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    Kristine K. Gullickson, PharmD, FASHP

    PGY2 health system pharmacy administration residency program director; director of pharmacy

    Kristi serves as a preceptor for the PGY1 Practice Management and Executive Pharmacy Leadership rotations and as RPD for the PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Residency Program. In her director role, she is responsible for leadership of a progressive pharmacy department supporting a 630 staffed-bed teaching and specialty care hospital, free-standing ED and multiple hospital-based clinics. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University, MBA from New England College and completed an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She currently serves as a Clinical Instructor for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Hospital Pharmacy Administration and Drug Use Management courses. Dr. Gullickson has held numerous professional organization leadership roles at the national and local level including: Past President of the Minnesota Society of Health System Pharmacists, Director-at-Large on the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Executive Committee, MN delegate to ASHP and Past Chair of the ASHP Council on Pharmacy Practice. 

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    Rachel Root, PharmD, MS BCPS

    PGY1 residency program director, pharmacy manager

    Rachel is responsible for the sterile product preparation area, neurology/orthopedics/spine clinical practice, investigational medication program, coordination of APPE/IPPE students, and shares responsibility for medication distribution. Rachel obtained both her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Science degree in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. She completed a two-year pharmacy administration residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview. Following her residency, Rachel assumed the role of Inpatient Pharmacy Operations Manager at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR before moving into her current role. Rachel is an active member of MSHP and ASHP having served in a variety of roles in both organizations.  Currently, Rachel serves as MSHP President.

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    Jessica Holt, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID

    PGY2 infectious disease residency program director; pharmacy coordinator for infectious diseases/HIV

    Jessica earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota and completed her pharmacy practice and infectious diseases residencies at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. As the infectious diseases coordinator, Jessica led the development and implementation of a pharmacist-driven antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) at Abbott, which received the 2011 ASHP Best Practice Award. Since then, remote ASP services have been expanded to New Ulm Medical Center, River Falls Area Hospital, Owatonna Hospital, and District One Hospital. Jessica is actively involved in several multidisciplinary committees at Abbott Northwestern and Allina Health, including co-chair of the Allina Health Infectious Diseases Physician/Pharmacy Task Force and member of the Allina Health Sepsis Leadership Team. Jessica serves as the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program director and infectious diseases preceptor for pharmacy residents and students. Jessica is an active member of MSHP, SIDP, and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Jessica’s areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial resistance, and precepting residents and students.

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    Matthew Lillyblad, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-Cardiology

    PGY2 cardiology residency program director; pharmacy coordinator for cardiology and critical care

    Matt is the Pharmacy Coordinator for Cardiology and Critical Care and the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Cardiology. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010. Matt completed a PGY1 General Pharmacy Practice Residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2011 and went on to be the inaugural resident for PGY2 Cardiology Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern. Upon completion of his residencies, Matt spent two years as a Clinical Pharmacist for Cardiology at Hennepin County Medical Center, practicing in both acute care and ambulatory care cardiology, and one year as a Clinical Pharmacist for Advanced Heart Failure and the Cardiovascular ICU at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview. Matt obtained his Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2013. Matt is the primary preceptor for the PGY1 Advanced Heart Failure rotation. Matt’s non-teaching responsibilities include project management involving the safe and effective use of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Allina Health. He maintains a patient care practice with the Advanced Heart Failure service. Matt is actively involved with several local and national pharmacy organizations, lecturing at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, and publishing. Matt’s professional interests include heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, and critical care cardiology.

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    Angel Becker, PharmD, BCPS

    Angel is a primary co-preceptor for the emergency medicine residency rotation. She has worked at Abbott Northwestern in many capacities since 2000. After she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy-Worcester in 2006, she returned to Abbott Northwestern to complete a PGY1 residency. Following residency Angel was hired as a staff pharmacist working primarily in oncology. In 2009, she led the expansion of pharmacy services to the Emergency Department. At Abbott Northwestern she is very involved in many department committees, and is currently serving as co-chair of the preceptor committee. Outside of work she is involved in a variety of pharmacy organizations. For the past three years, Angel has chaired the membership committee for MSHP. Her primary areas of interest include emergency medicine, toxicology, stroke, and educating students and residents.

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    Gwendolyn Bisek, PharmD

    Gwendolyn received her Doctor of Pharmacy from North Dakota State University. She completed an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency with the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. After completion of an Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency with the Mayo Clinic, she joined the clinical pharmacist staff of Abbott Northwestern Hospital on the Neurology/Orthopedics/Spine decentral team. Gwendolyn serves as primary co-preceptor of the Neurology residency rotation. She also staffs as a secondary member on the Cardiovascular, Renal/Oncology/Med Surg and Medication History teams.

