Inpatient pharmacists affiliated with the UF College of Pharmacy are embedded in intensive care units, emergency rooms and children’s hospitals around the state of Florida. They are valuable members of the health care team working alongside physicians, nurses, physical therapists and others to help lead a patient’s recovery. More importantly, they are medication experts and are often relied upon to deliver timely and sound medication advice that puts the patient on the road to recovery.
Areas of Practice
UF Health Shands Hospital’s specialty programs are consistently ranked among the nation’s best in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a hospital within a hospital on the UF Health Shands campus and provides care in more than 20 pediatric specialties.
UF Health Jacksonville is the region’s premier academic health center, a leader in the education of health professionals, a hub for clinical research and a unique provider of high-quality patient care.
The 480-bed Bayfront Health St. Petersburg was founded in 1910 and is home to the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in the St. Petersburg region.
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Critical Care
Kalen Manasco Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, FPPAG
Kalen Manasco received a B.S. degree in microbiology and a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and a pediatric specialty residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She served as a clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy from 2007-2017, where she also served as the PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency program director. From 2003-2007, she served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of clinical and administrative sciences at Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia. Manasco joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in March 2017, as a clinical professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research. She is also a clinical pharmacist with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit. Her research interests include pediatric infectious disease and pediatric pulmonology (cystic fibrosis and asthma). Manasco is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, chair of the ACCP Pediatric Practice and Research Network, and co-series editor for the pediatric pharmacotherapy self-assessment program.
UF Health Shands Hospital
Adult Critical Care (Trauma)
Kaitlin M Alexander Pharm.D.
Kaitlin Alexander, Pharm.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research. Dr. Alexander joined the University of Florida faculty in May 2021 and maintains a clinical practice in the trauma intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Alexander graduated from the University of Florida with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012. She then completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at West Virginia University Healthcare, followed by a PGY-2 Residency specializing in critical care at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Prior to her appointment at the University of Florida, she was an Associate Clinical Professor at the Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy from 2014-2021.
Dr. Alexander is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Her professional interests, include: the management of pain, agitation and delirium in the ICU, infectious diseases, optimization of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, and trauma & acute care surgery critical care management.
Bethany Shoulders Pharm.D.
Bethany Shoulders, PharmD, BCCCP works as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and serves as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands Hospital. Dr. Shoulders received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2014 and completed a PGY1 residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a PGY2 Critical Care residency with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Since joining the faculty in 2016, she has maintained a collaborative clinical practice site and was awarded the Exemplary Clinician Award in 2022. Her professional interests include completing quality improvement projects and research related to antimicrobial use in the ICU and surgical patient populations and advocating for a personalized approach to patient care. She is also an active member of SCCM, ACCP, FSHP/ASHP, and AACP.
Kayihura Manigaba Pharm.D., BCIDP
Dr. Kayihura Manigaba stands as an exemplar of excellence in the field of pharmacy, embodying an unwavering commitment to advancing pharmacy education, showcasing exceptional clinical proficiency, and spearheading pioneering research. With strong leadership skills at the forefront, his achievements and impact have positioned him not only as a respected educator but also as a revered leader in the field. Dr. Manigaba’s dynamic mentoring skills, coupled with his research prowess and innovative mindset, further underscore his role as a beacon of inspiration within the pharmacy community.
Dr. Manigaba embarked on his journey with the completion of his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the prestigious University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis, TN. This foundation led him to further elevate his expertise through an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency and a distinguished ASHP-accredited PGY2 Residency in Infectious Diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Kayihura Manigaba is an esteemed educator in the pharmacy doctorate program at the University of Florida, where he imparts his profound knowledge across an array of courses including Professional Practice Skills labs in the 2nd and 3rd years, as well as Patient Care 2, Patient Care 4, and Patient Care 5. His commitment to bridging theory and practice resonates deeply, serving as a cornerstone in the comprehensive development of future pharmacists.
Beyond the classroom, Dr. Manigaba’s dedication to advancing the pharmacy profession is evident. As a valued member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists research committee, he plays an active role in evaluating and awarding research grants. This engagement underscores his commitment to driving progress within the infectious diseases field and contributing to improved patient outcomes.
As a board-certified infectious diseases pharmacist, Dr. Manigaba’s influence spans a diverse range of critical healthcare domains. His professional pursuits and research interests encompass infectious diseases, therapeutic drug monitoring, interventions for multidrug-resistant pathogens, and the pivotal area of antimicrobial stewardship.
Dr. Manigaba’s influence reaches beyond borders. His dedication to advancing healthcare has driven him to collaborate on a global scale, specifically targeting the critical issue of antimicrobial resistance. Through innovative approaches and strategic partnerships, he endeavors to make a transformative impact on healthcare systems worldwide.
Dr. Manigaba’s tenure as Clinical Pharmacy Manager underscored his exceptional leadership skills and transformative impact. Leading a team of pharmacists and physicians, he orchestrated the implementation of varied clinical services across the hospital, resulting in improved patient care. His strategic leadership extended to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, where he spearheaded best practices that not only enhanced patient care but also optimized costs. Under his guidance, the hospital earned regional distinction due to consistent surpassing of performance metrics.
In summary, Dr. Kayihura Manigaba’s journey underscores his exceptional contributions to pharmacy education, clinical proficiency, and transformative healthcare change. His role as both an esteemed educator and a visionary leader is evident through his dedication to bridging theory and practice, active involvement in committees, and impactful research engagements. Dr. Manigaba’s influence reaches beyond academia, as his global collaborations and leadership in critical healthcare domains showcase his commitment to driving positive change on a broad scale. His legacy leaves an indelible mark on the pharmacy profession, resonating through enhanced patient care and the advancement of healthcare systems worldwide.
Barbara Santevecchi PharmD, BCIDP
Barbara Santevecchi joined the College of Pharmacy as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research in August 2019. She serves as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist and member of the Antimicrobial Management Program at UF Health Shands Hospital. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Wingate, North Carolina in 2015. Following graduation, she completed PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Infectious Diseases pharmacy residencies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing residency training, she worked as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Barbara is a board certified infectious diseases pharmacist. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, microbiology, rapid diagnostics, novel agents for multidrug resistant infections, and antimicrobial stewardship. Barbara has published research in several peer-reviewed journals and has delivered presentations on her research at national meetings.
Veena Venugopalan Pharm.D.
Veena Venugopalan received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, she completed her pharmacy practice residency and infectious diseases specialty residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. As a board certified pharmacist with added qualifications in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, Venugopalan has developed and maintained antimicrobial stewardship programs at large academic centers as well as community teaching hospitals. She joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in January 2016. She serves as the infectious diseases clinical specialist at UF Health Shands Hospital. Her research and patient care activities focus on health care associated infections, multidrug resistant gram-negative infections and antimicrobial stewardship. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she has been presented at national and international conferences.
Adonice Khoury Pharm.D., BCPS
Adonice Khoury is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine at UF Health/Shands Hospital. Dr. Khoury received a B.S. in Microbiology & Cell Science from the UF College of Agriculture and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UF College of Pharmacy. He also completed an ASHP accredited specialty residency in Geriatric pharmacy practice at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville. Prior to joining the college, Dr. Khoury was the head clinical pharmacist and antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist for six years at Select Specialty Hospital in Gainesville, a 44-bed long-term acute care hospital. Dr. Khoury was active with the college at Select Specialty Hospital, serving as a preceptor for adult medicine APPE rotations. His primary clinical practice and research interest is in internal medicine with specific interests in the subspecialties of gastrointestinal and infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.
UF Health Jacksonville
Anthony M Casapao PharmD, MPH, FIDSA
Anthony M. Casapao received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. He then pursued post-graduate training at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, by completing an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, or ASHP, -accredited pharmacy practice residency. Casapao continued his post-graduate training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, completing an ASHP-accredited specialty practice residency in infectious diseases. Upon completion of his residency, he maintained his interest in infectious diseases and pursued an American College of Clinical Pharmacy peer reviewed pharmacotherapy fellowship in infectious diseases and health outcomes. After achieving five years post-graduate training, Casapao served as an assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Husson University School of Pharmacy in Bangor, Maine. Casapao joined the University of Florida in October 2017, as a clinical assistant professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research. He was promoted to clinical associate professor in 2022.
UF Health Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Program
Lindsey Childs-Kean Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCPS
After completing her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Dr. Childs-Kean completed a PGY-1 residency at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL, followed by a PGY-2 residency in Infectious Diseases Pharmacy at the South Texas Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in San Antonio, TX. Prior to joining UF full-time, she was the Hepatology Pharmacy Program Manager at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines, FL. In that role, she established a pharmacist-led Hepatitis C clinic for patients throughout the Bay Pines System, including patients seen using Clinical Video Telehealth technology. Her professional interests include infectious diseases pharmacotherapy as well as professional development of students and new practitioners. Dr. Childs-Kean is active in many professional organizations at the state and national level, including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Bayfront Health – St. Petersburg
Adult Critical Care (Trauma)
Carinda J Feild Pharm.D., FCCM
Dr. Feild earned her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1989. She then completed an ASHP accredited two-year residency with emphasis in critical care at the University of Kentucky and a two-year critical care fellowship at the University of Kentucky’s Drug Product Evaluation Unit. She joined UF College of Pharmacy faculty in 2010 as a Clinical Associate Professor and previously served as Assistant Dean and Campus director for the St Pete Campus. She currently serves as Associate Director for the Office of Experiential Programs.
Prior to taking this position, she worked at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center / University of Maryland Medical Center for seven years. For the last four of those years she served as the critical care research section manager and a clinical research pharmacist. For the 10 years prior she worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care caring for surgical, cardiothoracic, and trauma patients and teaching pharmacy students at Boston University Medical Center, Orlando Regional Healthcare System where she also served as the Clinical Coordinator, and Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center where she was also involved in research. She has been an Assistant Professor with the University of Florida’s Working Professional Pharm.D Program since 1997. She started as an Orlando site facilitator and has also served as the regional director, a course coordinator and advisor, a pharmaceutical care project reviewer, and currently works on special projects. She was awarded the Air Force Clinical Research Award for work done at Keesler in 2001, she was the Spring 2007 recipient of the Faculty Service Award for the WPPD program, and has received multiple teaching and service recognitions since joining the faculty in 2010.