Meet Our Past Residents


Carter, Marianne

Marianne Carter, PharmD (2021-2022)

Marianne Carter is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Palliative Care and Pain Management at UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky. She received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, before graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Palliative Care Certificate from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Carter then completed an Outpatient Palliative Care Pharmacy Fellowship at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, followed by a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at LMH Health in Lawrence, Kansas, and a PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Palliative Care and Pain Management at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She is originally from Kokomo, Indiana.

Sarah Ermer

Sarah Hannig, PharmD, BCPS (2020-2021)

Sarah Hannig is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hannig is originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Hannig completed her Post Graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy in Omaha, Nebraska. She then completed her Post Graduate Year 2 Pharmacy Residency in Palliative Care and Pain Management at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include pain management, palliative care, and quality improvement. During her PGY2, she pursued her interests in the practice areas of pediatric pain management and pediatric palliative care as an integral member of the interprofessional teams.

Dallara-Marsh A, Ermer S. Pain Management in Palliative Care for Infants. In: Pain – What Do I Do Now Palliative Care, Ed. Herndon CM. 2022.

Ermer S, Lockman K, Fisher L, Pies C.  A Communication Tool to Support Anticoagulation Decision-Making for Patients with Multimorbidity and Serious Illness. 2021 Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists (SPPCP) Seed Grant Award

Theodore Nguyen

Theodore Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS (2019-2020)

Theodore Nguyen is a Clinical Pharmacist at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) in Los Angeles, California. His work includes practicing as a Medi-Cal provider under collaborative practice agreements with mental health clinics to promote holistic patient care. He continues to pursue collaboration opportunities focused on the advancement of pharmacy practice and integration of palliative care principles within various medical specialties. Nguyen completed his PGY2 Palliative Care and Pain Management Pharmacy Residency at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He completed his PGY1 Acute Care Pharmacy Residency at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital in Long Beach, California. Nguyen received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UCSD SSPPS) and graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Nguyen TP. Epidural and Intrathecal Analgesia in Palliative Care. In: Pain – What Do I Do Now Palliative Care, Ed. Herndon CM. 2022.

Nguyen TP. Channeling the Spirit of Dame Cicely Sounders for the “Stably Bad” Patient. Poster presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Nguyen TP, Lockman K. (2021). “Empathetic Communication Skills for Pharmacists.” Abrons, J (Ed.), Peripheral Brain for the Pharmacist (2021: 54-58). American Pharmacists Association.

Nguyen TP, Hagiwara Y, Pies C, Lockman K. The Impact of Food on Bioavailability of Oxycodone Myristate: A Case Report. J Pall Care. 2020 (view poster)

What surprised you? What inspired you? What touched your heart? A guest blog Dr. Nguyen wrote about his rotation with Pallium India in Trivandrum Kerala, India.

Jennifer Ku

Jennifer Ku, PharmD, BCPS (2018-2019)

Jennifer Ku is the first Palliative Care Clinical Pharmacist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Her work includes providing inpatient palliative care as part of a trans-disciplinary team, serving on the hospital's pain committee, and acting as one of the education coordinators for the Division of Palliative Care. She continues to pursue research on quality improvement and interprofessional education within palliative care. Ku completed her BS in nutrition at Cornell University, then earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and completed her PGY1 Health System Pharmacy Practice residency at the University of Utah Health. She completed her PGY2 residency in Palliative Care and Pain Management at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

Ku J. Pain Management in Calciphylaxis. In: Pain – What Do I Do Now Palliative Care, Ed. Herndon CM. 2022.

Ku, J. Dear Learner: Yes, you may cry. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2019;76:1989-1990.

Ku, J. Pausing to Reflect and Debrief: Emotional Processing in the Face of Death. Pulses. 2019

Kral L, Ku J, Kematcik BS, Fudin J. Pearls for opioid use in seriously ill patients. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2019;33(1-2):54-58.

Eva Coulson

Eva Coulson, PharmD, BCPS (2017-2018)

Eva Coulson is an Inpatient Pain Management-Oncology Clinical Pharmacist at Kaweah Delta Healthcare District (KDHCD) in Visalia, California. She serves as a preceptor for PGY1 pharmacy residents, assists with the residency teaching certificate, and precepts student pharmacists from the University of California, San Francisco and other California pharmacy schools. Coulson completed her PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care pharmacy residency at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in Iowa City, Iowa. She did her PGY1 Acute Care Pharmacy Residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - School of Pharmacy and graduated with her BS in Economics from Texas A&M University - College Station.

Coulson EE, Kral LA: The Clinical Pharmacist's Role in Perioperative Surgical Pain Management. Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy 2020;34(3):120-126.

DiScala S, Fudin J, Coulson E, Lodl E, Kral L, Herndon C. Society of Pain and Palliative Pharmacists (SPPCP) Position Statement on the Proposed Change on Naloxone to Over-the-Counter Status. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2019;(1-2):1-5.

Sukumari Auntie, a guest blog Dr. Coulson wrote while on rotation at Pallium India in Trivandrum Kerala, India.

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