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Justin Babino PharmD, RPh
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown:  Beaumont, TX

Education:
Pharmacy School Attended: Texas Southern University
Undergraduate School: Texas Southern University 

Current Research: Opioid Stewardship Implementation

About Me: Justin received his Doctor of Pharmacy from The Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is currently a PGY1 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident. Justin has many professional interests including pharmacy management and operations, opioid stewardship, and advocacy for the profession of pharmacy. Justin’s short-term goal is to help expand opioid stewardship in the acute care setting. His long-term goal is to secure a pharmacy leadership position where he can help create an environment that expands and progresses the practice of pharmacy. Justin enjoys spending time with his family, reading, running, and continuing his entrepreneurial endeavors. 

Why Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center:  There are a few things that made Justin choose BSLMC. BSLMC is a large, academic intitution with a diverse patient population. BSLMC also offers oppurtunities for regional, state, and national leadership exposure through its affiliation with Catholic Health Initiatives (now CommonSpirit Health). The oppurtunity to learn how pharmacy practice at one institution can integrate into a state and national framework is a unique experience BSLMC offers. Most importantly, Justin admired the people he would be working with, and truly enjoyed the experiences he has had with the program and its leadership.

Contact information: Jbabino@stlukeshealth.org   


Hanane Bghigh, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Rabat, Morocco

Education:
Pharmacy School Attended: Texas Southern University 
Undergraduate School: Texas Southern University 

Current Research: Deep Vein Thrombosis after Orthotopic Liver Transplant: Incidence and Risk Factors and Oral Ribavirin for Treatment of RSV in Lung Transplant Recipients 

About Me: Hanane received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Texas Southern University. Her professional interests include solid organ transplant, infectious diseases, cardiology, and critical care. Her short-term career goal is to pursue a PGY2 in one of her areas of interest. Her long-term goals are to obtain a position in a teaching hospital where she will have the opportunity to provide patient care and grow as a clinical specialist. Hanane’s personal interests include cooking and trying new foods, traveling, and spending time with her kids.

Why Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center: Hanane was interested in BSLMC because of the variety of specialties that were offered for first-year residents. She also appreciated the supportive and friendly environment within the pharmacy team and felt that this would be a program that would allow her to develop professionally and personally. 

Contact informationhbghigh@stlukeshealth.org


Boa Choi, PharmD, RPh
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Education:
Pharmacy School Attended: Texas A&M University Rangel College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate School: Texas Christian University

Current Research: Comparative outcomes using octreotide 25 mcg/hr vs 50 mcg/hr in patients with variceal bleeding, Heparin dosing practices during cardiac bypass surgery

About me: Boa received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Texas A&M University and is currently a PGY1 resident at BSLMC. Her professional interests include critical care and infectious diseases. She plans to pursue a PGY2 in one of these areas of interest. Boa would like to pursue a career as a clinical specialist at an academic medical center where she will have the opportunity to precept pharmacy students and residents. In her free time, Boa enjoys traveling to visit friends, trying different foods and reverse engineer replicating the recipe.

Why Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center: Boa completed two of her APPE rotations at BSLMC and was able to observe a wide array of learning and teaching opportunities the BSLMC Residency Program provided for residents including teaching, precepting students, networking and travel. Her favorite aspects of the BSLMC Residency Program included the incredible clinical preceptors who care immensely about the success of residents and the close-knit co-resident group apparent in this residency program.

Contact information:   bchoi@stlukeshealth.org


Russell Clark, PharmD, RPh
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown:  Houston, TX

Education:
Pharmacy School Attended: Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate School: Colorado College

Current Research: Supportive therapy in oncology: assessing the impact of bisphosphonates on mortality and morbidity outcomes in cancer patients; assessing treatment in anemia in patients with cancer; management of bone pain associated with colony stimulating factors.

About Me:  Russell is originally from Houston, TX, and went to Colorado Springs to play basketball for the Colorado College Tigers. He returned to Texas for his Doctor of Pharmacy from Texas A&M. Russell's clinical interests are in oncology, immunosuppression, and supportive care. He intends to continue training at a PGY2 residency program in oncology. After residency, Russell's career aspirations are to become a clinical specialist, a coordinator, and ultimately, to transition into a director position within the field of oncology. His personal interests are continuing to play basketball as often as he can, reading, and making time for friends and family.

