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Meet Our Current Residents!

PGY1 Acute Care

Grace Barr

Grace Barr, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: grace.barr@conehealth.com

Education: Campbell University
Hometown: Ithaca, New York
Residency Research: Lactated ringers versus normal saline for sepsis resuscitation
Practice Interests: Internal medicine, emergency medicine, academia
Why Cone: I knew Cone was a great place to be from my very first interaction with the preceptors and residents. The preceptors are incredibly knowledgeable and really care about teaching the residents. Cone offers a wide variety of experiences that I knew would help me to become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist and allow me to experience many different areas of pharmacy practice during my PGY1. I am very thankful to be a part of a great pharmacy team that provides exceptional care to their patients and truly cares about their residents.


Mariah Gibbs

Mariah Gibbs, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: mariah.gibbs@conehealth.com

Education: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown: Hendersonville, North Carolina
Residency Research: Impact of redesigned PAD protocol and standardized, pharmacist guidance on the duration of ICU mechanical ventilation
Practice Interests: Pediatrics, administration
Why Cone: The people and culture at Moses Cone are so inviting to learners! It is great to be in an environment that supports and helps you grow as a new pharmacist. The unique clinical experiences the residency program offers will challenge me to become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing pharmacy team.


Christine Ko

Christine Ko, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: christine.ko@conehealth.com

Education: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Residency Research: De-escalation of triple therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention
Practice Interests: Cardiology
Why Cone: I chose Cone because of everyone’s dedication to each resident’s clinical, professional, and personal growth. Not only are my preceptors invested in my learning, but the physicians we work with are always so eager to teach and engage all members of the patient care team. The support Cone provides to their residents is unparalleled, and I am so thankful to be a part of this supportive and collaborative environment.


Andrea Lippucci

Andrea Lippucci, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: andrea.lippucci@conehealth.com

Education: The University of Toledo
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Residency Research: Impact of clinical pharmacists on transitions from ICU to step down units
Practice Interests: Infectious diseases, oncology, ambulatory care
Why Cone: Moses Cone was an easy choice! As soon as I met the people and was introduced to the hospital's culture, I knew that I would be happy here. Everyone (even those who work outside of pharmacy!) is so kind. Cone is special in that everyone's number one goal is caring for our patients AND employees. Besides the welcoming culture, I loved the expansive rotation selection with expert clinical pharmacists. Finally, Greensboro is awesome!


Kushal Naik

Kushal Naik, PharmD, MBA

PGY1 Acute Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: kushal.naik@conehealth.com

Education: The University of Tennessee
Hometown: Caryville, Tennessee
Residency Research: Impact of pharmacists interventions on discharge antibiotic appropriateness
Practice Interests: Cardiology
Why Cone: I was drawn to the positive and supportive culture at Cone Health. It was easy for me to see how passionate the entire pharmacy department is about wanting to teach and train residents. Cone puts in tremendous effort to take care of their residents and provide a great learning environment. I knew that by choosing Moses Cone, I would be exposed to a broad range of core and elective experiences that will allow me to reach my goals and become a well-rounded clinical pharmacist. The strong values of the health system continue to push me to grow as a pharmacist to provide exceptional care. I am excited and grateful to be a part of a such a great pharmacy team.


Emily Perez

Emily Perez, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: emily.perez@conehealth.com

Education: East Tennessee State University
Hometown: Montgomery, West Virginia
Residency Research: Optimizing antibiotic use for patients with discitis
Practice Interests: Infectious disease, critical care
Why Cone: I chose Cone Health for its balance of supportive culture and challenging work environment. I wanted to spend my first year of residency in a program with knowledgeable healthcare professionals that would actively strive to help me achieve my goals and be the best pharmacist I can be. Cone Health provides this in addition to a progressive take on clinical pharmacy, a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary patient care, and a variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences.


Alex Chappell, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Email: alex.chappell@conehealth.com

Education: Campbell University
Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Practice Interests: Oncology, infectious disease
Why Cone: I chose Cone Health due to their esteemed reputation and the variety of rotations and experiences offered. I specifically chose Alamance Regional Medical Center due to my interest in rural health. The ability to practice at a community hospital that was part of a reputable health system appealed to me.


