Our PGY1 pharmacy residency faculty boasts a visionary setting, led by a Pharmacy Director committed to departmental growth and development. Through our innovative programs, our passionate and energetic preceptors enjoy sharing their knowledge and skill set with others.
Pharmacy Practice Managers
Karen E. Trenkler, PharmD, MS, BCPS
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Clinical Coordinator
Interests/Focus: Transitions of Care, Critical Care, Geriatrics Infectious Diseases
Graduate of UIC College of Pharmacy, BS
Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy, PharmD
DePaul University, Information Systems, MS
Zahra Khudeira, PharmD, MA, BCPS, CPPS
PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator
Medication Safety Officer
Interests/Focus: Anticoagulation, Integration of Medication Safety and Informatics, Medication Safety overall and with a specific interest in Pediatrics / NICU
Graduate of UIC College of Pharmacy, PharmD
Lewis University, Organizational Leadership, MA
PGY1 Residency: NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, IL
Tejal Patel, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Operations Manager
Interests/Focus: General Medicine
Graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Fl
PGY1 Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Sameer Shah, PharmD, MHA
Director of Pharmacy
Interests/Focus: Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Automation/Technology, Medication Safety Initiatives, Leadership Development
Graduate of UIC College of Pharmacy, PharmD
UIC School of Public Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, MHA
Justin L. Schneider, PharmD
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Pharmacy, Cardiology, Stroke, and Supply Chain
PGY2 Residency Program Director
Interests/Focus: Optimization/Maximization of Technology to Support and Expand Clinical Function, Expansion of the Leadership Role of Pharmacy in the Hospital and Health-system setting
Graduate of University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, PharmD
Residency Rotation Preceptors
Linda S. Leav, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Interests/Focus: General Medicine
Graduate of UIC College of Pharmacy, PharmD
PGY1 Residency: VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Merker, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist - General Medicine
Interests/Focus: HIV, opportunistic infections, pharmacokinetics, infectious disease
Graduate of Midwestern College of Pharmacy
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency - John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital of Cook County
PGY-2 Infectious Disease/HIV - University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy
Anupa Patel, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Clinical Pharmacist
Interests/Focus: Ambulatory Care (DM, HF, Anticoagulation), Geriatrics, General Medicine
Graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, PharmD
PGY1 Residency: Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL
Seema Patel, PharmD
Clinical Specialist Hematology/Oncology
Interests/Focus:   Hematology, Stem Cell Transplant, Oral Anticancer Agents, Supportive Care, Pain Management
Graduate of  University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
PGY1 Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago,  Pharmacy Practice
PGY2 Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago, Oncology
Pavel A. Prusakov, BS, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Pediatrics
Interests/Focus: Developmental pharmacokinetics and nutrition
Graduate of Purdue University College of Pharmacy, PharmD
PGY1 Residency: Parkview Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN
PGY2 Residency: Pediatrics - University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Sharon Sam, PharmD
Clinical Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Interests/Focus: Research - Resistant gram + infections and dose optimization for MDR infections
Clinical - mycology and microbiology
Graduate of Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, PharmD
PGY1 Residency: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
PGY2 Residency: Infectious Diseases - Rush University Medical Center/Midwestern University, College of Pharmacy
Academia: Associate Professor, Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
Basirat O. Sanuth, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist, Critical Care
Interests/Focus: Sedation and Analgesia in the ICU
Graduate of Purdue University, BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, PharmD
PGY1 Residency: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care    
University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH
Dallas Schepers, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist – SICU/Critical Care
Interests/Focus:  Sedation/Analgesia/Delirium, Sepsis, Traumatic Brain Injury
Graduate of University of Florida
PGY1 Residency: General Practice Residency - University of Illinois at Chicago
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care Residency - St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital System
Priya R Shah, PharmD, MBA, BCPS 
Clinical Specialist – Emergency Department
Interests/Focus:  Critical Care/Emergency Medicine, Toxicology,  Infectious Diseases
Graduate of Drake University
PGY1 Residency: NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL
PGY2 Residency: Critical Care - RUSH University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Patrick S Wood, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Specialist – Emergency Department
Interests/Focus: Stroke, Heart Failure, Sexually Transmitted Infection, Anticoagulation
Graduate of Duquesne University
PGY1 Residency: State University of New York at Buffalo