Pharmacy

Preceptors

PHARMACY MANAGEMENT

Magda Fulman, PharmD, BCPS


Dr. Fulman is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy and the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Prior to joining Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Dr. Fulman was the Internal Medicine Clinical Coordinator and served as the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program Director and preceptor at Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) in NY. Dr. Fulman’s vision for the Pharmacy Department at Montefiore Nyack Hospital led to the expansion of the pharmacist’s role within the clinical team, development of a robust residency program, and growth of clinical pharmacy services to include Transitions of Care, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and pharmacy driven protocols. Dr. Fulman takes special interest in educating pharmacy staff, residents, and students serving as a preceptor from multiple schools of pharmacy. Dr. Fulman is committed to patient safety and expansion of clinical pharmacy services by participating in many performance improvement projects, including pharmacy residency research projects. Dr. Fulman is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy and received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in NY. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at LIJMC.

Daryl Schiller, MS, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID
Dr. Schiller oversees clinical and operational activities as the Pharmacy Director at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. He previously held the position of Assistant Director for Clinical Services and PGY-1 Residency Program Director at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ where he was also the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Burn Trauma. He has been involved with numerous professional organizations at both the local and national levels including serving as President of the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a member of the ASHP Council on Therapeutics, a delegate in the ASHP House of Delegates, and a question writer for the Board of Pharmacy Specialists BCPS exam. He is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy with Added Qualifications in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Schiller has 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous conference presentations including being an invited lecturer at national conferences as well as many regional pharmacy-, medicine-, and nursing based meetings. He received BS and MS degrees in pharmacology and immunology from SUNY Buffalo and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Long Island University followed by a residency in Infectious Diseases at the James J Peters Bronx VA Medical Center. Under his direction, the Pharmacy Department at Montefiore Nyack Hospital has made great strides in expanding clinical pharmacy services and other medication safety processes.

Jennifer Champagne, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Champagne is the Manager of Pharmacy Operations at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy – Glendale. Prior to joining Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Dr. Champagne worked at The Aroostook Medical Center in northern Maine. She also has history working in a retail setting. Dr. Champagne is actively involved in improving pharmacy workflow, ensuring USP compliance, and optimizing department productivity.

Sherene Samu, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Samu is a clinical staff pharmacist that specializes in Critical Care. Dr. Samu received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency at Stony Book University Medical Center. After completing her residency, she stayed on with Stony Brook for 10 years and served as the Pediatric Clinical Specialist as well as the PGY-1 Residency Program Director. She was involved in many clinical services, protocol/guideline development, preceptor development and many residency improvement initiatives. Dr. Samu has a strong passion for critical care and enjoys mentoring and precepting pharmacy residents and students. Dr. Samu serves as one of the preceptors for the Critical Care learning experience.

Alexandra Harris PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Harris is a clinical staff pharmacist that works primarily in internal medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Castleton University before earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services. Dr. Harris completed her ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Montefiore Nyack Hospital during which she earned a teaching certificate at St. John's University. She is actively involved in patient care at Montefiore Nyack Hospital attending multidisciplinary rounds, counseling patients and providing education. Dr. Harris is also the preceptor for the journal club longitudinal learning experience.

 

CLINICAL PRECEPTORS

Gaurav Bajaj, PharmD

Dr. Bajaj is an Informatics Pharmacist at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Dr. Bajaj received his Doctor of Pharmacy at the Long Island University Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy in NY. Dr. Bajaj started working at Montefiore Nyack Hospital as a Staff Pharmacist and transitioned into the field of Health Informatics and has earned a Pharmacy Informatics Certificate through American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Dr. Bajaj is He enjoys mentoring pharmacists, students and residents in the field of Pharmacy Informatics.

Kelly Chan, PharmD, BCPS

Kelly Chan, PharmD holds the position of Clinical Pharmacist, specializing in critical care at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. Prior to joining Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Dr. Chan worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Queens, NY. She is actively involved in the critical care services, rounding daily on patients in the medical and surgical critical care units and serves as the preceptor for the critical care learning experience.

