Residency Program

Pharmacy

Residency Program

PGY2 Pediatrics

This PGY-2 Pediatric Residency offers a 12 month experience in pediatric pharmacy practice training at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital at the campuses of Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York (MSCHONY) and Komansky Children’s Hospital. The residency program provides diverse and extensive training in acute care and specialized pediatric settings including core neonatal/pediatric critical care, hematology-oncology, solid organ transplant, along with various other subspecialty electives. The objective of the program is to train future leading clinicians in the dynamic healthcare field of pediatric pharmacy practice. Residents will participate in activities to develop the knowledge and skills required to provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team. Activities are designed to refine the resident’s abilities to educate other health care professionals, patients, and the community on drug therapy-related topics. Residents will develop acumen in conducting pediatric pharmacy practice-related research and demonstrating administrative skills in pediatric pharmacy practice.

Required Rotations

The following rotations will be 4-5 weeks in duration:

  • General Pediatric Medicine – Komansky Childrens Hospital only (Cornell Campus)
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Neonatal Intensive Critical Care (NICU)
  • Pediatric Intensive Critical Care (PICU)/Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)
  • Pediatric Pharmacy Administration
  • Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant (kidney, liver, small bowel)

Elective Rotations

The following will be 4-5 week rotations (elective rotations can be a repeat of a required rotation)

  • PICU II (PICU, PCICU, Pediatric Neurosciences ICU)
  • NICU II (Infant Cardiac Intensive Care Unit focus)
  • Heart Failure/Heart Transplant/Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Academia - through St John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (optional teaching certificate)
  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation

Compensation and Benefits

Residents earn an annual stipend of $53,000. Paid time off is allotted for vacation/personal time, holidays, interviews, and professional meetings. Additional benefits include travel stipend for professional meetings, comprehensive health insurance, and subsidized housing (pending availability).

Staffing Coverage

PGY2 pediatrics resident work on-site every third weekend focused on clinical activities with satellite staffing component. In addition, resident will complete minimum of one evening every 3 weeks overseeing decentralized pharmacist clinical activities during rotational experiences at MSCHONY.

To Apply

For more information on the requirements for submitting an application to our program, please visit our To Apply page.

Our Team

Pediatrics


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Densley E. Perez, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Neonatal Intensive Care

Residency Program Director, PGY2 Pediatrics

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Jefferson College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: SUNY Upstate University Hospital
PGY2 Pediatrics: Golisano Children's Hospital/Upstate University Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Neonatal/pediatric pharmacotherapy/ critical care,  pediatric infectious diseases, infant/pediatric cardiac critical care, pharmacokinetics
[email protected]

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Justin Chen, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Research/Professional Interests: Immunosuppression, pharmacokinetics, anticoagulation
[email protected]

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Jennifer Cheng, PharmD, BCIDP

Clinical Pharmacy Manager – Infectious Diseases

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Hackensack University Medical Center
PGY2 Infectious Diseases: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, infections in immunocompromised hosts, HIV management
[email protected]

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Heather Corbo, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Mercer University College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric transplantation, heart failure, anticoagulation, immunosuppression, adolescent medication adherence
[email protected]

Ibis D. Lopez, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Pediatric Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: University of Kentucky
PGY2 Pediatrics: University of Kentucky/Kentucky Children’s Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric leukemia and neuroblastoma; patient safety specifically chemotherapy; Pharmacy informatics regarding pediatrics and chemotherapy
[email protected]

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Elena Mendez-Rico, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Manager – Pediatric Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Komansky Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric Adverse Drug Events; Medication Safety; Pediatric ICU pain, sedation & delirium
[email protected]

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Caitlin Murtagh, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Neonatal Intensive Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
PGY2 Pediatrics: Northwell Health Cohen Children's Medical Center
Research/Professional Interests: Neonatal PK&PD, NAS, peds ID, med safety in NICU, peds respiratory disorders
[email protected]

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Sara Rostas, PharmD, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Neonatal Intensive Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Komansky Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Neonatology Pharmacy Fellowship (Non-accredited): Brigham and Women's Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Neonatal analgesia & sedation; PDA; NAS; medication safety in the NICU
[email protected]

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Dimitrios A. Savva, PharmD, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager – Pediatric Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Pharmacy Education: St Johns’ University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Children’s National Health System
PGY2 Pediatrics: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy/University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric critical care & infant/pediatric cardiac critical care pharmacokinetics, ECMO, PICU Pain/Sedation; Medication Safety in Children, academia/preceptorship
Email: [email protected]

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Drew Seidel, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Manager - Pediatric Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: University of Rochester Medical Center
PGY2 Pediatrics: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy/ University of Maryland Children’s Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: Risk stratification and treatment of pediatric ALL,  AML, targeted and cellular therapies, antimicrobial prophylaxis and management of infections in immunocomprimised patients, GVHD, CINV, medication safety, academia/precepting
[email protected]

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Sarah Smith, PharmD, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager – General Pediatrics

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Komansky Children's Hospital
Pharmacy Education: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: University of Kentucky
PGY2 Pediatrics: University of Kentucky/Kentucky Children’s Hospital
Research/Professional Interests: academia/preceptorship, neurology
[email protected]

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Leanne Svoboda, PharmD, MBA, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Manager – Pediatric Critical Care

Primary Campus: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Pharmacy Education: Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University
Post Graduate Training:
PGY1: Oregon Health & Science University
Research/Professional Interests: Pediatric pharmacy operations, pediatric critical care, pediatric pain, patient safety
[email protected]

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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Department of Pharmacy

Densley E. Perez, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, PGY2 PEDIATRIC PHARMACY RESIDENCY