Core hematology/oncology learning experience preceptors
Ben Andrick, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research, Center for Pharmacy Innovations and Outcomes
Dr Andrick, originally from Lancaster, PA, completed his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Subsequently, he completed his PGY1 and PGY2 oncology residency training at August University Medical Center, in collaboration with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, in Augusta, GA. Ben has a particular interest in hematological malignancies and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as well as pharmacy education. Additionally, his clinical research interests include hematological malignancies/HCT supportive care, vaccines and the impact of the hem/onc pharmacist on clinical and pharmacoeconomic outcomes.
Jenna Carmichael, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist, MTDM Oral Chemotherapy
Residency Program Director, PGY2 Oncology
Dr. Carmichael received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009. She graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy in Tucson, AZ, in 2011. She completed her PGY1 at the Sierra Nevada VA Health Care System in Reno, Nevada and her PGY2 in oncology at Geisinger Medical Center. After residency, she accepted a position at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and started the oral chemotherapy monitoring clinic. She serves on several hospital committees, including the residency advisory committee, cancer committee and the cancer innovations committee, as well as committees through ASHP and HOPA. She has funding for cancer care delivery research through a grant from the NCI-NCORP network. She is a preceptor for the PGY1 program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley as well as an advisor for the PGY1 program at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Carmichael precepts APPE students from a variety of local pharmacy schools, including Wilkes University and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She also volunteers at the Wilkes Barre Free clinic.
Tim Connolly, BScPharm, RPh
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
Tim graduated in 1986 from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health in Boston, MA, and in 1979 with a BS in Biology from Bates College, Lewiston, ME. Tim worked for 17 years as an inpatient pharmacist at Marion Community Hospital in Carbondale, PA, and began the clinical program there while also overseeing their outpatient oncology clinic. During this time he served on the steering committee of the Pennsylvania Pain Initiative, was a reviewer and member of the Northeast Regional Institutional Review Board and owned and operated Pharmacy Consulting Services, providing clinical support and consulting services to area nursing homes and correctional facilities. In 2004, he accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center and after two years on the intravenous administration and nutritional support services, he began his role as clinical pharmacist in the hematology and oncology and bone marrow transplant services. Presently he is a member of the children’s oncology group (COG) as well as the Easter Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) as a pharmacy committee member and reviewer. He is a member of the oncology residency advisory committee and the preceptor for the ambulatory oncology learning experience. He has recently transitioned to the Geisinger Lewisburg Cancer Center as a full time clinic pharmacist.
Jei Won Hwang, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Hwang is a graduate of Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy. She has been a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger since 2012. She worked in IV nutrition services and OR pharmacy at GMC before she took a position as the lead pharmacist at Geisinger Windmere Pharmacy in State College that serviced two hematology/oncology clinics and an ambulatory surgery center. She currently works in the hematology/oncology area at GMC and serves as a preceptor for Knapper ambulatory oncology and staffing learning experiences.
Gary O. Lewis, BSc, R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology & Bone Marrow Transplant
Mr. Lewis received his pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences. For the past 36 years, he has served as a clinical pharmacist on the hematology service and for the past 18 years on the stem cell transplant service at Geisinger Medical Center. He was board certified in oncology pharmacy through the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties in 1998, the first year the certification became available. Mr. Lewis collaborates with the medical team to evaluate drug therapy on hematology (malignant and non-malignant) and stem cell transplant patients across the continuum of care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He is a member of the bone marrow committee and ECOG’s Pharmacy Committee. His passion is international medical missions and as preceptor of that elective rotation, he has taken many PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Tristan Maiers, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research, Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes
Dr. Maiers graduated from Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy in Ada, OH, in 2015. He completed both his PGY1 pharmacy residency and PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency at Geisinger Medical Center. Upon completion of his residencies, he accepted a position at Geisinger Medical Center as a hematology/oncology clinical pharmacist and clinical investigator for the Center for Pharmacy Outcomes and Innovations (CPIO). Professional interests include solid tumors, palliative care, and teaching. He is actively involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, participating in the New Practitioners Forum.
Rachel Sneidman, PharmD, BCOP
Dr. Sneidman graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2009. After graduation she moved back home to Bloomsburg to start her pharmacy career as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center where she has been working in the hematology oncology department. Dr. Sneidman serves as a preceptor for the medical oncology learning experience.
Lori Stopper, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant
Dr. Stopper graduated in 2006 from the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, PA, and subsequently took a position at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 2007-2009 where she spent most of her time on the oncology/hematology unit. At the same time she was an adjunct professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. In 2009 she accepted a position as an oncology pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center. She is currently the preceptor for the ambulatory oncology learning experience and is a co-preceptor for the oncology, hematology and bone marrow transplant learning experiences. She currently serves on the oncology residency advisory committee and the hematology/oncology safety advisory council.
Pediatric hematology/oncology preceptors
Joan Keehan, RPh, BCPS, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics
Joan Keehan is a graduate of the University Of Houston School Of Pharmacy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1989. Upon graduation, she accepted a position as a pharmacist at the VAMC in Temple, TX. She has also worked at the VAMC in Fort Howard, MD, and the VAMC in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In 1993, she accepted a clinical pharmacist position at Geisinger Medical Center. She has worked in pediatrics for more than 20 years. She is a preceptor for the PGY1 general pediatric learning experience, as well as a preceptor for the PGY2 pediatric hematology/oncology learning experience. She is a member of the residency advisory committee, as well as the medication utilization committee. Her professional areas of interest include general pediatrics, pediatric critical care, pediatric oncology and medication safety.
Bryan Snook, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatric Team Leader
Dr. Snook graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1993. He helped to develop and completed the first pediatric pharmacy residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1994. Upon residency completion Dr. Snook served as the pediatric pharmacy clinical coordinator at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. In 1995 he accepted a position at Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital as the pediatric pharmacy team leader. He taught advanced pharmacology as assistant professor at Bloomsburg University's school of nursing and developed the department's first online course. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice of Wilkes University School of Pharmacy. His primary areas of interest include general pediatrics, neonatology and medication safety. He is a preceptor for the pediatric experiences.
Leslie Ann Taleroski, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics
Dr. Taleroski received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1996. She then completed an ASHP pharmacy practice residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ in 1997. Upon residency completion, Dr. Taleroski accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center. She implemented the Geisinger pharmacist position at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital when it first opened in 1997. She has also worked as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Dr. Taleroski has been a Geisinger Medical Center pediatric pharmacist for more than 17 years. She acts as a co-preceptor for the pediatrics and the pediatric hematology/oncology learning experiences. Her professional interests include pediatric internal medicine, pediatric hematology/oncology, and medication safety. Dr. Taleroski currently serves on the medication safety workgroup, residency advisory committee and the oncology residency advisory committee.
Supportive care module preceptors
Adam Gross, PharmD, CCRP
Clinical Pharmacist, Investigational Drug Service
Dr. Gross received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University in 1994. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University in 2000. In 2000, he accepted a position as coordinator for the investigational drug service pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. While at VCUHS, he served on the VCU IRB. In 2006, he accepted a position as coordinator for the investigational drug service pharmacy at Geisinger Health System, which is now a part of the CPIO. He serves on the IRB, the clinical research operations group committee, the medication safety committee, as well as the institutional bio-safety committee. He also serves on the ECOG-ACRIN Pharmacy Committee. He is the preceptor for the investigational drug rotation.
Carl Naessig, RPh, BCNSP
Intravenous / Investigational Drug Coordinator
Mr. Naessig graduated in 1992 from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. He has worked at GMC since 1994. In his current position, Mr. Naessig is responsible for staffing the IV nutrition service, providing coverage to the investigational drug service, overseeing the training of new staff members in aseptic technique and sterile compounding, maintaining IV guidelines, and developing and maintaining policies and procedures involving sterile products preparation. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice of Wilkes University School of Pharmacy and is the preceptor for the nutrition learning experience. His areas of interest include clinical nutrition, sterile and non-sterile compounding, medication safety, and regulatory compliance with USP 800.
