Medical Education

Jordan DeWitt, PharmDJordan DeWitt, PharmD

Hometown: Sunbury, Ohio
College of Pharmacy: Ohio Northern University
Program: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice

Why this program: Jordan chose to complete a pharmacy residency following his internship at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital. His professional interests include critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, and academia. Following residency, Jordan hopes to practice as a clinical pharmacist on a critical care unit, obtain his board certification in pharmacotherapy as well as critical care pharmacy, precept pharmacy students, and give lectures at a college of pharmacy.

Favorite things to do: Jordan enjoys watching any and all football games, especially the Minnesota Vikings, following Kentucky Wildcat basketball, attending rock concerts including Columbus’s own Rock on the Range, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends. 

April Downey, PharmDApril Downey, PharmD

Hometown: Melbourne, FL
College of Pharmacy: University of Florida
Program: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice

Why this program: April became interested in hospital pharmacy after multiple rotations at the North Florida/South Georgia VA Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. Her professional interests include critical care, infectious disease, cardiology, and pediatrics. April hopes to complete two years of residency, achieve board certification in pharmacotherapy and become a clinical pharmacist at a teaching institution.

Favorite things to do: April enjoys spending time with family, exploring her new city of Columbus, fishing, golfing, dabbling in DIY projects and watching her Florida Gators.

Tara Tokar, PharmDTara Tokar, PharmD

Hometown: Centerville, OH
College ofPharmacy: Ohio Northern University
Program: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice

Why this program: Tara chose to pursue a general pharmacy residency after completion of her early APPE rotations, which included internal medicine and emergency medicine. Her professional interests include infectious disease, critical care, and emergency medicine. Tara saw much opportunity to further develop clinical knowledge and skills in the various ICU settings that Riverside Hospital offers. In the future, she plans to become board certified in pharmacotherapy and fulfill a clinical role in critical care and an antimicrobial stewardship committee in a teaching hospital.

Favorite things to do: Tara enjoys staying active by running on trails, training for marathons, and playing soccer. She also enjoys exploring new restaurants with friends, traveling, reading, and watching the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. 

Ashraf Kittaneh, PharmDAshraf Kittaneh, PharmD

Hometown: Hilliard, OH 
College of Pharmacy: The Ohio State University
Program: PGY-2 Critical Care

Why this program: Ash became interested in hospital pharmacy during APPE rotations where he was able to appreciate the variety of ways pharmacists can positively impact patient care. Ash plans to refine his skills in direct patient care, research, and teaching during residency training and expects to be involved in these areas as an independent practitioner. His professional interests include critical care, pediatrics, and academia. In the future, Ash hopes to have completed two years of residency training, obtained Board certification in pharmacotherapy, and practice in a teaching hospital.

Favorite things to do: Watching Buckeye football, following the Cleveland Cavaliers/Browns/Indians, trying out exotic foods, bike-riding, playing soccer, utilizing the SBAR format in emails, and watching critically-acclaimed dramas.

Nicholas Manion, PharmDNicholas Manion, PharmD

Hometown: South Charleston, Ohio
College of Pharmacy: Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy
Program: PGY1/PGY2 MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Why this Program: Dr. Nicholas Manion chose to pursue a career in pharmacy administration after discovering his passion for innovative leadership and enabling growth through his involvement at Ohio Northern University. His current professional interests include leadership development, financial optimization, and operations management. In the future, he plans to obtain a management position within the field of pharmacy with the eventual goal of serving and representing pharmacy in system-level administration and/or starting his own entrepreneurial venture. Throughout his career, Nicholas desires to remain involved with residency training and professional pharmacy organizations, focusing on new opportunities provided by the evolution of healthcare.

Favorite things to do: In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys spending time with his wife, Chelsea, serving in their local church and training their German Shorthair Pointer, Captain Roscoe, for upland bird hunting. He also enjoys playing as much basketball as residency will allow, as well as exploring the outdoors with friends and family.

Maggie Oser, PharmDMaggie Oser, PharmD

Hometown: Westerville, OH
College of Pharmacy: The Ohio State University
Program: PGY1/PGY2/MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Why this program: Maggie chose to pursue a residency in health-system pharmacy administration after discovering a passion for leadership and pharmacy organizations during her first year of pharmacy school. She is ecstatic to have found a home within OhioHealth and have the opportunity to expand her knowledge within a large and innovative health-system. Her professional interests are wide, but overall Maggie hopes to improve patient outcomes through expanding pharmacy services. She is looking forward to a robust learning experience over the next two years and beyond, while continuing her involvement in professional pharmacy organizations. 

