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Program Faculty for ID Residency and ID Clinical Fellowship

Brandon Bookstaver

Brandon Bookstaver

Dr. Brandon Bookstaver is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina.  Following graduation from the USC College of Pharmacy, he completed PGY1 and PGY2 residencies at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, specializing in Infectious Diseases. Brandon serves as an infectious diseases pharmacy specialist at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, precepting pharmacy and medical students and residents.  Read More Brandon has over 35 peer-reviewed publications and specific areas of interest and research include antimicrobial lock therapy, antimicrobial dosing in obesity, hospital-acquired infections and advancing trainee-related research. Brandon is involved in a number of regional and national organizations, recently serving as President of the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists (2013-14) and Chair-Elect of the Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (2014).  He serves as a peer reviewer for several journals including Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapyand Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.  Brandon has received top honors including the ACCP National Educator of the Year Award in 2011, South Carolina Pharmacists of the Year in 2012 and the G. Dick Schwerin Mentor of the Year Award for South Carolina in 2014.  During his free time, he and his wife Nicole enjoy traveling, Gamecock athletics and spending time with their two dogs, Jack & Emma.  Brandon is also an avid (sometimes) runner with a lifetime goal to run a half- or full-marathon in all 50 states!  

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Celeste Caulder

Celeste Caulder is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the College of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist at Palmetto Health Richland who specializes in medicine and infectious diseases. She earned a doctor of pharmacy degree with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Virginia Health System and an infectious diseases specialty residency at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Read More She completed a pharmacy practice residency (2004-2005) at University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, VA, and an infectious diseases specialty residency (2005-2006) at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Her research areas include antimicrobial dosing in obesity, HIV adherence, hospital acquired infections, and pharmacy trainee scholarship. Celeste received the Kappa Epsilon/Merck Vanguard Leadership Award in February 2013 which was created to recognize leadership abilities and accomplishments among Kappa Epsilon Alumni members. She has served as course coordinator and instructor for more than eight years. Celeste also served as a visiting professor for the Misr International University College of Pharmacy in Cairo, Egypt. In addition to serving as an instructor, she has actively served the work of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy as a member of several committees. Her involvement by serving on various committees has benefitted faculty searches, student policy and curriculum development and recognition of honors, awards and scholarships. She is currently the International Director for SCCP. Celeste has served on a number of regional groups including the SC HIV/STD Conference Planning Committee, SC and the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists education committee. She has published several peer-reviewed publications in a number of high impact pharmacy and medical journals and the well-respected text, Roadmap to Postgraduate Training, a blueprint for students and preceptors on preparing for residency and fellowship training. Outside of work, she enjoys shopping, Gamecock athletics, and spending time with her family.

 

Program Faculty

Rob Daniels

Robert Daniels, PharmD

Dr. Robert Daniels graduated with his PharmD in 2005 from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.  He then went onto train at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 2006.  He returned to Columbia, SC and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital where he was charged with implementing the first pediatric antimicrobial stewardship program in the Carolinas, where he currently serves as the Co-Director. He also currently serves as chair of the Infectious Disease Drug Specialty Team at Palmetto Health.  

Caroline Derrick, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Caroline Derrick graduated from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2013.  Upon graduation she completed a PGY-1 at Palmetto Health Richland and an Infectious Diseases PGY-2 through the South Carolina College of Pharmacy partnered with Palmetto Health Richland. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and her primary research interests include Amp-C producing organisms, Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. Caroline has taken a position with the University of South Carolina - School of Medicine to practice at the USC Immunology Clinic. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. 

Joey Kohn

Joseph Kohn, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Joseph Kohn received a Bachelor of Science in Biology (1991) from the University of South Carolina and Doctor of Pharmacy (1995) from the University of South Carolina, College of Pharmacy.  He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina in 1996.  His practice includes Critical Care as well as participating on the Antibiotic Stewardship and Support Program at Palmetto Health Richland.

Julie Justo

Julie Ann Justo, PharmD, MS, BCPS-AQ ID

 Julie Ann Justo is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Columbia, South Carolina.  She also maintains a practice site in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. Dr. Justo received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2009. She completed a 1-year Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2010 and a 3-year Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellowship in 2013 at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. She also received a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science from the UIC School of Public Health.  Dr. Justo is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases. Her research interests include the clinical impact of antimicrobial stewardship programs, gram-negative infections, and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling. She is an active member of a multiple professional pharmacy organizations, including the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).     

Bryan Love

Bryan Love, PharmD, BCPS

Bryan L. Love, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences (CPOS) in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at The University of South Carolina. Following completion of B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Love completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at The University Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.  He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Love’s research interests include viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcer disease, and pharmacoepidemiology. Dr. Love has over 35 peer-reviewed publications, including manuscripts in prestigious pharmacy and medical journals, over 50 peer-reviewed scientific poster presentations, and over 35 invited presentations. He was recognized by his peers with the 2013 Excellence in Scholarship award from the CPOS department. In his personal time, Dr. Love enjoys watching Gamecock athletics, hiking, and spending quality time with his family.

Kamla Sanasi-Bhola

 Dr. Sanasi-Bhola joined the School of Medicine faculty in August 2014, board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Sanasi is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and associate program director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship training . She is actively involved in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows and  also see patients in the Women’s Clinic (specifically the peri-partum HIV positive women) and transgender patients( some in the transition period).A key lecturer in the ID Medical Fellowship weekly infectious diseases didactic lecture series and weekly case conferences.  She completed medical school training at the University of Guyana, South America in 2004, her Internal Medicine Residency in Washington, DC at Howard University School of Medicine in 2012 and Infectious Diseases at  USC School of Medicine in 2014.  Research interest includes HIV in women, quality improvement projects at the immunology center /PH, and bone and joint infections.   Dr. Sanasi-Bhola enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family.

