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Residency in Pharmacy at Lenox Hill Hospital

Established in 1857, Lenox Hill Hospital is a 652-bed, acute care hospital located on Manhattan's Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. It is particularly well known for excellence in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, orthopaedics, sports medicine, otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, and maternal/child health. The hospital is also a recognized leader in public health education and community outreach.

The postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency at Lenox Hill Hospital is committed to offering pharmacists the highest level of training to increase drug therapy knowledge, develop skills in leadership and increase confidence as health system practitioners.

Our pharmacy department offers an array of clinical services as well as technologically advanced systems for medication use. Residents working toward their goal of optimal patient care outcomes will also benefit from the guidance of an interdisciplinary team of professionals within Northwell Health.

Residency learning experience

Core rotations

  • Internal medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Medical intensive care
  • Surgical intensive care
  • Pharmacy administration
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care

Elective rotation

Two elective rotations are required, to be determined based on resident's interests and skills assessment. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Ambulatory care
  • Cardiothoracic intensive care
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Palliative Care

Longitudinal

  • Research project
  • Teaching certificate
  • Staffing
  • Student preceptorship
  • Provider education 
  • Performance Improvement Initiatives

Application process

Applicants interested in the pharmacy residency training program at Lenox Hill Hospital pharmacy should apply through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

Essential application information includes: 

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official pharmacy school transcript
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

Faculty

Program director

Paul T. Nowierski, BS Pharmacy

Paul T. Nowierski takes pride in leading Lenox Hill Hospital’s department of pharmacy with Clinical Pharmacists - Advanced Practice, a program that focuses on intensive care services for medicine, surgery, cardiac, neonatal/pediatric, cardiothoracic, emergency and antimicrobial stewardship services.

Our pharmacy residency program has forged solid relationships with multiple pharmacy universities, including Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University (LIU) and the University of Saint Joseph's School of Pharmacy, which contribute on-site LIU faculty along with more than 50 student rotations yearly. This includes rotations in acute care, institutional hospital practice, critical care, emergency medicine, IV admixture, information technology, pediatrics, medication safety and hospital pharmacy administration.

For more than a decade, Mr. Nowierski has been able to redesign the physical pharmacy, IV clean room, admixture services and workflow/distribution. He also doubled the staffing to help deliver improved patient care on a daily basis. Many of the improvements were technological advances, which included the configuration of Sunrise Clinical Manager for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and Sunrise Medication Manager for the pharmacy information system (PIS). This embedded safeguards, smart alerts and clinically correct order sentences in the system to enhance the physicians’ order entry, reducing common sense medication errors by 50 percent. He also introduced Omnicell automated technology in all areas, from operating rooms to nursing units, to change the medication distribution process, increase medication safety and reduce turnaround for nurses/physicians to bring medications closer to the point of care. The hospital also implemented bedside barcode technology to reduce medication administration errors. 

“These past 10 plus years have taught us that we can always improve on the work we have done,” said Mr. Nowierski. “We can always enhance technology to bring us to a new level, and we need to continually believe that it is our staff that ultimately defines the character of our pharmacy services. We therefore must continue to invest in our people, improving their skills, to enhance the patient outcome and our contribution to the healthcare team”.

Preceptors

Nicholas Zerilli, PharmD, BCPS
Program Coordinator and Program Preceptor

Dr. Zerilli is an advanced-practice clinical pharmacist and program coordinator for the residency program. His primary practice sites include cardiothoracic surgical intensive care, orthopaedic, and general surgical units. He coordinates student rotations and associated activities and manages the investigational drug service at Lenox Hill Hospital. He received his PharmD from the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at LIU and serves as a residency program preceptor for the cardiothoracic intensive care rotation.

Ilya Krichavets, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Krichavets received his PharmD from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill and is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist advanced practice focusing on antimicrobial stewardship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY. He serves as a residency program preceptor for the infectious disease rotation.

Annette Piotrowski, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Piotrowski received her PharmD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill and is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist advanced practice at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY. Her primary practice site is the internal medicine unit. She serves as a residency program preceptor for the internal medicine and ambulatory care rotations.

Claudia Rondon, PharmD
Dr. Rondon received her PharmD from Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Her primary practice sites include inpatient medical intensive care and adult internal medicine units. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill and a PGY-2 residency in pain management/palliative care at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and serves as a residency program preceptor for the medical intensive care and internal medicine rotations.

Julia Slavin, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Slavin is an advanced-practice clinical pharmacist. Her primary practice sites include the neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, and obstetrical/maternal care. She received her BS from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at LIU and received her PharmD from the University of Florida and serves as a residency program preceptor for the neonatal intensive care rotation.

Cheng-Hsiao (Alex) Tai, PharmD                                      
Dr. Tai is a Clinical Pharmacy Informatics Specialist.  He is responsible for development, implementation and maintenance of all pharmacy-related systems, including computerized physician order entry systems, automated dispensing systems and pharmacy support systems.  Dr. Tai received his PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Queens, NY. He completed his PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2017 and serves as a residency program preceptor for the informatics rotation.

Raisa Telis, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Telis is an advanced-practice clinical pharmacist. Her primary practice sites include the inpatient medical units, cardiology critical care unit and post-interventional cardiology unit. She received her BS in pharmacy from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at LIU and her PharmD from University of Florida College of Pharmacy and serves as a residency program preceptor for the cardiology rotation.

