UC Health Corporate Preceptors

Jeffrey Akers, PharmD, MHA, BCPS

Vice President of Pharmacy Services, UC Health
Jeffrey.Akers@uchealth.com

Professional/Society Memberships:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Favorite part of the job: I love my team! They are truly the best part of my job. The Pharmacy team is world-class, and I love to push the expansion of what Pharmacy can do and watch the success that results from our investment.
Hobbies: My family, my church and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Jeff is an active member of his church and has taught adult Sunday School for 18 years. He loves basketball and has been a UK fan his whole life. Go Cats!
Education: Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He also completed a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Ambulatory Care

Jameela Aladimi, PharmD, CDCES

Job Title Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care
Jameela.aladimi@UCHealth.com
Professional/Society Memberships:

  • ACCP
  • ADCES

Favorite part of the job: Love connecting with patients to optimize therapy. Diabetes management is my favorite!
Hobbies: Traveling, pilates, partaking in fitness challenges, investing
Education: University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, PharmD, Blanchard Valley Hospital (PGY1) University of Cincinnati Medical Center (PGY2 – Ambulatory Care)

Marisa Brizzi, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP

Job Title Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, HIV/Pain Stewardship
marisa.brizzi@uchealth.com
Professional/Society Memberships:

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
  • HIV PRN (2023-2024 Chair)
  • Vizient (Research Committee)

Favorite part of the job: Administering injectable medications to patients with HIV who previously only had the option of daily oral pills. Patients are so thankful to be able to stop taking oral medications everyday!
Hobbies: My berdnedoodle, Luca, is a therapy dog at UC Health!
Education: University of Florida (PharmD), PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY-2 HIV/ID at University of Illinois at Chicago

Tara Nagaraj PharmD, BCACP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care

Professional/Society Membership:

  • American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Favorite part of the job: I really enjoy working directly with patients in the clinic setting managing complex disease states. I also like working in an interdisciplinary team.
Hobbies: Running, Zumba, spending time with family and friends, traveling.
Education: PharmD- University of Cincinnati; PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency- MetroHealth, Cleveland, Ohio; PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency- The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Brittany Woolf, PharmD, BCPS

Residency Program Coordinator, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement
Brittany.Woolf@uchealth.com

Professional/Society Memberships:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Purdue Alumni Association

Favorite part of the job: Being an integral part of the healthcare team to help make people better and healthier
Hobbies: Purdue Basketball, Going to Reds games, Hanging out with my husband (Eric) and Chocolate Lab (Coffee)
Education: PharmD – Purdue; PGY1 – UCMC; PGY2 Critical Care – UCMC

Megan Lyons, PharmD, BCACP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care
PGY2 Residency Program Director, Ambulatory Care
Megan.Lyons@uchealth.com

Professional/Society Membership:

  • American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Favorite part of the job: Interaction with patients
Hobbies: Spending time w/ family and friends
Education: University of South Carolina, PharmD; St. Luke Hospitals, Health Alliance, Pharmacy Practice Residency

Drug Policy Development

Michael Cunningham, PharmD

Medication Safety Coordinator; UC Health 
Michael.Cunningham@uchealth.com

Professional/Society Memberships:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Favorite part of the job: I enjoy working cooperatively with people from virtually every hospital department to enhance patient safety and the care our patients receive.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends and building into my children.
Education: University of Cincinnati; BS Pharm and post BS PharmD; University of Cincinnati Medical Center, UC Health; Residency, Pharmacy Practice

Maria Guido, PharmD, BCPS

Drug Policy Development Specialist, UC Health Corporate Pharmacy
Maria.Guido@uchealth.com

Professional/Society Memberships:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP)
  • Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP)
  • Greater Cincinnati Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GCSHP)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

Favorite part of your job: Having the opportunity to learn something new everyday
Hobbies outside of pharmacy: Working out, hanging out with my three kiddos, Michigan football and basketball (Go Blue), cooking/baking
Education: Western Michigan University – BS, biomedical sciences; University of Michigan College of Pharmacy – Doctor of Pharmacy; University of Michigan Health System – PGY1 Pharmacy Residency; UC Health – University of Cincinnati Medical Center – PGY2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency

