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Memorial Hermann Southwest: 2019–2020 Pharmacy Residents


Allina Dawoowa, PharmD

Allina Dawoowa, PharmD

Allina Dawoowa received her PharmD from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in May 2019. Her professional interests include internal medicine, ambulatory care, and academia. Her current research involves evaluating clinical outcomes associated with change in urinalysis reflex criteria within the Memorial Hermann Health System.

Why I chose Memorial Hermann?

Memorial Hermann is one of the leading healthcare institutions in Houston recognized for advancing health and redefining healthcare. As a student rotating through Memorial Hermann facilities, I was attracted to the culture and level of patient care this organization has to offer. Practicing at Memorial Hermann Southwest, which functions as a significant resource for underserved communities in the greater Houston area, will provide me with an array of experiences and hands-on learning opportunities that are vital in a well-rounded residency program. Working alongside highly skilled clinicians at Southwest who appreciate clinical pharmacy services is a privilege and unique opportunity that will help shape me into a versatile pharmacist.


Lauren Nicole Laserna, PharmDLauren Nicole Laserna, PharmD

Lauren Nicole Laserna received her PharmD from the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in May 2019. Her professional interests include critical care, internal medicine, and ambulatory care. Her current research involves characterizing and evaluating patients with acute congestive heart failure that received treatment for suspected pneumonia.

Why I chose Memorial Hermann?

I completed my internal medicine rotation at a Memorial Hermann facility, and the inter-professional and patient-centered environment inspired me. My older sister was also a previous medical resident at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, and I learned early on that Memorial Hermann is a top tier institution that strives for multidisciplinary collaboration and pharmacy services are emphasized in every aspect of the care process. As a nationally ranked health care system, I am allowed to train alongside leaders in healthcare and be able to train alongside highly skilled clinicians. I chose Memorial Hermann because of the value that is placed on clinical pharmacy services will provide me with a well-rounded residency experience.


Steven Nguyen, PharmD Steven Nguyen, PharmD

Steven Nguyen received his PharmD from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in May 2019. His professional interests include infectious diseases, cardiology, and critical care. His current research involves evaluating the effectiveness of oral cephalosporins as step-down therapy for the treatment of gram negative bacteremia.

Why I chose Memorial Hermann?

Memorial Hermann is the largest non-profit health system in southeast Texas and is recognized as a national and regional leader in patient-centered care. Located in an underserved area, Memorial Hermann Southwest is the most accessible healthcare facility to the communities of southwest Houston and plays a vital role in providing quality health services to those in need. I chose Memorial Hermann because of the system-wide emphasis placed on interprofessional collaboration and for the opportunity to serve the underserved.