Department of Pharmaceutical Services
The pharmacy staff is comprised of hospital based pharmacists, clinical specialists, a medication safety manager, an informatics coordinator, and pharmacy technicians. Members of the pharmacy staff provide pharmaceutical care and patient education throughout the institution to assure safe, effective, and rational medication therapy.  The pharmacy is fully automated with the Aesynt suite of products including Robot-Rx, MedCarousel, NarcStation, and AcuDose. Saint Peter’s utilizes electronic medical record, computerized order entry, and barcode administration. Practice areas with designated clinical specialists include internal medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, intensive care, emergency medicine, oncology, and pediatrics.  

Educational Leadership


John Yanoschak
Director of Pharmacy 

John Yanoschak earned his BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy in 1982, and his MBA in Healthcare Administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1997. Following graduation from pharmacy school, John worked as a staff pharmacist at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, Mount Holly, NJ. He has also served as Assistant Director of Pharmacy at the West Jersey Health System (now Virtua Health), Voorhees, NJ, Director of Pharmacy at Virtua-Memorial Hospital Burlington County in Mount Holly, NJ, Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, and Director of Ambulatory Oncology Pharmacy at Inova Health in Fairfax, Virginia, before arriving at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. John is a past president of both the southern and state chapters of the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He is a member of both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


Avni Desai, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Clinical Manager / Residency Program Director

Avni Desai earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2002. After graduation, she completed a postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) Pharmacy Practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York Harbor Healthcare System. Upon completion of her post-graduate training, she worked as a Clinical Coordinator for the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where she worked with clinicians in providing optimal pharmacotherapy, and managed the quality assurance program and investigational studies program. Currently, Dr. Desai is the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and serves as the Pharmacy Residency Program Director. Along with the Director of Pharmacy, she coordinates the department’s clinical and educational operations. Dr. Desai has an adjunct Faculty appointment with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and precepts pharmacy students. She is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP).


Genevieve Kumapley, Pharm.D. BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology

Genevieve Kumapley earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. She trained as an oncology pharmacist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is board certified in oncology. Dr. Kumapley worked at Holy Name Medical Center in New Jersey where she was responsible for coordination and management of oncology pharmacy services. Since 2006, Dr. Kumapley has worked as the clinical pharmacy specialist in oncology and pain management. She works collaboratively with attending oncologists, advance practice nurses and other members of the team to provide supportive and palliative/hospice care services to oncology patients. Dr. Kumapley has an adjunct faculty appointment with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy since 2002 and precepts pharmacy students. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association and the American Society of Pain Educators


Judith Scala, Pharm.D. BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric
Judith Scala earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1992 from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. She attended St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions in New York where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1994. After graduation, she completed a residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Upon completion of her post-graduate training she worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor and Pediatric/Neonatal Specialist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Scala joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital in 2000 as a pediatric/neonatal clinical pharmacy specialist. She collaborates with pediatric and neonatal attending physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists and other members of the health care team to provide pharmaceutical care to her patient population. Dr. Scala has served as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Drexel University College of Medicine. She has an adjunct faculty appointment at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and is a core faculty member for the Pediatric Residency Program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.


Olga Ginsberg, Pharm.D. ,BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine
Olga Ginsberg earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. She pursued her postgraduate training at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, where she completed a post graduate year 1 (PGY-1) pharmacy practice residency. Dr. Ginsberg joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital in 2011 as a clinical pharmacy specialist for emergency medicine. She works as part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide optimal pharmaceutical care in the Emergency Department. Dr. Ginsberg has an adjunct faculty appointment at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and precepts pharmacy students. She’s a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.



