Medical Education

Program Director

Kelly Martin, PharmD, BCPS
Kelly Pillinger, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID

Specialty: Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Site: Carolinas Medical Center
Pharmacy School: Cornell University (BS), University of Maryland (PharmD)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases: University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics
About Dr. Pillinger: Dr. Pillinger joined the pharmacy department at Carolinas Medical Center in 2013 after serving as the Infectious Disease Clinical Coordinator at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York City. Her professional interests include treatment of infections due to multi-drug resistant gram-negative organisms (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacae), immunocompromised/bone marrow transplant population, and antimicrobial stewardship. She is passionate about clinical research and has published several articles, posters, and book chapters in infectious diseases.  She is an active member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) and American College of Clinical Pharmacists (ACCP).

Infectious Diseases Preceptors

Erin M. Gentry, PharmD, BCPS  

Specialty: Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship 
Site: Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast and NorthEast Infectious Diseases CHS 
Pharmacy School: Wingate University School of Pharmacy 
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast 
About Dr. Gentry: Dr. Gentry joined the clinical team at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast in August 2009 upon completion of residency. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Clemson University prior to pursuing a career in pharmacy. Her special interests include antimicrobial stewardship, outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy, HIV and teaching/preceptingShe is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacists and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.

Bennett Noell, PharmD
Kelly Goodson, PharmD, BCPS  

Specialty: Antimicrobial Stewardship
Site: Carolinas HealthCare System
Pharmacy School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Grady HealthCare System
PGY 2 Pharmacy Residency: Medical University of South Carolina (Critical Care)
About Dr. Goodson: Dr. Goodson joined the clinical team at Carolinas HealthCare System in April 2012. She completed her residency training in Critical Care at the Medical University of South Carolina, after which she became the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Antimicrobial Stewardship starting their program with the Division of Infectious Diseases. Her special interests include antimicrobial stewardship, implementation and management of antimicrobial stewardship programs, and operational aspects of providing antimicrobial stewardship and infectious disease services to patients at CHS.

Bennett Noell, PharmD
Katie Lynn Hammer, PharmD, BCPS 

Specialty: Infectious Diseases
Site: CHS Pineville, CHS Cleveland, CHS Union, CHS Anson, CHS Kings Mountain
Pharmacy School: Temple University School of Pharmacy (TUSP)
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC)
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
About Dr. Hammer: Dr. Hammer is originally from South Jersey. She worked at Palmetto Health System as a ASN/Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialist for two years before joining CHS in 2015 as the Infectious Diseases Clinical Team Leader for the South Division of the CHS Antimicrobial Support Network. Her interests include multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), gram-negative bloodstream infections, clinical microbiology and rapid diagnostics. She serves as a member of The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).

Danya Roshdy, PharmD, BCPS
Danya Roshdy, PharmD, BCPS

Specialty: Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Site: Carolinas Medical Center
Pharmacy School: University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases: University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics
About Dr. Roshdy: Dr. Roshdy joined the pharmacy department at CMC in August 2014.  Her special interests include treatment of multi-drug resistant pathogens, microbiology/immunology, HIV, hepatitis C, cytomegalovirus and other infections in immunocompromised hosts.

Bennett Noell, PharmD
Rupal Patel, PharmD, BCPPS  

Specialty: Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Site: Carolinas Medical Center
Pharmacy School: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Pediatrics: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Special Information: Dr. Patel joined the Pharmacy and Antimicrobial Support Network in 2016. Prior to joining CMC, she worked at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for nine years, initiating their antimicrobial stewardship program. She is published in several areas of pediatric infectious diseases and has presented on local, state and national levels to further the advancement of pediatric antimicrobial stewardship. 

Bennett Noell, PharmD
Penny Stewart, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVMP  

Specialty: HIV
Site: Carolinas Medical Center – Myers Park ID Clinic, CMC Biddle Point, CMC Elizabeth Family Medicine
Pharmacy School: West Virginia University (BS Pharmacy), University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Special Information: Dr. Stewart began working at Carolinas Medical Center in 1985 in the IV room.  She has worked in several capacities over the years at CMC, Carolinas HealthCare System University, CMC Rx Medical Center Plaza Pharmacy as a manager, and since 2001 as an HIV specialist. She has served on the pain management committee for several years at CMC and works with the CMC Elizabeth Pain Clinic rotation. She also serves as a formulary board member for the NC AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). She holds certificates in both Pain Management and HIV care.

