Pharmacy Preceptors

Key Pharmacy Residency Leaders:

  • Our Chief Pharmacy Officer

    Steve CanoSteven B. Cano, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP

    Steven is Chief Pharmacy Officer for the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) in the Boston Metro-North region. CHA is a nationally recognized health care system comprised of the CHA Cambridge Hospital, CHA Somerville Campus, CHA Everett Hospital, the Cambridge Public Health Department, and more than 20 primary care / ambulatory care sites. The CHA Pharmacy Enterprise includes two inpatient pharmacies, four retail pharmacies including one specialty pharmacy, two contract pharmacy chains, an Elder Service Plan pharmacy, pharmacotherapy services (clinical pharmacists embedded in 15 ambulatory clinics performing chronic drug therapy management), and a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency program. Clinical pharmacists are members of the CHA Medical Staff.

    Prior to working at the CHA, Steven was Director of Pharmacy at Saint Vincent Hospital, a 349-bed tertiary care teaching institution affiliated with the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in Worcester for 17 years. During that period of time, he was also Director of Pharmacy at the Fallon Clinic and the Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Steven was Director of Pharmacy at Humana Hospital Mountain View in Denver for five years. Steven is an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice at Northeastern University.

    Steven’s education background includes a B.A. degree in Biology from Wichita State University in 1977. A B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1980 followed. Steven completed a combined M.S. degree in Hospital Pharmacy / ASHP accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency program from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1982.

    Steven’s current professional interests include efforts to expand the role of the pharmacist in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. He has authored more than 20 articles and book chapters on a variety of topics. Steven has presented numerous lectures to national audiences including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and administrators. He is Board Chair at Partners in Performance Excellence (a regional Baldrige Alliance affiliate for performance excellence) and a Lead Faculty member for the ASHPF Pharmacy Leadership Academy. Steven was honored as Health-System Pharmacist of the Year in Massachusetts in 1995. He is also a Fellow of ASHP.

  • Our Director of Clinical and Academic Pharmacy Services

    Mary E. Regan, PharmD, BCPS

    Mary is the Director of Clinical and Academic Pharmacy Services for the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) in the Boston Metro-North region. In addition to providing direction for clinical pharmacy programs across the Pharmacy Enterprise, she also serves as ACPE administrator, has oversight responsibilities for the PGY1 pharmacy residency program and manages relationships with area schools of pharmacy related to student training rotations. CHA is a nationally recognized health care system comprised of the CHA Cambridge Hospital, CHA Somerville Campus, CHA Everett Hospital, the Cambridge Public Health Department, and more than 20 primary care / ambulatory care sites.

    Prior to working at the CHA, Mary was a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Critical Care at Boston Medical Center, a 514-bed academic medical center affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine for 4 years. At CHA now for 18 years, Mary has served in prior roles of Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Critical Care and Manager of Inpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services. She is a member of the CHA medical staff.

    Mary’s education background includes a B.S. degree in Biology and a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Providence College in 1992. She obtained a B.S. degree in Pharmacy followed by a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1997 from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Mary completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency at the University of Maryland Medical System in 1998. She has been board certified in pharmacotherapy since 2006.

  • Our Program Director

    Gail M. Sanchez, PharmD, BCPS

    Gail Sanchez

    Gail M. Sanchez, PharmD, BCPS received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed a post graduate year one (PGY-1) pharmacy residency at the University of Maryland Medical System. She worked at Boston Medical Center for 14 years where she served as manager for the internal medicine pharmacists and director of the PGY-1 residency program before joining the team at Cambridge Health Alliance in April 2015. Currently, she provides direct patient care to the internal medicine and family medicine services along with being responsible for developing and managing the PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at CHA. Gail is a member of the CHA medical staff and has been board certified in pharmacotherapy since 2005.