Krissy Reinstatler, PharmD, BCPP, MBA

Drug Policy Development Specialist, UC Health Corporate Pharmacy
Krissy.Reinstatler@uchealth.com

Professional/Society Memberships:

  • Greater Cincinnati Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GCSHP)
  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists
  • Phi Lambda Sigma
  • Kappa Epsilon

Favorite part of the job: Educating patients and their families.
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, and eating; Photography, Running, Writing, Reading, Watching classic movies
Education: PharmD – University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy; PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency – Chillicothe VAMC

 

Pharmacy Informatics

Neil Ernst, PharmD

Epic Principal Trainer, Willow Inpatient/Willow Ambulatory
Neil.Ernst@UCHealth.com

Professional/Society Membership:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP)
  • Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Phi Lambda Sigma
  • Kappa Psi

Favorite part of your job: The ability to learn something new everyday. Helping critically ill patients have meaningful recoveries.
Hobbies outside of pharmacy: Running, biking, hiking, golf, and watching college basketball and football
Education: University of Cincinnati, PharmD, 2004; Pharmacy Practice Residency , The University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, 2004-2005; Pharmacy Critical Care Resident, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, 2005-2006

Denver Stewart, PharmD

Administrator of Pharmacy Informatics
Denver.stewart@uchealth.com

Favorite part of the job: Continually problem-solving
Hobbies: Hiking, playing music, hanging out with friends and family
Education: PharmD Degree from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, 2014; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media from College Conservatory of Music, UC; 2006

 

Specialty Pharmacy

Alyssa McCann, PharmD, BCACP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Transplant, Specialty Pharmacy
Alyssa.Wilson@uchealth.com

Professional/Society Memberships:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP)
  • Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP)
  • Greater Cincinnati Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GCSHP)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

Favorite part of the job: Getting to know our patients and teaching students and residents
Hobbies: Reading, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends
Education: PharmD at the University of Kentucky, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at UC Health- UCMC

Alicia Pence, PharmD, BCACP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Operations, Specialty Pharmacy
Alicia.Pence@UCHealth.com

Professional/Society Memberships:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

Favorite part of your job: With my background in Ambulatory Care and experience at UC Health I can really shape the new Specialty Pharmacy service.  Each day provides variety- in medications dispensed, patient interactions, and operational and administrative challenges. But most importantly the opportunity to serve patients.
Hobbies outside of pharmacy: Coaching volleyball, golfing, traveling and anything my kids are doing
Education: University of Cincinnati, BS Pharm, 1999; University of Cincinnati, PharmD, 2001; Health Alliance – The University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ambulatory Care Residency, 2002

 

Transitions of Care/Prior Authorization

Sheila Takieddine, PharmD, BCPS

Manager, Medication Access Services, UC Health Corporate Pharmacy
Sheila.Takieddine@uchealth.com

Professional/Society Memberships:

  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP)
  • Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP)
  • Greater Cincinnati Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GCSHP)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)

Favorite part of the job: Being a resource for the pharmacy departments and interdisciplinary practitioners at UC Health, and helping to implement changes that have positive impact on patient care
Hobbies: Skiing, Running, CrossFit, being an Ohio State Football fan
Education: B.S. Microbiology, The Ohio State University (2007); PharmD, University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy (2011); PGY-1 Residency, UC Health – UCMC (2012); PGY-2 Critical Care Residency, UC Health – UCMC (2013)

Katie Strahm, PharmD

Transitions of Care Pharmacist
katie.strahm@uchealth.com
Professional/Society Memberships: OSHP
Favorite part of the job: I enjoy working with the interdisciplinary teams to provide patient centered care. I find a true purpose working to break down medication access barriers to provide patients with access to affordable medication long term.
Hobbies: Running, playing volleyball, attending football and basketball games, spending time with my son
Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy 2012

Lindsay Staroska, PharmD, BCPS

Job Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Transitions of Care
Lindsay.Staroska@uchealth.com
Professional/Society Memberships: American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP)
Favorite part of the job: Helping patients gain and maintain access to medications they would otherwise be unable to obtain.
Hobbies: Baking, playing pickleball, taking walks, reading, and cheering on FCC
Education: PharmD – Ohio Northern University; PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacotherapy – Community Health Network (Indianapolis)

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