Program Faculty

Residency Program Director

Doug St John, Pharm.D, BCPS is a Clinical Specialist at Capital Health and PGY1 Residency Program Director. Doug earned a BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1995 and a Pharm.D degree from Campbell University in 2001. Doug has been a hospital based clinical pharmacist since 2001. He has practiced at Capital Health since 2005. Doug 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 (EMSOP), Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), Thomas Jefferson University and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). Doug is board certified in pharmacotherapy.

Director of Pharmacy

Chester Lau, MS is the Director of Pharmacy at Capital Health System, a 2-hospital system comprising of Hopewell campus and Regional Medical Center in Trenton. He graduated from Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy and received his master degree in Clinical Pharmacy from St. Johns University in NY. He has been a director at various hospitals in NJ 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 (PCP), Thomas Jefferson University and Fairleigh Dickerson University (FDU). His vast interest is to educate the next generation of pharmacy practitioners. Chester initiated the pharmacy residency program (PGY-1) at Capital in 2011, the KNIGHT Scholar Program with EMSOP in 2014 and Tenet Scholar program with FDU in 2016. His dedication to education earns him the ‘Preceptor of the Year’ award in 2012 from PCP and the recipient of the ‘Pharmacy Innovation’ award from NJ Pharmaceutical Association in 2015. In the last three years, Chester was speaker at the “Omnicell User Group Meeting”, “NJSHP Annual Meeting” as well as guest lecture at EMSOP in Hospital Pharmacy Practice elective class. He published “340B Reports” in PP&P and poster presentations at ASHP MCM. He also serves as a poster reviewer for ASHP.

Pharmacy Manager

Theresa M. Catalano, MS, RPh obtained her BS Pharmacy and MS Hospital Pharmacy Administration from St John’s University, Queens, NY. She completed a PGY-1 ASHP Accredited Residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY. 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, Trenton NJ and Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, Pennington, NJ. Theresa has been with Capital Health since 1995.

Clinical Coordinator

Daniel Abazia Pharm.D, BCPS, CPE 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. Dr. Abazia 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 (SAG) on Pain Management and Palliative Care as part of the Section for Ambulatory Care Practitioners of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Dr. Abazia is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP), serving as the Immediate Past President of the Central Chapter. He also is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). Lastly, he is board certified in pharmacotherapy (BCPS) by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) and credentialed by the American Society of Pain Educators as a Certified Pain Educator (CPE).

Areas of Dr. Abazia’s research and professional interest include clinical service management, pain management, palliative care, nephrology/dialysis, medication safety, and formulary management.

Faculty

Michelle Drzewiecka, Pharm.D, BCPS, BCCCP 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. Dr. Drzewiecka is board certified in pharmacotherapy and critical care. She 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, Pharm.D, CPHIMS is the Pharmacy I.S. Administrator at Capital Health. She graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2007 with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Dr. Camacho has worked for Capital Health since 2002 with a focus on pharmacy informatics beginning in 2009. Dr. Camacho is an active member of ASHP and HIMSS and received her Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems credentials in 2016. Dr. Camacho serves as the preceptor for the Informatics rotation at Capital Health.

Kim To, PharmD, BCPS 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. Dr. To 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.

Jillian Cavallari, Pharm.D., BCPS 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. She currently serves as the emergency medicine preceptor for the residency program as well as for students from Rutgers University.

Muhammad Effendi, PharmD 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. Dr. Effendi 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, Dr. Effendi 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, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Neurocritical Care Society. His research interests include neurocritical care; pain, agitation, delirium in the ICU; alcohol withdrawal; antimicrobial stewardship; and anticoagulation.