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PGY-2 Oncology Preceptor Biographies

Andrew Whitman, PharmD, BCOP
Program Director, PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency
Preceptor for Inpatient Solid Tumor/Supportive Care

Dr. Whitman is the current residency program director for PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy program and serves as the Lead Clinical Pharmacist for Oncology/Hematology. His primary practice site is the inpatient solid tumor service. He serves as the main preceptor for the PGY2 oncology supportive/palliative care rotation and also precepts PGY1 residents. He received a combined PharmD and Certificate of Aging Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy in 2014. He then completed his PGY1 and PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency at the University of Virginia Health from 2014-2016. His main research interests include deprescribing in older adults with cancer and the use of medical cannabis for symptom management; additionally, he has a growing interest in the medical use of psychedelic compounds. Dr. Whitman was recognized with the VCU Outstanding Preceptor award for 2019-2020.

 

Kathlene DeGregory, PharmD, BCOP
Preceptor for Stem Cell Transplantation and Professional Development and Practice Management

Dr. DeGregory is the clinical pharmacist for the Stem Cell Transplant program. Her primary practice site is the ambulatory Stem Cell Transplant clinic. She received her BS Pharm and PharmD degrees from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and Temple University respectively. Dr. DeGregory precepts both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents. Her interests include cellular therapies, hematologic malignancies, and quality improvement. She is the founding program director for the PGY2 oncology residency program and served as RPD from 2011-2020.  She was recognized with the VCU Outstanding Preceptor Award in 2011-12, and acknowledged as the UVA Pharmacy Residency Preceptor of the Year in 2006-7.

 

Paige Bowers, PharmD, BCPS
Preceptor for Inpatient Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Bowers is a Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist. She  provides pharmacy services to the inpatient hematology/oncology unit and the outpatient infusion center at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. She received her PharmD from West Virginia University and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy residency at West Virginia University Hospitals. She joined the University of Virginia Health System in 2013, and serves on the Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee and the Pharmacy Engagement Committee. 

 

Amy Morris, PharmD
Preceptor for Inpatient Hematology/Oncology and Outpatient Hematology/Oncology Clinic (Leukemia/BMF) 

Dr. Morris is a hematology/oncology clinical pharmacist. Her primary practice site is in outpatient leukemia/bone marrow failure clinic. She received a BA, BBA and PharmD from the University of Georgia. Dr. Morris completed both her PGY1-Pharmacy and PGY2-Oncology residencies at the University of Virginia Health System. She joined the hematology/oncology team in August 2015 and precepts both PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents. Her interests include acute leukemia, infectious disease in the immunocompromised host, patient medication access, and quality improvement. Dr. Morris is a Coach with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Training Program (QTP) and is co-chair of the UVA Resident Quality Improvement Project Committee.

 

Jeremy Sen, PharmD, BCOP
Preceptor for Inpatient Malignant Hematology

Dr. Palkimas is a Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator in Benign Hematology. She provides pharmacy services for the adult hematology consult team. She serves as pharmacy chair of the Anticoagulation Committee and is an active member of Patient Education and Communication Committee. She received her BS in Biochemical Pharmacology from SUNY at Buffalo and her PharmD from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Worcester Campus. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT.

 

Alia Lynch, PharmD
Preceptor for Inpatient Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Lynch is a Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist. Her primary practice sites are the inpatient hematology/oncology unit and the outpatient infusion center at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. She received a BS in Biochemistry from NC State University and her PharmD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed both her PGY1-Pharmacy and PGY2-Oncology residencies at the University of Virginia Health System. She joined the hematology/oncology team in August 2015 and is now a preceptor for both the PGY1-Pharmacy and PGY2-Oncology residency programs. 

 

Kevin Brady, PharmD, BCOP
Preceptor for Outpatient Oncology Clinic 1

Dr. Brady is a Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist. He provides pharmacy services to the inpatient hematology/oncology unit and the outpatient infusion center at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, where he played for the baseball team. He then received his PharmD from Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale and joined the University of Virginia Health System in 2001. He is a member of the Oncology and Hematology Work Group (a subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee).

 

Suzanne Doyle, BS Pharm, BCOP
Preceptor for Outpatient Oncology Clinic 2

Suzanne Doyle is a hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist. She received her BS Pharm from the University of Pittsburgh. She provides clinical pharmacy services for the inpatient hematology/oncology service and also the outpatient infusion center at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. She is a member of the Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee and the Patient and Family Education Subcommittee.

 

Leslie Ward, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
Preceptor for Outpatient Oncology Clinic 3

Dr. Ward is a Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist. Her primary practice sites are the inpatient hematology/oncology unit and the outpatient infusion center at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. She received a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College and her PharmD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center before joining the University of Virginia Health System in 2008. She is a member of the Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee.

 

Heather Cox Hall, PharmD, BCPS-AQID
Program Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program
Preceptor for Infectious Diseases

As a Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator for Infectious Diseases and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine within the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Dr. Hall provides pharmacotherapy services for both the antimicrobial stewardship and adult infectious diseases consult teams.  She received her BS in Chemistry from McGill University and her PharmD from Nova Southeastern University. Her Pharmacy Practice and Infectious Diseases residencies were completed at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Hall’s clinical research focuses on the detection, therapy, and outcomes related to infection with multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. She has been recognized with outstanding preceptor awards from the VCU School of Pharmacy (2010) and the UVA Pharmacy Residency Program (2009, 2014).

 

Kyle Luedtke, PharmD, BCPS
Preceptor for Investigational Drug Services

Dr. Luedtke is an Investigation Drug Services (IDS) pharmacist at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences  in Atlanta, GA (2011) and then moved to Charlottesville to complete an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2012) and ASHP-accredited PGY2 Critical Care Residency (2013). After working two years as a critical care pharmacist, Dr. Luedtke took a position as an IDS pharmacist at UVA's cancer center. She is now a preceptor for the PGY2 Oncology program and PGY1 orientation/service preceptor. 

 

Lauren Benusa, PharmD, CCRP
Preceptor for Investigational Drug Services

Dr. Benusa is an Investigation Drug Services (IDS) pharmacist at UVA Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. Her practice is focused on the management of adult oncology clinical trials and she has served this practice area at UVA since 2013.  She is a certified clinical research professional and represents the pharmacy department through a variety of interdisciplinary committees including as a member of UVA's Institutional Review Board and UVA Cancer Center's Data Safety Monitoring Committee. Dr. Benusa received her BS in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech and her PharmD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia.  

 

Jennifer Whitesides, PharmD, BCOP
Preceptor for outpatient oncology clinic (GI)

Dr. Whitesides is a hematology/oncology clinical pharmacist.  Her primary practice sites are the outpatient GI oncology clinic, the outpatient infusion center at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, and the inpatient hematology/oncology service. She received her PharmD from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy residency at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. She joined the University of Virginia Health System in 2018, and serves on the Cancer Committee Protocol Review Committee.