Sapna Bhambhani, Pharm.D. BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric
Sapna Bhambhani earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1992 from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University where she also earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors in 1999. Dr. Bhambhani then worked as a drug information specialist at Roche Pharmaceuticals before completing a Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Certification course from the University of Kentucky and beginning a career as a pediatric clinical pharmacist. Before coming to Saint Peter’s, she worked in this role at hospitals in New York and New Jersey including Monmouth Medical Center, Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in New Jersey, and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She works collaboratively with pediatric hospitalists, residents, nurses and other members of the team to provide pharmaceutical care services for neonatal and pediatric patients. Dr. Bhambhani has an adjunct faculty appointment with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and precepts pharmacy students. She is a member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.
 
 

Cecilia Wong, Pharm.D. BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Internal Medicine 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Cecilia Wong earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2009 from the University of Toronto and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado in 2015. Dr. Wong worked as a clinical pharmacist at Markham-Stouffville Hospital in Markham, Ontario, prior to completing her postgraduate year 1 training at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. After residency, she joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital as the internal medicine clinical pharmacy specialist, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. She works closely with medical residents, attending physicians, nurses and other members of the team to optimize pharmacotherapy management for patients on the internal medicine units.  Dr. Wong’s research interests focus on adult internal medicine and transitions of care. She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the New Jersey Society of Health System Pharmacists (NJHSP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).


Maria Cardinale, PharmD, BCPS, BCCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care
Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Maria Cardinale earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University in 2013. Dr. Cardinale completed her postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) pharmacy practice residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ and went on to complete her PGY-2 critical care pharmacy residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. After residency, she joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital as the critical care clinical pharmacy specialist, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. She works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team in order to optimize pharmacotherapy outcomes in critically ill patients. She is also coordinator of the anticoagulation committee, and participates in various other committees with the goal of improving patient care. Dr. Cardinale’s research interests include cardiology and critical care. She is an active member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).
 

Andrew Aziz
Andrew A. Aziz, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Andrew Aziz earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2015. Dr. Aziz completed his postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) pharmacy residency at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ and went on to complete his PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy residency at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. After residency, he joined Saint Peter’s University Hospital as the infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist. He works in collaboration with multiple infectious diseases physician groups to optimize anti-infective pharmacotherapy. He is also head of the antimicrobial subcommittee. Dr. Aziz’s professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship and clinical microbiology. He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).
 


Tom Ollis, R.Ph., M.S.
 
Medication Safety Systems Manager
Tom Ollis earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1992 from St. John’s University in New York and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey in 2002.  After graduation Ollis worked as a staff pharmacist at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City, eventually becoming a satellite pharmacist who managed an off-site chemotherapy infusion center, then the Investigational Drug Service and Out-Patient Pharmacy.  Currently he serves as manager of pharmaceutical services at Saint Peter’s University, where he serves also as the medication safety manager, as well as operations manager. He was formerly director of pharmaceutical services at Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey. Earlier he was director of pharmaceutical services for three campuses of Kindred Hospital in New Jersey, a long term acute care hospital. He has many years of Institutional Review Board experience as a board member and past chair.  Ollis has an adjunct faculty appointment for the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, and precepts IPPE students as well as APPE students for an elective Medication Safety rotation.  He is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), the New Jersey Society of Health System Pharmacists (NJSHP), and the Medication Safety Officers Society (MSOS).
 

Peter Chiodo, R.Ph., M.S.

Pharmacy Informatics Coordinator
Peter Chiodo graduated from St. John’s University with a BS in Pharmacy in 1986. He practiced as a staff Pharmacist at South Beach Psychiatric Center for 4 years and Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) before becoming a supervisor there. Peter received a Master’s degree in Pharmacotherapy from Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy while working at SIUH. After completing the Master’s program he then accepted a position as Operations Manager at Community Medical Center in Toms River, New Jersey. Peter was the Director of Pharmacy at Community Medical Center for 4 years before coming to Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Peter served as Lead Pharmacist  at Saint Peter’s University Hospital before transitioning to the role of Pharmacy Informatics Coordinator.  He works collaboratively with information services as well as physicians, residents, nurses and other members of the institution to develop and support a hospital-wide information system that includes computerized physician order entry, a pharmacy informatics system, online documentation, and barcode medication administration.
 

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