Current Pharmacy Residents

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents

Neelam Bhatt, PharmD (2018-2019)

  • Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
  • Pharmacy Education: The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

Growing up in Houston, I was familiar with the recognition and respect Texas Children’s Hospital has on a national level. Highly intelligent and dedicated health professionals care for a wide variety of patient populations and disease states. My desire to go into pediatric pharmacy led me to choose to have my P4 pediatric selective at TCH. From this experience, I witnessed the diversity and clinical expertise within the pharmacy specialists. Their passion to teach and push residents beyond what they think they are capable of is a humbling experience. I ultimately chose TCH, because I knew by the end of my PGY1 residency, I was going to be a stronger pediatric pharmacist. We are challenged on a daily basis, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities and clinical knowledge I gain in each rotation. 

  • Areas of interest: Acute Care: Oncology, Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases, Transplant, and Ambulatory Care; Academia- mentorship and precepting
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Visit as many national parks, travel around the world, and see the Northern Lights
  • Favorite animated movie: Tangled 

What I like to do for fun: Hiking and outdoor activities; watching Friends for the millionth time; watching Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Stanger Things; playing board games with friends and family; teaching/mentoring children at my Hindu temple

Deborah Collins, PharmD (2018–2019)

  • Hometown: Tollgate Canyon, Utah
  • Pharmacy Education: Roseman University of Health Sciences – South Jordan, UT
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

Texas Children's Hospital is a top ranked pediatric institution, which initially brought their residency program to my attention. The acuity of the patients and the diverse disease states treated here has validated my choice to pursue a PGY1 residency at Texas Children's Hospital.

  • Areas of interest: General pediatrics
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Visit all 7 continents
  • Favorite animated movie: Brave, Big Hero 6, Finding Nemo, and The Great Mouse Detective
  • What I like to do for fun: I love being outdoors in the mountains!

PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residents

Jennifer Vu, PharmD (2018-2019)

  • Hometown:  Houston, TX
  • Pharmacy Education: University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

I was very fortunate to start my pharmacy career as a medication-use pharmacist before the non-traditional pharmacy program was initiated at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2015. This is only one of many wonderful opportunities offered at this expanding institution to help me grow professionally in my career.  With our diverse patient population, wide variety of sub-specialties continuously evolving, many unique cases across the board, and incredible pharmacy team, I am excited to train and work at one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation!

  • Areas of interest: Critical Care, Infectious Disease, Mentorship/Academia
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Visit every state…and as many countries as possible!
  • Favorite animated movie: Ratatouille and Inside Out
  • What I like to do for fun: I am a big foodie, love to travel, and spending quality time with great company.

PGY2 Pharmacy Informatics Residents

Shawn Mathew, PharmD, BCPS (2018-2019)
PGY-2 Pharmacy Informatics Resident

  • Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
  • Pharmacy Education: University of Florida
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

I relocated to Houston about two years ago from Florida, where I was working in a community hospital.  Upon moving here, I started working at a neighboring hospital with an adult population. I soon realized how much I missed pediatrics, which is what led me to Texas Children’s Hospital. Texas Children’s is a leader among pediatric hospitals, offering some of the most diverse and advanced specialties in the country. As a resident here, I’m learning and growing more than I could have imagined and am offered opportunities to be mentored by the best and brightest in the field. I find myself constantly challenged, but equally supported in my career development. I am grateful to be training with this organization in order to become a pharmacy informatics specialist and leader.

  • Areas of interest: technology and innovation in pharmacy automation
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: get a pilot’s license
  • Favorite animated movie: The Lion King
  • What I like to do for fun: working out, biking, hiking, and traveling

Concurrent MS and PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residents

Gloria Lee, PharmD (2018-2020)
PGY-1 Pharmacy Administration Resident

  • Hometown: Killeen, TX
  • Pharmacy Education: Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

When looking for a residency, I wanted to be at an academic institution with an amazing reputation for excellent service and care. I was also looking for an institution that would provide a conducive, supportive, and also challenging learning environment. After my first visit to Texas Children’s Hospital, I knew immediately that this was where I belonged – TCH was everything that I was looking for and more! In combination with the MS in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration from The Houston Program, it was evident that Texas Children's Hospital would provide me with the proper guidance from the best of the best so that I can flourish into a great pharmacist and can gain the skills necessary to be the exceptional leader I aspire to be.

  • Areas of interest: Operations, Leadership Development, Mentorship, Academia, Corporate Management
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Swim with sea turtles!
  • Favorite animated movie: Finding Nemo & Meet the Robinsons
  • What I like to do for fun: Try new restaurants (I live to eat, not eat to live!), go shopping, watch cartoons, read blogs & magazines, hang out with my beloved friends and family.

Sarah Redmond, PharmD (2017-2019)
PGY-2 Pharmacy Administration Resident

  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Pharmacy Education: The Ohio State University
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

As the 4th best children’s hospital in the country, Texas Children’s is on the forefront of groundbreaking medicine and is dedicated to training the next pharmacy leaders. The pharmacy department leadership’s passion for mentorship and administrative resident success was evident the first time I met them at ASHP. Our administrative residency program provides a strong clinical first year and focused administrative second year. Additionally, The Houston Program’s collaboration allows me to learn from the other institutions in the Texas Medical Center. Not only do I get to discuss pharmacy leadership with my MS classmates each week, but I also learn from their institution’s leaders and specialties through guest lectures and available rotations.

  • Areas of interest: Medication Safety, Quality Improvement, Operations, Leadership, Mentorship
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Visit each national park in North America
  • Favorite animated movie: Monsters Inc.
  • What I like to do for fun: Cook, Pure Barre, Hike, Travel, Explore new neighborhoods, and Visit local markets