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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida


Program Directors - Pharmacy Residency Program

Douglas F. Covey, Pharm.D., FCCP, MHA, CDE, is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Ambulatory Care at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida. In addition, Dr. Covey is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the UF College of Pharmacy and one of the four Regional Directors of the Working Professional Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Dr. Covey received a B.S. (Pharmacy) and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at UF and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from USF. Dr. Covey’s areas of interest are lipids, diabetes and cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, patient education, and professional training. For over 20 years he has had direct patient care responsibilities in the Diabetes and Anticoagulation clinics, and provides a consult service to most of the other specialty clinics including Rheumatology, Pulmonary, and GI. He is active in many state and national organizations having served as an FSHP Board member, Chair of the ACCP Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network, and Chair of the ACCP Leadership Task Force. He is an ASHP PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director who participates routinely on accreditation site surveys for ASHP and currently serves on the ASHP Commission on Credentialing. He also participated in the writing of PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Standards. Under his leadership his site currently runs one of three ASHP Foundation National Lipid Traineeships, and until 2003 one of the ASHP Foundation National Anticoagulation Traineeships. Further, he was recently appointed to the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) Ambulatory Care Council (Vice Chair), charged with developing certification for ambulatory care specialists. He has written numerous articles and several book chapters.

Linda Cheung, Pharm.D., received her Pharm.D degree from NOVA University and a Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of South Florida. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. She is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager for Infectious Diseases. Her daily responsibilities include overseeing the antibiotic stewardship program in the hospital, monitoring drug therapy for patients on the Infectious Disease consult service, assisting in teaching medical/pharmacy residents and students. Dr. Cheung has been the Director of the PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases at James A. Haley VA Hospital since 2000. She holds faculty appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, for NOVA and Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy. She serves as Courtesy Assistant Professor for the University of Florida Working Professional Pharm.D. and Traditional Pharm.D. Programs. Dr. Cheung is a member of the Infection Control Committee, Resident Project Advisory Board, and Research and Development Committee for the hospital. She has also served as a Literature Referee/Reviewer for various journals including Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, Clinical Therapeutics, Infections in Medicine, and Hospital Pharmacy. Dr. Cheung was a member of the Elections Committee for ACCP and a member of the Education Council for FSHP and has served as a surveyor for the division on accreditation for ASHP. Dr. Cheung’s professional areas of interest are HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, meningitis, pneumonia and she was an investigator or co-investigator in various articles published in Annals of Pharmacotherapy, NEJM, American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, and Veteran Health System Journal.

Kimberly Mattox, Pharm.D., in addition to serving as Residency Program Director for the PGY1 Residency Program at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Kimberly Mattox is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Geriatrics and coordinator of the Pharmacy Medication Reconciliation Program. She received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Minnesota and went on to completed a Geriatric Fellowship from the Minneapolis Veterans' Administration Medical Center. Dr. Mattox is also a preceptor for the Geriatrics learning experience for the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency as well as precepting Pharm.D. students from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Florida A & M, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine College of Pharmacy. Dr Mattox is a Facilitator for the ASHP Residency Learning System (RLS) workshops. Her patient care responsibilities include assuring the appropriate pharmacologic management of residents of the 120-bed Haley’s Cove Community Living Center at the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital. She has published in the medical literature including publications in Principles and Practices of Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Journal of Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospital Pharmacy, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.