Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The Hospital
The Program
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency
Application Information
What Else Should I Know?
Pharmacy Administration
2016-2017 Resident Contact Information


Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West have been serving the New York community for over a century and provides a full range of first degree, second degree and tertiary level services. In 2013, along with Mount Sinai Beth Israel, the Mount Sinai Hospital and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, the Mount Sinai Health System, was formed as the largest provider of inpatient care in New York State and one of the largest providers in the United States.

Mission Statement
The mission of Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West is to provide outstanding health care to meet the needs of the West Side Community and broader community of patients who utilize the services of the hospitals. Such care is provided without discrimination, including care of the poor, while recognizing the limitations of the resources of the hospitals. In addition, this institution strives to provide the highest-quality education of health care professionals and conduct research to further medical knowledge and develop excellence in the delivery of health care.

Vision Statement
1. Our commitment to the communities we serve, to health care payers and to our attending physicians will be outstanding quality and leadership in service and cost. We believe our continued commitment in teaching and research to sustain excellence is consistent with this fundamental strategy.

2. We will build on our recognized clinical strengths in serving Manhattan's West Side communities and our other areas by becoming the provider of choice for managed care.

3. We will transform ourselves into a health care system capable of managing a wide range of ambulatory, inpatient and sub-acute care.

4. We will support a wide range of specialty care to meet the needs of the Population group we will be serving, including specific areas of emphasis in which the Hospital Center has particular expertise.

5. We will maintain a strong educational alliance with a medical school to insure continued reimbursement for teaching and to maintain the quality of our Programs.

6. We will become a leader in teaching the efficient use of resources in our residency programs and training primary care physicians for managed care practice. Acting on the recognition that managed care will fundamentally change the way we operate, we will continually review our programs to maintain our financial integrity.


The Post Graduate Year – One (PGY-1) pharmacy residency program at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West is an accredited program with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The program offers four PGY-1 pharmacy residency positions.

The department’s philosophy upholds the concept of “pharmaceutical care” which recognizes the pharmacist’s contribution to patient care. Our pharmacy department provides a teamwork approach toward quality patient care. The pharmacy offers services through its central pharmacy and pharmacy satellites including medical/surgical units and an oncology suite. The 12-month clinically-oriented program, beginning July 1st, offers the residents opportunities to become involved in many outstanding specialty programs.

Mission Statement
Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West believes that the mission of the Pharmacy Residency PGY-1 Program is to help residency graduates achieve their career goals.
The mission of the Pharmacy Residency PGY-1 Program is to advance and support each resident’s development toward achieving the skills necessary to serve the hospital, its patients and community; and upon graduation serve hospitals, health-systems, and the public for making the best use of medications.

Vision Statement
The Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West Pharmacy Residency PGY-1 Program is dedicated to achieving a vision where all residency graduates will complete a rich and diverse array of clinical, administrative, and educational experiences that will position them to pursue advanced training and/or practice in healthcare settings of their choice. Upon successfully completing the residency program, graduates:

1. Will obtain further specialized or advanced post-graduate training or employment most suited for their individual abilities and interests,

2. Will deliver compassionate, comprehensive and evidence-based care to their patients for the safest and most effective use of medications,

3. Will conduct and interpret pharmacy-related medication use evaluations and research for advancing medication-use systems and overall patient care,

4. Will exercise leadership in academic, hospital, health-system and community settings,

5. Will reflect on their Pharmacy Residency PGY-1 Program with appreciation and a sense of having had a valuable experience for competency and confidence to be an outstanding pharmacist and leader.

Upon completion, graduates of the PGY1 residency program are prepared to practice as a clinical pharmacist and serve as future leaders and administrators in the profession of pharmacy.



The Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West PGY-1 pharmacy residency program is an acute care focused residency that will provide comprehensive training in all facets of hospital pharmacy practice. Each rotation is typically 4 weeks in duration, but can be tailored to each resident’s interests. Pharmacotherapy training for our residency program includes, but is not limited to the following areas:

Acute care
• Adult Medical Intensive Care
• Internal Medicine
• Infectious Disease
• Geriatrics
• Psychiatry
• Cardiology

Ambulatory care
• Endocrine
• Pulmonary
• Oncology
• Emergency Medicine
• Primary Care Medicine

Drug Policy Development and Practice Management
• Drug Information
• Drug Use Policy Development
• Medication Usage Evaluation
• Information Systems
• Supervisory Experience
• Quality Improvement
• Medication Use Safety
• Administration

• Investigational Studies
• Longitudinal Residency Project



Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West offer residents a highly competitive compensation package. The compensation package includes medical, prescription, dental, and vision. Residents will receive paid conferences, vacation, holidays, sick leave, and discount parking. Residents will also be reimbursed for New York State licensure and professional organizations.


The application deadline is January 20, 2017 and the application requirements include the following:
• Letter of intent stating goals and interests
• Curriculum Vitae
• Official academic transcripts
• Three letters of reference from members of the pharmacy profession

Submit all materials using ASHP’s PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application).


Interviews are mandatory.

The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy. Eligibility for licensure in New York is required. While it is encouraged that the NAPLEX and MPJE exams be taken by October, the New York State Written and Practical (Compounding) exam is offered in June and January only. Alternatively, Part III examination can be given on-site at the discretion of the Pharmacy Residency Director. The applicant must plan to pass all three exams by January of his or her residency year. More information about New York State licensure can be found at the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions website:

Please feel free to contact one of our current residents or preceptors if you have any questions.


Mount Sinai St. Luke's

Karen Vitacolonna Falk, RPh, MBA
Director of Pharmacy
Administration Preceptor
(212) 523-2584

Elizabeth C. Ha, Pharm.D., CGP
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Residency Program Director
Geriatrics Preceptor
(212) 523-2579

Steven B. Levy, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Residency Coordinator, St. Luke's Site
Internal Medicine Preceptor
(212) 523-2585

Pascal P. Kolak, MS, MPA, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Manager
Investigational Drug Studies Preceptor
(212) 523-2578

Pradeepan B. Ananthasingam, Pharm.D., MBA
Pharmacy Manager
(212) 523-2587

Kimberly M. Sarosky, MS, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Critical Care (MICU)/Infectious Diseases Preceptor
(212) 523-2583

Lana Hareez, Pharm.D., BCPS
Long Island University Faculty
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Ambulatory Care Preceptor (Pulmonary, Internal Medicine, Smoking Cessation)
(212) 523-2583

Amy Z. Wang, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS
Long Island University Faculty
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Cardiology Preceptor
(212) 523-3883

Deborah Wittman, Pharm.D., BCACP
Touro College of Pharmacy Faculty
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Health Outcomes
Ambulatory Care Preceptor (Pulmonary, Internal Medicine)
(212) 523-3011

Mount Sinai West

Irina Usherenko, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy
Administration Preceptor
(212) 523-6554

Peter Oliva, RPh
Associate Director of Pharmacy
(212) 523-6538

Maisoun Sioufi, RPh
Director of Pharmacy, Center for Comprehensive Care Clinic
Ambulatory Care Preceptor (HIV)
(212) 636-3600

Jadwiga Najib, Pharm.D.
Long Island University Faculty
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Psychiatry Preceptor
(212) 523-8226

Angela Koo, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Critical Care (MICU) Preceptor
(212) 523-6045

Andras Farkas, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Infectious Diseases Preceptor
(212) 523-6549




Daniella Badal, Pharm.D.
Phone: (212) 523-3595 (St. Luke's)
Phone: (212) 636-3287 (West)

Grace Lee, Pharm.D.
Phone: (212) 636-1606 (St. Luke's)
Phone: (212) 523-6360 (West)

Funnce Liu, Pharm.D.
Phone: (212) 523-4671 (St. Luke's)
Phone: (212) 523-6360 (West)

Ronald Stern, Pharm.D.
Phone: (212) 636-1893 (St. Luke's)
Phone: (212) 636-3286 (West)