    Gail has been involved with transitions of care for more than 15 years and has several publications in this arena. Highlights include:

    • Served as a co-investigator with Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) and conducted the post discharge telephone calls for patients randomized to the intervention group. (Jack BW, Chetty VK, Anthony D, Greenwald JL, Sanchez GM, et al. A Reengineered Hospital Discharge Program to Decrease Rehospitalization. Ann Intern Med 2009;150:178-187).
    • Determined that a pharmacist telephone intervention as part of a comprehensive discharge protocol has a positive impact on patients during the transition of care process by reducing the incidence of unplanned hospital utilization. (Sanchez GM, Douglass MA, Mancuso MA. Revisiting Project Re-Engineered Discharge (RED): The Impact of a Pharmacist Telephone Intervention on Hospital Readmission Rates. Pharmacotherapy 2015;35(9):805–812).
    • Served as a technical expert for the Re-Engineered Visit (REV) for Primary Care. This is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) project to conduct exploratory research on how to prevent hospitalizations as a counterpart to Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge).

    Please don’t hesitate to contact Gail via email with any questions pertaining to the PGY-1 residency program. Thank you!


Meet our Preceptor Group:

Preceptors (left to right): Gail Sanchez, Xia Thai, Shirley Yu, Mary Regan, Jessica Goren, Amanda Barner
Pharmacotherapy Preceptors (left to right): Gina Stenhouse, Victoria Liu, Joy Ma, Garrett Lech, Catrina Derderian, Lindsey Krueger-Grgurich

Gail Sanchez

Gail (Burniske) Sanchez, PharmD, BCPS

Director, PGY1 Residency Program
Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Internal Medicine

Rotations Offered:
Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Adult Medicine with an Academic Focus
Education:
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Residency Training:
PGY1 - University of Maryland Medical System
Practice/Research Interests:
Transitions of Care, Pain Management, Residency Training

Highlighted Publications:
Sanchez GM, Douglass MA, Mancuso MA. Revisiting project re-engineered discharge (RED): the impact of a pharmacist telephone intervention on hospital readmission rates. Pharmacotherapy. 2015; 35(9):805–812.

Ellms A, Sanchez G, Douglass M. Relationship of patients’ health literacy status on warfarin knowledge and related clinical outcomes at a large urban university hospital. Pharmacy Journal of New England. 2011; 8(4):14-19.

Douglass MA, Sanchez GM, Alford DP, Wilkes G, Greenwald JL. Physicians’ pain management confidence versus competence. Journal of Opioid Management. 2009; 5(3):169-174.

Crimlisk JT, Johnstone DJ, Sanchez GM. Evidence-based practice, clinical simulations workshop and intravenous medications: moving toward safer practice. MedSurg Nursing. 2009; 18(3):153-160.

Jack BW, Chetty VK, Anthony D, Greenwald JL, Sanchez GM, et al. A reengineered hospital discharge program to decrease rehospitalization. Ann Intern Med. 2009; 150:178-187.

Burniske GM, Haines ST. Metformin and lactic acidosis. Diabetes Forecast. 2001; 54(3):22.

DeBellis RJ, Smith BS, Cawley PA, Burniske GM. Drug dosing in critically ill patients with renal failure: a pharmacokinetic approach. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. 2000; 15(6): 273-313.

Monica Akus

Monica Akus, PharmD, BCPS, DPLA

Director, Pharmacotherapy Services

Education:
University of Rhode Island
Practice/Research Interests:

Medication Management, Ambulatory Care
Rotations Offered:
Practice Management 2
Highlighted Publications:
Akus M, Bartick M. Lactation safety recommendations and reliability compared in 10 medication resources. Ann of Pharmacotherapy: 2007; 41(9): 1352-60.