Favorite things to do: In her free time, Maggie enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, finding adventurous activities, trying new things, going to concerts, cheering on the Buckeyes, and exploring Columbus. 

Gary Dighe, PharmD
Girish (Gary) Dighe, PharmD

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
College of Pharmacy: Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Program: PGY-1/PGY-2 MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Why this program: Gary was inspired to pursue a residency in health-system pharmacy administration after various leadership experiences at Duke University Medical Center as well as participating in policy and advocacy initiatives at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists headquarters in Washington, DC. His future interests include leading pharmacy business development in clinical services and transitions of care at an academic medical center or large health system. Throughout his career, Gary hopes to be involved with national pharmacy organization leadership focusing on the advancement of our profession in evolving healthcare practice models.

Favorite things to do: In his spare time, Gary enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, family, and friends, experiencing the culture of Columbus, watching college football, and playing as much golf as residency will allow.

Kayla Renner, PharmD
Kayla Renner, PharmD

Hometown: Oregon, IL
College of Pharmacy: Drake University
Program: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice

Why this program: Throughout Kayla’s internship and APPEs she enjoyed learning about the variety of roles that pharmacists play in health-systems, and these experiences lead her to pursue a residency. She is excited to be at Grant because of the diverse opportunities offered and the preceptors that are excited about teaching in their areas of expertise. In the future she is interested in critical care and emergency medicine, and she would enjoy working and precepting students in these areas.

Favorite things to do: Kayla enjoys trying new recipes, biking and exploring Columbus with her husband, and traveling when she finds the time.

Taylor Roberson, PharmDTaylor Roberson, PharmD

Hometown: Belle Center, OH
College of Pharmacy: Ohio Northern University
Program: PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice

Why this program: Taylor had always desired to pursue a residency, but it wasn’t until her first two APPE rotations, both of which were at Grant Medical Center, that she realized she didn’t just want to pursue any residency. As a Level I Trauma Center, the hospital’s excellence in acute care is undeniable, and it’s volume of patients provides a unique opportunity to become proficient in common disease states while also experiencing more complicated, less common conditions. Her experience as an APPE student in Grant’s ICU and emergency department set the foundation for her entire career, and she wanted to continue her growth with the pharmacy team at GMC. Grant’s residency will allow Taylor to pursue her interests in critical care, emergency medicine, trauma, and infectious disease. Following residency, Taylor is interested in practicing in either critical care or emergency medicine.  

Favorite things to do: Taylor enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Dave, and their three dogs. Other hobbies of hers include watching Netflix, cooking, reading, enjoying the outdoors, trying new restaurants, and playing video games.

Kellie Evans, PharmaDKellie Evans, PharmD

Hometown: Westlake, OH
College ofPharmacy: Ohio Northern University
Program: PGY1/PGY2/MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Why This Program: After her internship at the Cleveland Clinic, Kellie was certain that residency training was in her future. Kellie seemed to always find herself in leadership roles during pharmacy school, but it wasn’t until an APPE rotation at ASHP headquarters in Bethesda, MD that she completely committed to pursuing administration as a career. Kellie was specifically drawn to OhioHealth and Grant Medical Center after a site visit in October. Through this program, Kellie has the ability to train with a world class leadership and clinical team while gaining site and system level experience. Concomitantly, Kellie will learn from local leaders through The Ohio State University MS Program. Grant Medical Center also provides the family environment that Kellie desired in her residency program.  Kellie’s professional interests include clinical management, ambulatory care, professional organizations, finance and business management, and regulatory compliance.  After completion of residency, Kellie aspires to work in clinical management within a health-system and have the ability to develop ambulatory care services.

Favorite things to do: In her spare time, Kellie enjoys spending time with her Fiancé Josh. She also enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, attending Ohio State football games, going to local festivals and restaurants, as well as going to the Columbus Zoo to see the giraffes.

Linda Huang, PharmDLinda Huang, PharmD

Hometown: South Bend, IN
College of Pharmacy: Purdue University
Program: PGY1/PGY2/MS Health-System Pharmacy Administration

Why selected/career goals: After an inspiring medication safety student rotation, Linda decided to pursue a path in health-system pharmacy administration. She is delighted to have found a home at Grant, where the pharmacy team is passionate, fun, and committed to developing its residents. Her professional interests include quality improvement, medication safety, drug information, and teaching. In the future, she hopes to serve as an administrator in a health system or in academia.

Favorite things to do: Cooking, trying new foods, wine tasting at Market District Giant Eagle, traveling, and weight lifting.