Critical Care- About the Preceptors
The below faculty and clinicians serve as the primary preceptors of the residency and are responsible for its direction. They are supported by the many other clinical pharmacists and faculty on the Temple Health Sciences Campus.
Christina Rose, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP is the program director for the PGY2 in Pharmacy Critical Care. She is a Clinical Professor at the School of Pharmacy, and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care at Temple University Hospital with a primary practice site in the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (MRICU). She completed residencies in Pharmacy Practice at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (now VCUHS) in Richmond, VA and Critical Care Pharmacotherapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. She offers rotations in the medical-respiratory intensive care unit and the burn intensive care unit. She has served as the treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic College of Clinical Pharmacy and leads groups meeting of Philadelphia-area critical care pharmacists. She is involved in multiple committees through ACCP, the ACCP Critical Care Practice and Research Network and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section. Dr. Rose’s research interests include clinical pharmacokinetics in critically ill patients, sedation, pain and delirium in ICU patients and extracorporeal devices affecting pharmacotherapy.
Craig Whitman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP is a Clinical Associate Professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy. He also offers the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit rotation, which is a required rotation in PGY2 Critical Care program. He earned his PharmD from Rutgers University and completed a PGY1 at the VA Western NY Healthcare System and a PGY2 Critical Care at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. Prior to his faculty appointment at Temple, Dr. Whitman served as a clinical pharmacist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and faculty member at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Whitman is past-president of Mid-Atlantic College of Clinical Pharmacy, and has been involved in American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Society of Critical Care Medicine through various committees. Dr. Whitman’s research interests include management of pain, agitation, and delirium, sepsis, and pharmacotherapy in critically ill lung transplant recipients.
Kimberley Harris, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Temple University Hospital in the Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit. She is a preceptor for the PGY1 residency program and the PGY2 in critical care and transplant residency programs. She offers the surgical ICU rotation which is a required rotation in the PGY2 critical care program. She graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (Chapel Hill, NC) and completed a PGY1 at Vidant Medical Center (Greenville, NC) and PGY2 in critical care at the University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore, MD). Her research areas of interest include alcohol withdrawal, neurocritical care, and glycemic control.
Christina Ruggia-Check, PharmD, BCPS, BCPS-AQ Cardiology is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in cardiovascular surgery, heart failure and heart transplant. She is a preceptor for the PGY1, PGY2 in critical care and transplant residency programs. She offers the cardiothoracic surgery ICU rotation,which is a required rotation in the PGY2 critical care program. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences(Philadelphia, PA). Her research areas of interest include acute decompensated heart failure, heart transplant, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary hypertension.
Neela Bhajandas Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Temple University School of Pharmacy (Philadelphia, PA)
Preceptor: Emergency Medicine
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Emergency Medicine/ Critical Care, Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
Areas of Interest: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Transitions of Care
Education: Doctor of Pharmacy- Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA), Bachelor of Science- Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
Postgraduate Training: PGY1 Conemaugh, Memorial Medical Center (Johnstown, PA
Van Hellerslia, PharmD, BCPS, CACP is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with the Department of Neurology at Temple University Hospital. She offers clinical rotation sites in the Neurology Intensive Care Unit and Neurology General Inpatient Unit as well as on teaching and research experiences. In addition to her inpatient service, Dr. Hellerslia runs a Multiple Sclerosis Optimization Clinic where her focus is on controlling vascular risk factors as an innovative approach to reduce MS related disability. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison Wisconsin. Before her transition to academia, Dr. Hellerslia was a clinical pharmacy coordinator at various local hospitals and directed anticoagulation services. Her research areas of interest include Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Stroke, Epilepsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Jason C. Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP, FIDSA, BCPS is the director of the program. He completed residencies in Pharmacy Practice at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Infectious Diseases of the Immunocompromised Host at Duke University Medical Center. He is a Clinical Professor at the Temple University School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases at Temple University Hospital. He offers rotations with the Infectious Diseases Consult Service, Transplant Infectious Diseases Service, and precepts the teaching rotation as well. Dr. Gallagher has research interests in the pharmacotherapy of resistant infections, clinical pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, and antibiotic stewardship. He a past-president of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, past-president of the Mid-Atlantic College of Clinical Pharmacy, and has served as both Chair and Secretary/Treasurer of the ACCP Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Contagion and on the Infectious Diseases Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.