Amanda Barner

Amanda Barner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Infectious Diseases

Rotations Offered:
Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship
Education:
University of Rhode Island
Residency Training:
PGY1 & PGY2 - Boston Medical Center (Infectious Disease)
Practice/Research Interests:
Antimicrobial Stewardship, Antibiotic Resistance, Staphylococcus Aureus Infections

Highlighted Publications:
Barner A and Bruno-Murtha L. Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence: plea for equal opportunity. Clin Infec Dis (2019).  [Epub ahead of print]
https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciz934
Rastas C, Sirignano D, Barner A, Bruno-Murtha L. Legionella infection associated with dimethyl fumarate used for treatment of multiple sclerosis. J Neurol. 2019;266(11):2867-2868.

Jackson E, Thai X, Bruno-Murtha L, Barner A. Impact of tiered interventions to decrease routine urine cultures in asymptomatic patients undergoing arthroplasty. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Jan;40(1):109-110.

Sokol R, Early J, Barner A, Gotfried S et al. Implementation of a multidisciplinary, team-based model to treat chronic hepatitis C in the primary care setting: lessons learned. Healthc (Amst). 2017.

Skljarevski S, Barner A, Bruno-Murtha L. Preventing avoidable central line associated bloodstream infections: implications for probiotic administration and surveillance. Am J Infect Control. 2016; 44(11):1427-8.

Barner A, Frank C, Shipton L. Teeth discoloration in a patient being treated for multidrug resistant tuberculosis. Clin Infect Dis. 2016; 62(5):664-5.

Steve Cano

Steven Cano, M.S., RPh., FASHP

Chief Pharmacy Officer

Rotations Offered:
Practice Management
Education:
University of Kansas
Residency Training:
PGY2 - University of Kansas Medical Center
Practice/Research Interests:
Promoting pharmaceutical care and the role of the pharmacist in a rapidly changing healthcare environment and performance excellence in pharmacy leadership
Highlighted Publications:
Vermeulen L, Beis S, Cano S. Applying outcomes research to medication use process improvement. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2000; 57:2277-82.

Cano SB. Contributions of hospital pharmacy managers to systems’ success: Fallon Healthcare System. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 1996; 53:S523-7.

Cano SB, Fujita NK. Formulary evaluation of third-generation cephalosporins using decision analysis. Am J Hosp Pharm. 1988; 45:566-9.

Cano SB, Generali JA, Letendre DL et al. DUR: assessment of amitriptyline use for depression. Hosp Formul. 1984; 19:1131-55.

Cano SB, Godwin HN. Specialized employment by pharmacy residents (1976 - 1981). Am J Hosp Pharm. 1983; 40:116-7.

Cano SB, Henry DW. Calcium channel blockers: pharmacology and therapeutic uses of a new class of drugs. Hosp Formul. 1982; 17:376-84.

Catrina Derderian

Catrina Derderian, PharmD, BCACP, DPLA

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered:
Ambulatory care, Population Health
Education:
Northeastern University
Residency Training:
PGY1 - University of Southern California (Community)
Practice/Research Interests:
Population Health, Academia, Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Anticoagulation, Medication Reconciliation, Travel Medicine, COPD, Asthma
Highlighted Publications:
Derderian C. Travel Medicine. In: RxPrep Course Book 2017 Edition: A Comprehensive Review for the NAPLEX & Clinical Content for CA CPJE. Manhattan Beach: RxPrep, Inc.; 2017: 321-28.

Derderian C. Asthma. In: RxPrep Course Book 2017 Edition: A Comprehensive Review for the NAPLEX & Clinical Content for CA CPJE. Manhattan Beach: RxPrep, Inc.; 2017: 496-516.

Derderian C. COPD. In: RxPrep Course Book 2017 Edition: A Comprehensive Review for the NAPLEX & Clinical Content for CA CPJE. Manhattan Beach: RxPrep, Inc.; 2017: 517-29.

Derderian C., Goad J, Mirzaian E. Student pharmacists’ perception of readiness using self-efficacy model to perform medication therapy management (MTM) services. California Pharmacist. 2015; LXI(4): 37-41.

