The Staten Island University Hospital is currently offering a PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and to contribute to the development of an effective clinical pharmacists responsible for optimizing pharmacotherapy regimen for patients with a wide range of conditions. After successfully completing the program, residents will be eligible for board certification and for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
About Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH)
Staten Island University Hospital, a member of the Northwell Health System, is a specialized, non-profit, major tertiary teaching hospital located in New York City’s fastest-growing borough. SIUH occupies two large hospital campuses, consisting of 668 beds, plus a number of community-based health centers and labs, the hospital provides quality care to the people of Staten Island, the New York metropolitan region, and to patients from around the world.
The North Campus is located in the Dongan Hills section of Staten Island and houses the Staten Island Heart Institute, Nalitt Institute for Cancer and Blood Related Disorders. The North Campus is designated a Level 1 Trauma Center and the regional Burn Center. The South Campus is located 8 miles away from the North Campus and houses an emergency department, critical care units, and a range of specialty programs, including geriatric psychiatry, behavioral health, and substance abuse services.
Staten Island University Hospital also serves as a clinical campus for the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine allowing an interdisciplinary healthcare model for learning and teaching.
The PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) is a twelve month structured training program. The program is in the pre-candidacy phase of accreditation through American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP). The program consists of core and elective learning experiences delivered longitudinally and in 2 to 5 week rotation blocks which are tailored to each individual resident’s needs and interests. The resident will rotate through inpatient and ambulatory care patient experiences to foster their growth as a clinician and to expand their clinical knowledge. In addition to training in direct patient care areas, the resident will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills by working closely with the administrative directors of pharmacy.
The residency program is affiliated with Long Island University’s Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy. This provides residents with the unique opportunity to precept, mentor and educate pharmacy students throughout their educational careers. Residents will have the opportunity to receive a teaching certificate through the school which includes formal lectures, a teaching portfolio and involvement in student labs and recitations.
Residents will be responsible for the design and implementation of a research project throughout the year. Each resident will be assigned a research mentor. It is anticipated the outcome of the project will be presented at a professional meeting by the end of the residency year.
Residency learning experience
IT Medication Management
Medication Use Evaluation
Research Project / Manuscript
Ashley Besignano-Long, Pharmd, BCACP
Residency Program Director
John Peana, BS, MS, MBA
John Peana is the Director of Pharmacy Services at Staten Island University Hospital. John received his B.S and M.S. Degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his MBA degree with specialization in healthcare administration from Bernard Baruch College and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Areas of responsibility include oversight of the operational, clinical and regulatory aspects of the Department of Pharmacy at both North and South campuses. As Secretary of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Mr. Peana is responsible for medication management and monitoring activities at the hospital. Other areas of oversight include pharmacy drug and personnel budgeting, automated dispensing systems, regulatory compliance and clinical services.
Ashley Besignano-Long, BS, PharmD, BCACP
Dr. Long is the academic pharmacy supervisor in the ambulatory care clinics and residency program director at Staten Island University Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies and Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University. Following her education she completed a PGY-1 and PGY-2 Ambulatory care at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Long is responsible for maintaining relationships with all ambulatory care providers, ancillary staff and assist in their medication needs.
Khaled Hamdan BS, MBA, Pharm D
Dr. Khaled Hamdan is the Associate Director of Pharmacy at Staten Island University Hospital. He received his Master’s Degree in Hospital Pharmacy Administration from Long Island University and his Doctor of Pharmacy from Shenandoah University. Dr. Hamdan is responsible overseeing the Clinical and Operational functions of the Pharmacy Department. Dr. Hamdan is a member of many local and health system committees that seek to enhance the services provided by the facility. Dr. Hamdan ensures that Pharmacy services align with safe medication practices and meet patient safety goals, while also maintaining compliance with Hospital policies and Joint Commission regulations.
Michael Larkin, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Larkin is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy – Operations. He received is Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He graduated from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business with a Masters in Healthcare Administration. Michael is responsible for the pharmacy operations including daily work assignments, establishing and maintaining safe and timely work flows to deliver medications as well as overseeing and insuring compliance to both hospital policies and join commission regulations.
