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Faculty & Residents

Pharmacy Residency Program

Faculty

    Chris Thomas, PharmD, MBA, BCPPS
    Director, Pharmacy Residency Manager

    • Pharmacy school: Purdue University
    • Originally from: Indianapolis, IN
    • Residency training: PGY1 Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC; PGY2 Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
    • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "Saving babies, of course! And…it’s socially acceptable to wear cartoon ties to work in a pediatric hospital."

    Yolanda Douthard, RPh, MBA
    Chief of Pharmacy

    • Pharmacy school: Howard University
    • Originally from: Detroit, Michigan
    • Residency training: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
    • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “The challenges of clinical pharmacy practice learning and I have passion for the mission to promote the healing and wellness of children.”

    Mary Babico, PharmD, BCPPS
    General Pediatrics Specialist

    • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
    • Originally from: Chicago, IL; Grew up in Tucson, AZ
    • Residency training: PGY1 and PGY2 (Pediatrics) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: "I love seeing how resilient children are…the human body is so cool! And, having Hello Kitty office supplies is widely accepted."

    Christine Hernandez, PharmD
    Solid Organ Transplant Specialtist

    • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
    • Originally from: Winslow, AZ
    • Residency training: Children’s Hospitals & Clinics in St. Paul, MN
    • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “Helping providers select the right medication dose and form for our patients.”

    Darcy Johnson, PharmD 
    Research Pharmacist

    • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
    • Originally from: Phoenix, AZ
    • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “I love that all the employees are here to benefit children by keeping them healthy and safe.”

    Rhonda Kurz, PharmD 
    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Specialist 

    • Pharmacy school: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
    • Originally from: Southern Illinois
    • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “My practice in the NICU allows me the opportunity to collaborate with a primary team and consultants to improve patient outcomes by developing treatment and monitoring plans that are safe and effective on very challenging and unique cases.”

    Allison Mruk, PharmD, BCPPS
    Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit Specialty Lead

    • Pharmacy school: University of California, San Francisco
    • Originally from: Roselle, IL
    • Residency training: University of Kentucky (PGY1 and PGY2)
    • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “Complex pharmacologic questions and our adorable patients!”

    Melissa Rees, PharmD, BCPPS
    Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

    • Pharmacy school: Virginia Commonwealth University - Medical College of Virginia
    • Originally from: Rochester, NY
    • Residency training: PGY1 Seattle Children's Hospital; PGY2 in Pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
    • What she loves most about pediatric pharmacy: “The patients!”

    Christian Armstrong, PharmD
    Infectious Disease Specialist

    • Pharmacy school: University of Utah
    • Originally from: Provo, UT
    • Residency/Fellowship training: PGY1 Primary Children’s Hospital
    • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "Being a part of a team that includes medical professionals, patients, families, and caregivers that are so focused on providing the highest quality care to our wonderful patients."

    Todd Kociancic, PharmD, RPh, BCPS, BCPPS
    Clinical Staff Pharmacist – Emergency Department

    • Pharmacy school: Ohio Northern University
    • Originally from: Cleveland, OH
    • Residency/Fellowship training: Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology (Case Western Reserve University/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio)
    • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "I learn something new every single day at work. On a daily basis, the complexity of our patients leads to a question or problem I haven’t encountered previously."

    Amanda Li, PharmD, BCPS
    Lead Pharmacist – Sterile Products (Pharmacy Practice Longitudinal)

    • Pharmacy school: University of Michigan, Go Blue!
    • Originally from: Detroit, Michigan
    • Residency training: PGY1 Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; PGY2 Lebanon Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Lebanon, PA
    • What you love most about pediatric pharmacy: "The unknown of working with pediatric patients, there isn’t always a guideline or study telling you exactly how to treat a patient. You have to work collaboratively with the healthcare team to find ways to help patients. Also, it’s acceptable to love Disney as much as I do."

    2019-2020 Residents

    Spencer Gray, PharmD

    Tracy Tran, PharmD

    2018-2019 Residency Graduates

    Danielle Cilano

    • Pharmacy school: Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
    • Current posistion: Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Phoenix Children's

    Lacey Simpson, PharmD

    • Pharmacy school: Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale
    • Current posistion: Staff Pharmacist, Mayo Clinic Hospital - Phoenix/Scottsdale

    2017-2018 Residency Graduates

    Jessica Corbridge, PharmD

    • Pharmacy school: Idaho State University
    • Current position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Phoenix Children's

    Matthew Wilson, PharmD

    • Pharmacy school: University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy
    • Current position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist, UT Southwestern Medical Center

    2016-2017 Residency Graduates

    Sara Hodges, PharmD

    • Pharmacy school: University of Arizona
    • Current position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Phoenix Children’s

    Kristine Markham, PharmD

    • Pharmacy school: University of the Pacific
    • Current position: Clinical Pharmacist — Emergency Department, Valley Children's
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