Why Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center: There is nothing like the Texas Medical Center; Baylor St. Luke's sits in the midst of the largest medical center of the world. The clinicians who work here are at the top of their respective fields, and the care they deliver is of the highest quality. Russell knew he could receive excellent training at BSLMC for a general PGY1. The rotations offered and the preceptors' engagement and level of expertise attracted him to the program. The residents from the '18-'19 class also struck him as people and professionals he could work well with. In other words, he felt a great fit and was not surprised when he immediately got along with his current co-residents for the '19-'20 class. Russell is especially excited to work with physicians from the Baylor College of Medicine through the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center.

Contact information:   rclark@stlukeshealth.org


An Dieu, PharmD, RPh
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Education:
Pharmacy School Attended: University of Houston
Undergraduate School: Houston Community College

Current Research: Antifungal prophylaxis and the incidence of fungal infection post lung transplant; Rivaroxaban and apixaban prescribing practices in renal patients with VTE

About Me: An received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston. His current professional and clinical areas of interests are transplant, cardiology, and academia. Upon completing his PGY-1 residency, An plans to complete a PGY-2 residency/fellowship in an area of his interest. An's long-term career goals include obtaining a position in an academic teaching hospital while being an adjunct clinical professor at a College of Pharmacy institution. His personal interests include spending time with his family and friends, eating all types of food, reading manga, and watching anime.

Why Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center: Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center offers endless opportunities to learn and grow personally and professionally from amazing preceptors. Additionally, the complex patient population in the hospital allows the residents to foster and hone their clinical knowledge exponentially.

Contact information:   adieu@stlukeshealth.org


Luke Merten, PharmD, RPh
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown:  Brookfield, WI

Education:
Pharmacy School Attended: University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Undergraduate School: Baylor University

Current Research: Amiodarone conversion IV to PO for atrial fibrillation

About Me: Luke received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. His professional interests include critical care and solid organ transplant. After completing his PGY1 residency, Luke hopes to pursue a PGY2 residency in either critical care or transplant. His long-term career goals include obtaining a clinical position at an academic medical center in one of his areas of interest.  Furthermore, he enjoys teaching others and looks forward to becoming a preceptor and mentor to student pharmacists. Luke’s personal interests include staying active with his wife and golden retriever, working on cars, and watching the Green Bay Packers.

Why Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center: BSLMC is recognized across the nation as a pioneer in clinical care and research. It was evident how dedicated the department of pharmacy was to providing a welcoming environment that was designed to shape residents into excellent clinicians. During his interview, he  was able to witness how dedicated the preceptors were in the development of residents’ clinical and professional skills. Finally, the ability to work in an academic medical center with practitioners from a renowned school like the Baylor College of Medicine provides invaluable learning experiences and opportunities for significant inter-professional growth.

Contact information:   lmerten2@stlukeshealth.org


Jonathan Patterson, PharmD, RPh
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: The Woodlands, TX

Education:
Pharmacy School Attended: The University of Texas at Austin
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at Austin

Current Research: Outcomes of patients with intracranial hemorrhage who receive Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (PCC) for DOAC-associated bleed; Nurse compliance with RASS-guided dose adjustment algorithms for fentanyl, hydromorphone, and propofol in mechanically ventilated patients.

About Me: Jonathan received his Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin. His main area of interest is critical care and hopes to pursue a PGY2 in this field. Jonathan’s short-term goal is to strengthen his skills as a preceptor and to become more involved in research. His long-term goal is to work as a clinical pharmacist in his specialist area of interest. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys spending time with family and friends, rooting for his beloved Houston area sports teams (which can be fun or painful), and enjoying everything that Houston has to offer, especially its craft beer scene.

Why Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center: Jonathan was first exposed to BSLMC's PGY1 pharmacy residency program during his Emergency Medicine rotation as a fourth year pharmacy student. He particularly appreciated the many ICU experiences offered, the complex patient population, and the ability for residents to precept pharmacy students. During his interview, he enjoyed the program’s challenging yet supportive work culture and saw how dedicated the preceptors were in the success of their residents. 

Contact information:   jopatterson@stlukeshealth.org