Current Pharmacy Residents

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residents

Margo Hanerhoff, PharmD (2016–2018)

  • Hometown: Peoria, IL
  • Pharmacy Education: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

Texas Children’s Hospital has a reputation for being one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation. It quickly became evident how the hospital received this prestigious status. Texas Children’s Hospital puts significant emphasis on working together as a team to provide the best patient care. You are given the opportunity to work with a number of different health care professionals, who are some of the best in their field. Texas Children’s Hospital provides an environment that promotes learning, teamwork, and patient centered care. I have been lucky enough to be part of this team for over 2 years prior to starting this unique residency program. After working with many pharmacy residents, it was easy to see that the Texas Children’s Hospital residency program provides a great foundation to becoming a well-rounded pharmacy clinician.

  • Areas of interest:  Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Transplant
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Travel to as many countries as I possibly can.
  • Favorite animated movie: Shrek
  • What I like to do for fun: Travel, Work out, Try new restaurants, Go to Velvet Taco at least once weekly 

Nicole Ho, PharmD (2017-2018)

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

As a fourth year pharmacy student, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete my pediatrics rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital. While on rotation, I worked with and learned from several of the amazing clinical pharmacy specialists and saw firsthand the high level of care provided to our patients. Since Texas Children's Hospital is a large institution, the residency program can offer a wide variety of experiences. I loved my experience as a student and am excited to be a resident!

  • Areas of interest: oncology, critical care, transplant, neurology
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: becoming fluent in a foreign language
  • Favorite animated movie: I love movies by Studio Ghibli!
  • What I like to do for fun: spending time with family and friends, traveling, scuba diving, snowboarding, trying out new restaurants, arts and crafts

Shawn Mathew, PharmD, BCPS (2017-2018)

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

I relocated to Houston about a year 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 better clinician.

  • Areas of interest: Critical Care, Cardiology, Pulmonology
  • 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: work out, biking, watching Netflix, and traveling 

David Ross, PharmD (2017-2018)

  • Hometown: Olympia, Washington
  • Pharmacy Education: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

Texas Children's Hospital is a top ranked pediatric institution located within the Texas Medical Center initially attracted me to the residency program. The acuity of the patients and the diverse disease states treated here cemented my desire to pursue a PGY1 residency at Texas Children's Hospital. Additionally, collaborating with world class providers and clinical pharmacists treating complex pediatric patients cultivates my clinical skills. After stepping foot on the Texas Children's Hospital campus I knew that I wanted to be part of this amazing organization.  

  • Areas of interest: Oncology, BMT, and Infectious Diseases
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: I’d like to hike the West Highland Way in Scotland.
  • Favorite animated movie: My Neighbor Totoro
  • What I like to do for fun: I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife, children, and our dogs.    

Jennifer Vu, Pharm.D. (2016-2018)

  • 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 Pediatric Pharmacy Residents

Renad Abu-Sawwa, PharmD, BS (2017-2018)

  • Hometown: Jacksonville, FL       
  • Pharmacy Education: University of Florida College of Pharmacy
  • Previous Residency Training: Golisano Children's Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

Texas Children's is one of the most prestigious pediatric hospitals in the country-the name undoubtedly speaks for itself! The combination of the high patient acuity and robustness of the pharmacy department attracted me to Texas Children's. The emphasis on interdisciplinary medical education, teaching and precepting, and learning from clinical pharmacy specialists in various pediatric subspecialties allows for a greater depth in my learning of pediatric pharmacotherapy! Besides, Houston is a foodie's dream!

  • Areas of interest: Academia, Hematology, Neurology, Critical Care, Cardiology
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Travel the world
  • Favorite animated movie: Inside Out, Tangled, Shrek
  • What I like to do for fun: Painting, visiting museums, traveling, exploring nature, eating, baking/cooking, reading, yoga, and watching/playing soccer

Siera Zimmerman, PharmD, RPh (2017-2018)

  • Hometown: Buford, ND
  • Pharmacy Education: North Dakota State University
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

I have always had a passion to serve pediatric patients, so I have known since pharmacy school that I wanted to complete a PGY2. I chose Texas Children’s not only because of the opportunities but also because of the hospital’s reputation. In choosing a residency, I wanted to ensure I would be challenged and exposed to a variety of patient populations and disease states. Texas Children’s allowed for a higher level of learning because of the specialty services offered and mentorship provided by the clinical pharmacy specialists. Texas Children’s Hospital has a large NICU, STEM cell transplant program, and cardiovascular intensive care unit, providing unique opportunities to serve patients in my main areas of interest. I am looking forward to continuing my education and building a solid foundation to serve my current and future pediatric patients.

  • Areas of interest: NICU, Oncology, PICU, Cardiology
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Travel and visit as many countries as possible and see the Seven World Wonders
  • Favorite animated movie: Anything Disney
  • What I like to do for fun: I enjoy playing volleyball, baking, cooking, being outdoors, working out, and spending time with family and friends

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

Sarah Redmond, PharmD (2017-2019)
PGY-1 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

Andrea Arriaga White, PharmD (2016-2018)
PGY-2 Pharmacy Administration Resident

  • Hometown: New Orleans, LA
  • Pharmacy Education: Xavier University College of Pharmacy
  • Why did you choose Texas Children's Hospital?

I was initially drawn to Texas Children's because of the hospitals outstanding reputation for service and care provided to patients. Following my first visit to Texas Children’s Hospital, I knew it was the place I wanted to be. Texas Children's Hospital is the perfect institution for me to develop personally and professionally to achieve my goal of having a career in pharmacy administration. The robust residency program, in combination with the MS in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration from The University of Houston College of Pharmacy, provides every opportunity to gain foundational clinical experience and develop exceptional leadership skills. Above all, I chose Texas Children’s Hospital because of the people. The family-style work environment was evident the moment I stepped into the hospital and the support system is second to none.

  • Areas of interest: Outpatient Operations; Specialty Pharmacy; Leadership Development; American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); Corporate Management
  • Biggest item on my non-professional bucket list: Reeling in a fish that is bigger than me!
  • Favorite animated movie: Despicable Me
  • What I like to do for fun: Traveling; Trying new restaurants; Fishing; Working out; Spending time with family and friends