PHARMACY RESIDENCY PRECEPTORS
Eric M Bou, PharmD, BCPS: is currently a clinical pharmacy specialist at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. Eric completed both of his Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at Purdue University. He worked as a clinical pharmacist specialist in the pediatric intensive care unit at Hospital Universitario Pediatrico in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico for 4 years. Later he had the opportunity to join the VA-Medical Center in San Juan as a critical care specialist. He later joined what is today Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville and held different positions including clinical pharmacist specialist, assistant director, and director of pharmacy. Eric also worked as a clinical pharmacy coordinator at Mission Regional Medical Center, Mission, Texas. He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Shiyi Geng, PharmD: is currently a clinical pharmacist at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. She completed her PharmD degree at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Shiyi is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). She is working to promote excellence in pharmaceutical services through enhancement in interprofessional relationship, staff knowledge, and process to ensure quality patient care. Shiyi is also developing pharmacy led medication reconciliation initiatives and promoting pharmacy involvement in the emergency department.
Justin Gonzalez, PharmD: is a clinical pharmacist at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville, TX. He completed his BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to achieve his PharmD degree at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. After pharmacy school, he decided to expand upon his clinical knowledge by completing a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at St. David’s Medical in Austin, TX. During his residency he served as a pharmacotherapy lab facilitator and IPPE preceptor for UT pharmacy students and focused his research on cost savings associated with having pharmacy coordinated medication reconciliation services in the ED. At Valley Baptist, Justin developed and implemented warfarin protocol and provided several cardiology-related continuing education lectures to clinical pharmacists. His professional areas of interest include cardiology, infectious disease, and diabetes.
Alejandra (Ally) Juarez, PharmD: is currently a clinical pharmacist at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. Ally graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She serves as a preceptor for Advanced Hospital rotation and Institutional IPPE rotation for the University of Texas. She is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) and Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) for the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso Chapter. Ally currently oversees the IV room operations through Simply 797 as well as performs IV validation and competency testing for technicians and pharmacists. Ally’s interests include quality assurance and improvement of IV medication process, antimicrobial stewardship, and anticoagulation management. Her current research focuses on the impact of adherence to guidelines recommendations for duration of therapy on clinical outcomes in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). She is placing an emphasis on becoming Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy by next year.
Ahmad Khalil, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP: is currently the Director of Pharmacy at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. Ahmad graduated with a bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at Campbell University. Ahmad worked as an assistant professor of the University of Louisiana School of Pharmacy for 5 years, during which he practiced as a clinical pharmacist at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. Ahmad worked at Valley Baptist-Brownsville as a clinical pharmacy specialist before accepting the Director position. He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. His current research focuses on the impact of antimicrobial stewardship program on patient outcomes. Ahmad is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration. He also serves as a preceptor for APPE Adult Medicine and Critical Care rotations for both Texas A&M and University of Texas schools of pharmacy.
Jennifer Liang, PharmD: is currently a clinical pharmacist at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. Jennifer received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy in Saint Louis, MS. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Her current areas of professional interest include infectious disease, anticoagulation, and psychiatry. Jennifer’s current research focuses on the duration of therapy for community acquired pneumonia. She also provides educational in-services for clinical pharmacists on anticoagulation monitoring and for other clinicians to improve administration of antibiotic infusions. Additionally, Jennifer is working towards obtaining BCPS certification
Y-Nha (Violet) Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS: is currently the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Director and a clinical pharmacy specialist at Valley Bapstist-Brownsville. Violet graduated from Texas Tech University and Health Sciences - School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and PGY2 Critical Care Specialty residency at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. During her Critical Care Specialty residency, Violet served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy for both their Acute Care Elective and Pharmaceutical Care Lab. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Violet is actively involved in developing ICU and hospital-wide protocols, expanding antimicrobial stewardship and pharmacy services, and providing continuing education to ICU nurses and clinical pharmacists. Her research interests include CAP treatment duration, pharmacist involvement in fall prevention, and anticoagulation in patients requiring PCI. She also serves as a preceptor for APPE Adult Medicine and Critical Care rotations for both UT and Texas A&M schools of pharmacy.
Andrew Orsa, PharmD: is currently a clinical pharmacist at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville. Andrew completed his PharmD degree at Texas Tech University and Health Sciences - School of Pharmacy. His professional areas of interest included cardiology, infectious diseases, and psychiatry. Andrew is currently developing nursing education lectures on the hospital's most updated heparin weight based protocol and vasoactive medications in the ICU. His research interests include the impact of treatment duration for CAP patients on clinical outcomes and heparin versus bivalirudin in ACS patients. Andrew plans on becoming Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in the near future.
Mario E. Varela, PharmD, BCPS: 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
Khiet Nguyen, PharmD: is currently a PGY-1 resident at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his PharmD degree from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. During school, he was an active member of Student Society of Health-system Pharmacists and was the founding president of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy at UH, and is currently a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). His professional areas of interest include infectious diseases, critical care, and pharmacy informatics. Khiet’s current research projects involve the use of adjusted body weight in dosing vancomycin for overweight patients and comparison of bivalirudin and heparin during PCI. His goal for post-PGY1 is to obtain the Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and become a preceptor.
Nathalie Quach, PharmD: is currently a PGY-1 resident at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Nathalie is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Her areas of interest are infectious diseases, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Her current research projects focus on the use of continuous bupivacaine infusion for post-operative pain control in bariatric patients, and treatment of Acinetobacter spp. and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections. She plans on pursuing a PGY-2 residency in either Infectious Diseases or Pediatrics. Additionally, she plans on becoming a preceptor and Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy in the future.