Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship

Sonal Patel, Pharm.D.

Sonal Patel completed her undergraduate studies in biology at the York University in Toronto, Canada, and went on receive her PharmD from the Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Detroit Medical Center and a PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Sonal joined the AU Medical Center pharmacy team in 2013 as the antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist.  She has an appointment to the University Of Georgia College Of Pharmacy as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She rounds with the Infectious Disease Consult Service while at the same time, works closely with pharmacists and physicians to ensure that antibiotic use is being optimized in patients (both adult and pediatrics. Sonal is also involved in multiple hospital-wide taskforces, is a member of the Infections Prevention Committee and serves as the Secretary of the Antimicrobial Subcommittee of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.


Amber Ladak, Pharm.D., AAHIVP

Amber (pronounced "Um-bur") is the HIV Clinical Pharmacist in the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) Department of Infectious Disease.  In addition to precepting Doctor of Pharmacy students from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Amber also invites pharmacy residents on their Infectious Disease learning experience to spend time with her in the HIV Clinic.  Services to patients with HIV are supported by a Ryan White grant.

Amber completed her undergraduate and PharmD degrees at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, then moved to Kansas City, MO to complete a one-year Public Health and Ambulatory Care residency at the Kansas City CARE Clinic and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Kansas City provided her with her initial training in the care of people living with HIV, which serendipitously led her to pursue a specialty in this area. She joined Augusta University in 2015 as the Clinical Pharmacist for the Ryan White Clinic and focuses on patient medication adherence as well as patient education.  Amber loves being able to work directly with patients, students, and other providers.