Christopher Moran, PharmD

PGY1 Acute Care
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Email: christopher.moran@conehealth.com

Education: High Point University
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Practice Interests: Infectious disease, internal medicine
Why Cone: Cone Health is well known for bridging pharmacists from didactic training to practice. Alamance Regional Medical Center offers everything I value in a PGY1 residency, including numerous acute care experiences in the community hospital setting I enjoy. I am so grateful to work with caring pharmacy preceptors and staff that value my growth as a new pharmacist each day. I believe this will best help me achieve my goals by preparing me for a rewarding inpatient pharmacy career.


PGY1 Ambulatory Care

Ivy Nwogu

Ivy Nwogu, PharmD

PGY1 Ambulatory Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: ivy.nwogu@conehealth.com

Education: Xavier University of Louisiana
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Residency Research: Optimizing use of sodium glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors and glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists in diabetic nephropathy
Practice Interests: Ambulatory care, cardiology, academia
Why Cone: I was fascinated by the family culture and opportunities Moses Cone has to offer. It was important for me to find a residency program that offers robust ambulatory care experiences; and this program offers that plus more, one of the many reasons why I love my residency program. They prioritize their residents personal and professional growth as new practitioners. I knew this program will present me with vast opportunities to advance my clinical and leadership skills in a supportive and innovative learning environment. I am confident that I will become an impactful and proficient clinical pharmacist here at Moses Cone.


Christopher Walston

Christopher Walston, PharmD

PGY1 Ambulatory Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: chris.walston@conehealth.com

Education: Campbell University
Hometown: Wendell, North Carolina
Residency Research: De-prescribing sulfonylureas and insulin in elderly patients with type 2 diabetes
Practice Interests: Ambulatory care, population health, diabetes management, heart failure management
Why Cone: From the start of my residency search, Moses Cone’s Ambulatory Care PGY1 got my attention. After learning more about Moses Cone through the application process, I realized it was a great fit for me. My long-term goal is to practice in an outpatient clinic, but it was important for me to build a strong foundation of clinical knowledge during my first year of residency, so I really appreciated the mix of ambulatory care and acute care experiences. After meeting all the welcoming and supportive pharmacists during my interview, I was confident that Moses Cone is where I wanted to complete my residency.


PGY1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership

Mimi Pham

Mimi Pham, PharmD, MBA

PGY1 HSPAL
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: mimi.pham@conehealth.com

Education: High Point University
Hometown: Oakland, California
Residency Research: Modification of medication due time rounding rules to decrease re-dispenses
Practice Interests: Administration, IV admixture, operations, process improvement, academia
Why Cone: There are many reasons why I chose Cone Health. The pharmacy was welcoming, and it was clear from the beginning that they strive to help their residents grow professionally and clinically. Also, Cone Health offers many unique experiences that will allow me to identify my strengths to further move or advance toward my career goals. Lastly, I chose Cone Health because of their culture; everyone is treated equal, they’re genuine, supporting and continually aspire to improve patient safety.


Yujing (Jing) Steenwyk

Yujing Steenwyk, PharmD

PGY1 HSPAL
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: jing.steenwyk@conehealth.com

Education: The University of Mississippi
Hometown: Oxford, Mississippi
Residency Research: Implementation of PROMIS-10 quality of life screening for specialty pharmacy patients
Practice Interests: Administration, Lean/Six Sigma, operations management
Why Cone: I knew Cone Health was the one for me when I found out that it is a Lean organization. As a huge fan of the Lean methodology, I am excited to work and learn in a place that values continuous improvement and respect for people. The pharmacy department treats residency training as a priority, and the collaborative culture here makes the transition from a student to a pharmacist much less daunting.


Joshua Tessin

Joshua Tessin, PharmD

PGY2 HSPAL
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: joshua.tessin@conehealth.com

Education: Samford University
Hometown: Homewood, Alabama
Residency Research: Development and testing of a novel questionnaire measuring LEAN adoption and LEAN maturity within the health-system pharmacy department
Practice Interests: Pharmacy administration, quality and process improvement, high-reliability team development, Lean/Six Sigma methodologies, statistical process control
Why Cone: The Cone Health culture is what brought me here and will keep me here. Everyone I have met here at Cone have been excited for what they do and truly took ownership of their designated area - they loved their job and continually improve their daily functions to provide greater care to patients every day. This resonated immediately with my passion for quality and process improvement. I love the robustness of a community hospital and its ability to re-engineer operations on the fly and I find the Cone Health iCARE values to be the driving catalyst for its success.


Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson, PharmD, MBA

PGY2 HSPAL
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: amy.thompson@conehealth.com

Education: Wingate University
Hometown: Burlington, North Carolina
Residency Research: Clinical pharmacist productivity
Practice Interests: Administration, hematology/oncology
Why Cone: I love the people here at Cone and love that having fun is an essential part of our culture. Cone places a high value on caring for each other in addition to providing exceptional care for our patients. In that regard, Cone is a great place to grow as a clinician because the environment is so supportive.


PGY2 Ambulatory Care

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor, PharmD

PGY2 Ambulatory Care
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: mary.taylor@conehealth.com

Education: West Virginia University
Hometown: Huntersville, North Carolina
Residency Research: Quality performance implications of integrating pharmacists into accountable care organization-based primary care clinics
Practice Interests: Diabetes, cardiology, psychiatry, specialty pharmacy
Why Cone: I chose Moses Cone's residency program for a multitude of reasons. I was drawn to the variety of rotation experiences offered to expand my clinical knowledge as well as the opportunity to learn from such brilliant, passionate preceptors who provide exceptional patient care. Also, I appreciate how invested my program director and preceptors are in my personal and professional growth. I am confident and fortunate to know I am receiving phenomenal pharmacy residency training here at Cone!


PGY2 Cardiology

Megan McCarthy

Megan McCarthy, PharmD

PGY2 Cardiology
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: megan.mccarthy@conehealth.com

Education: University of Cincinnati
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Residency Research: Pharmacist driven diuretic therapy utilizing ReDS fluid lung measurements
Practice Interests: CVICU, advanced heart failure, chronic cardiovascular disease management
Why Cone: My favorite thing about Cone is the people! The pharmacy preceptors are some of the most passionate and genuine people I've had the pleasure of working with. Additionally, the cardiologists have a well-established relationship with the pharmacy department and truly value our input to patient care. There are also plenty of experiences with research participation in cardiovascular clinical trials and with creating pharmacist-led prospective research studies.


PGY2 Oncology

Rebecca Fanning

Rebecca Fanning, PharmD

PGY2 Oncology
Cone Health Cancer Center
Email: rebecca.fanning@conehealth.com

Education: The University of South Carolina
Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina
Residency Research: Patient management and adherence of CKD4/6 inhibitors in a pharmacist-led health system specialty pharmacy program
Practice Interests: Oncology
Why Cone: I knew that by choosing Moses Cone’s residency program I would gain invaluable clinical experience and practice from the variety of specialized oncology rotations offered at Cone Health’s Cancer Center. I knew that by having the ability to tailor my PGY2 experience around my specific oncology interests in addition to gaining training from the robust oncology opportunities already available at CHCC would allow me to become a versatile clinical pharmacy specialist in an ever-developing field of pharmacy. Moses Cone strongly values providing exceptional patient-centered care and being a member of this team pushes me to continually strive to grow professionally and personally as a practitioner.


PGY2 Infectious Disease

Tyler Baumeister

Tyler Baumeister, PharmD

PGY2 Infectious Diseases
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: tyler.baumeister@conehealth.com

Education: Albany College of Pharmacy
Hometown: Little Falls, New York
Residency Research: Analyzing the effects of implementation of a penicillin allergy assessment and testing protocol in patients with Staphylococcal and Enterococcal infections at a community teaching hospital
Practice Interests: Infectious diseases
Why Cone: I chose to become a part of the Cone Health team for a variety of reason but one of the main reasons is they have an incredible infectious disease team. They prioritize teaching and mentoring their residents which was very important to me. The opportunity to work with some of the best infectious disease pharmacists and physicians while being exposed to a variety of clinical experiences will help shape me into the best infectious disease pharmacist I can be. I am happy to be a part of the Cone Health team and am looking forward to a great year!


PGY2 Pediatrics

Allie Rivera

Alexandria Rivera, PharmD, MHSA

PGY2 Pediatrics
Moses Cone Memorial Hospital
Email: allie.rivera@conehealth.com

Education: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Residency Research: Implementation of a pediatric transitions of care program
Practice Interests: Pediatrics, neonatal critical care
Why Cone: I chose a PGY-2 in Pediatrics at Cone Health because of their expertise in neonatology and pediatric care. The brand-new Women's and Children's Center is an incredible place to work and the pharmacists and other team members here are focused on making this year full of learning. I couldn't be more excited to be part of the "Conehead" family!