Program Faculty

P. Brandon Bookstaver, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, AAHIVP

Program Director

Dr. Brandon Bookstaver is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina.  Following graduation from the USC College of Pharmacy, he completed PGY1 and PGY2 residencies at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, specializing in Infectious Diseases. Brandon serves as an infectious diseases pharmacy specialist at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, precepting pharmacy and medical students and residents.  Brandon has over 35 peer-reviewed publications and specific areas of interest and research include antimicrobial lock therapy, antimicrobial dosing in obesity, hospital-acquired infections and advancing trainee-related research. Brandon is involved in a number of regional and national organizations, recently serving as President of the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists (2013-14) and Chair-Elect of the Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (2014).  He serves as a peer reviewer for several journals including Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.  Brandon has received top honors including the ACCP National Educator of the Year Award in 2011, South Carolina Pharmacists of the Year in 2012 and the G. Dick Schwerin Mentor of the Year Award for South Carolina in 2014. 

During his free time, he and his wife Nicole enjoy traveling, Gamecock athletics and spending time with their two dogs, Jack & Emma.  Brandon is also an avid (sometimes) runner with a lifetime goal to run a half- or full-marathon in all 50 states!      

Celeste Caulder

Celeste Caulder, PharmD

Program Coordinator

Dr. Celeste Caulder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Columbia, South Carolina. She also maintains a practice site in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Palmetto Health Richland. Celeste received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill College of Pharmacy in 2004. She completed a pharmacy practice residency (2004-2005) at University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, VA, and an infectious diseases specialty residency (2005-2006) at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Her research areas include antimicrobial dosing in obesity, HIV adherence, hospital acquired infections, and pharmacy trainee scholarship. Celeste received the Kappa Epsilon/Merck Vanguard Leadership Award in February 2013 which was created to recognize leadership abilities and accomplishments among Kappa Epsilon Alumni members.

She has served as course coordinator and instructor for more than eight years. Celeste also served as a visiting professor for the Misr International University College of Pharmacy in Cairo, Egypt. In addition to serving as an instructor, she has actively served the work of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy as a member of several committees. Her involvement by serving on various committees has benefitted faculty searches, student policy and curriculum development and recognition of honors, awards and scholarships. She is currently the International Director for SCCP. Celeste has served on a number of regional groups including the SC HIV/STD Conference Planning Committee, SC and the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists education committee. She has published several peer-reviewed publications in a number of high impact pharmacy and medical journals and the well-respected text, Roadmap to Postgraduate Training, a blueprint for students and preceptors on preparing for residency and fellowship training. Outside of work, she enjoys shopping, Gamecock athletics, and spending time with her family.


Divya Ahuja

Divya Ahuja, MD

Dr. Ahuja joined the USC School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Division in 2005. He currently is Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine. Dr. Ahuja graduated medical school in New Delhi, India in 1992, and completed parts of his residency in India and the United Kingdom before ending up at York Hospital in Pennsylvania from 2001-2003. After his residency, Dr. Ahuja completed a fellowship in Genitourinary Medicine and HIV at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Plymouth Hospital in the United Kingdom in 2001. He also completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 2005.

Dr. Ahuja is Medical Director of the USC Immunology Clinic, the region's largest Ryan White HIV Clinic. He is also the Director of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Training Center. He is the site principle investigator for the HRSA Special Project of National Significance: Enhancing Linkages to HIV Primary Care in Jail Settings. 

Dr. Ahuja enjoys mountaineering, exercising at the gym, chess, listening to music and spending time with his wife and two children.

Dr. Ahuja serves as one of the key lecturers in the ID Medical Fellowship weekly infectious diseases didactic lecture series and weekly case conferences. He also teaches fellows on the inpatient consult service and in the outpatient clinics. 

Helmet Albrecht

Helmut Albrecht, MD

Dr. Albrecht joined the USC School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Division in 2006, where he is currently the Division Director and Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor in Internal Medicine. Dr. Albrecht graduated medical school and residency/gastroenterology fellowship from the University of Hamburg in 1988 and 1993. He also completed another residency and an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Emory University in 1999 and 2001.

Dr. Albrecht's research interests include HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, viral kinetics in various compartments, immune reconstitution with associated clinical syndromes, metabolic complications of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy, study of the lymphatic system in HIV disease, opportunistic infection (bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic pathogens) in HIV infection and other immunodeficiency syndromes, microsporidiosis, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, gastrointestinal infections, and antibiotics and antifungal medication.

Dr. Albrecht has considerable study experience as investigator, principal or coordinating investigator of multiple national and internal trials since 8/88. He has been a member of the National and International AIDS Conferences. He serves as a reviewer for AIDS, Clinical Investigator, CID, JID, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, EID, and other journals since 1993. He has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 book chapters. Dr. Albrecht is a member of the editorial board of "AIDS Clinical Care" and was an editor of HIV Medicine.

In his personal time, Dr. Albrecht enjoys playing tennis, golfing, and traveling as well as spending time with his family.

Madji Al Hasan

Majdi Al-Hasan, MBBS

Dr. Majdi Al-Hasan received his medical degree from the University of Jordan, Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kentucky, Infectious Diseases Fellowship and Certificate of Clinical Research Training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2013 as Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Palmetto Health.

