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Program Leadership

Carson Padgett, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Residency Program Director

Director of Clinical and Ambulatory Pharmacy Services

Dr. Carson Padgett

Dr. Carson Padgett is the Director of Clinical and Ambulatory Pharmacy Services at UNC REX Hospital. She is a member of the Department of Pharmacy Leadership Team and works with the PGY1 residents. Dr. Padgett received her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP accredited PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) residency at the University of Kansas Hospital, and received a M.S. in Pharmacy Practice from the University of Kansas. She is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Padgett leads clinical services for inpatient areas and ambulatory clinics. Her areas of interest include clinical services management, transitions of care, medication safety, quality improvement, and pharmacy training programs. Dr. Padgett practiced previously at St. Joseph’s Hospital – BayCare and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Contact Dr. Padgett at Carson.Padgett@unchealth.unc.edu

W. Russell Laundon, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Director of Pharmacy Operations

Dr. Walter LaudonDr. W. Russell Laundon is the Inpatient Pharmacy Operations Director at UNC REX Hospital. He is a member of the Department of Pharmacy Leadership Team and works with the PGY1 residents at UNC REX Hospital. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy, and completed a two year ASHP accredited administrative residency at Duke University Hospital from 2010-2012.

Dr. Laundon serves as a preceptor for the Administration rotations.

Contact Dr. Laundon at Walter.Laundon@unchealth.unc.edu.

Resident Preceptors

Ginger Barrick, PharmD, BCPS, MS

Emergency Medicine Clinical Specialist

Dr. Ginger Barrick

Dr. Ginger Barrick specializes in emergency medicine within the pharmacy department at UNC REX Hospital. She is the clinical pharmacy coordinator for the emergency department. She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy and Masters of Clinical Research degree from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed a PGY1 residency at Winchester Medical Center, a Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy program.

Dr. Barrick serves as preceptor for required Emergency Medicine rotation.

Contact Dr. Barrick at ginger.barrick@unchealth.unc.edu.

David Blanchard, RPh

Clinical Pharmacist, Outpatient Oncology

Mr. David BlanchardMr. David Blanchard is a clinical pharmacist specializing in oncology and pain management at UNC REX Hospital. He practices at REX Hematology Oncology Infusion at UNC REX Hospital. He earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy, completed an ASHP Oncology Patient Traineeship at Duke University Medical Center, and End-of-Life Curriculum through the Palliative Care Network.

Mr. Blanchard worked at Wake Medical Center, focusing on outpatient HIV clinics and on pediatric and neonatal care areas. He was pharmacy manager of Pronetics Healthcare, working with antibiotic home infusion, chemotherapy home infusion, and pain management and hospice care. At UNC REX, he has worked with critical care, antimicrobial stewardship, pain management, palliative and hospice care, psychotropic medications, and hematology/oncology.

Mr. Blanchard was honored as Wake AHEC Preceptor of the Year in 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He is a member of Hematology Oncology Pharmacists Association and North Carolina Oncology Pharmacists.

Mr. Blanchard serves as preceptor for the PGY1 Oncology I rotation and for the PGY2 Cardio-Oncology rotation.

Contact Mr. Blanchard at David.Blanchard@unchealth.unc.edu.

Kara M. Bozik, PharmD, BCPS

Neonatology/Women’s Services Clinical Specialist

Dr. Bozik

Dr. Kara Bozik is the clinical pharmacy specialist for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Women’s Services at UNC REX Healthcare. She obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2000 and went on to complete a PGY1 Residency at Mission Health in Asheville, NC.

She brings 19 years of experience as a clinical pharmacist, with 16 years specializing in neonatal/pediatric medicine. Her interests include pediatric and adult nephrology.

Dr. Bozik serves as the preceptor for the Neonatal ICU rotation.

Contact Dr. Bozik at kara.bozik@unchealth.unc.edu.

David Collins, PharmD, BCPS

Critical Care Clinical Specialist

Dr. Duke Eidson

Dr. David Collins is the team leader specializing in critical care and is a member of the antimicrobial stewardship program at UNC REX Hospital. He practices in the critical care units at UNC REX Hospital. Dr. Collins earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a PGY1 Residency at UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill, NC.

