IM-About the Preceptors

About the Preceptors

The below faculty serve as 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.

Marissa Cavaretta, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP is the program director for the PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency. Dr. Cavaretta is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy (TUSP) and a Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital (TUH). She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, NY and completed her Pharmacy Practice and Ambulatory Care pharmacy residencies at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY.  Following completion of the residencies she worked at Upstate University Hospital as a clinical pharmacist with the Acute Care of the Elderly team. At TUSP, she lectures in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Neurology/Psychiatry module and in several elective courses. In addition, she coordinates Pharmacy Care Recitation III and the Pharmacist in Transitions of Care elective and precepts students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at TUH on the internal medicine service. She is the faculty co-advisor for the TUSP chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Students Pharmacists and is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association serving on the Transitions of Care Special Interest Group committees. She is also a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Her research interests focus on geriatrics and transitions of care. 

Jennifer Andres, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Temple University School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from TUSP and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She then spent 2 years teaching at PCOM School of Pharmacy and running an internal medicine practice site at the Atlanta VAMC. She joined the TUSP faculty in 2014. She practices in two ambulatory care clinics, including the Hepatology Clinic with Temple Hepatology Associates and the Stroke Prevention Clinic/FASST Clinic with the Temple Neurology Associates. In both clinics, she practices under collaborative practice agreements. With the Hepatology Clinic, she is responsible for safe and effective Hepatitis C treatment. In the Stroke Prevention Clinic/FASST clinic, she individualizes post-stroke care by modifying patient’s risk factors to prevent recurrent strokes. At TUSP, she teaches the therapeutics of viral hepatitis, anxiety, and sleep in addition to leading small group recitation sessions. She serves as a preceptor for the TUSP PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency program, the TUSP PGY2 Internal Medicine residency program, ambulatory APPEs, and PY3 IPPE experiences. Dr. Andres is the faculty co-advisor for the TUSP chapter of Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is an active member of Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and American College of Clinical Pharmacy

Jason C. Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP, FIDSA, BCPS 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. Dr. Gallagher also serves as the the director of the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency at TUSP. 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. 

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. 

Nima M. Patel-Shori, PharmD, BCACP is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at Temple University School of Pharmacy. She is the program director for the PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Illinois at Chicago followed by PGY-2 Outcomes Research Specialized Residency at Department of Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefits Management Strategic Health Group at Hines, Illinois. She practices as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at Temple Internal Medicine Associates (TIMA). At Temple University School of Pharmacy, Dr. Patel-Shori teaches second and third year pharmacy students in the area of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, angina, stroke, and women's health.  Her research interests include ambulatory care, internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and women's health. She has served as the site Primary Investigator for the NIH funded studies, Collaboration Among Pharmacists and physicians To Improve Outcomes Now (CAPTION) and MEDication Focused Outpatient Care for Underutilization of Secondary Prevention (MEDFOCUS). Dr. Patel-Shori is a member of American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and National Lipid Association. 

Melissa Rotz, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Temple University School of Pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of the Sciences and completed her Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy residencies there as well. Dr. Rotz has a clinical practice site at Temple University Hospital where she rounds with the Chief Resident Internal Medicine service.  Dr. Rotz coordinates the interprofessional education curriculum and serves on the Health Science Campus IPE Committee. She also co-coordinates and teaches in the following courses: PY1 Introduction of Pharmacy Care, PY2 Communications, and PY3 Pharmacy Care Recitation. She serves as an internal medicine preceptor for APPE and IPPE students. Dr. Rotz’s research interests involve interprofessional education and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Rotz is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

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.