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Norton Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program

Pharmacy Residency

Thank you for your interest in the pharmacy residency program at Norton Children’s Hospital. Our pharmacy residency program offers PGY-1 and PGY-2 opportunities that are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Our program provides residents with a comprehensive experience that focuses exclusively on the pediatric population across all specialties and patients from neonate to young adult.


About Norton Children’s

Norton Children’s Hospital is Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital dedicated exclusively to caring for children. The 270-bed hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Established in 1892, Norton Children’s Hospital serves all 120 counties in Kentucky and more than 35 in Indiana, providing care for more than 170,000 children each year.

  • Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center with more than 60,000 visits annually
  • Level IV, 101-bed NICU caring for more than 1,500 babies annually
  • Two-star Congenital Heart Surgery program ranked by The Society for Thoracic Surgeons
  • Transplant programs include heart, solid organ, stem cell and bone marrow
  • Pediatric and neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) capabilities
  • 26-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Oldest continuously accredited children’s oncology program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and a part of Children’s Oncology Group
  • Comprehensive suite of specialty services including infectious disease, pulmonology, nephrology, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.

Program Structure


The pharmacy residency (PGY1) is a one-year experience that offers extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric pharmaceutical care. The resident will be responsible for providing direct patient care by daily participation in multidisciplinary rounds and patient counseling. Hospital and department policy development opportunities include medication-use evaluations, staff in-services, and pharmacy and therapeutics committee meetings.

PGY-2 Critical Care

Norton Children’s Hospital Pharmacy offers one of only two specialized pediatric critical care pharmacy residencies available in the country. The one-year experience offers extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric critical care. The resident will be responsible for providing direct patient care through daily participation in multidisciplinary rounds and will carry a code pager and participate in trauma resuscitations.

PGY-2 Oncology

Norton Children’s Hospital initiated a PGY-2 in pediatric oncology providing support for the Norton Children’s Cancer Institute and the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center. This one-year program provides the resident with a broad range of experiences in pediatric hematologic and oncologic diseases, as well as young adult care.

Additional Duties

Daily activities for all residents include but are not limited to participation in multidisciplinary rounds, providing drug information to other health care professionals, pharmacokinetic consults, nutritional evaluations, medication safety management, counseling of patients and their caregivers, and topic and/or patient discussions with pharmacists. Norton Children’s Hospital is structured as a decentralized pharmacy where residents will be embedded in the units as a team member.

Research opportunities are abundant, as the residents have the opportunity to become involved in the Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit (PPRU).

Pharmacy leadership

Brian Yarberry, PharmD – Director of Pharmacy

Matthew Casper, PharmD, MBA – Pharmacy Manager

Shannon Mayes, PharmD, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacy Manager

Residency leadership

Allison Jones, PharmD, BCPPS – PGY1 Residency Director

Josh Elder, PharmD,  BCOP, BCPS– PGY2 Oncology Director

Shannon Mayes, PharmD, BCPS – PGY2 Critical Care Director

Cindy Zoeller, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP- PGY1 & PGY2 Residency Coordinator

Heather Damhoff, PharmD – PGY1 & PGY2 Residency Coordinator

Residency preceptors

Ashley Casper, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacist

Heather Damhoff, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Josh Elder, PharmD,  BCOP, BCPS – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Kyle Franco, PharmD, BCPPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Sarah Jacobson, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacist

Allison Jones, PharmD, BCPPS –Clinical Pharmacist

Taryn Mancarella, PharmD, BCPPS – Clinical Pharmacist

Tristan Murray, PharmD, BCPS –Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Madeline O’Bryan, PharmD, BCPPS –Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Stephanie Simms, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacist

Sarah Smith, PharmD – Clinical Research Pharmacist

Ivy Tiu, PharmD – Clinical Research Pharmacist

Cindy Zoeller, PharmD, MBA, BCCCP – Clinical Pharmacist