Helen Gibbons

Helen Gibbons, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, CACP

Medication Safety Systems Manager

Rotations Offered:
Medication Safety Seminar
Education:
BSPharm: University of Wisconsin - Madison
PharmD: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
MPH: MPH:University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Jessica Goren

Jessica Goren, PharmD, BCPP

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered:
Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult Psychiatry
Education:
University of Rhode Island
Residency and Fellowship Training:
PGY2 - Albany College of Pharmacy (Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice)
Fellowship - Albany College of Pharmacy & Albany Medical Center (Psychopharmacology)
Practice/Research Interests:
Prescribing Behavior, Treatment of Severe Mental Illness
Highlighted Publications:

Goren JL, Dugan S. Botanicals in Psychiatry In: Hume A, Orr K. Principles and Practice of Botanicals as an Integrative Therapy. Taylor and Francis. 2019:22-242

Goren JL. Drug induced psychosis.  In: Tisdale JE, Miller DA ed. Drug-induced diseases. Prevention, detection and management 3rd edition. Bethesda: ASHP Publications. 2018: 415-428.

Steinauer LM, Leung JG, Burkey BW, McGrane IR, Letts V, Goren JL, Hoeft DM, Mullen S, Maroney M, Schak KM, Vande Voort JL. A retrospective multicenter evaluation of clozapine use in pediatric patients admitted for acute psychiatric hospitalization. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2018; 28(9):615-619  

Goren JL . Brain-derived neurotrophic factor and schizophrenia. Ment Health Clin. 2016;6(6):285-288

Goren JL, Rose AJ, Smith EG, Ney JP. The business case for expanded clozapine utilization. Psych Serv. 2016; 67:1197-1205.

Goren JL, Rose AR, Engle RL et al. Organizational characteristics of high- and low-clozapine-utilization. Psych Serv. 2016; 67:1189-96.

Huang H, Goren JL, Chan YF et al. Pharmacologic management of bipolar disorder in medicare advantage population. Psychosomatics. 2014; 55:572-77.

Leung JG, Nelson S, Takala CR, Goren JL. Infection and inflammation leading to clozapine toxicity and intensive care: A case series. Ann Pharmacother. 2014; 48:801-5.

Goren JL, Meterko M, Williams S et al. Antipsychotic prescribing pathways, polypharmacy and clozapine use in treatment of schizophrenia. Psych Serv. 2013; 64:527-33.

Ebony Jackson

Ebony Jackson, PharmD, CSP

Clinical Specialty Pharmacist

Education:

Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
Residency Training:
PGY1 - Cambridge Health Alliance
Practice/Research Interests:
Specialty Pharmacy, HIV
Highlighted Publications:
Jackson E, Thai X, Bruno-Murtha L, Barner A. Impact of tiered interventions to decrease routine urine cultures in asymptomatic patients undergoing arthroplasty. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Jan;40(1):109-110.

Sahil Jain

Sahil Jain, Pharm.D., BCACP

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered:
Ambulatory Care
Education:

Northeastern University
Residency Training:
PGY1 - VA Boston Healthcare System
Practice/Research Interests:
Primary Care

Lindsey Krueger-Grgurich, PharmD, BCACP

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered:
Ambulatory Care
Education:

Drake University
Residency Training:
PGY2 - Boston Medical Center (Ambulatory Care)
Practice/Research Interests:
Anticoagulation, HIV, Diabetes

Garrett Lech

Garrett Lech, PharmD, BCACP

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered:
Ambulatory Care
Education:

Northeastern University
Residency Training:
PGY1 - VA Boston Healthcare System
Practice/Research Interests:
Diabetes, Hypertension, Medication De-Prescribing, Motivational Interviewing

Victoria Liu

Victoria Liu, PharmD, BCACP

Pharmacotherapy Supervisor

Rotations Offered:
Ambulatory Care
Education:

University of Connecticut
Residency Training:
PGY1 - VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
PGY2 - Detroit Medical Center Harper University Hospital (Ambulatory Care)
Practice/Research Interests:
Ambulatory care, Transitions of Care, Anticoagulation, Cardiology, Diabetes
Highlighted Publications:
Liu VC, Mohammad I,, Deol BD, Balarezo A, Deng L, Garwood CL. Post-discharge medication reconciliation: reduction in readmissions in a geriatric primary care clinic. J. Aging Health. 2018;31(10):1790-1805.