He has established himself as a prominent figure in the fields of bloodstream infections and antimicrobial agents through his clinical research on clinical therapeutics, antimicrobial resistance trends, epidemiology, outcome and management of Gram-negative bloodstream infections. He serves as a reviewer for several internal medicine, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology journals. 

Robert Daniels, PharmD

Dr. Robert Daniels graduated with his PharmD in 2005 from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.  He then went onto train at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 2006.  He returned to Columbia, SC and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital where he was charged with implementing the first pediatric antimicrobial stewardship program in the Carolinas, where he currently serves as the Co-Director. He also currently serves as chair of the Infectious Disease Drug Specialty Team at Palmetto Health.  

Carolina Derrick

Caroline Derrick, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Caroline Derrick graduated from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2013.  Upon graduation she completed a PGY-1 at Palmetto Health Richland and an Infectious Diseases PGY-2 through the South Carolina College of Pharmacy partnered with Palmetto Health Richland. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and her primary research interests include Amp-C producing organisms, Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. Caroline has taken a position with the University of South Carolina - School of Medicine to practice at the USC Immunology Clinic. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. 

Dr. Julia Ann Justo

Julie Ann Justo, PharmD, MS, BCPS, AAHIVP

Dr. Julie Ann Justo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Columbia, South Carolina.  She also maintains a practice site in infectious diseases at Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Justo received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2009. She completed a pharmacy practice residency (2009-2010) and an infectious diseases pharmacotherapy fellowship (2010-2013) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy. She also received her Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science from the UIC School of Public Health in 2013.  Julie is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and an HIV Pharmacist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Her research areas include optimal dosing of antimicrobials, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling, infectious outcomes in special populations, clinical impact of antimicrobial stewardship programs, multi-drug resistant Gram-negative infections, and HIV/AIDS. She is an active member of a multiple professional pharmacy organizations, including the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and American Society of Health System Pharmacists.      

Joey Kohn

Joseph Kohn, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Joseph Kohn received a Bachelor of Science in Biology (1991) from the University of South Carolina and Doctor of Pharmacy (1995) from the University of South Carolina, College of Pharmacy.  He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina in 1996.  His practice includes Critical Care as well as participating on the Antibiotic Stewardship and Support Program at Palmetto Health Richland.

Bryan Love,

Bryan Love, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Bryan Love is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcomes Sciences at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Bryan received both his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of South Carolina. He completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at The University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following his residency training, Bryan worked as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases at Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, TN where he subsequently served as the Assistant Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services and Residency Program Director. He most recently served as Assistant Professor at Wingate University School of Pharmacy teaching in the classroom and on experiential rotations.

Bryan’s career has focused on the provision of pharmaceutical care, pharmacy education, and the training of medical students and residents. He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching by both pharmacy students and medical residents. At SCCP, Bryan teaches in several didactic courses in Adult Medicine & Gastroenterology-Hepatology. He precepts students on experiential rotations in Adult Medicine & Gastroenterology-Hepatology.

In his spare time, Bryan enjoys watching sports, exercising, hiking, and participating in triathlons. In 2005, Bryan and his wife hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He and his wife, Bethany, have two beautiful (and energetic) little girls, Ella & Peyton.

 

Kamla Sanasi Bhola

Kamla Sanasi-Bhola, MD

Dr. Sanasi-Bhola completed the USC School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Fellowship program in June of 2014 and officially joined the School of Medicine faculty in August of the same year.  She completed medical school training at the University of Guyana, South America and completed her Internal Medicine Residency in Washington, DC at Howard University School of Medicine in 2012.

Dr. Sanasi is now a key lecturer in the ID Medical Fellowship weekly infectious diseases didactic lecture series and weekly case conferences. 

Dr. Sanasi-Bhola enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family.

Casey Troficanto, PharmD, BCPS

Casey Troficanto, PharmD, BCPS, is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, SC.  Casey received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina in 2010.  She went on to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2014 in Columbia, SC.  She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Spartanburg Medical Center in Spartanburg, SC in 2014-2015.  Casey is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.  Her research interests include: antimicrobial stewardship, bloodstream infections, and  combination antimicrobial therapy. 

Dr. Scott Sutton

S. Scott Sutton, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID)

Dr. Scott Sutton is a clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP). He received his Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina and completed a clinical pharmacy residency in medicine and infectious diseases at the WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. He teaches in Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Applications, Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy, and Clinical Research. He is a clinical researcher at the Dorn Research Institute WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in the area of infectious diseases and clinical research.

He has been awarded teacher and researcher of the year awards from the University of South Carolina and has served as sports medicine pharmacist for the Department of Athletics. Additionally, he is an educational consultant for a pharmacy board review course. He has taught thousands of students in this review course and continues teaching the course every spring. Dr. Sutton is the editor of the Naplex Review Guide published by McGraw-Hill. Personally, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his son and plays guitar and golf.

Dr. Sharon Weissman

Sharon Weissman, MD

Dr. Sharon Weissman joined the USC School of Internal Medicine Division in 2010, where she is currently the Program Director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship and Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine. Sharon graduated medical school from Columbia University in 1991 and residency from Beth Israel Hospital in 1994. After residency, she completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Hospital-Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1996. At the completion of fellowship, she joined the Division of Infectious Disease at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. There she was Director of the HIV/Infectious Disease Clinic at the Louis Stoke Cleveland VAMC. From there she joined the Infectious Disease faculty at Yale University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, she was Director of HIV Services at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT.