U of L Hospital

Pharmacy Residents

Lesley Hall Volz, Pharm.D., PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Resident

Education: Pharm.D, University of Kentucky; PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, University of Louisville Hospital

About me: I was born and raised in New Haven, Ky., and completed my undergraduate and doctorate of pharmacy studies at the University of Kentucky. After completing two oncology-focused advanced pharmacy practice experiences at University Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, I knew it was the place for me to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency. I love the clinical learning experience I receive from an academic institution.

Throughout my PGY1 experience, my passion for oncology was confirmed. With a free-standing cancer center (Brown Cancer Center), there are a multitude of oncology outpatient clinics, as well as inpatient oncology and a BMT program that exposes you to a wide variety of clinical experiences.

Therefore, I decided to continue at University Hospital and the Brown Cancer Center for my PGY2 Oncology Residency experience.

Lourdes Ramos, Pharm.D., PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Education: Pharm.D, University of Oklahoma; PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, University of Louisville Hospital

About me: I was raised in Oklahoma City by a military family, which includes my father and three older siblings who are employed by the US Air Force. Breaking the mold, I completed my pharmacy prerequisites and doctorate degree at the University of Oklahoma. My desire to expand my clinical training led me to University Hospital, an academic institution with a nationally respected reputation in health care and great rotation opportunities.

My interest in diabetes and cardiovascular health inspired me to continue training through the ULH PGY2 Ambulatory care residency program. My goal is to one day start or work in a clinic that specializes in these areas.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, eating adventurous foods (Louisville is a foodie’s dream), and running — mainly to compensate for my foodie lifestyle.

Lindsay Urben, Pharm.D., PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident

Education: Pharm.D., Creighton University; PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, University of Louisville Hospital

About me: I am originally from Madison, Wis., and attended Creighton University for both my undergraduate degree and Pharm.D. I always knew that I wanted to complete a residency and do so at a teaching facility. I highly enjoy being part of a multidisciplinary team and being involved in teaching and learning, which is why I chose University Hospital.

I chose to continue my residency here in the PGY2 Critical Care Residency because of the wide array of rotations, the patient care experiences presented at a Level I Trauma Center and the emphasis on teaching.

Upon completion of residency, I plan to pursue a clinical pharmacist position in an intensive care unit or emergency department. My current research project is looking at the use of intravenous magnesium as adjunctive therapy for acute asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in an emergency room setting.

Breit, Abbey Abbey Breit, Pharm.D., PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Education: Pharm.D., University of Kentucky

About me: I was born and raised in Louisville. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University and completed my doctorate of pharmacy studies at the University of Kentucky.

I chose University Hospital for my PGY1 Pharmacy Residency because of the variety of rotations and patient care experiences available, as well as the emphasis on teaching. I love being at an academic institution where I can share my passion for advancing pharmaceutical care and serve as an integral member of the health care team. I plan to use the knowledge and skills I develop this year to become a clinical pharmacist and preceptor.

My professional interests include oncology and internal medicine. My current research project evaluates the safety of rapid rituximab infusion for approved indications versus non-approved indications.

Crowdis, Ryan Ryan Crowdis, Pharm.D., PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Education: Sullivan University College of Pharmacy

About Me: I have lived my entire life here in Louisville, with the exception of the four years I spent in Danville, KY for undergraduate education at Centre College. My pharmacy career began as a summer job at the University Hospital to make money during college. After a few summers I had grown to love working at the hospital and decided to pursue a career in hospital pharmacy. I enjoyed my years at Sullivan and decided I wanted to continue to strengthen my pharmacy knowledge through residency training. I was very lucky and excited when the hard work paid off, and I matched with the University Hospital.

University Hospital was an ideal spot for me due to my previous experience because of the exceptional learning environment created by the pharmacy staff and other medical professionals. While my interests are broad, I am particularly focused on ambulatory care and management. I also have a passion for helping others learn and plan on pursuing teaching of some fashion in the future. This year, I will be doing research on the cost effectiveness of post-operative use of liposomal bupivicaine versus standard bupivicaine and ropivicaine.

Laura, Mudd Laura Mudd, Pharm.D., PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Education: Pharm.D., University of Kentucky

About me: I was born and grew up in Louisville. I attended the University of Kentucky where I completed undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. After completing an advanced pharmacy practice experience in the Neuro ICU at University Hospital, I developed an appreciation for the interprofessional collaboration and learning opportunities present at this institution and an interest in critical care. I knew University Hospital would be a wonderful place to complete my PGY1 Residency because of the many unique critical care populations I would be able to interact with and the numerous teaching opportunities that would be available.

My professional interests include: critical care, cardiology, and academia. The research project that I am working on this year involves evaluating the effects of treating ICU patients who have respiratory samples positive for Candida albicans with fluconazole. In the future, I would like to complete a PGY2 Residency in critical care and find a clinical pharmacist position that offers teaching opportunities at a College of Pharmacy.

Spencer, Cathy Cathy Spencer, Pharm.D., PGY1 Pharmacy Resident

Education: Sullivan University College of Pharmacy

About me:  I am originally from Louisville and obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville and my doctoral degree at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy.  I always knew I wanted to complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency at a teaching facility. After completing my internal medicine and ambulatory care advanced pharmacy practice experiences at University of Louisville Hospital, I knew it was a good fit for me.  I loved the innovative thinking, the multidisciplinary teams and the overall atmosphere. Also, since the University Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, I knew I would continually be presented with interesting and challenging learning opportunities.

Currently, my professional interests are in critical care and infectious disease. I plan to use the knowledge I acquire from this program to become a clinical pharmacist. In addition, I love to teach, so I plan to become a preceptor and am open to the possibility of academia in the future. My current research project is retrospectively evaluating the outcomes of vancomycin versus daptomycin in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in isolates with elevated vancomycin minimum inhibitory concentrations.