He brings over 20 years of experience working as a clinical pharmacist. His interest areas and experiences include intensive care and infectious disease. Dr. Collins has been honored as the Wake AHEC pharmacy preceptor of the year in an inpatient setting. He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. Collins serves as primary preceptor for the Critical Care II rotation.

Contact Dr. Collins at David.Collins@unchealth.unc.edu.

Duke Eidson, PharmD, BCPS

Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Specialist

Dr. Duke Eidson

Dr. Duke Eidson is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Team Coordinator and is a member of the Critical Care Team. He obtained his Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy where he graduated summa cum laude, and completed a PGY1 Residency at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.

Dr. Eidson serves as the preceptor for the Antimicrobial Stewardship I rotation.

Contact Dr. Eidson at Daniel.Eidson@unchealth.unc.edu.

Nastaran Gharkholonarehe, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Cardiovascular Clinical Specialist

Dr. Nastaran Gharkholonarehe

Dr. Nastaran Gharkholonarehe earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, and her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Gharkholonarehe completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UNC REX Hospital, Raleigh, NC.  After completion of her PGY1 Residency, Dr. Gharkholonarehe began working as a clinical pharmacist specializing in cardiovascular disease states. As a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP), she has experience in staffing in Rex Ambulatory Care Clinics specializing in anticoagulation, hyperlipidemia, heart failure readmission prevention and peripheral artery disease prevention. Dr. Gharkholonarehe currently is the Cardiovascular Clinical Specialist. She is the preceptor for Cardiology I and Transitions of Care rotations for students and residents. Her areas of interest include heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, venous thromboembolism, transitions of care services and ambulatory care. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP),the Cardiology PRN and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Matt Harrell, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Neurology Clinical Specialist

Dr. Matt Harrell

Dr. Matt Harrell is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Neurology/Neurocritical Care at UNC REX Healthcare. Dr. Harrell joined the UNC REX Healthcare Pharmacy team in 2017 and served as an active member of the Critical Care and Neurology/Surgical Services teams prior to starting his role as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. As the Neurology/Neurocritical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Dr. Harrell serves as an integral part of the Stroke Services Team and Neurosciences Service Line. Dr. Harrell actively participates in the continued development of the Neuroscience ICU (NSICU) and assists with the development and implementation of stroke, neuroendovascular, and neurological initiatives at UNC REX Healthcare. Dr. Harrell’s professional memberships include the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Neurocritical Care Society (NCS), and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). His practice interests include Critical Care, Neurology, Nephrology, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Dr. Harrell earned his Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degrees from Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Campbell University Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, respectively. Dr. Harrell is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and is an active board member on the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Harrell is the primary preceptor for the Neurology/Neurosurgery PGY1 Elective Rotation and the Neurocritical Care PGY2 Elective Rotation, and is secondary preceptor for the Critical Care I PGY1 Required Rotation.

Contact Dr. Matt Harrell at matthew.harrell@unchealth.unc.edu.

Jason Jones, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Jones

Dr. Jason Jones is a member of the antimicrobial stewardship program and emergency medicine teams. He obtained his Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy where he graduated summa cum laude, and completed a PGY1 Residency at Augusta University Medical Center/UGA in Augusta, GA.

Dr. Jones serves as the resident staffing preceptor.

Contact Dr. Jones at jason.jones@unchealth.unc.edu

Rebecca Jones, PharmD, BCPS

Inpatient Oncology Clinical Specialist

Dr. Rebecca Jones

Dr. Rebecca Jones is the inpatient oncology clinical specialist at UNC REX. A North Carolina native, Dr. Jones earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biologic Sciences from North Carolina State University, then went on to earn her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  She joined the UNC REX Healthcare inpatient pharmacy team in 2010, and has developed her practice in inpatient oncology services from that point forward.  Other areas of practice have included anticoagulation and advanced lipid management as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in the REX Vascular Specialists clinic and North Carolina Heart & Vascular clinics, and most recently transitioning to practicing in the UNC REX Emergency Department.  Her interests include Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cancer-associated VTE, symptom management, and emergency medicine.  

She is currently a member of ASHP, ACCP, and NCOP. 

Dr. Jones serves as a preceptor for the inpatient focused, Oncology II rotation in the PGY1 residency program.

Contact Dr. Jones at Rebecca.Jones2@unchealth.unc.edu.

