Infectious Diseases: Preceptor Information

Preceptors

  • Kate DeSear
  • Ken Klinker
  • Veena Venugopalan

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Kate DeSear, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP

Kate DeSear, PharmD, 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 a career coach for students within the college. 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.

 

Ken Klinker, PharmD

KlinkerKen Klinker, PharmD, is a pharmacy specialist in infectious diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital. He is a co-director of the Antimicrobial Management Program and serves as secretary for the Anti-infective Subcommittee. He is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Klinker received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He completed his pharmacy practice residency and specialty residency in internal medicine at UF Health Shands Hospital. Following completion of his residency training, he spent five years providing care to critically ill patients in the medical intensive care unit at UF Health Shands and in 2003 transitioned to infectious diseases to participate in the development of an Antimicrobial Management Program. His interests include infectious diseases and training pharmacists on how to develop an effective Antimicrobial Management Program.

Dr. Klinker is a past president of the North Central Florida Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, has served as a member of the board of directors for the Florida Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and remains active in NCFSHP.

 

Veena Venugopalan, PharmD, BCPS

Veena Venugopalan, is pharmacy clinical specialist in infectious diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University Florida College of Pharmacy and serves as the director of the Infectious Disease residency program.

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.