Program Faculty Members

Leadership

Sandra Richardson Sandra Richardson, PharmD, CCP
Director of Pharmacy Services

Sandra Richardson graduated from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1994. She worked as a Consultant Pharmacist and Clinical Project Manager in Long Term Care for 10 years during which time she went back to school and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. In 2006, Sandra began to work as a staff pharmacist at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (Kimball Medical Center) and was later promoted to Assistant Director/Clinical Coordinator in 2007 before becoming the Director of Pharmacy Services in 2011. In October 2014 Sandra assumed the role of Director of Pharmacy Services at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Polly Jen Polly Jen, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP
Assistant Director of Clinical Services
Residency Program Director (Beginning July 2021)

Polly received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2007. She completed post-graduate training as a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. After residency, Polly served as an Infectious Diseases clinical pharmacy specialist at University Hospital and then NYU Langone Health. She joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in her Assistant Director role in 2020.

Dehali Bandyopadhyay Dehali Bandyopadhyay, PharmD, MS
Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations

Dehali received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2009. She completed post-graduation training as PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at Deaconess Medical Center/Washington State University. After residency, she worked as a clinical pharmacist at a level one trauma center in the West Coast, before she became a Clinical Coordinator in 2013. She then obtained her Lean Sigma Green Belt training and certification from Johns Hopkins due to her heavy involvement in clinical operations and process improvement projects. She has been a preceptor at University of Connecticut, University of Maryland and Rutgers School of Pharmacy. Dehali assumed her role of Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2018.

Kwakye Acheampong Kwakye Acheampong, PharmD
Pharmacy Supervisor

Kwakye graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University with his PharmD in 2004. He worked at Rite Aid for many years as a pharmacy manager and diabetes educator and preceptor for Rutgers School of Pharmacy and Albany School of Pharmacy for community pharmacy rotations. Kwakye joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as a pediatric staff pharmacist in 2015 until February 2018 when he assumed the role of operations supervisor.

Kayla Torppey Kayla Torppey, PharmD, BCPS
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist

Kayla received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in 2014. Post-graduation, she completed her PGY-1 residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Following her clinical training, she stayed on at NBIMC as the Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist. Kayla also works with the Transitions of Care program and counsels patients at high risk for readmission. After her experience as the Program Coordinator, she transitioned into the Program Director role. She loves her involvement with the residency program and also serves as an ambassador for the health system.

Clinical Pharmacists

Andrew Cho Andrew Cho, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics

Andrew received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2018. He completed his PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 2019 and his PGY-2 pediatric pharmacy residency at Rutgers University in 2020. He joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as a pediatric clinical pharmacist in 2020.

Barbara Greenberg-Schwartz Barbara Greenberg-Schwartz, RPh, CCHP
Clinical Pharmacist, Transitional Care

Barbara graduated from the Long Island University College of Pharmacy in 1979. She was residency trained at Montefiore Medical Center, NYC where she was one of the first residents to participate in the ASHP Hospital Pharmacy Matching Program, specializing in clinical and hospital pharmacy management. She then went on to pursue a career in clinical pharmacy practicing in many teaching hospitals throughout NY and NJ area. In 2008, she joined Monmouth Medical Center- Southern Campus as a Clinical Pharmacist, specializing in anticoagulation management and cardiology. In May 2015, Barbara joined Newark Beth Israel as a Clinical Pharmacist, specializing in Transitions of Care. As of member of the Care Transitions team, Barbara and her team members work with patients who are at high risk of readmission to NBIMC to educate them about their medications, disease management and life style changes to help prevent re admissions. Patients are also seem by Barbara post-discharge at the Transitions of Care Clinic where she educates them one to one to ensure continuity of care.

Dana Serao Dana Serao, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine

Dana graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2018. After completing her PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2019, she stayed at NBI to cover the lung transplant service for 6 months before transitioning into her current role as the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist. As a lover of many clinical areas, Dana appreciates being able to see all of it the ED, where she provides both operational and clinical services. She also serves as a residency ambassador for the health system.

Mitul Patel Mitul Patel, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacist, Medical Intensive Care Unit

Mitul received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Long Island University in 2017. After graduation, he completed PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency and PGY-2 Critical Care Residency at NYU Langone Health. After residency, Mitul served as an ICU and rapid response team pharmacist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as a critical care clinical pharmacist in 2020.

Rouel Guiang Rouel Guiang, RPh
Clinical Pharmacist, Heart Transplant

Rouel Guiang graduated from the University of the Philippines Manila with a BSPharm in 1997. He worked in the medical industry for a year before continuing his education to receive his MD from the Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in 2003. He joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2006 as a staff pharmacist and became the clinical specialist for the Heart, Lung, and Kidney and Pancreas Transplant programs in 2008. His clinical practice transitioned to focus on cardiac transplant and mechanical circulatory support in 2017.

Soonali Maniar Soonali Maniar, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Lung Transplant

Soonali received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University in 2008. Post-graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Following her clinical training, she worked as a clinical pharmacist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and as a community pharmacist at a local independent pharmacy. She joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as a staff pharmacist in 2016, and later became a clinical specialist for the lung transplant program.