Program Faculty

Doug St. John, PharmD, BCPS, Residency Program Director

Board certified in pharmacotherapy, Doug is a clinical specialist at Capital Health and director of the PGY1 Residency Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1995 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University in 2001. Doug has been a hospital-based clinical pharmacist since 2001 and has practiced at Capital Health since 2005. He completed a teaching certificate program from Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in 2014. Doug is a clinical preceptor for students from Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Kim To, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, Residency Coordinator

Kim is the Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacy specialist at Capital Health. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and worked as a community pharmacist for a year prior to pursuing a residency. Kim then went on to complete a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Temple University Health System, a teaching certificate program through Temple University School of Pharmacy, and a PGY-2 internal medicine pharmacy residency with MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. She currently serves as the preceptor for Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship for Capital Health’s pharmacy residents and pharmacy students from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Chester Lau, MS, Director of Pharmacy

Chester is the director of Pharmacy at Capital Health Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell and Capital Health Regional Medical Center. He graduated from Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy and received his Master’s Degree in clinical pharmacy from St. Johns University in New York. He has been a director at various hospitals in New Jersey since 1980. Currently, Chester serves as Hospital Pharmacy Practice preceptor for students from Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy (EMSOP), Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). With a keen interest in educating the next generation of pharmacy practitioners, Chester initiated the pharmacy residency program at Capital in 2011, the KNIGHT Scholar Program with EMSOP in 2014, and the Tenet Scholar program with FDU in 2016. His dedication to education earned him the “Preceptor of the Year” award in 2012 from PCP and the “Pharmacy Innovation” award from the New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association in 2015. In the last three years, Chester was speaker at the Omnicell User Group Meeting and the NJSHP Annual Meeting and the guest lecturer at EMSOP in the Hospital Pharmacy Practice elective class. He published “340B Reports” in Pharmacy Purchasing & Products and poster presentations at American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. He also serves as a poster reviewer for ASHP.

Theresa M. Catalano, MS, RPh, Pharmacy Manager

Theresa obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and her Master of Science degree in hospital pharmacy administration from St John’s University in Queens, New York. She completed a PGY-1 ASHP accredited residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx New York. Theresa has practiced in a variety of acute care hospitals in New York and New Jersey and is currently the pharmacy manager at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey and Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell in Pennington, New Jersey. Theresa has been with Capital Health since 1995.

Daniel Abazia PharmD, BCPS, CPE, Clinical Coordinator

Daniel is board certified in pharmacotherapy and a Certified Pain Educator (CPE). He is currently clinical pharmacy coordinator at Capital Health and adjunct clinical associate professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy – Rutgers University. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in 2005 and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA in 2006. Since that time, he held both clinical and health-system management positions before entering academia in October 2012. He currently serves on the Section Advisory Group on Pain Management and Palliative Care as part of the Section for Ambulatory Care Practitioners of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Daniel is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists, serving as the immediate past president of the Central Chapter. He also is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Daniel’s areas of research and professional interest include clinical service management, pain management, palliative care, nephrology/dialysis, medication safety, and formulary management.

Faculty

 

Michelle Drzewiecka, PharmD, BCPS, BCCC is an emergency medicine clinical pharmacist at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Following graduation, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Capital Health Regional Medical Center and a teaching certificate program at Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. Michelle is board certified in pharmacotherapy and critical care and currently serves as the emergency medicine preceptor for the pharmacy residency program as well as for students from Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy.

Shauna Camacho, PharmD, CPHIMS, BCPS is the Pharmacy I.S. administrator and serves as the preceptor for the Informatics rotation at Capital Health. She graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2007 with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Shauna has worked for Capital Health since 2002, with a focus on pharmacy informatics beginning in 2009. She is an active member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Jillian Cavallari, PharmD, BCPS currently serves as the emergency medicine shock / trauma preceptor for the residency program as well as for students from Rutgers University. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Following graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, followed by a PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in conjunction with Rutgers University. Jillian also completed a teaching and learning certificate program through Rutgers University.

Muhammad Effendi, PharmD, BCCCP is the Neurocritical Care pharmacy specialist at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from LIU Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York and went on to complete his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY-2 in Critical Care at Yale New Haven Hospital. During residency training, he obtained his teaching certificate through the University of Connecticut. Upon completion of residency training, Muhammad joined the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where he serves as clinical assistant professor. He currently serves as the critical care preceptor for the residency program as well as for pharmacy students from Rutgers University. He is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Neurocritical Care Society. His research interests include neurocritical care; pain, agitation, and delirium in the ICU; alcohol withdrawal; antimicrobial stewardship; and anticoagulation.