Infectious Diseases: Preceptor Information

Preceptors

  • Kate DeSear
  • Barbara Santevecchi
  • Veena Venugopalan

 

Kate DeSear, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP

Kate

Kate DeSear, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP is a clinical specialist in infectious diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital.  She is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and serves as the director of the Infectious Disease residency program.

Dr. DeSear received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. She completed her pharmacy practice residency at Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Hospital and a specialty residency in infectious diseases at the University of Florida Shands Hospital.

Her areas of interest include antimicrobial stewardship, novel stewardship measures relating antimicrobial use to clinical or process outcomes, and rapid diagnostics.

 

Barbara Santevecchi, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS

Barbara Santevecchi, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS is a clinical specialist in infectious diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital. She is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Santevecchi received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Wingate University School of Pharmacy. She completed her pharmacy practice residency and infectious diseases specialty residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Following residency training, she worked as a clinical pharmacist in infectious diseases at Atrium Health (Carolinas HealthCare System) in Charlotte, NC. 

Her areas of interest include HIV/AIDS, microbiology and rapid diagnostics, and antimicrobial stewardship.

 

Veena Venugopalan, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS

Veena Venugopalan is a pharmacy clinical specialist in infectious diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital and a clinical associate professor at the University Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Venugopalan received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She completed her pharmacy practice residency and infectious diseases specialty residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Her research and patient care activities focus on health care associated infections, multi-drug resistant gram-negative infections and antimicrobial stewardship. She is an active member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.