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Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

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Mario E. Varela, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

Mario is currently a clinical pharmacy specialist at Valley Baptist - Brownsville.  He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy with Honors where he served as a Teaching Assistant for their Pharmacotherapy and Advanced Pharmacotherapy Labs.   He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP). Mario began his career at a rural community hospital where he was entrusted with their clinical and critical care pharmacy services.  He has been practicing as a clinical specialist for over five years improving the quality of pharmaceutical care for both community and academic institutions.

Current PGY1 Pharmacy Residents


Photo of Mario E. Varela, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Mario E. Varela, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

Mario is currently a clinical pharmacy specialist at Valley Baptist - Brownsville.  He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy with Honors where he served as a Teaching Assistant for their Pharmacotherapy and Advanced Pharmacotherapy Labs.   He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP). Mario began his career at a rural community hospital where he was entrusted with their clinical and critical care pharmacy services.  He has been practicing as a clinical specialist for over five years improving the quality of pharmaceutical care for both community and academic institutions.

Past Residents

Class of 2019–2020

  • Daniel Hurtado, PharmD: Upon completion of the PGY1 residency, Daniel accepted the position as a clinical pharmacist at Valley Baptist, Brownsville, TX.
  • Ayesha Araya, PharmD: Upon completion of the PGY1 residency, Ayesha accepted the position as a clinical pharmacist at Valley Baptist, Brownsville, TX.

Class of 2018–2019

  • Diem Ho, PharmD: Upon completion of the PGY1 residency, Diem accepted the position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.
  • Norbert Rosario, PharmD, BCPS: Upon completion of the PGY1 residency at Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville and the PGY2 Ambulatory Care at University Health System, San Antonio, TX, Nobert accepted the position as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist practitioner at Magenta Health, San Antonio, TX.

Class of 2017–2018

  • Pinhui (Judy) Chen, PharmD, BCPS: Upon completion of the PGY1 residency at Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville and the PGY2 Psychiatry at the VA North Texas Health Care System – Dallas, TX, Judy accepted the position as a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple, TX.
  • Lauren Olsen, PharmD: Upon completion of the PGY1 residency, Lauren accepted the position as a clinical pharmacist at Medical City Plano, Plano, TX.

Class of 2016–2017

  • Khiet Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS: Upon completion of the PGY1 residency, Khiet accepted the position as a clinical pharmacist at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital, San Antonio, TX.
  • Nathalie Quach, PharmD, BCPS: Upon completion of the PGY1 residency, Nathalie accepted the position as a clinical pharmacist at Valley Baptist, Brownsville, TX. Nathalie then accepted the position as a clinical pharmacist at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio, TX.