Meet our faculty and clinicians who lead and serve as the primary preceptors of the residency program. They are supported by the team of other clinical pharmacists and faculty on the Temple Health Sciences Center Campus.


Marissa Cavaretta, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Clinical Associate Professor 
Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital
Director, PGY-2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency

Education & Residency
• PharmD, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
• PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Upstate University Hospital (Syracuse, NY)
• PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency, Upstate University Hospital (Syracuse, NY)

Previous Experience
• Clinical Pharmacist with the Acute Care of the Elderly team, Upstate University Hospital 

• Pharmacy and Therapeutics Neurology/Psychiatry Module
• Pharmaceutical Care Recitation III and IV
• The Pharmacist in Transitions of Care elective

• American Pharmacists Association Academy of Students Pharmacist, Temple University Chapter (faculty co-advisor) 
• American Pharmacists Association, incl. Transitions of Care Special Interest Group committees
• American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
• American College of Clinical Pharmacy

Research Interests
• Geriatrics
• Transitions of Care 

Dr. Cavaretta has a practice in Internal Medicine and also consults with the inpatient geriatric team at Temple University Hospital. She coordinates Pharmaceutical Care Recitation III and the Pharmacist in Transitions of Care elective and precepts students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at Temple University Hospital on the internal medicine service. 


Jason C. Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDP, FIDSA, BCPS 
Director, Infectious Diseases Residency Program
Clinical Professor
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases,Temple University Hospital
Editor-in-Chief, Contagion

Education & Residency
• PharmD
• Pharmacy Practice Residency, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals 
• Infectious Diseases of the Immunocompromised Host Residency, Duke University Medical Center

• Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (past president)
• Mid-Atlantic College of Clinical Pharmacy (past president)
• ACCP Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network (past chair, secretary/treasurer)
• Infectious Diseases Specialty Council, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

Research Interests
• Pharmacotherapy of resistant infections
• Clinical pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
• Antibiotic stewardship

Dr. Gallagher offers rotations with the Infectious Diseases Consult Service, Transplant Infectious Diseases Service, and precepts the teaching rotation as well. 

Nima M. Patel-Shori, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy
Residency Director, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist, Temple Internal Medicine Associates

Education & Residency
• PharmD, Rutgers University 
• PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, University of Illinois at Chicago 
• PGY-2 Outcomes Research Specialized Residency, Department of Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefits Management Strategic Health Group (Hines, Illinois) 

Teaching Areas
• Hypertension
• Hyperlipidemia
• Angina
• Stroke
• Women's Health

• American College of Clinical Pharmacy
• American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
• National Lipid Association

Research Interests
• Ambulatory Care
• Internal Medicine
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Women's Health

Dr. Patel-Shori 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). 


Melissa Rotz, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Education & Residency
• PharmD, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
• Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy residencies, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Courses/Teaching Areas
• PY1 Introduction of Pharmacy Care
• PY2 Communications
• PY3 Pharmacy Care Recitation

• American College of Clinical Pharmacy
• American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Research Interests
• Interprofessional education
• Cardiovascular disease 

Dr. Rotz serves as an internal medicine preceptor for APPE and IPPE students. She has a clinical practice site at Temple University Hospital where she rounds with the Chief Resident Internal Medicine service. She coordinates the interprofessional education curriculum and serves on the Health Science Campus IPE Committee. 

Craig Whitman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Associate Professor 
Preceptor, Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit 

Education & Residency
• PharmD, Rutgers University 
• PGY1 Residency, VA Western NY Healthcare System 
• PGY2 Critical Care Residency, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy

Previous Experience
• Clinical Pharmacist, Barnes-Jewish Hospital 
• Faculty Member, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

• Mid-Atlantic College of Clinical Pharmacy (past president)
• American College of Clinical Pharmacy
• Society of Critical Care Medicine 

Research Interests
• Management of pain, agitation, and delirium, sepsis, and pharmacotherapy in critically ill lung transplant recipients