Oksana Kamneva, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology

Dr. Kamneva

Critical Care and Cardiovascular Coordinator

Dr. Oksana Kamneva is the clinical coordinator for the critical care and cardiovascular pharmacy services at UNC REX Healthcare. Dr. Kamneva received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed a PGY1 Residency at ECU School of Medicine/Vidant Healthcare in Greenville, NC. She has earned an Added Qualifications in Cardiology from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties for her clinical practice, research, and education in the area of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and subsequently a Board Certification in Cardiology Pharmacy (BCCP).

Dr. Kamneva brings diverse experience from managing ambulatory care practice at Greenville CBOC Durham Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic and practicing as a cardiology critical care clinical pharmacist and medication safety pharmacist at WakeMed Health and Hospitals over the last 12 years. Her past experiences and interests include development of clinical initiatives, such as transition of care program, heart failure readmission program, prospective profile reviews in intensive care units, and developing learning experiences for doctor of pharmacy students, PGY1 residents, and PGY 2 cardiology and critical care residents. She is a member of ASHP, ACCP, SCCM, Critical Care and Cardiology PRN networks.

Dr. Kamneva serves as a director of PGY-2 pharmacy specialty residency in cardiology, and a preceptor for the Transition of Care, Cardiology I and II rotations.

Contact Dr. Kamneva at Oksana.Kamneva@unchealth.unc.edu.

Colby Kubissa, PharmD

Formulary Management and Drug Information Clinical Specialist

Kubissa

Dr. Colby Kubissa is the formulary and drug information coordinator and is a member of the emergency medicine team. He is the head of the UNC Rex Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee and serves on multiple system-wide committees for the UNC Health Care system. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy graduating in 2007. He has worked at UNC Rex for 12 years and has helped manage the formulary since 2009.

Dr. Kubissa serves as preceptor for the longitudinal drug information rotation.

Contact Dr. Kubissa at colby.kubissa@unchealth.unc.edu

Debbie Liang, PharmD, BCCCP

Critical Care Clinical Specialist

Debbie Liang, PharmD, BCCCP

Dr. Debbie Liang is the Cardiac Critical Care Coordinator for the CICU and CSICU. Originally from southern California, Dr. Liang earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences and the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of California, Irvine, CA, and her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Buies Creek, NC. Dr. Liang completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at UNC REX Healthcare, Raleigh, NC, and her PGY2 Critical Care Residency at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL. Her areas of interest include sedation, analgesia, and delirium management in the critically ill, drug pharmacokinetic alterations during extracorporeal circulation, and infectious diseases management in the critically ill. She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the Cardiology, Critical Care, and Infectious Disease PRNs.

Dr. Liang serves as the primary preceptor for the PGY1 Critical Care II elective rotation and PGY2 Cardiology CICU and CSICU rotations.

Contact Dr. Liang at Debbie.Liang@unchealth.unc.edu

Jared Peak, PharmD, BCACP, CPP

Ambulatory Care, Emergency Department, and Antimicrobial Stewardship Coordinator

Dr. Jared Peak

Dr. Jared Peak is the team leader specializing in ambulatory care and a member of the cardiology team at UNC REX Hospital. Dr. Peak earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy. His primary interest areas include anticoagulation, investigational drug studies, and readmission prevention. In addition to his clinical practice roles, Dr. Peak has served as a board member on Western-Copernicus Institutional Review Board since 2013, and held positions in regulatory affairs and drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Peak is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and has served on the Government Affairs committee for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists since 2014.

Dr. Peak serves as the preceptor for the Ambulatory Care rotation.

Contact Dr. Peak at Jared.Peak@unchealth.unc.edu.

Tramaine Young, PharmD, MSCR, BCPS

Tramaine YoungInternal Medicine Clinical Specialist

Dr. Tramaine Young is an internal medicine specialist. He is a member of the emergency medicine team and a dispensing pharmacist for investigational drug studies at UNC REX Hospital. Dr. Young earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and Masters of Clinical Research degree from Campbell University College of Pharmacy.

He completed his PGY1 Residency at UNC REX Hospital and his residency research project involved evaluation of vancomycin pharmacokinetics in the elderly. His practice interests include internal medicine, emergency medicine, and investigational drug studies.

Dr. Young serves as the preceptor for the Internal Medicine rotation.

Contact Dr. Young at Tramaine.Young@unchealth.unc.edu.

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