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Faculty & Residents

Pharmacy Residency Program

Faculty

Gideon Stitt, PharmD, BCPPS, BCCCP  
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Specialist

  • Pharmacy school:  Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from:  Milwaukee, WI
  • Residency training:  PGY1 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; PGY2 Boston Children’s Hospital
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy:  The changing physiology, need to continuously push my critical thinking skills, and unique challenges that arise every day in the PICU.

Chris Thomas, PharmD, MBA, BCPPS
Manager of Clinical Pharmacy Services

  • Pharmacy school: Purdue University
  • Originally from: Indianapolis, IN
  • Residency training: PGY1 Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC; PGY2 Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "Saving babies, of course! And…it’s socially acceptable to wear cartoon ties to work in a pediatric hospital."

Yolanda Douthard, RPh, MBA
Chief of Pharmacy

  • Pharmacy school: Howard University
  • Originally from: Detroit, Michigan
  • Residency training: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “The challenges of clinical pharmacy practice learning and I have passion for the mission to promote the healing and wellness of children.”

Mary Babico, PharmD, BCPPS
General Pediatrics Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
  • Originally from: Chicago, IL; Grew up in Tucson, AZ
  • Residency training: PGY1 and PGY2 (Pediatrics) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: "I love seeing how resilient children are…the human body is so cool! And, having Hello Kitty office supplies is widely accepted."

Darcy Johnson, PharmD 
Research Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
  • Originally from: Phoenix, AZ
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “I love that all the employees are here to benefit children by keeping them healthy and safe.”

Rhonda Kurz, PharmD 
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Specialist 

  • Pharmacy school: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Southern Illinois
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “My practice in the NICU allows me the opportunity to collaborate with a primary team and consultants to improve patient outcomes by developing treatment and monitoring plans that are safe and effective on very challenging and unique cases.”

Allison Mruk, PharmD, BCPPS
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit Specialty Lead

  • Pharmacy school: University of California, San Francisco
  • Originally from: Roselle, IL
  • Residency training: University of Kentucky (PGY1 and PGY2)
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “Complex pharmacologic questions and our adorable patients!”

Melissa Rees, PharmD, BCPPS
Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: Virginia Commonwealth University - Medical College of Virginia
  • Originally from: Rochester, NY
  • Residency training: PGY1 Seattle Children's Hospital; PGY2 in Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
  • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “The patients!”

Christian Armstrong, PharmD
Infectious Disease Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Utah
  • Originally from: Provo, UT
  • Residency/Fellowship training: PGY1 Primary Children’s Hospital
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "Being a part of a team that includes medical professionals, patients, families, and caregivers that are so focused on providing the highest quality care to our wonderful patients."

Cindy Toy, PharmD
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale
  • Originally from: Phoenix, AZ
  • Residency training: PGY1 St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Phoenix, AZ; PGY2 Texas Children’s Hospital Houston, TX
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: I love how complex our patients can be and feel like I am learning something new every day! Their resilience (and cuteness!) are just a couple of things that enjoy about caring for pediatric patients.

Amanda Cavness, PharmD
Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Originally from: Dyersburg, Tennessee
  • Residency training:  PGY1 Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk VA; PGY2 Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: I love the resiliency of children. Their strength, their determination, and their joyful spirit are contagious, and I feel lucky to get to help take care of them. I enjoy the problem-solving nature of working in a field where guidelines and literature can be scarce, making the role of the pharmacist on the care team even more valuable. It also doesn’t hurt that there is always a Disney movie playing somewhere!

Rachel Jackson, PharmD
Solid Organ Transplant Specialist

  • Pharmacy school:  Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, Amarillo, TX
  • Originally from:  Amarillo, TX
  • Residency training:  PGY1 Intermountain Healthcare, Provo, UT; PGY2 Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
  • What you love the most about pediatric pharmacy:  I love the complex, uncharted territory of pediatrics and all the opportunities it provides for pharmacist support.  There’s never a dull day in pediatric solid organ transplant!

Titilola Afolabi, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS 
Clinical Pharmacist and Faculty Member at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy – Glendale

  • Pharmacy school: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Originally from: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Residency training: PGY1 Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Fellowship Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy:  the people (patients, providers, pharmacists, the peds community)

Todd Kociancic, PharmD, RPh, BCPS, BCPPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Emergency Department

  • Pharmacy school: Ohio Northern University
  • Originally from: Cleveland, OH
  • Residency/Fellowship training: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology (Case Western Reserve University/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio)
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "I learn something new every single day at work. On a daily basis, the complexity of our patients leads to a question or problem I haven’t encountered previously."

Amanda Li, PharmD, BCPS
Lead Pharmacist – Pharmacy Operations (Pharmacy Practice Longitudinal)

  • Pharmacy school: University of Michigan, Go Blue!
  • Originally from: Detroit, Michigan
  • Residency training: PGY1 Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; PGY2 Lebanon Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Lebanon, PA
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "The unknown of working with pediatric patients, there isn’t always a guideline or study telling you exactly how to treat a patient. You have to work collaboratively with the healthcare team to find ways to help patients. Also, it’s acceptable to love Disney as much as I do."

Sara Maffei, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Mesa, Arizona
  • Residency training: PGY1 at Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy: I love that pediatric pharmacy is very detail oriented and challenging. I never have the same day twice because there are so many new and different disease states/conditions that I am constantly exposed to.

Amy Nguyen, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Las Vegas, NV
  • Residency training:  PGY1 Tucson Medical Center; PGY2 (Pediatrics) University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
  • What I love most about pediatric pharmacy:  I love the team-based environment in pediatrics.  Many people who work in pediatrics are working towards a common goal in providing the best patient care for these kiddos…and our patients are pretty adorable too!

2020-2021 Residents

Nate Evans, PharmD

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Phoenix, AZ
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy:  I love seeing a kid go from having some of the worst day(s) of their life to seeing the excitement on their face when they are better and get to go home!

Killian Hanley, PharmD

  • Pharmacy school: University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy
  • Originally from: Billings, Montana
  • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy:  The team based approach needed to treat the challenges associated with caring for our wonderful and brave patients!

2019-2020 Residency Graduate

Spencer Gray, PharmD

  • Pharmacy school:  Drake University, Des Moines, IA
  • Current position:  Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

2018-2019 Residency Graduates

Danielle Cilano

  • Pharmacy school: Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
  • Current position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Avella Specialty Pharmacy – Deer Valley

Lacey Simpson, PharmD

  • Pharmacy school: Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale
  • Current posistion: Staff Pharmacist, Mayo Clinic Hospital - Phoenix/Scottsdale

2017-2018 Residency Graduates

Jessica Corbridge, PharmD

  • Pharmacy school: Idaho State University
  • Current position: Pediatric Pharmacist and Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Teton Cancer Institute

Matthew Wilson, PharmD

  • Pharmacy school: University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy
  • Current position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist, UT Southwestern Medical Center

2016-2017 Residency Graduates

Sara Hodges, PharmD

  • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
  • Current position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Phoenix Children’s

Kristine Markham, PharmD

  • Pharmacy school: University of the Pacific
  • Current position: Clinical Pharmacist — Emergency Department, Valley Children's
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