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, 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.

 
Health-System Pharmacy Administration
Residency Program Director
Kurt Weibel, PharmD, MS

Dr. Kurt Weibel is Director of Pharmacy at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Kurt received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin and Master of Science in Health Science Administration from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Weibel completed a PGY1/PGY2 residency in Pharmacy Practice Administration at Methodist University Hospital and Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN. He serves as program director of the PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency 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 infectious disease clinical pharmacist (Banner-University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona), and research. Research interests have included 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 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. Maragret and the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Pediatric Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
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.

 
Residency Program Coordinator
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.

Pharmacy Practice
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.

 
Residency Program Coordinator
Yvonne Huckleberry, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Yvonne Huckleberry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and a Critical Care Pharmacist at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University, College of Pharmacy in 2001. She holds a degree in Dietetics from Oregon State University and practiced as a Registered Dietitian for 10 years prior to her PharmD degree.

Dr. Huckleberry completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with emphasis in nutrition support at the University of Arizona in 2001-2002. She became a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine through the Academy of Critical Care Medicine in 2017. She serves as preceptor for the Adult Medical ICU rotation year-round and has published several publications in the critical care literature. She continues to serve as a research mentor for residents in collaboration with medical staff and serves on the Residency Advisory Committee with the University of Arizona Pharmacy Residency program.

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

Dr. Fazel is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She is a clincial pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care and an American Diabetes Association recognized Adult Diabetes Self-Management Education program coordinator at Banner - University Medical Center South Campus, Diabetes Physician Offices at Abrams and Diabetes Prevention and Education Center. She recently received a joint appointment in the College of Medicine. 

Dr. Fazel is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist, and certified diabetes educator. Dr. Fazel practices as part of an interprofessional team that provides diabetes management and education. 

Dr. Fazel received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the UA College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the Southern Arizona Veteran Affairs Health Care System. 

Prior to joining the University of Arizona faculty, Dr. Fazel practiced in various areas of pharmacy including the community setting and as a specialist in poison information at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center. 

Dr. Fazel's research areas of interest are health outcomes, diabetes prevention/education, interprofessional practice and education. 

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 Practice
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 Practice
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

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.”

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