Jennifer S. Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS
Dr. Lee is a critical care clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing in the medical intensive care unit and coronary care unit at Staten Island University Hospital South Campus. She received her PharmD from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Prior to residency, she has also worked as a staff pharmacist at SSM Health in Wisconsin. She then completed both of her ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy and PGY-2 critical care residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
Anthony Premus BS, MS
Anthony Premus has been a licensed pharmacy for over 30 years at Staten Island Hospital. He received his Masters of Pharmacotherapeutics from Long Island University in 2001. He is currently a dispensing supervisor for the main pharmacy and oversees distribution of medications, completion of IV fill list, oversees narcotics operations and inventory. He rounds daily with the neurology team to review patient’s medications and performs medication therapy management. He is the drug information resource for the neurology team and provides patient education as needed.
Elaena Quattrocchi, BS, Pharm.D. FASHP, CDC
Elaena Quattrocchi is an Associate Professor at Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences a part of Long Island University. Dr. Quattrocchi is a full time faculty member for the university, but spends the majority of her time (4 days a week) at her site. She is the preceptor for APPE students rotating inInternal Medicine and Pediatric units at Staten Island University Hospital. She is an integral member of the pediatric team where she rounds daily to provide direct patient care. In addition, she is a member of the Northwell Health Systems Institutional Review Board.
Jowana Tekle, BA, PharmD
Dr. Tekle is a clinical pharmacy coordinator practicing as an ambulatory care pharmacist in the hematology/oncology clinic. She earned her Bachelor degree in chemistry from Brooklyn College before going on to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She then completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, followed by an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at Brookdale University Hospital Medical center. Dr. Tekle currently practices within an interdisciplinary clinic and works closely with the hematology/oncology providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse navigators, and social workers.
Matthew Verardi, BS, R.Ph
Matthew Verardi is the Supervisor of IT and Medication Management Services in the Pharmacy Department at Staten Island University Hospital. Mr. Verardi is responsible for implementing, testing, and maintaining the various electronic Pharmacy applications including the electronic medical record (E.M.R.), barcode medication administration (B.C.M.A.) and Pharmacy Automation products such as Robot and automated dispensing machines (ADMs). He is also responsible for overseeing Controlled Substance Inventory and Dispensing System. Mr. Verardi utilizes reports from these applications to analyze and improve clinical practices, operational workflows, and regulatory compliance.
Janemarie Viscardi BS, MS, Pharm D, CACP, BCGP
Dr. Viscardi is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy Clinical Services & Education at Staten Island University Hospital. . She received her BS and MS in pharmacy from Long Island University followed by her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. Dr. Viscardi is responsible for the development and implementation of all Clinical Programs in the inpatient arena for both North & South Sites. These programs include pharmacy intervention program, Patient profile rounding, implementation and monitoring of the smart pump library for medicine, surgery & anesthesia.
Class of 2020-2021
The SIUH pharmacy residency program utilizes the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Services (PhORCAS) for application submission.
The following documents are required to be submitted through PhORCAS as part of our application packet:
Letter of intent
Official copy of a college transcript from a college of pharmacy
Three (3) letters of recommendation
General Requirements for the PGY-1 Residency. All candidates must:
Must have obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited pharmacy program
Candidates must a NYS licensed pharmacist or eligible for licensure in NYS
Be of good moral character
Be at least 21 years of age
Is a United States citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States (Alien Registration Card /USCIS I-551 Status - "Green Card")
About Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health
Staten Island University Hospital, a member of the Northwell Health System, is a specialized, non-profit, major tertiary teaching hospital located in New York City’s fastest-growing borough. SIUH occupies two large hospital campuses, consisting of 714 beds, plus a number of community-based health centers and labs, the hospital provides quality care to the people of Staten Island, the New York metropolitan region, and to patients from around the world.