Jessica Tran, PharmD
Dr. Tran is an emergency department (ED) clinical pharmacist at Lenox Hill Hospital. She received her PharmD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, TX and completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2018. 

Benjamin Wee, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Wee is an advanced-practice clinical pharmacist. His primary practice sites include surgical intensive care, psychiatry, and orthopaedic units. He received his PharmD from the SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and completed his PGY-1 (Pharmacy Practice) and PGY-2 (Critical Care) residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He joined the clinical pharmacy team in 2013 and serves as a residency program preceptor for the surgical intensive care rotation.

Residents

Current residents

Ross Harmon, PharmD
Dr. Harmon received his PharmD from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR.  His current areas of interest include infectious disease and critical care.  He plans to pursue a PGY-2 in one of these specialties and pursue a clinical position after postgraduate training.

Raphaela Nisenzone, PharmD
Dr. Nisenzone received her PharmD from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Her current areas of interest include cardiology, ambulatory care, and internal medicine. She plans to pursue a PGY-2 in one of these areas, become BCPS certified, and obtain a clinical position in one of these area after completing her post-graduate training.

Grammatiki Vakirtzis, PharmD
Dr. Vakirtzis received her PharmD/MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park, NJ. Her current areas of interest include pediatrics, critical care, and internal medicine. She plans to pursue a PGY-2 in pediatrics or follow a career in ambulatory care, and obtain a clinical position after completing her post-graduate training.

Past Residents

Jessica Tran, PharmD
Dr. Tran received her PharmD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, TX. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2018 and is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacist Advanced Practice at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY.

Karina Soares, PharmD
Dr. Soares received her PharmD from University of Saint Joseph in Hartford, CT. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2018 and is currently employed as Clinical Pharmacist at Yale New Haven Hospital in New haven, CT.

Tiffany Wong, PharmD
Dr. Wong received her PharmD from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2018 and is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY.

Cheng-Hsiao (Alex) Tai, PharmD
Dr. Tai received his PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Queens, NY. He completed his PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2017 and is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacy Informatics Specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY.

Irene Li, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Li received her PharmD from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Queens, NY. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2017 and a PGY-2 residency in critical care at the University of Massachusetts-Worcester in Boston, Ma.  She is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Massachusetts-Worcester in Boston, Ma.

Brandon Tuzon, PharmD
Dr. Tuzon received his PharmD from The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at The University of Hawaii at Hilo in Hilo, HI. He completed his PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2017 and is currently employed as a Clinical Pharmacist Advanced Practice at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY.

Claudia Rondon, PharmD                                            
Dr. Rondon received her PharmD from Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2016 and completed a PGY-2 residency in pain management/palliative care at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.  She is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist advanced practice at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY.

Ilya Krichavets, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Krichavets received his PharmD from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2016 and is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist advanced practice focusing on antimicrobial stewardship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY.

Annette Piotrowski, PharmD, BCPS                                      
Dr. Piotrowski received her PharmD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2016 and is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist advanced practice at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY.

Gabrielle Dunsky, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Dunsky received her PharmD from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2015 and is currently employed as a clinical pharmacist at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.

Geremy Carpenter, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Carpenter received his PharmD from the University of Mississippi College of Pharmacy in Oxford, MS.  He completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2015 and is currently employed as an emergency department clinical pharmacist at Plainview Hospital in Plainview, NY.

Hanna Yudchyts, PharmD, BCOP
Dr. Yudchyts received her PharmD from & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.  She completed her PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2014 and a PGY-2 residency specializing in oncology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California in 2015.  She is currently employed as an oncology clinical pharmacist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Atrik Aryan, PharmD
Dr. Aryan received his PharmD from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.  He completed his PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2014 and a PGY-2 residency specializing in medication use safety at the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2015.  He is currently employed as a Medication Safety Pharmacist at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, California.

Charrai Byrd, PharmD
Dr. Byrd received his PharmD from Touro College of Pharmacy in NY, NY.  He completed his PGY-1 residency at Lenox Hill in 2013 and is currently employed as a pharmacy supervisor at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY.
 

Program contacts

For more information on our pharmacy residency program, contact one of the following:

Paul T. Nowierski, BS, Pharmacy
Residency Program Director
Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services

Email:[email protected]

Nicholas Zerilli, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Coordinator and Program Preceptor
Clinical Pharmacist Advanced Practice
Email: [email protected]

Ilya Krichavets, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Preceptor
Clinical Pharmacist, Advanced Practice
Email: [email protected]

Annette Piotrowski, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Preceptor
Clinical Pharmacist, Advanced Practice
Email: [email protected]

Claudia Rondon, PharmD
Residency Program Preceptor
Clinical Pharmacist, Advanced Practice
Email: [email protected]

Julia Slavin, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Preceptor
Clinical Pharmacist, Advanced Practice
Email: [email protected]

Cheng-Hsiao (Alex) Tai, PharmD
Residency Program Preceptor
Clinical Pharmacy Informatics Specialist
Email: [email protected]

Raisa Telis, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Preceptor
Clinical Pharmacist, Advanced Practice
Email: [email protected]

Benjamin Wee, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Preceptor
Clinical Pharmacist, Advanced Practice
Email: [email protected]