Pharmacy Residency Program

Current Residents

Amir Zaki is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at University Medical Center New Orleans. He grew up in a combination of places including Alexandria, Egypt, and New Orleans. He attended high school at Haynes Academy where he played both varsity football and basketball. Amir received his Doctorate in Pharmacy at the Xavier University College Pharmacy in New Orleans. Prior to coming to UMCNO, he had been a pharmacy intern at Walgreens. While pursuing his pharmacy degree he was involved in several research projects and his current PGY-1 research project is "Evaluation of Oral Step-down vs Continue Intravenous Antimicrobial Therapy in Immunocompromised Patients Hospitalized with Gram-Negative Bacteremia”. While in pharmacy school, he served as President for the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP), Pharmacy Student Association (PSA) Secretary, and served as a student member on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Committee. In addition, to his many activities outside the classroom, Amir tutored numerous students in Infectious disease therapeutics, anatomy & physiology, biotechnology, pharmacogenomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and pharmacy calculations. Commitment to healthcare and clinical interests in infectious diseases runs in the family, as Amir has a twin that's an Infectious Disease Pharmacy Fellow at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Shelby Gross is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at University Medical Center New Orleans. She grew up in New Orleans and attended Cabrini High School. Shelby then attended college at Xavier University of Louisiana before completing her Doctorate in Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining the team at UMCNO, she had been a pharmacy intern at Castellon Pharmacy in New Orleans, Louisiana. While pursuing her pharmacy degree, she was involved in a number of research projects, including Sociodemographic Factors and Stroke Risk Assessment in Lebanese Patients with Atrial Fibrillation, A Systematic Review of Clinical Outcomes with Recently Approved Antimicrobials for Gram-negative Infections, and Correlation Between ASCVD Risk Factors and Statin Prescribing Patterns. While in pharmacy school she served as a member of Rho Chi Honor Society and as a tutor for the Academic Enrichment Program. She tutored students in geriatrics, solid organ transplant, women’s and men’s health, and other topics within therapeutics.

Anna White is a PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident at University Medical Center New Orleans. She grew up in Roscoe, Illinois and went to Hononegah Community High School. Anna graduated college from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a PharmD and MBA and moved to New Orleans shortly after. Her primary interests include research, critical care, and emergency medicine, and Anna will be pursuing a PGY-2 residency in critical care. She is currently involved in multiple research projects including: Utilization of prophylactic antibiotics in patients presenting with a penetrating brain or spinal cord injury at a Level I trauma center and High-dose propofol in patients with elevated intracranial pressure: a case series. Outside of work, Anna likes to explore the city and try new restaurants.

Alexandra (Lexi) DeWitt is a PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at University Medical Center New Orleans. She originally grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lexi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (2016), before pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee (2020). Prior to coming to UMCNO, she had been a pharmacy intern at a retail pharmacy in West Memphis, Arkansas (Kroger Pharmacy). While pursuing her pharmacy degree she was involved in a published case report, “Hypersensitive reaction to infliximab-abda: Case Report”, which was presented at the ACCP 40th Annual Meeting in New York City, NY. She is currently working on a research project focused on the implementation of a prophylactic antibiotic guideline in trauma patients, which will be presented at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting 2020. While in pharmacy school, she served as Service Chair for Kappa Psi Fraternity, Psi Chapter and was an American Heart Association certified Basic Life Support Instructor. Lexi aims to pursue a PGY2 in either Critical Care or Emergency Medicine.

Defining Quality

  • Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award
    The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • American College of Surgeons: Verified Trauma Center
    The Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center only verified Level 1 Trauma Center in South Louisiana.
  • City Business - Best Places to Work
    The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center New Orleans was awarded top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
  • PHA Center of Comprehensive Care Award
    University Medical Center New Orleans is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to immediately care for patients with stroke symptoms.
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    University Medical Center has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).