Neurology /Neurointensive Care

Jody Carswell Rocker, Pharm.D., BCPS

Jody received her Pharm.D. from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2003.  She completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Medical College of Georgia Health System in 2004 and then joined the MCG (now AU Medical Center) pharmacy staff as a Neuroscience Pharmacy Specialist.  She has an appointment to the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy as a Clinical Assistant Professor.  At the 2004 ACCP Annual Meeting she presented, “Cliff Notes: How Mentoring Works” with Dr. Susan Fagan.  She has been published in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy (2003), Hospital Pharmacy (2006), and Stroke (2012).  Her areas of clinical interest are: blood pressure and hemostatic therapies for the management of intracerebral hemorrhage patients and secondary stroke prevention strategies.  Jody is an active member of ACCP, Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the Neurocritical Care Society.  She is the GSHP Central Savannah River District Director and member of the GSHP Board of Directors (2017-2019).

Jody has participated in medical mission trips to Ecuador. In fall 2015, GSHP recognized her with their Community Service award for both her international volunteer work and a popular program that brought pharmacists and pharmacy students to visit many community groups for health and medication education lectures. In Summer 2016, GSHP honored her with their Preceptor of the Year award for her involvement with pharmacy residents and pharmacy students.  Jody was also the GSHP Outstanding District Director award winner in 2018.  In addition to organizing a full schedule of district educational meetings in Augusta, Jody has implemented a number of innovations including community service projects, networking events for pharmacy students and preceptors, as well as development programs by the members to support our local students applying for residencies and interviewing.



Lindsey Sellers Coppiano, Pharm.D.Lindsey Sellers Coppiano, Pharm.D., BCCCP

Lindsey is from Columbus, Georgia, and she earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy after completing fourth year rotations in Columbus. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residencies with us at AU Medical Center and the UGA College of Pharmacy graduate certificate program.  At the conclusion of residency training, Lindsey was recruited to join our critical care pharmacy team as our second Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist supporting the Neuroscience service line.  Lindsey's evaluation of the use of procalcitonin level monitoring in the intensive care unit as a PGY2 MUE project resulted in this test being taken off the pharmacy.   Her PGY2 research project looking at time to blood culture positivity as a predicator of pathogen in critically ill patients has been submitted for publication and as a poster for SCCM.



Renad Abu-Sawwa, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Dr. Renad Abu-Sawwa is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Her practice site is the Pediatric Neurology/Epilepsy Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Georgia at the AU Medical Center. She serves as a clinical preceptor at her practice site for PGY-2 Pediatric and Ambulatory Pharmacy residents, PGY1 Pharmacy residents and fourth year Doctor of Pharmacy students. Renad has a joint appointment at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in both the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Department of Neurology, and participates in teaching the medical students in their didactic and eperiential education.
Renad graduated from the University of Florida with both a Bachelors in Food Science and Human Nutrition with an emphasis in Human Nutrition and Doctor of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.  During her PGY1 year she completed a teaching certificate at St. John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Following her PGY1, Renad went on to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas for her PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency before joining the faculty at UGA in 2018.
Her professional interests include pediatric neurology/neurocritical care, pediatric critical care/cardiovascular critical care, hematology and toxicology. Her academic interests include innovative teaching methods, interprofessional education, precepting/teaching styles, application of learning/personality/vocational styles, experiential education and training, mentorship and well-being. Publications in 2019 include a primer on cannabidiol FAQ for patients and caregivers in JPPT, and "Nutritional intervention in heart failure" in Heart Failure Reviews.
Renad is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Epilepsy Society (AES), Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP), Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA), and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS).