Residency & Fellowship Directors

Program directors are leaders in pharmacy who are dedicated to improving the quality of education residents and fellows receive. With their support, programs are tailored to meet the needs and interests of trainees.

POST-GRADUATE YEAR ONE PROGRAMS

Michael Armahizer, PharmD, BCPS: Dr. Armahizer is the coordinator of the Post-Graduate Year One Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. He is a graduate of the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy and completed his pharmacy practice and critical care residencies at University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.  He is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the Neurocritical Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Brian Grover, PharmD, BCPSBrian Grover, PharmD, BCPS: Dr. Grover is the director of the Post-Graduate Year One Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed his residency at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He is a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center with inpatient and ambulatory care practices.

 

Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD - Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Student AffairsCherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, CGP, BCACP, FAPhA: Dr. Layson-Wolf is the director of the Post-Graduate Year One Community Residency Program. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed a community residency with the Virginia Commonwealth University and Ukrop’s Pharmacy. Dr. Layson-Wolf is an associate professor and associate dean of student affairs at the School of Pharmacy.

POST-GRADUATE YEAR ONE/TWO PROGRAMS

Jeffrey Gonzales, PharmD - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceJeffrey P. Gonzales, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM: Dr. Gonzales is the director of the Post-Graduate Year One and Year Two Pharmacotherapy Residency Program. He completed his pharmacy practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and his critical care residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He completed his critical care fellowship at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Dr. Gonzales is an associate professor at the School of Pharmacy and practices in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Asha L. Tata, PharmD, BCPSAsha L. Tata, PharmD, BCPS: Dr. Tata is the coordinator of the Post-Graduate Year One and Year Two Pharmacotherapy Residency Program. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed her residencies in pharmacy practice and adult internal medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. She is a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center with practices in the inpatient internal medicine service and in the outpatient anticoagulation clinic.

POST-GRADUATE YEAR TWO PROGRAMS

Bethany DiPaula, PharmD - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceBethany DiPaula, PharmD, BCPP: Dr. DiPaula is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed her residency at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is the director of pharmacy at Springfield Hospital Center and a clinical pharmacist at the Howard County Health Department. She is also an associate professor with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Alison Duffy, PharmD - Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceAlison Duffy, PharmD, BCOP: Dr. Duffy is the coordinator of the Post-Graduate Year Two Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island School of Pharmacy and completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Residency at University of Cincinnati (UC) Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. Alison Duffy is a hematology/oncology clinical pharmacy specialist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and University of Maryland Medical Center. She is a board certified oncology pharmacist with a practice site at the University of Maryland Medical Center within inpatient oncology. She is the medication safety co-chair for MSHP.

Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, AAHIV: Dr. Heil is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  She also serves as the coordinator of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate and PharmD at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and subsequently completed her pharmacy practice and infectious diseases pharmacy residency training at the University of North Carolina Hospitals.  She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist with added qualifications in infectious diseases and an American Academy of HIV Medicine Practicing HIV Pharmacist.‌

Jill K. Logan, PharmD, BCPS: Dr. Logan is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Practice Residency. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Dr. Logan completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA and her PGY-2 Critical Care Specialty Residency at Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA and holds board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist. Jill Logan is an emergency medicine clinical specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Brian Masters, PharmD: Dr. Masters is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Transplant Pharmacy Residency Program. He is a graduate of the Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy and completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then went to Baltimore to complete a PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Specialty Residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Masters is a clinical specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Kathryn Walker, PharmD - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceKathryn A. Walker, PharmD, BCPS, CPE: Dr. Walker is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency Program. She is charged with developing clinical outcomes, research and education along with developing the clinical services at the ten hospitals and in the outpatient community of MedStar Health. She also serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy where she contributes to both didactic and experiential pharmacy education. She has served as principle investigator on several grants and co-investigator on an NIH/NINR R01 grant to validate a pain assessment tool for non-communicative patients. Dr. Walker has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally at professional conferences and disseminated her work through posters, paper sessions and peer reviewed journal articles. She has served as a research mentor for over ten years to medical students from University of Maryland School of Medicine and Georgetown University. After her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Duquesne University Dr. Walker completed the only specialty residency at the time in palliative care at University of Maryland School of pharmacy. She is also a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and certified pain educator. Dr. Walker’s passion for safe and appropriate medication use includes a major focus on relief of suffering and drives her efforts in clinical practice, research and education. 

Lynn McPherson, PharmD - Professor & Vice Chair for EducationMary Lynn McPherson: PharmD, BCPS, CDE: Dr. McPherson is the coordinator of the Post-Graduate Year Two Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency Program. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. McPherson is vice chair of academic affairs in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She also serves on the Board of the Hospice Network of Maryland and is president of the American Society of Pain Educators.

Jill Morgan, PharmD - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceJill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS: Dr. Morgan is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and completed her residencies at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Morgan is an associate professor at the School of Pharmacy.

 

Brent Reed, PharmD - Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceBrent N. Reed, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, FAHA: Dr. Reed is the program director for the Post-Graduate Year Two Cardiology Pharmacy Residency Program. He received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed a pharmacy practice residency and cardiology specialty residency at the University of North Carolina. He is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he practices in the areas of heart failure and advanced cardiovascular therapies. He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist with added qualifications in cardiology and a fellow of the American Heart Association. 

Charmaine Rochester, PharmD - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceCharmaine D. Rochester, PharmD, CDE, BCPS, BCACP: Dr. Rochester is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy and completed her residencies at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and is a pharmacotherapy clinical specialist at the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Tracy Sparkes, PharmD, BCPS: Dr. Sparkes is the coordinator of the Post-Graduate Year Two Transplant Pharmacy Residency Program. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency followed by a PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sparkes is a solid organ transplant clinical specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

James Trovato, PharmD - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceJames A. Trovato, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, FASHP: Dr. Trovato is the program director for the University of Maryland Post-Graduate Year Two Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. He is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. His practice site is at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Dr. Trovato completed a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University. He completed an ASHP-accredited oncology pharmacy practice residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Chanel Whittaker, PharmD - Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceChanel Whittaker, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, FASCP: Dr. Whittaker is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Geriatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and completed two years of residency training. The first year was with Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region and a second year specialty residency at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. She recently completed a one-year program in ethnogeriatrics with the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Whittaker is an associate professor at the School of Pharmacy.

Carla Williams, PharmD, BCPS: Dr. Williams is the program director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Health System and Practice Administration Pharmacy Residency Program. She graduated and competed her residency training at The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy). She serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy Clinical Services at The University of Maryland Medical Center Department of Pharmacy.

Sharon Wilson, PharmD, BCPSSharon Wilson, PharmD, BCPS: Dr. Wilson is the director of the Post-Graduate Year Two Critical Care Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy. Dr. Wilson completed a residency in critical care pharmacy practice at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and pharmacy practice residency at the James A Haley VA Hospital. She is a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center in the area of surgery and critical care.

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

Bruce Anderson, PharmD - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and ScienceBruce Anderson, PharmD, DABAT: Dr. Anderson is the director of the Clinical Toxicology Fellowship, a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and serves as the director of operations for the Maryland Poison Center. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science. In 1992, he completed a fellowship in clinical toxicology at the University of California, San Diego/San Diego Regional Poison Center. He then worked as the assistant director at the Florida Poison Information Center at Tampa General Hospital before joining the faculty at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and the Maryland Poison Center in 1993.

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, FAPhA: Dr. Rodriguez de Bittner is the co-director of Ellen H. Yankellow Health Outcomes Fellowship. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) at the University of Maryland and completed a clinical residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and served as a consultant at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Baltimore for more than 20 years. She is currently Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Practice Transformation at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She served as the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science for nine years prior to her appointment as Associate Dean.

DIRECTOR OF POST-GRADUATE TRAINING AND ACADEMIC COORDINATORS

‌Sandeep Devabhakthuni, PharmD, BCPS-AQ CardiologySandeep Devabhakthuni, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology: Dr. Devabhakthuni is the Director of Post-Graduate Training. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Maryland Medical Center. He then went to Pittburgh to complete a PGY2 Cardiology/Critical Care Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is an assistant professor at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and a cardiovascular critical care clinical pharmacy specialist at University of Maryland Medical Center. He is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with an added qualifications in cardiology.

Daniel Costa: Mr. Costa is an academic coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

 

 

Martine RichardsMartine Richards: Ms. Richards is an academic coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.