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Preceptor Biographies

Preceptor Biographies

Dr. Karen Babb obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University in 2002. After completing a pharmacy practice residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2003, she accepted a clinical pharmacy specialist position with CHI Memorial. She currently serves as a Lead Pharmacist and the PGY1 Residency Program Director. Dr. Babb is a faculty preceptor and associate professor for the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Mercer University, and East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy. She is an active member of TPA, ASHP, and ACCP. She most recently received the award of Preceptor of the Year for The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She serves as the preceptor for the pharmacy practice management learning experience.

Dr. Leisha Carroll obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from East Tennessee State University in 1988. She then received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 1997. In 1998, she completed a residency in Ambulatory Care with emphasis on Disease State Management Programs from the University of Tennessee. After completion of her residency, Dr. Carroll accepted a clinical pharmacy specialist position with CHI Memorial where she has been employed for the past 10 years. She serves as the preceptor for the Pharmacokinetics learning experience.

Dr. Sarah Creek received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2010. She joined CHI Memorial as a clinical pharmacy specialist in 2010. Dr. Creek has served as the President of the Pharmacy Practice Council and is currently the editor-in-chief of “Pharmville News”, a pharmacy newsletter produced to improve intradepartmental communication. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is a faculty preceptor and associate professor for the University of Tennessee Health Science College of Pharmacy and East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy. She serves as the preceptor for the Orientation, Hospital Pharmacy Practice, and co-precepts the Medication Reconciliation learning experience.

Dr. Patrick Ellis obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2004. In 2005, he completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Ellis came to CHI Memorial as a clinical pharmacy specialist. He now serves as Clinical Coordinator and assists in coordinating the pharmacy’s clinical pharmacy services. He has helped coordinate the development of the inpatient anticoagulation management service as well as the Antimicrobial Stewardship program in which he now serves as director. Dr. Ellis is also an active member of both ASHP and ACCP. He serves as the preceptor for Drug Information learning experience.
Dr. Linda Johnson obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2013. Following graduation, she completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY-1) at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey and an Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency at University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, California. Upon completion of her residencies, she accepted a clinical specialist position at CHI Memorial heading the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is a faculty preceptor and associate professor for East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy. She serves as the preceptor for the Infectious Diseases learning experience.

Dr. Rachel Kile completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Marketing and a
minor in Biology from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2009. She then obtained her Doctor of
Pharmacy degree from The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2013. Her PGY1 residency training
was completed at CHI Memorial, where she remains on staff as a clinical pharmacy specialist. She obtained Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2014. Dr. Kile precepts residents for the Emergency Medicine and Anticoagulation rotations, serves as a residency research and teaching certificate mentor, and precepts student pharmacists.

Dr. Darrin Majors received his B.S. in Biochemistry in 2008 followed by his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2013 from the University of Tennessee. Following graduation he went on to complete a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN where he remains on staff as a Clinical Pharmacist. He obtained Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2014. He is a faculty preceptor and associate professor for East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy. He serves as the preceptor for the Internal Medicine learning experience.

Dr. Daniel Marsh received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2011. He completed a post-graduate year one residency program at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN where he remains on staff. He is a faculty preceptor and associate professor for the University of Tennessee Health Science College of Pharmacy and East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy. He currently serves as the emergency department pharmacy team lead and is the preceptor for the Emergency Medicine learning experience.

Dr. Kristie Newsom received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Union University’s School of Pharmacy in 2014. In 2015, she completed her post-graduate year one pharmacy residency at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Newsom then stayed on at Huntsville Hospital to complete her post-graduate year two residency in Critical Care. Upon completion of her second year of residency training, Dr. Newsom accepted a position with CHI Memorial as a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and has also received the Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Certification through MAD-ID. Dr. Newsom serves as a preceptor to both pharmacy residents and students for the Critical Care learning experience.

Dr. Jenny Parnell received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in 2010. She went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011. Upon residency completion, she accepted a clinical pharmacy specialist position at CHI Memorial. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Dr. Parnell is a faculty preceptor and associate professor for the University of Tennessee Health Science College of Pharmacy and East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy. She serves as the preceptor for the Critical Care learning experience.

Dr. Matthew Russell obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from East Tennessee State University Gatton College of Pharmacy in 2014. In 2015, he completed a post-graduate year one residency at CHI Memorial Hospital, where he remains on staff. He currently serves as one of the Lead Distribution pharmacists. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and serves as one of the preceptors for the hospital pharmacy practice (staffing) learning experience.

Dr. Matthew Underwood obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in 2004. In 2005, he completed a pharmacy practice residency with Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He has been a clinical pharmacy specialist with CHI Memorial since 2005 and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Also, Dr. Underwood has obtained a Master's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Distinction in Research honors from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He specialized in blood coagulation factors and enzyme studies/protein purification methods and has multiple publications in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Southern Medical Journal with acute phase CVA/stroke research. He is the preceptor for the Cardiology and Biostatistics portion of the Drug Information learning experiences.

Dr. Diane Woods obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2001. Upon completion of a Pharmacy Practice Residency with emphasis in Ambulatory Care at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Dr. Woods worked to help build inpatient Medical and Anticoagulation clinical services. She joined CHI Memorial as a clinical pharmacy specialist in 2003. She is a faculty preceptor and associate professor for the University of Tennessee. Dr. Woods is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is the co-preceptor for the Nutrition Support learning experience.

For more information about CHI Memorial's Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact Karen Babb, Pharm. D. at Karen_Babb@memorial.org.

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