the pharmacy and medical fields.

Corey Wirth, PharmD, BCPS

Corey Wirth, PharmD, BCPS

Rotation: Internal Medicine; Residency Project (PGY2)

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – The Ohio State University (2005); PGY1 Residency – Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center (2006)

About: Dr. Wirth has been an internal medicine clinical pharmacist with Good Samaritan since 2006, and serves as one of our lead antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists. She is a truly passionate teacher as evidenced by the volume of student pharmacists she educates on an annual basis, and by her recognition by the University of Cincinnati as a preceptor of the year. Dr. Wirth also serves as the PGY2 Internal Medicine RPD, which was founded in 2019.

Nancy Wuestefeld, PharmD

Nancy Wuestefeld, PharmD, BCCCP

Rotation: Critical Care

Training & Education: Doctor of Pharmacy – Butler University (2000); PGY1 Residency – University of Cincinnati Medical Center (2001)

About: Dr. Wuestefeld serves as the clinical pharmacist of Good Samaritan’s medical-surgical intensive care unit, and is the pharmacy representative for many interdisciplinary committees. As a former clinical coordinator, Dr. Wuestefeld’s knowledge of clinical practice and system processes are readily apparent to our residents. Her dedication to their professional growth leads to frequent requests to repeat this required learning experience.

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