Oncology

Amber Bradley Clemmons, Pharm.D., BCOP

Amber is a 2009 PGY1 graduate of our residency program, who returned to Augusta as a full-time faculty member at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor for UGA in August 2011; currently at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, completed a University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate during her PGY1 year at MCG Health/UGA, and PGY2 Hematology/Oncology PharmacY residency at the University of North Carolina (UNC Hospitals and Clinics), Chapel Hill.  Amber serves as the clinical pharmacy specialist for the adult bone marrow transplantation (BMT) team.

She is a highly active member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG), as well as a member of ASHP, GSHP, and the Georgia Cancer Center.  Dr. Clemmons has received the STaR (Southern Translational Education and Research) Young Investigator of the Year Award (2011) the ASBMT Pharmacy SIG New Practitioner of the Year Award (2014), the GSHP Young Health-System Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year Award (2014), Teacher of the Year Award at the UGA College of Pharmacy (2016), and the HOPA New Practitioner Award (2017). Dr. Clemmons serves as the Residency Program Director for the UGA/AUMC PGY2 Oncology program.

Contact:  aclemmons@augusta.edu

Arpita Shah Ghandi, Pharm.D., BCOP

Arpita Shah Gandhi, Pharm.D., BCOP

Arpita Shah Gandhi received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in 2011. Following graduation, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency and a Hematology/Oncology Specialty Residency (PGY2) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). She completed a teaching certificate during her PGY2 year at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She is a member of Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and American Society of Health System Pharmacists and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice (without salary) for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.  In addition to serving on the hospital Pain Committee, she was also the local Principal Investigator on a multi-site pilot study measuring the impact of pharmacist medication reconciliation at discharge (focusing on hematology/oncology patients at our institution) in 2015-2016. Arpita’s teaching, clinical service, and scholarship interests include hematological malignancies, bone marrow transplantation, and supportive care in oncology.  She has had 23 publications in the medical literature since completing her residency, including several co-authored with our pharmacy residents. Arpita has been recognized twice by Augusta University (campus-wide) with a "Golden Pen" award, in 2016 and 2018 for her publications and professional presentations.

Contact:  argandhi@augusta.edu
 

Cara Iacobellis, Pharm.D.

Cara Iacobellis received her Pharm.D. from The University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy in 2015. Following graduation, she completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, FL. Cara joined the Augusta University Pharmacy Department in August 2016 as a Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist. She has been published in Pharmacy Products and Purchasing (2016) and is a member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) and American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Cara is a PGY-1 residency preceptor and a preceptor-in-training for the PGY-2 Oncology pharmacy residency.

Contact: ciacobellis@augusta.edu 
 

Katie SaundersKatherine (Katie) Saunders, Pharm.D., BCOP

Katherine Saunders received her Pharm.D. from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2015. Following graduation, she completed her PGY-1 at Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA. Katie then traveled to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and completed her PGY-2 in oncology with UW Health. Her primary area of practice is ambulatory oncology, specifically within the solid tumor clinics at the Georgia Cancer Center. Katie’s role is new to AU Health, and she is working to establish clinical pharmacy services within the cancer center. She is also currently serving on the HOPA Resource Library Updates Sub-committee to help collect, evaluate, and distribute helpful tools for oncology pharmacists to use in practice. In addition to caring for patients with cancer, Katie is passionate about teaching and was excited to begin having students and residents on rotation as a preceptor-in-training for 2017-2018.

Contact: ksaunders@augusta.edu

 

Krystal "LeeAnn" Thompson Lee, Pharm.D.

LeeAnn received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Pharmacy in 2014. She completed her clinical rotations at AU Medical Center in Augusta, GA. After graduation, LeeAnnn completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, GA. During her PGY1 year, she completed a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program through the South University School of Pharmacy. Following her PGY1 residency, LeeAnn joined the AU pharmacy team as a pediatric pharmacist. In August 2017, she accepted a position as the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist and began working with both the inpatient pediatric heme/onc team and the outpatient pediatric heme/onc clinic. She is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP), Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG), and Children’s Oncology Group (COG). LeeAnn is a preceptor-in-training in 2018-2019.

Contact: kthompsonlee@augusta.edu