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    Kara Boyko-Frandson, PharmD, BCPS, AE-C

    Kara earned a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) from Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND, in 1999. She gained experience as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in all areas of laboratory diagnostics, spending the majority of time in Microbiology and Hematology areas. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005 from the University of Minnesota, and subsequently completed a PGY1 residency in Managed Care Pharmacy with HealthPartners. Kara focused her residency on the establishment of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) practices throughout the HealthPartners Medical Group clinics. Kara is also a Certified Asthma Educator. She is currently a member of the Emergency Department team at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, as well as co-preceptor for the Emergency Medicine PGY1 and APPE rotation. She is also a secondary member on the Neurology/Orthopedics/Spine team as well as Mental Health/Courage Kenny Rehabilitation decentral team. Her major areas of interest include patient education/interaction and disease state management/prevention.

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    Jason Chheda, PharmD, BCPS

    Jason serves as a co-preceptor for the PGY1 internal medicine rotation. He currently works as a primary member of the cardiology team, and a secondary member of the neuro/ortho/spine team. He is a recent transfer from New York, and started at Abbott in September of 2016. He completed a PGY1 residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital New York, and subsequently a PGY2 in solid organ transplant pharmacy at Mount Sinai Medical Center, also in New York. He has experience working as a decentralized pharmacist for internal medicine and cardiology, and actively has an interest in transplant pharmacy.

     

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    Matthew Ditmore, PharmD, BCPS

    pharmacy manager

    Matt received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston in 2010. After graduation, he completed a one-year pharmacy practice residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Following residency, Matt was a staff pharmacist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul working with the Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Teams. He returned to Abbott Northwestern in January 2013 as a staff pharmacist working on the Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Pharmacy teams. He transitioned to the lead pharmacist role in early 2014 and played a key role in the conversion from Pyxis to Omnicell automated dispensing technologies. Matt’s practice interests include technology’s role in patient care, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. After two years as a lead pharmacist, Matt transitioned to a pharmacy manager position supporting the Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and Renal- Oncology Medical-Surgical pharmacy teams. He also works closely with the pharmacy intern program. Matt works with residents through various rotations and projects throughout their year. In addition to his time at Abbott Northwestern, he is active in the Minnesota Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP), having served as president for MSHP - Central in 2014-2015 and in a variety of other roles for both MSHP and ASHP. Matt was awarded MSHP’s Rising Star New Practitioner Award for 2014. Matt also has a strong interest in teaching and works with both pharmacy practice residents and students from the University of Minnesota while on rotation. He also serves as a preceptor for the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, and a preceptor and translator for the University of Minnesota’s MPSA trip to Puebla, Mexico and the University of Minnesota’s Global Medical Brigades in Panama.

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    Jay Eidem, PharmD, BCPS

    pharmacy coordinator for transplant services

    Jay’s responsibilities at Abbott Northwestern are to provide inpatient and outpatient pharmaceutical care to heart and kidney transplant recipients. Jay graduated from the University of Minnesota's College of Pharmacy and completed a specialty residency program in nephrology and kidney transplantation at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. Jay recently became board certified in Pharmacotherapy in 2011. He serves as the preceptor for the PGY2 Cardiology/Infectious disease and PGY1 residents during nephrology/solid-organ transplant elective rotations. His areas of interest are solid organ transplantation, renal medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology and ambulatory care.

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    Krista Gens, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID

    pharmacy coordinator for infectious diseases/HIV

    Krista earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 2008 and completed her pharmacy practice (PGY1) and infectious diseases (PGY2) residencies at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis. Krista is board-certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in infectious diseases. As the infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist at North Memorial Medical Center from 2010 - 2015, she led the development and implementation of the antimicrobial stewardship program. As an infectious diseases clinical coordinator, Krista helps maintain antimicrobial stewardship programs at Abbott Northwestern and at several Allina Health regional hospitals. Krista is actively involved in several multidisciplinary committees including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, Infection Prevention and Control, Allina Health Infection Prevention and Control Program Committee, and the Clostridium difficile Task Force. Krista serves as a preceptor for the PGY1 and PGY2 infectious diseases rotations and preceptor for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Krista is an active member of MSHP, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Minnesota College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. She also graduated from ASHP’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy in June 2015. Krista’s areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial resistance, C diff, and precepting residents and students. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, fishing, reading, baking, watching movies and spending time with her husband, Zak, their son, Hudson, and their border collie, Tricksy.

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    Anne Gerdes, PharmD, BCPS

    Anne graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha NE in 2009. Following graduation she relocated to Minnesota and completed a General Pharmacy Practice residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. After residency Anne began working as a staff pharmacist at Abbott. She is currently a member of the Renal/Oncology Medical Surgery team at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and is also a secondary member the Medical History team. She currently serves on the Pharmacy Practice Committee and as the co-preceptor for the PGY-1 Renal Initial Decentral rotation.

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    David Gurda, PharmD, BCPS

    David serves as one of two primary co-preceptors for the critical care residency rotation. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2012 and completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at United Hospital in St. Paul, joining the Abbott Northwestern team shortly thereafter. David has earned his board certification in pharmacotherapy and continues to volunteer as a preceptor for University of Minnesota students at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic in Minneapolis. At Abbott Northwestern, he works as a primary pharmacist on the critical care team and also in the Emergency Department. His practice interests include cardiovascular support, neuro-intensive care, infectious disease, and working with students and residents. He previously served as the primary preceptor for the 10-week acute care APPE for University of Minnesota pharmacy students. When not at work, David enjoys camping, hiking, live music, and playing soccer.

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    Nancy Hu, PharmD, BCPS

    Nancy serves as a primary co-preceptor for the PGY1 cardiology rotation. She graduated from Purdue University College of Pharmacy in 2011.  Following graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency at the VA Pittsburgh Medical Center and became board certified in pharmacotherapy shortly after. She went on to be a clinical staff pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center primarily working in the post-anesthesia care unit, emergency department, cardiology, and surgical oncology floors. She joined Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2016 and became a primary member of the cardiology team and a secondary member of the surgery team.  

     

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    Kathleen Johnson, PharmD, BCPS

    Kathleen graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2011. Following graduation she completed a PGY1 residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She is currently a member of the renal/oncology/medical-surgical team at Abbott Northwestern and is a secondary member of the emergency department and medication history teams. She currently serves as a co-preceptor for the PGY-1 renal initial decentral rotation.

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    Jacob Langness, PharmD, BCPS

    Jacob serves as a primary co-preceptor for the infectious disease residency rotation and psychiatric residency rotation. Jacob earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from the University Of Minnesota College Of Pharmacy in 2010. Upon graduation, he completed his PGY1 Residency at University of Colorado Hospital. He earned his board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2012. Post-residency, he worked in a variety of clinical settings at UCH, including inpatient and outpatient services. He ran a clinical pharmacy program in the Infectious Disease and Hepatology Clinic for 3 years.  He arrived at Abbott Northwestern in 2016 and works in a variety of inpatient clinical areas and is active on multiple department committees.  His primary areas of interest are antiviral infectious disease, internal medicine, and emergency services.  

     

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    Kelly Moritz, PharmD, BCPS

    Kelly currently serves as the co-preceptor for the PGY1 cardiology rotation and the primary preceptor for the PGY2 electrophysiology and general cardiology rotations. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Abbott Northwestern. She is the scholarship chair for Minnesota Graduate Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and past president of the University of Minnesota Pharmacy Alumni Society. She also serves on several committees for the department and the hospital. Her areas of interest include anticoagulation and electrophysiology.

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    Zachary Nelson, PharmD, BCPS

    Zack is a co-primary preceptor for the PGY1 emergency medicine rotation. He earned a Bachelor of Science, certified by the American Chemical Society in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chemistry and Spanish from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2011 and went on to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2015. Following graduation, Zack completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency at United Hospital in Saint Paul and subsequently joined the emergency department team at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Zack attained board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2017 and has growing interests in advancing pharmacist practice, provider education, antimicrobial stewardship, and clinical toxicology. Outside of work, Zack enjoys competitive sports, cribbage, trying new restaurants, and exploring nature.

     

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    Chad Peterson, PharmD, BCPS

    Chad serves as the preceptor for the initial central operations rotation. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2011 and completed a PGY1 residency ay Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Chad is currently the lead pharmacist for central operations and automation.  He is board certified in pharmacotherapy and has clinical experience in behavioral health and emergency medicine. Chad sits on numerous pharmacy and inter-disciplinary committees and co-precepts the University of Minnesota Acute Care/Institutional APPE.  His other areas of interest include transitions of care, medication safety and optimizing medicine access.

     

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    Sara Telander, PharmD

    Sara earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College Of Pharmacy. She completed a one-year, ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Sara focused her residency in Psychiatric pharmacotherapy and joined the Mental Health/Rehab team at Abbott Northwestern as a staff pharmacist. Sara serves as a co-preceptor for the Psychiatry rotation for both residents and pharmacy students. Her areas of interest include psychotropic pharmacology, treatment of thought, mood, and substance use disorders, and teaching/mentoring.

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    Allison Veire, PharmD, BCPS

    Allison serves as a primary co-preceptor for the elective oncology rotation. Allison earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2012. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and became board certified in pharmacotherapy shortly thereafter.  She is currently a member of the renal/oncology/medical-surgical team at Abbott Northwestern and is a secondary member of the neuro/ortho/spine team. Her primary areas of interest are solid organ transplant, dialysis, oncology, and internal medicine.

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    Maria Zarambo, PharmD, BCOP

    pharmacy coordinator for oncology services

    Maria’s primary responsibilities at Abbott Northwestern are providing inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services for the oncology and palliative care patient population. She also provides education for the elective oncology residency rotation and is involved with oncology student rotations. Maria is also involved with the investigational studies that are offered through the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and Minneapolis Heart Institute. Maria graduated from the Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy and completed a residency at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Maria became Board certified in Oncology in 2007.