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Pharmacy Residency Program Preceptors

Avni Desai

Avni Desai, PharmD
Pharmacy Clinical Manager
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Avni Desai earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2002. After graduation, she completed a postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York Harbor Healthcare System. Upon completion of her post-graduate training, she worked as a clinical coordinator for the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where she worked with clinicians in providing optimal pharmacotherapy, and managed the quality assurance program and investigational studies program. Currently, Dr. Desai is the pharmacy clinical manager at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and serves as director of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Along with the director of Pharmacy, she coordinates the department’s clinical and educational operations. As an adjunct faculty member of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, Dr. Desai precepts pharmacy students. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP).

Judith Scala

Judith Scala, PharmD, BCPPS
Pediatric Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Judith Scala earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 1992. She attended St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy in New York, where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1994. After graduation, she completed a postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residency in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Upon completion of her postgraduate training she worked as a clinical pharmacy supervisor and pediatric/neonatal specialist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Scala joined Saint Peter’s in 2000 as a pediatric/neonatal clinical pharmacy specialist. She collaborates with pediatric and neonatal physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists and other members of the healthcare team to provide pharmaceutical care to her patient population. Dr. Scala serves as the residency program director for the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program, which is the only ASHP approved program in New Jersey. Dr. Scala has an adjunct faculty appointment at Rutgers, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and is a core faculty member for the Pediatric Medical Residency Program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).

John Yanoschak

John Yanoschak, RPh, MBA
Director of Pharmacy

John Yanoschak earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy in 1982, and his Master of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA, in 1997. Following graduation from pharmacy school, John worked as a staff pharmacist at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, Mount Holly, NJ. He has also served as assistant director of pharmacy at the West Jersey Health System (now Virtua Health) in Voorhees, NJ. He has been director of pharmacy at Virtua-Memorial Hospital Burlington County in Mount Holly, NJ; Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. He also has been director of ambulatory oncology pharmacy at Inova Health in Fairfax, VA. John is a past president of both the southern and state chapters of the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He is a member of both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP).

Andrew Aziz

Andrew A. Aziz, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases

Andrew Aziz earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2015. Dr. Aziz completed his postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ and went on to complete his PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. After residency, he joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital as the infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist. He works in collaboration with multiple infectious diseases physician groups to optimize anti-infective pharmacotherapy. He is also head of the Antimicrobial Subcommittee. Dr. Aziz’s professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship and clinical microbiology. He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).

Sapna Bhambhani

Sapna Bhambhani, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric

Sapna Bhambhani earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1992 from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, where she also earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors in 1999. Dr. Bhambhani then worked as a drug information specialist at Roche Pharmaceuticals before completing a pediatric pharmacotherapy certification course from the University of Kentucky and beginning a career as a pediatric clinical pharmacist. Before coming to Saint Peter’s, she worked in this role at hospitals in New York and New Jersey including Monmouth Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in New Jersey, and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She works collaboratively with pediatric hospitalists, residents, nurses and other members of the team to provide pharmaceutical care services for neonatal and pediatric patients. Dr. Bhambhani has an adjunct faculty appointment with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and precepts pharmacy students. She is a member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).

Maria Cardinale

Maria Cardinale, PharmD, BCPS, BCCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care
Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Maria Cardinale earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University in 2013. Dr. Cardinale completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and went on to complete her PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. After residency, she joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital as the critical care clinical pharmacy specialist and is a clinical assistant professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. She works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team in order to optimize pharmacotherapy outcomes in critically ill patients. She is also coordinator of the Anticoagulation Committee and participates in various other committees with the goal of improving patient care. Dr. Cardinale’s research interests include cardiology and critical care. She is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Peter Chiodo

Peter Chiodo, RPh, MS
Pharmacy Informatics Coordinator

Peter Chiodo graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1986. He practiced as a staff pharmacist at South Beach Psychiatric Center for four years and Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) before becoming a supervisor there. Peter received a Master of Science degree in Pharmacotherapy from Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy while working at SIUH. After completing the master’s program, he then accepted a position as operations manager at Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ. Peter was the director of Pharmacy at Community Medical Center for four years before coming to Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Peter served as lead pharmacist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital before transitioning to the role of pharmacy informatics coordinator. He works collaboratively with information services as well as physicians, residents, nurses and other members of the institution to develop and support a hospital wide information system that includes computerized physician order entry, a pharmacy informatics system, online documentation, and barcode medication administration.

Olga Ginsberg

Olga Ginsberg, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine

Olga Ginsberg earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. She pursued her postgraduate training at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, where she completed a post graduate year 1 (PGY-1) pharmacy practice residency. Dr. Ginsberg joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital in 2011 as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Emergency Medicine. She works as part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide optimal pharmaceutical care in the Emergency Department. Dr. Ginsberg has an adjunct faculty appointment at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and precepts pharmacy students. She’s a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Genevieve Kumapley

Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology, Pain & Palliative Care

Genevieve Kumapley earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. She trained as an oncology pharmacist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is board certified in oncology. Dr. Kumapley worked at Holy Name Medical Center in New Jersey where she was responsible for coordination and management of oncology pharmacy services. Since 2006, Dr. Kumapley has worked as the clinical pharmacy specialist in Oncology and Pain Management. She works collaboratively with attending oncologists, advance practice nurses and other members of the team to provide supportive and palliative/hospice care services to oncology patients. Dr. Kumapley has an adjunct faculty appointment with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy since 2002 and precepts pharmacy students. She lectures at the school and presents on lung and colon cancers and chemotherapy preparation. She is a member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association and the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists. She chairs the Pain and Palliative Care Committee and Chemotherapy Administration Committees. She is an active member of the Cancer Committee, Opioid Task Force and Performance Improvement Committee at Saint Peter’s. In her spare time, she founded and leads an International Autism Foundation based in central New Jersey and in Ghana, West Africa. She is a certified John Maxwell Leadership speaker and trainer and Prudential Foundation Non-Profit Executive Leadership Fellow.

 

Tomi Thoonkuzhy, RPh
Lead Pharmacist - Operations

Tomi Thoonkuzhy earned his BS in Pharmacy from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University (LIU) in 2000. Following graduation from LIU, he worked as a staff pharmacist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital for 17 years, before being promoted to Lead Pharmacist of Operations in June of 2017. He also has an adjunct faculty appointment for the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, and precepts IPPE as well as APPE students. Mr. Thoonkuzhy precepts pharmacy students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He has rotations in both the PGY- 1 and PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency Programs. Mr. Thoonkuzhy is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Cecilia Wong

Cecilia Wong, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Cecilia Wong earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2009 from the University of Toronto and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado in 2015. Dr. Wong worked as a clinical pharmacist at Markham-Stouffville Hospital in Markham, Ontario, prior to completing her postgraduate year 1 training at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. After residency, she joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital as the internal medicine clinical pharmacy specialist, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. She works closely with medical residents, attending physicians, nurses and other members of the team to optimize pharmacotherapy management for patients on the internal medicine units. Dr. Wong’s research interests focus on adult internal medicine and transitions of care. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the New Jersey Society of Health System Pharmacists (NJHSP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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