Ricky M. Rampulla Jr., PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Rampulla is a graduate of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. He obtained his PharmD. degree in 2011 and completed a PGY1 residency at Moses Taylor Hospital with the teaching certificate from Wilkes University. Afterwards, he joined the Geisinger clinical pharmacy team in 2012 where he is involved with internal medicine, infectious disease and cardiology. He is a member of the residency advisory committee as well as the antimicrobial stewardship committee and has developed guidelines for albumin utilization throughout Geisinger. His interests include internal medicine, cardiology and infectious disease as well as teaching students and residents throughout their learning
Administrative and elective learning experience preceptors
Kelly Bolesta, PharmD, BCPS
Director, Northeast Region
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
Dr. Bolesta received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University in 2001. She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. After completion of her residency, Dr. Bolesta worked at Lancaster General Hospital before beginning her career with Geisinger in 2003. Dr. Bolesta has worked in various areas of pharmacy practice within Geisinger Health System. Her current role is the clinical coordinator and residency program director for Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. She serves on the medication use evaluation committee, formulary steering committee, and the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. Her professional interests include infectious disease, pharmacy leadership and pharmacy education.
Sarah F. Hale, PharmD, BCPPS
Clinical Coordinator, Enterprise Pharmacy Central Region
Dr. Hale is a 2007 graduate of Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy. After graduation, she accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center working in pediatrics. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Albany Medical Center and a scholarship of teaching and learning program through Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2012, followed by a PGY2 residency in critical care and pediatrics in 2013. Dr. Hale has served as a lecturer at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is an adjunct instructor for the department of pharmacy practice at Wilkes University School of Pharmacy. She has published in the areas of pediatric immunizations and medication safety and serves as a reviewer for ACCP and ASHP for pediatric pharmacy review and recertification programming for board-certified pediatric pharmacists. She serves on the residency advisory committee, medication utilization evaluation committee, formulary steering committee, and the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. Dr. Hale is active in both the PGY1 and PGY2 residency programs at Geisinger. Her professional interests include pediatric critical care, medication safety, and pharmacy education.
David J. Klinger, RPh
Associate Vice President, Enterprise Pharmacy
Mr. Klinger is a graduate of Temple University School of Pharmacy. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1995. He has been a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center since 2004. He spent five years working as a clinical pharmacist in the hematology/oncology area before becoming director of pharmacy in 2009. He is currently associate vice president for the enterprise pharmacy and oversees pharmacy operations at all of the Geisinger affiliates. He currently is a preceptor for the pharmacy administration rotation.
Dean T. Parry, RPh
Associate Vice President, Clinical Informatics
Mr. Parry graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1981 with a BS in pharmacy. After graduation he worked as a pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center. In January 1985, he accepted a position as chief pharmacist at Macha Mission Hospital in Choma, Zambia, Africa. Mr. Parry was deeply involved in the leadership of the Churches Medical Association of Zambia and also in the area of research related to the treatment of malaria. He has co-authored several research articles related to the treatment of malaria. On his return the United States in 1995, he again accepted a position at Geisinger Medical Center and has been actively involved in various areas including health care redesign projects in the late 1990s, and in the development of various pharmaceutical care programs for the organization.
John Payne graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1979 with a BS in pharmacy. He has been working as a pharmacist for the last 36 years at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, PA. He has been actively involved in the implementation of various systems including RxRobot, medstation cabinets, and inpatient pharmacy software systems. Most recently, he participated in the implementation of the pharmacy module for Epic and bedside barcode medication administration. He has spoken on the use of technology to prevent medication errors.
Angela Slampak-Cindric, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Dr. Slampak-Cindric received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a certificate in the conceptual foundations of medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2008. She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Geisinger Medical Center. After residency, she accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center where she is a preceptor for the critical care medicine learning experience. She serves the residency advisory committee, medication utilization evaluation committee, continuing professional development committee, and the inter-professional council. Dr. Slampak-Cindric served as an adjunct assistant professor for the Pennsylvania College of Technology Physician Assistant Program where she acted as a pharmacology professor and coordinator. She is presently an assistant professor and course coordinator for the Geisinger Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology. Dr. Slampak-Cindric is also co-director of the pharmacy summer internship program. Her professional interests include critical care, infectious disease, education, and teaching, and fostering the development of future pharmacy professionals through preceptorship.