Residency Leadership

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
Critical Care Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Brian Kopp, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM

Dr. Brian Kopp is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and a Clinical Pharmacist in the surgical/trauma intensive care unit at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2001.

Dr. Kopp completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 residency in critical care at the University of Arizona. He serves as the program director for the PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

 

Emergency Medicine Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Daniel Jarrell, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS

Dr. Daniel Jarrell is a Clinical Pharmacist in emergency medicine at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2010.

Dr. Jarrell completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 residency in emergency medicine at the University of Arizona. He serves as the program director for the PGY2 emergency medicine residency program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

 

Residency Program Coordinator
Kate Morizio, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Kate Morizio is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Emergency Medicine at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy - Twin Cities in 2014.

Dr. Morizio completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, KY and went on to complete her PGY2 in Emergency Medicine at UK HealthCare in Lexington, KY. Kate serves as a preceptor for the PGY2 in emergency medicine as well as the PGY1 and PGY2 residents at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.


Infectious Diseases Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
David Nix, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)

Dr. Nix is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. He received his BS  Pharmacy in 1982 and PharmD in 1984 from the University of Georgia. From 1984-1986, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious disease pharmacotherapy and pharmacokinetics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

From 1986 to 1996, he served as program director, antimicrobial research, assistant director, and associate director of the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory, Millard Fillmore Hospital. Dr. Nix was responsible for directing the Clinical Pharmacology Unit and carrying out clinical and laboratory research involving antimicrobial drugs.

Dr. Nix joined the University of Arizona Faculty in 1996. Current responsibilities include teaching (infectious diseases), serving as an infectious disease clinical pharmacist (Banner-University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona), and research. Research interests have included the development of an orphan drug (Nikkomycin Z) for treatment of Valley Fever.

Dr. Nix has authored or contributed to more than 90 research papers. He is Board certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) and Applied Pharmacology (American Board of Clinical Pharmacology). He has been a member/alternate member of the UA IRB for more than 12 years and is currently in charge of site review for human research at the College of Pharmacy.


Residency Program Coordinator
Kathryn Matthias, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)

Dr. Matthias completed a specialized residency in critical care as well as a pharmacy practice residency at University Medical Center through the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She received a bachelor of arts in biology-chemistry at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., and a doctor of pharmacy from the UA in 2005.

Her area of interest includes infectious disease and critical care. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.  


Internal Medicine Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Michael Katz, PharmD

Dr. Michael Katz is a Professor in the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, Director of Residency Programs and Director of International Programs. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky and completed his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1979.  He is the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Internal Medicine program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.


Residency Program Coordinator
Ashley Campbell, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Ashley Campbell is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Elon University in 2010.

Dr. Campbell completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY2 specialty residency in geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) St. Margaret. During her residency training, she completed a two-year Faculty Development Fellowship through UPMC St. Margaret and the University of Pittsburgh.

Her professional interests include geriatric medicine, transitions of care, global health, and interprofessional education. 


Oncology Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, FASHP, FAzPA
Dr. Ali McBride is the Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.  He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Tucson, AZ and his Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology and Masters of Science in Biology from Purdue University.  Ali completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice (PGY1) at Carl T. Hayden VAMC Phoenix, AZ and oncology (PGY2) residency at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa, Fl. Ali is Board-certified in Oncology Pharmacy. Prior to entering the profession of pharmacy, Ali was a research scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic.  
 
As part of his professional service, Ali has been an active member of ASHP, ACCC and HOPA. Ali’s involvement with ASHP has included serving on the Council on Therapeutics. In addition, he has served on the New Practitioner Advisory Group and as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Emerging Sciences SAG. Ali has been involved in several HOPA committees including the Legislative Affairs Committee for which he served as the chair.  He currently serves as a working group member for HOPA on its biosimilar committee.  Ali also serves as the advisory board member for ACCC OPEN and holds the office of ACCC Secretary.  Dr. McBride has been working on oncology drug shortages and has testified on behalf of HOPA at FDA Drug Shortage Workshop, presented on behalf of ACCC at the Washington DC Congressional Session and was an invited member of the ASHP Drug Shortage Stakeholders Meeting.  Dr. McBride is also actively involved with Biosimilar regulation and the pharmacoeconomic impact of biosimilars into the US Marketplace.  In addition, he currently serves on the National Quality Forum Cancer Standing Committee.   He has published numerous articles focussing on drug shortages, oral chemotherapy adherence, stem cell transplant and biosimilar implementation into the US health care market.  

Residency Program Coordinator
Lisa Davis, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCOP

Lisa Davis, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCOP, professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science—specializes in adult oncology in inpatient and ambulatory settings. Davis’ work includes Phase 1 clinical trials at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Board-certified in pharmacotherapy and oncology pharmacy, her journal articles and presentations address breast and colon cancer and adult malignancies. A Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Teacher of the Year from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Faculty Mentor, AACP Walmart Scholars Program, among others.


Pediatric Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Leslie Thompson, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Leslie Thompson is the Coordinator of the Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program and is the Clinical Pharmacist in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit since 2004. She completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2001 and a PGY1 in pharmacy practice in 2002 at the University of Arizona.


Residency Program Coordinator
Nicole Varner, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Nicole Varner is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and a Clinical Pharmacist in Pediatrics at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 2009.

Dr. Varner completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the University of California, San Francisco in 2010 and PGY2 residency in pediatrics at the University of Arizona in 2011. She serves as the program director for the PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

 

Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Jennifer Baggs, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP

Dr. Jennifer Baggs is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and a clinical pharmacist in critical care and nutrition support at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2009.

Dr. Baggs completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 specialty residency in nutrition support with emphasis in critical care at the University of Arizona. She serves as the program director for the PGY1 pharmacy residency program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

 

Banner - University Medical Center South
Ambulatory Care
Residency Program Director
Maryam Fazel, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDE

Maryam Fazel, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CDE, serves as assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science where she oversees scholarships, experiential training, ambulatory clinical services and diabetes education. PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program Director and clinical pharmacist in diabetes care, Fazel enjoys a dual appointment at Department of Medicine, co-advising Diabetes Education, Prevention and Outreach Commitment to Underserved People program.

Board-certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist and ambulatory care pharmacist, she coordinates adult diabetes self-management education and support at Banner—University Medical Center South Campus. Her many poster presentations address diabetes education, medical education and pharmacy services.


Internal Medicine Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Kateryna Yenina, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Kateryna Yenina is a Clinical Pharmacist in Internal Medicine at Banner – University Medical Center South. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2010. Dr. Yenina completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System. She serves as the program director for the PGY2 pharmacy residency program in Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center South.


Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Georgina Rubal-Peace, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Georgina Rubal-Peace is the pharmacy program coordinator at Banner – University Medical Center South. She earned her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arizona. She serves as the South campus investigational drug pharmacist, student program coordinator and PGY1 pharmacy residency program director.


Northwest Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Stephen Perona, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Stephen Perona is an Emergency Department Pharmacist at Northwest Medical Center and an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2010.

Dr. Perona completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System where he was the recipient of the Resident of the Year Award. He is an active member of the Arizona Pharmacy Association and in 2012 received the association’s Distinguished Young Pharmacist award. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

 

Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Linda M. Calkins, RPh, MPH

Ms. Calkins is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Northwest Medical Center and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona.

Ms. Calkins has held numerous staff and leadership positions including Director of Pharmacy at the Morenci Healthcare Center; Arizona Primary Care Program Coordinator and Operations Manager for satellite clinics in Safford and Duncan, Arizona; Senior Leader for Morenci Healthcare Center in the Arizona State Diabetes Collaborative and the Continuing Care Clinic for Diabetics Demonstration Grant Project; Arizona Cancer Center Pharmacist at University Medical Center in Tucson; Clinical Faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She now serves as the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director for the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Northwest Medical Center program.

 

College of Pharmacy Medication Management Center
Ambulatory Care
Residency Program Director
Nicole Scovis, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Dr. Nicole Scovis is a graduate of the University of Florida. She completed her residency at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida, in ambulatory care and subsequently obtained board certification as both a pharmacotherapy specialist and an ambulatory care pharmacist.

From the beginning of her career, Dr. Scovis was actively engaged at the forefront of healthcare reform through medication therapy management (MTM) services at the Medication Management Center at the University of Arizona, where she was instrumental in developing the clinical programs that this center boasts today. She continues to support clinical program development.

Dr. Scovis serves as the residency program director for the PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency at the Medication Management Center. Dr. Scovis spearheads efforts to integrate pharmacogenomics into the care of patients with cardiovascular, neurological and psychiatric conditions to better personalize their care. Her passion is improving patient outcomes through optimization of medication therapy.


El Rio Health Center
Ambulatory Care
Residency Program Director
Amy Kennedy, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Kennedy is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and clinical pharmacist at El Rio health center. Before joining the staff at UA, Dr. Kennedy worked as a clinical pharmacist at a health center for the homeless. While there, she provided medication therapy management services, precepted students, and conducted research as part of an interprofessional healthcare team.  

Dr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her PharmD in 2008.  She completed her community pharmacy practice residency and community participatory research fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010.  

Her scholarship interests include preventive health, the impact of medication adherence on mental health outcomes, the role of therapeutic lifestyle modifications in hypertension management, medication therapy management outcomes, and the pharmacist’s role in caring for the underserved. Dr. Kennedy was recently awarded the ACCP Ambulatory Care PRN seed grant for her project titled “Assessment of Perceptions and Barriers to Therapeutic Lifestyle Modifications in Homeless Patients with Hypertension.”