Pediatrics
Preceptor Information

Kalen Manasco, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, FCCP, FPPA

Kalen B. Manasco, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, FCCP, FPPA is a Clinical Professor and Division Head at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy/Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.  

Dr. Manasco obtained a B.S. (microbiology) from the University of Georgia in 1993 and a Pharm.D. from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2001.  She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and a pediatric specialty residency at Medical University of South Carolina.  From 2003-2007, she served as Clinical Assistant Professor at Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  From 2007-2017, she served as Clinical Associate Professor at the UGA College of Pharmacy, Augusta campus where she also served as a PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency director. 

She currently serves as the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director as well as a preceptor for the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) rotation. She maintains a practice site in pediatric critical care and cystic fibrosis where she is a PGY1, PGY2 and APPE preceptor.  Her clinical areas of interest include pediatric infectious diseases and cystic fibrosis.


Brian J. Kelly, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPSBrian Kelly

 Brian J. Kelly, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, is the clinical pharmacy specialist for the pediatric intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Hospital and clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

 Dr. Kelly received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2002. Upon graduation, he completed a pharmacy practice residency at UF Health Shands Hospital. Subsequently, he completed a pediatric specialty residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and served as clinical instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kelly is board-certified in pharmacotherapy and pediatric pharmacotherapy. His areas of interests include cystic fibrosis, infectious disease, and cardiology.


Jennifer Vazquez Perez, PharmD, BCPPS Jennifer Vazquez Perez

Jennifer Vazquez Perez, PharmD is the clinical pharmacy specialist for the neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Hospital. She also serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Vazquez Perez received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy – Orlando campus in 2018. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and stayed on to complete a PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Her professional areas of interest include nutrition support in pediatrics and neonates, infectious disease, and medication safety.


Renad Abu-Sawwa, PharmaD 

Dr. Renad Abu-Sawwa is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and one of the Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) Clinical Pharmacy Specialists at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. She serves as a clinical preceptor at her practice site for PGY-2 and PGY-1 pharmacy residents and fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy students and as the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY- 2 Pediatric Pharmacy residency program. 

Renad graduated from the University of Florida with both a Bachelors in Food Science and Human Nutrition with an emphasis in Human Nutrition and Doctor of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. Following her PGY-1, Renad went on to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas for her PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency. Before joining UF in 2021, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia, where she developed a new practice site in the Pediatric Neurology/Epilepsy Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Georgia at the Augusta University Medical Center and served as a clinical preceptor for pharmacy residents and students.

Dr. Abu-Sawwa serves as a preceptor for the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) rotation. Her clinical areas of interest include pediatric critical care, neurology/neurocritical care, toxicology and academia.

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