2019-2020 OHSU Pharmacy Residents
PGY2 critical care pharmacy residents
Elaine Chiang PGY2 Critical Care Resident:
Dr. Chiang is originally from Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her PharmD and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Her professional interests include oncology critical care, ICU delirium, transplant infectious disease, and heart failure. Dr. Chiang’s major research project investigates the influence of methamphetamine use on initial pain and sedation requirements in the trauma ICU population. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys collecting stationary, eating shaved ice, watching documentaries, improv storytelling and comedy, and exploring the great outdoors.
PGY2 pharmacy informatics resident
Kenesha Pace PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Resident:
Dr. Pace is originally from Canton, Mississippi. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY-1 residency at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Dr. Pace’s major research project involves implementing image capture into and electronic pharmacist check in pharmacy IV compounding workflow. Her professional interests are clinical decision support, clinical applications, medication safety, and internal medicine. Dr. Pace currently serves as a pharmacist on active duty with the United States Army. Outside of pharmacy she enjoys Latin and ballroom dancing, yoga, being a foodie, trying new recipes, learning Spanish, and spending time with family and friends.
PGY2 oncology pharmacy residents
Jonathan Cohen PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident:
Dr. Cohen is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University Michigan in 2014 and continued his education at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, attaining his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2018. He then competed his PGY1 Pharmacy Residency with OHSU. His professional interests include oncology, informatics, transitions of care, and clinical research. Dr. Cohen's major project involves comparing efficacy of intravenous iron products, with special interest in single-dose ferumoxytol. Outside of his daily responsibilities at the hospital, he enjoys staying active by lifting things up and putting them back down, eating copious amounts of Portland delicacies with his fellow co-residents, and confusing medical teams as he "bleeds" Maize and Blue.
Sophia Ma PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident:
Dr. Ma is originally from San Jose, California. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in the Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. She then ventured to the East Coast and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Returning to the West Coast, she completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Her professional interests include solid tumors and infectious diseases. Dr. Ma's major research project this year is investigating the use atropine as a premedication in patients being treated with irinotecan. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys trying the newest Korean skin care products, trying new foods, planning her next international trip, concerts, and keeping up with pop culture.
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident
YoungYoon Ham PGY2 Infectious Disease Resident:
Dr. Ham is originally from Seoul, Korea and grew up in Westbrook, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy from Yale University, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University in June 2018. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy residency training at Legacy Health. Her professional interests include incorporating social psychology principles into antibiotic stewardship, optimizing pharmacokinetic parameters in nonstandard patients, such as those on ECMO and CRRT, and academia. Dr. Ham’s major project involves the evaluation of penicillin allergies and challenging them through penicillin skin testing and graded oral challenge. Outside of residency, she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to audiobooks or podcasts about anything and everything, and anthropomorphizing her chickens.
PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration resident
Cassandra R. Robertson, Pharm.D.
Dr. Robertson is originally from Golden, Colorado. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a chemistry minor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacogenomics at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She then stayed on the east coast to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree at Oregon State University. Professionally, she is interested in oncology and immunotherapies, cardiology, pediatrics, and evaluating processes to improve efficiency and employee satisfaction. Over the upcoming year Dr. Robertson will be completing a major project evaluating the impact of take-home antibiotic prescriptions dispensed in the pediatric emergency department on patient satisfaction, readmission rates, and revenue generation. Outside of residency, she enjoys hiking, yoga, ornithology, botany, eating savory foods, and sleeping through movies.
PGY1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership Residents
Christopher L. White PGY1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident:
Dr. White is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a chemistry minor from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He then stayed to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree at Oregon State University. His professional interests include oncology, pediatrics, employee wellness, improving workflow efficiencies, and financial stewardship. Over the coming year, Dr. White will be completing a major project seeking to overhaul the emergency department’s medication reconciliation process. Outside of residency, he enjoys physical fitness, rooting for his home teams, engaging in cordial debates, and spending time with his fiancé.
Monark Nakrani PGY1/2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Resident:
Dr. Nakrani is originally from San Diego, California. He completed both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from pharmacy school in 2017, Dr. Nakrani returned to Southern California to practice in the outpatient setting. During his tenure at an independent pharmacy, he was able to serve as a manager, introduce new technologies, and perform continuous process improvement. It was this outpatient experience that sparked Dr. Nakrani’s interest in pharmacy administration and inspired him to expand his skill set to the ambulatory and inpatient settings. Dr. Nakrani’s professional interests include oncology, specialty pharmacy, and pharmacy benefit management. Throughout the upcoming year, he will conduct a research project analyzing the adverse events and cost-effectiveness of vancomycin, daptomycin, and dalbavancin in the outpatient infusion setting. Outside of residency, Dr. Nakrani looks forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest through his interests in camping, trying new foods, and practicing photography.
PGY1 pharmacy residents
Sonya Kedzior PGY1 Resident:
Dr. Kedzior was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. At the age of 16, she immigrated to the United States in pursuit of continuing her education in health care. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Michigan State University (MSU) and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine and clinical research. Dr. Kedzior’s major research project investigates the efficacy of intermittent versus continuous infusion dosing of intravenous proton pump inhibitors for empiric therapy of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys all things fitness, shopping for shoes, cooking and baking, and hosting tea parties.
Joe Plott PGY1 Resident:
Dr. Plott grew up in Young Harris, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Health Science at Middle Tennessee State University and proceeded to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. His pharmacy practice interests include emergency medicine, toxicology, critical care, and infectious diseases. Dr. Plott’s major research project investigates the use of olanzapine for delirium in critical care pediatric patients. Outside of residency, he enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, planning trips he can’t afford, and finding the nearest source of caffeine.
Kellie Spence PGY1 Resident:
Dr. Spence is originally from Denver, Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Colorado, followed by her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2019. Her professional interests include critical care, infectious disease, transplant, anticoagulation, and internal medicine. Dr. Spence’s major project evaluates once weekly fluconazole for the prevention of fungal infections in solid organ transplant recipients. Outside of residency, she enjoys painting, spending quality time with her dog, and baking delicious treats for her co-residents.
John White PGY1 Resident:
Dr. White is originally from Hillsboro, Oregon. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biohealth Sciences with a Minor in Chemistry at Oregon State University in 2015. In 2019, he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University College of Pharmacy. His professional interests include emergency medicine, critical care and internal medicine. Dr. White’s major research project is to determine the timing for which multidrug-resistant antimicrobial coverage is warranted in trauma patients with ventilator associated pneumonia. Outside of pharmacy, he can be found playing video games, running in the Hillsboro countryside, and enjoying cheap pizza semi-weekly.
Shelley Zhang PGY1 Resident:
Dr. Zhang was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received both her Bachelors in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and her Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Michigan. Her practice interests include informatics, especially clinical decision support and data analytics, as well as psychiatry and cardiology. Dr. Zhang’s major project this year involves analyzing the reimbursement process for oral oncology drugs. Outside of residency, she spends her time googling tiny house tours, editing pictures of food, and listening to all kinds of podcasts.