Meet Our Residents

The following information is provided to let you learn more about our current pharmacy resident class at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

Please feel free to contact our residents if you would like their insight regarding any of our four pharmacy residency programs.

2018-2019 Pharmacy Residents
2018-2019 Nationwide Children's Hospital Pharmacy Residents
Master of Science and PGY1/PGY2 Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residents

Kembral Nelson, PharmD

Master of Science and Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident – 2nd Year

Hometown: Bolivar, TN

Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt University

Pharmacy School: University of Tennessee

Reason for Residency: My goal for completing the combined MS/HSPA residency program is to develop clinical and leadership skills in hopes to advance pharmacy practice and improve patient outcomes. Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a culture conducive to learning alongside a strong team of knowledgeable and invested administrators and clinicians. I am able to step outside of my comfort zone and embrace numerous opportunities to explore interests, enhance strengths, and develop weaknesses. It is such an honor to match at Nationwide Children’s and serve our patients!

Areas of Interest: Pediatrics, Medication Safety, Inpatient and Outpatient Operations, Quality Improvement, and Supply Chain Management

Personal Interests: Traveling, exploring Columbus, spending time with friends and family, and attending Buckeye games

Brett Perlberg, PharmD, MHA

Master of Science and Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident – 1st Year

Hometown: Bay City, MI

Undergraduate School: Miami University, OH

Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University

Reason for Residency: A resident is continuously immersed in learning, growth, professional development, and teaching. After practicing pharmacy for nearly eight years, I felt stagnant in my development as a clinician and pharmacy leader, and I wanted to rebuild and strengthen my clinical, administrative, and leadership skills in a health system setting. This two-year Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency is the perfect opportunity to learn new information, skills, and patient care principles and then immediately apply those new abilities to practical problems in a supervised setting. I am excited to learn, grow, and develop as a pharmacist-leader at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Areas of Interest: Medication safety, Inventory Management, Finance, Strategic Planning, Human Resources

Personal Interests: Softball, Coffee, Exercising, Sleeping, History

PGY1 Community-Based Residents

Addie Brown
Addie Brown, PharmD

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Education/Pharmacy School: University of Pittsburgh

Reason for Residency: As a new practitioner, I sought a pharmacy residency recognized for a patient-centered culture, dedicated preceptors, and longitudinal rotations to foster continuity of care. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Community Care program offers all such components. I am confident Nationwide’s diverse curriculum will enhance my clinical knowledge and leadership skills, and provide invaluable experience on an interdisciplinary healthcare team. As a more equipped and empowered pharmacist, I will be better able to advocate for my patients and the pharmacy profession.

Areas of Interest: Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Transitions of Care, Specialty Pharmacy, Academia

Personal Interests: Playing cards with my family, Ohio State football, exploring Columbus coffee shops

Hannah Gustafson, PharmD

PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Belvidere, Illinois

Education/Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University

Reason for Residency: I chose to pursue a residency in order to strengthen my pediatric clinical knowledge, participate in impactful research, and gain experience in academia. During my residency search, I quickly realized there was no better place to achieve these goals than Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is on the leading edge of pediatric ambulatory pharmacy and provides unique opportunities to work in various specialty clinics alongside an interdisciplinary team. I am confident I will complete this residency prepared to succeed in a pediatric clinical pharmacist role.

Areas of Interest: Pediatric Primary Care, Pediatric Specialty Pharmacy, Pediatric Neurology Clinic, Pediatric Transitions of Care

Personal Interests: I enjoy attending Columbus festivals, touring local museums, and playing euchre with friends. I also enjoy traveling and playing the Celtic harp.

PGY2- Pediatrics Residents

Megan Lewis, PharmD

PGY2 Pharmacy Resident - Pediatrics

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Pharmacy School: The Ohio State University

Reason for Residency: My goal for completing a PGY2 residency in pediatrics is to expand upon the clinical knowledge and leadership skills that I developed during my first year of residency. Training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will allow me to work alongside exceptional preceptors and mentors in collaboration with multidisciplinary healthcare teams to develop the skills necessary to achieve my ultimate goals of becoming a clinical pharmacy specialist, improving outcomes for our pediatric patients, and advancing pharmacy practice. I find the commitment to safety, education, and journey to best outcomes that is set forth by hospital and pharmacy leadership to be inspirational and I am honored to be a part of the team!

Areas of Interest: Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Critical Care, Behavioral Health, Infectious Diseases

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling and exploring new places, trying new restaurants, watching football (Go Bills & Buckeyes!)

Diane Song, PharmD

PGY2 Pharmacy Resident - Pediatrics

Hometown: Commack, NY

Undergraduate Education: Northeastern University

Pharmacy School: Northeastern University

Reason for Residency: My interest in caring for the pediatric population stemmed from my experiences growing up in a neighborhood with children who battled various illnesses. Despite their circumstances, they were incredibly resilient and hopeful, which fueled my desire to protect and care for pediatric patients. I was drawn to Nationwide Children’s PGY2 pediatric residency program due to its diverse learning experiences and teaching opportunities, as well as the strong sense of community and support within the pharmacy department. I am truly excited to work with the talented and hardworking preceptors at Nationwide in order to become a well-rounded pediatric pharmacist!

Areas of Interest: Critical Care, Infectious Diseases

Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family, hiking mildly-intense trails, discovering new coffee shops, and playing with golden retrievers

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents

Mara Rubin, PharmD

PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan

Pharmacy School: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Reason for Residency: My long-term goals of integrating pediatric clinical pharmacy, research, and teaching to address the vulnerability that pediatric patients and their families face throughout their care is my motivation for pursuing a PGY-1 residency in pediatrics. Nationwide Children’s is my ideal residency that will guide me to build a strong clinical foundation at an institution that idealizes continual growth and is invested in my personal and professional development. The pharmacy department at Nationwide Children’s is robust and enables me to personalize my residency to engage in challenging, well-rounded clinical experiences in a variety of inpatient and outpatient pediatric practice settings. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with an experienced, dedicated, and resilient team of pediatric pharmacists to help me shape my career in pharmacy!

Areas of Interest: Pediatric hematology and oncology, transplant, complex pediatric disease states

Personal Interests: Running, hiking/backpacking, hot yoga, spending time with family and friends

Rebecca Wytiaz, PharmD

PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident

Hometown: Jefferson Hills, PA

Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh

Pharmacy School: University of Pittsburgh

Reason for Residency: I fell in love with the pediatric population during pharmacy school, so I knew I wanted to expand my pediatric pharmacy knowledge post-graduation. I wanted to pursue a PGY1 residency at a pediatric institution to get full exposure to the complex disease states in pediatrics and decide where my interests lie. I also have a strong interest in teaching, so I wanted a program with a comprehensive teaching certificate through a large university. I knew that Nationwide Children’s tradition of excellence in pediatric care would provide a meaningful, yet challenging learning environment as a PGY1. NCH was the perfect fit for me, and I am honored to be a resident here!

Areas of Interest: Infectious Disease, Oncology, Transplant/Immunosuppression, Cystic Fibrosis, Academia

Personal Interests: Cooking/baking, trying new restaurants/being a foodie, traveling, running/yoga, Hailing to Pitt!