Other Faculty Preceptors

Bennett Noell, PharmD
Justin Arnall, PharmD 

Specialty:  Adult Hematology/Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplant
Pharmacy School: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Residency: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
PGY2 Residency in Hematology/Oncology: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
About Dr. Arnall: Dr. Arnall joined the CMC team in August 2016. His professional interests include multiple myeloma, bone marrow transplantation, pharmacogenomics in oncology practice, benign hematology, and antimicrobial stewardship in neutropenic/immunocompromised cancer patients. He is an active member in HOPA, ACCP, ASHP, and APhA, as well as an involved advocate for oral oncolytic parity legislation and pharmacy practice advancement.

Kevin Cooper, PharmD
Kevin Cooper, PharmD

Specialty: Solid Organ Transplant
Site: Carolinas Medical Center-Transplant Division
Pharmacy School: The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
About Dr. Cooper: Dr. Cooper has been at CMC since 1998 and with the Transplant Center since 2003. He treats solid organ transplant patients, including liver, kidney, kidney/pancreas and heart transplant recipients. The transplant pharmacists also provide care to outpatient transplant patients.

Meg Groom, PharmD
Margaret Croom, PharmD

Specialty: Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
Site: Levine Children's Hospital
Pharmacy School: Medical University of South Carolina
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Hematology/Oncology: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
About Dr. Croom: Dr. Croom joined the CMC pharmacy team in August 2014. Her professional interests include hematologic malignancies, bone marrow transplantation, and anticoagulation in the oncology population.

Gail Gesin, PharmD
Gail Gesin, PharmD, FCCM

Specialty: Trauma Critical Care
Site: Carolinas Medical Center
Pharmacy School: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences
PGY1 and PGY2 Pharmacy Residencies in Critical Care: Medical University of South Carolina
About Dr. Gesin: Dr. Gesin joined CMC in 2008 and has interests in ICU sedation and delirium. She is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and currently serves on the SCCM Drug Shortages Task Force.

John Hammer, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
John Hammer, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Specialty: Medical Critical Care
Site: Carolinas Medical Center
Pharmacy School: Wingate University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care: The Ohio State University Medical Center
About Dr. Hammer: Dr. Hammer joined the pharmacy department at CMC in 2013 after serving as an emergency medicine clinical specialist at Detroit Receiving Hospital. His interests include severe sepsis and septic shock, ICU sedation and delirium, and massive pulmonary embolism.

Bennett Noell, PharmD
Bennett Noell, PharmD, BCPS

Specialty: Solid Organ Transplant
Site: Carolinas Medical Center-Transplant Division
Pharmacy School:The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Houston Methodist Hospital
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Solid Organ Transplant: University of Maryland Medical Center
About Dr. Noell: Dr. Noell joined CMC in August 2013. His clinical interests include transplant infectious diseases, antibody mediated rejection, and post-transplant hepatitis C management.

Dragos Plesca, PharmD, PhD
Dragos Plesca, PharmD, PhD, BCOP

Specialty: Adult Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Site: Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Cancer Institute
Pharmacy School: University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila,” Bucharest, Romania
Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Molecular Biology specializing in Cancer Biology: Kent State University and Cleveland Clinic
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Cleveland Clinic
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Hematology/Oncology: Cleveland Clinic
About Dr. Plesca: Dr. Plesca joined the Department of Pharmacy at CMC in 2011. He has special interests in malignant hematology, including acute myeloid and lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myeloid and lymphocytic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas and bone marrow transplant. He is also interested in clinical and basic cancer research.

Bennett Noell, PharmD
Jigar Trivedi, MS, PharmD, BCOP

Specialty: Adult Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Site: Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Cancer Institute
Masters of Science (Microbiology): Department of Microbiology at School of Sciences, Gujarat University, India
Pharmacy School: Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency: Huntsville Hospital
PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Hematology/Oncology: The University of Kansas Hospital
About Dr. Trivedi: Dr. Trivedi joined the Department of Pharmacy at CMC in 2013. His primary interests include the treatment of hematological disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as the management of adult blood and marrow transplant patients. His secondary interests include infectious diseases and critical care management of cancer patients, and clinical research.

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