Scott Sutton

S. Scott Sutton, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)

 Dr. Sutton is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He received his Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina and completed a clinical pharmacy residency in medicine and infectious diseases at the WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. He teaches in Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Applications, Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy, and Clinical Research. He is a clinical researcher at the Dorn Research Institute, WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in the area of infectious diseases and clinical research. He has been awarded teacher and researcher of the year awards from the University of South Carolina and has served as sports medicine pharmacist for the Department of Athletics. Additionally, he is an educational consultant for a pharmacy board review course and has taught thousands of students in this review course and continues teaching the course every spring. Dr. Sutton is the editor of the Naplex Review Guide published by McGraw-Hill. Personally, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his son and plays guitar and golf.

Sharon Weissman

Dr. Sharon Weissman joined the USC School of Internal Medicine Division in 2010, where she is currently the Program Director for the Infectious Disease Medical Fellowship, Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, and Division Chief of Infectious Diseases. Sharon graduated medical school from Columbia University in 1991 and residency from Beth Israel Hospital in 1994. After residency, she completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Hospital-Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1996. At the completion of fellowship, she joined the Division of Infectious Disease at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. There she was Director of the HIV/Infectious Disease Clinic at the Louis Stoke Cleveland VAMC. From there she joined the Infectious Disease faculty at Yale University School of Medicine.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, she was Director of HIV Services at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT.

 

 Participating Faculty Preceptors

Divya Ahuja

Divya Ahuja

Dr. Ahuja joined the USC School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Division in 2005. He currently is Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine. Dr. Ahuja graduated medical school in New Delhi, India in 1992, and completed parts of his residency in India and the United Kingdom before ending up at York Hospital in Pennsylvania from 2001-2003. After his residency, Dr. Ahuja completed a fellowship in Genitourinary Medicine and HIV at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Plymouth Hospital in the United Kingdom in 2001. He also completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 2005. Expand-Collapse Widget More about  Dr.Ahuja Dr. Ahuja joined the USC School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Division in 2005. He currently is Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine. Dr. Ahuja graduated medical school in New Delhi, India in 1992, and completed parts of his residency in India and the United Kingdom before ending up at York Hospital in Pennsylvania from 2001-2003. After his residency, Dr. Ahuja completed a fellowship in Genitourinary Medicine and HIV at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Plymouth Hospital in the United Kingdom in 2001. He also completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 2005.

Helmut Albrecht, MD

Helmut Albrecht, MD

 Dr. Albrecht joined the USC School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Division in 2006, where he is currently the division director and Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor in Internal Medicine. Dr. Albrecht graduated from medical school and completed his residency/gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Hamburg in 1988 and 1993, respectively. He also completed an additional residency and an infectious diseases fellowship at Emory University in 1999 and 2001.

Laura Holden

Laura Holden

Dr. Laura Holden received her PharmD from the University of South Carolina in 2005.  She joined Palmetto Health in 2006 as a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident.  After completing several years of clinical practice in general medicine, cardiovascular critical care, and pediatrics and becoming a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, she joined the leadership team of the PH pharmacy department.  Laura is currently the manager for clinical pharmacy services on the Richland campus with oversight of the antimicrobial stewardship program for the Palmetto Health system.  She also is the director of the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Critical Care pharmacy residency programs.

Hanna Rac

Hana Rac

Dr. Hana Rac is a Clinical Instructor at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and practices as an antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative of South Carolina (ASC-SC).  She graduated from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2015.  After graduation, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Emory University Hospital followed by a PGY2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  Her primary research interests include antimicrobial stewardship outcomes and Gram-negative infections.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and adorable malshipoo, Teddy.

Anna-Kathryn Rye Burch

Anna-Kathryn Rye Burch  

   Dr. Anna-Kathryn Rye Burch, class of ’02, is an academic pediatrician at USCSOM-Columbia, and is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.  Dr. Burch's clinical special interests include bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance. She was recognized by the Southern Society for Pediatric Research in 2007 as a winner of the Basic Scientist Young Investigator Award and was a Health Care Heroes Physician Finalist. Expand-Collapse Widget More about Dr. Burch Dr. Anna-Kathryn Rye Burch helped found the Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, which has helped save more than 300,000 dollars yearly in antimicrobial cost avoidance. In addition, this program has helped decrease overall days of antimicrobial therapy by 50% without increasing poor outcomes or patient harm. She is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She regularly teaches medical students and pediatric residents on the pediatric ID rotation. She is a medical consultant for DHEC, Division of Acute Disease Epidemiology. She is the meeting organizer and moderator for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Update Conference held at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island yearly.    

Krutika Mediwala

Krutika Mediwala

Krutika Mediwala, PharmD, BCPS is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Specialist at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital. She will also be working to expand clinical pharmacy services at the hospital and rounding with their ICU service. She received her Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Clemson University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy – USC Campus in May 2015. She completed her pharmacy practice residency, as well as an Infectious Diseases Specialty residency at University of Kentucky HealthCare. Expand-Collapse Widget More about Dr. Mediwala  Her practice areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship, policies and protocol development, and academia with a focus in mentorship and leadership. Her research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT), IV-drug abuse and associated infections, and infections caused by gram-positive organisms.   Additionally, she maintains a strong passion for advocacy and professional development. She has served as a Member-at-Large of the 2016-2017 ACCP Resident Advisory Committee, 2016-2017 ASHP New Practitioners Forum Career Development Advisory Group, and the 2016-2017 ACCP ID PRN Executive Committee.   In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, wildlife conservation, playing sports and snowboarding.  

 

 

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