Ellen Daniel, PharmD, BCACP
Dr. Ellen Daniel is the Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. She attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. Dr. Daniel completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. She went on to complete a Community Practice Pharmacy Residency with Kings Pharmacy and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked in a variety of clinical areas including ambulatory care, outpatient oncology, and care management. Dr. Daniel helped develop the pharmacy transitions of care service line within New York City Health and Hospitals system that is still in existence today. Dr. Daniel enjoys precepting students and was nominated for the Excellence in Precepting Award by the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining the pharmacy team at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Dr. Daniel served as the Medication Transitions Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with Denver Health where she precepted APPE students and residents, developed initiatives to improve care transitions, and collaborated with interdisciplinary care teams. Dr. Daniel has a strong interest in public health, diabetes management, and preventive health.  

Gloria Porcelli, Rph, BCOP

Mrs. Gloria Porcelli received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in NY. She has been a hospital pharmacist with 20+ years of experience. She has exclusively been working in the area of oncology pharmacy since 2008. She is assistant professor of Oncology at Touro college of Pharmacy and precepts for multiple schools of pharmacy. Her professional interests include education, counseling and being an integral part of the oncology team. Mrs. Porcelli serves as the preceptor for the Ambulatory Care/Oncology learning experience.

Laurance Rances, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Rances is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Dr. Rances received his Bachelors of Sciences degree from the University of Buffalo and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Touro College of Pharmacy. Dr. Rances specializes in critical care and is involved in variety of pharmacy initiatives to include protocol development, immunization clinics, and patient counseling. Dr. Rances serves as a preceptor for the Critical Care learning experience.

Rupangi (Soni) Rastogi, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Rastogi is the Infectious Disease Clinical Specialist at Nyack Hospital focusing on Antimicrobial Stewardship. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After residency, she stayed on to work as a Multi-Specialty Clinical Pharmacist for 2 years and then transitioned into the role of a Neuroscience pharmacist for 1 year prior to joining Nyack Hospital. She enjoys and has experience teaching students from various schools of pharmacy, as well as both PGY-1 and PGY-2 pharmacy residents.
 

Leora Blander, PharmD
Dr. Blander is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist specializing in internal medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Blander completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in Baltimore. Prior to joining Montefiore Nyack Hospital, she has had many opportunities to work in different aspects of pharmacy. She worked as a consultant Clinical Pharmacist for several years before relocating to Rockland County. She has a strong interest in anticoagulation and pain management.  

Aaron Salwan, PharmD, MPH
Dr. Aaron Salwan is the Behavioral Health Pharmacy Specialist at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Dr. Salwan is a 2017 graduate of the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy. He completed a 3-year research fellowship at East Tennessee State University from 2017-2020 where he developed both research and clinical skills with an emphasis in psychiatry and substance use disorders. As a fellow, Dr. Salwan participated in a variety of research projects, including how community pharmacists engage with patients at risk of developing an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), improving medication adherence among people living with HIV through SMS messaging, and identifying how stigma impact’s ability to seek healthcare among people who inject drugs. Dr. Salwan completed his Master of Public Health degree in 2020 with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health, including an internship at a local syringe service program. After fellowship, Dr. Salwan pursued a specialty residency in neuropsychiatry at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. During residency, he taught topics in psychiatry and neurology to pharmacy students including bipolar disorder, epilepsy, child and adolescent psychiatry, obsessive compulsive disorder, and long-acting injectable antipsychotics. Dr. Salwan was awarded a grant to research the experiences of women treated with brexanolone, a novel drug for postpartum depression. His career interests include substance use disorders, psychiatry, harm reduction, and researching the integration of psychedelics into the treatment of mental health disorders.


OUR RESIDENTS 2021-2022
Dennis Kutsar, PharmD
Shannon McGovern, PharmD
Aleksandra Spektor, PharmD

OUR PAST RESIDENTS
2020-2021
Veronica Daniel, PharmD
Christin Picinic, PharmD
Yuliya Rakouskaya, PharmD 

2019-2020
Michael Mandarino, PharmD
Abhishek Srivastava, PharmD

2018-2019
Reema Mody, PharmD
Alexandra Harris, PharmD

2017-2018
Nirvana Awad, PharmD, BCPS

2016-2017
Emmanuel Knight, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP

 

CONTACTS
Magda Fulman: fulmanm[at]montefiorenyack[dot]org
Daryl Schiller: schillerd[at]montefiorenyack[dot]org
Jennifer Champagne: champagnej[at]montefiorenyack[dot]org
Soni Rastogi: rastogir[at]montefiorenyack[dot]org