Liu V, Garwood C. Frontline pharmacist: Transition of care post-hospitalization medication reconciliation program in a patient centered medical home and an accountable care organization. AJHP. 2015; 72:690-3.

Alexandra Polito

Alexandra Polito, PharmD, BCACP

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered: Ambulatory Care
Education: University of Connecticut
Residency Training: PGY1 - VA Boston Healthcare System
Practice/Research Interests: Diabetes, Anticoagulation, Hypertension



Mary Regan

Mary Regan, PharmD, BCPS

Director of Clinical and Academic Pharmacy Services
Rotations Offered: Practice Management
Education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Residency Training: PGY1 - University of Maryland Medical System
Practice/Research Interests: Critical Care, Clinical Decision Support, Formulary Management
Highlighted Publications:

Reynolds HN, Teiken P, Regan ME, Habashi NM et al. Hyperlactatemia, increased osmolar gap, and renal dysfunction during continuous lorazepam infusion. Crit Care Med. 2000; 28(5):1631-4.


Gina Stenhouse

Gina Stenhouse, PharmD, BCPP

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered:
Ambulatory Care with Chronic Pain Management Focus, Chronic Pain Management
Education:

University of Connecticut
Residency Training:
PGY1 - VA Boston Healthcare System
PGY2 - VA San Diego Healthcare System, Psychiatric Pharmacy
Practice/Research Interests:
Chronic pain, substance use disorders, mental health, chronic disease state management
Highlighted Publications:
Guinta GM, Graham RL. Special populations: Treatment resistant mood disorders. Mental Health Clinician. 2014;4(5): 240–245.

Xia Thai

Xia Thai, PharmD, BCPS

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered:
Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Adult Medicine with Academic Focus
Education:

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Practice/Research Interests:
Anticoagulation, Pharmacokinetics, Drug-Drug Interactions
Highlighted Publications:
Jackson E, Thai X, Bruno-Murtha L, Barner A. Impact of tiered interventions to decrease routine urine cultures in asymptomatic patients undergoing arthroplasty. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Jan;40(1):109-110.

Hamilton R, Thai X, Ameri D et al. Oral bioavailability of linezolid before and after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery: is dose modification necessary in obese subjects? J Antimicrob Chemother. 2013; 68: 666–73.

Bartick MC, Thai X, Schmidt T et al. Decrease in as-needed sedative use by limiting nighttime sleep disruptions from hospital staff. J Hosp Med. 2010; 5(3):E20-4

Thai X. Diets fail. In: Hamilton, RL, A guide to weight loss surgery: professional and personal views. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers; 2008: 1-32.

Thai X, Bruno-Murtha L. Bell’s palsy associated with linezolid therapy: Case report and review of neuropathic adverse events. Pharmacotherapy. 2006; 26(8):1183-9.

Shirley Yu

Shirley Yu, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Rotations Offered: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Adult Medicine with Academic Focus
Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
Residency Training: PGY1 & PGY2 - Texas Tech University Health Science Center (Pharmacotherapy)
Practice/Research Interests: Anticoagulation, Cardiology

Emily Zouzas

Emily Zouzas, PharmD, BCACP

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Rotations Offered: Ambulatory Care
Education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Residency Training: PGY1 - Atrius Health/MCPHS University
Practice/Research Interests: Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Anticoagulation
Highlighted Publications:

Barker EA, Pond ST, Zaiken K et al. Impact of medication onboarding: A clinical pharmacist-run ‘onboarding’ telephone service for patients entering a primary care setting. J Pharm Technol. 2015; 32:9-15.

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