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PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Preceptor Biographies

Marcia L. Buck, PharmD, FCCP, FPPAG, BCPPS
Program Director, PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy  Residency Program
Preceptor for Pediatric ICU

Dr. Buck is the Clinical Coordinator for Pediatric Pharmacy Services and Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.  Her primary practice sites are the Pediatric ICU and Pediatric Cardiology.  Dr. Buck received her BS Pharmacy and PharmD degrees from Purdue University. She completed a Specialized Residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Her research interests include pediatric sedation and analgesia, traumatic brain injury, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Dr. Buck received the UVA Pharmacy Residency Preceptor of the Year Award in 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 and is a Fellow in both the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).  Dr. Buck is currently President of ACCP.

 

Emily Chen, PharmD, BCPPS
Preceptor for Pediatrics

Dr. Chen is a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist and serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. She serves as a preceptor for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, General Pediatrics, and Pediatric Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, and Nephrology rotations. She is a member of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Team and the Pediatric Sepsis Alert Task Force. Dr. Chen received her BS in Pharmacy and Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She is an active member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group and serves on the Advocacy Committee. She has been at the University of Virginia Health System since 2004.

 

Jessica Degiacomo, PharmD
Preceptor for Neonatal ICU

Dr. Degiacomo is a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist, and holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Her primary practice sites are the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Clinics. Dr. Degiacomo received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in chemistry from the University of Rhode Island. She then received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island in May 2013. Upon graduation she completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network and Northwest Texas Children’s Hospital/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. She joined the University of Virginia Health System in 2015 where she serves on the Engagement Committee.  

 

Matthew Jenkins, PharmD, MS
Preceptor for Pharmacy Operations, Clinical Services Management, Pharmacy Practice Management

Dr. Jenkins is Director of Inpatient Pharmacy Services at UVA, responsible for clinical services, operations, and informatics/clinical decision support. Dr. Jenkins earned is PharmD from Auburn University. He completed an ASHP-accredited combined Residency/Master’s Degree Program in Health System Pharmacy Administration at the UPMC Health-System where he also received his Masters of Sciences in Health System Pharmacy Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining UVA, Dr. Jenkins was responsible for Clinical Operations at UF Health: Shands in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Jenkins has served as Operations Manager and Assistant Director of Clinical Operations for UF Health and as Operations Manager for the UVA Health System prior to his current role.

 

Nhi Nguyen, PharmD
Preceptor for Pediatrics

Dr. Nguyen is a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist. She received her PharmD from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen’s interests are Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and optimization of pediatric medication ordering through the University of Virginia’s electronic medical record. She is also a preceptor for the Pediatric Pharmacy Operations and Administration rotation. Dr. Nguyen serves as a volunteer pharmacist for the Remote Access Medical Program and at the Charlottesville Free Clinic.

 

Sarah Parsons, PharmD
Preceptor for Neonatal ICU and General Pediatrics

Dr. Parsons is a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist. Her practice interests include the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Clinics, and the Pediatric Pulmonology and Nephrology services. She is a member of the University of Virginia Medical Emergency Response Committee and the Department of Pharmacy Services Code 12 Committee. She received her BS in Science from Radford University and her PharmD degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the HCA Health System in Richmond, Virginia. She has been at the University of Virginia Health System since 2012.

 

Kala Rorabaugh, PharmD
Preceptor for General Pediatrics

Dr. Rorabaugh is a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist, and holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy.  She serves as a preceptor for both the Hematology/Oncology and General Pediatrics Rotations.  Dr. Rorabaugh received her PharmD degree from the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 2013.  Following graduation, she completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York.  She joined the University of Virginia Health System in 2015 where she serves on the Clinical Practice and Education Committee.  

 

Clara Jane Snipes, RPh
Preceptor for Pediatrics

Ms. Snipes received her BS in Pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She began her career at the University of Virginia Health System in 1983 and became one of the first pediatric clinical pharmacists at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. She serves as a preceptor for General Pediatrics as well as the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Clinics, Gastroenterology, and Hematology/Oncology rotations. She is a member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) and the Virginia Society for Health-System Pharmacists.