Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Arica Barfield

Arica Barfield, M.S.
Administrative Associate
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Daniel Chastain

Daniel Chastain, Pharm.D., AAHIVP
Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases
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Daniel Chastain received his PharmD from South University in Savannah, Georgia, in 2012, and subsequently completed a PGY-1 at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and a PGY-2 in infectious diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Daniel is the infectious diseases pharmacy specialist at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for UGA. Daniel serves as the co-chair for the antimicrobial stewardship subcommittee at Phoebe, and is a member of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee and infection prevention committee. He is the preceptor for the infectious diseases rotation for the PGY-1 residency program. His practice interests include HIV/AIDS, antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial stewardship. Daniel is actively involved in the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Outside of work, Daniel enjoys spending time outside and playing golf.


Rod Gilmore, R.Ph.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Clinical Services Manager
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Anthony Hawkins

Anthony Hawkins, PharmD, BCCCP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Specialty: Critical Care
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Dr. Anthony Hawkins is a clinical assistant professor for UGA with a practice site in the Medical Intensive Care unit at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hawkins received his PharmD from the University of Georgia in 2012, then completed a PGY-1 and PGY-2 Critical Care specialty residency with Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. He has been with the College since 2014 and serves as the coordinator for the PGY-1 residency program at Phoebe. His professional interests and areas of research include appropriateness of IV fluids, fluid resuscitation and hemodynamic monitoring, and improvement in student and resident teaching models. He is also actively involved in both the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). In his free time, Dr. Hawkins enjoys outdoor activities such as bow hunting, kayaking, football, and disc golf.


Iqbal Khan

Iqbal Khan, Ph.D.
Campus Dean, SWGA Clinical Campus
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My experience that I share with students after being in Southwest Georgia for 10 years is:

  • Outstanding learning environment
  • Mecca of Southern Hospitality
  • Strong and dedicated faculty
  • One-on-one learning opportunities for students
  • Small class size – close camaraderie among faculty and students.
  • One of the most advanced hospitals and very dedicated faculty.

These are some of the true facts that I always share with my colleagues, students and friends.


Sharmon Osae

Sharmon P. Osae, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor, SWGA Clinical Campus
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What is your background?

I moved to Albany, Georgia to begin my career with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy on the SWGA Clinical campus in August 2016. I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. I then escaped harsh New England winters and completed my PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency with Harris Health System in Houston, Texas. I subsequently realized that I exchanged those winters for inexplicably hot summers and decided I needed reprieve. I relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana where I completed my PGY-2 ambulatory care/education specialty residency at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Currently, I am developing my practice site involving the ambulatory care management of family medicine patients at Phoebe Family Care Center.

How would you describe your role on the SWGA campus?

I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UGA COP. I am establishing clinical pharmacy services at a Phoebe Family Care Center a family medicine clinic here in SWGA. Once established, I hope to offer an ambulatory care family medicine rotation to APPE and IPPE students. I would also like to develop an elective rotation for the PPMH/ UGA COP PGY1 Residents. I look forward to collaborating with students interested in gaining more experience with research- my interests include the improvement in quality measures (i.e. impact of clinical pharmacist on ACO Quality Measures and Performance Standards), the assessment of medical trainee perceptions of on-site clinical pharmacy services in outpatient clinic environments, and optimization of medication management among the geriatric population.

How long have you been in SWGA and what do you enjoy/like about SWGA?

Having been here for 6 weeks, the SWGA area is still new to me; however I have already found the FlintRiverQuariam and Ray Charles Plaza and I look forward to exploring the area and attractions as time goes on. I have loved ones all over the US and the fact that Albany has a local airport as well as additional airports within reasonable driving distance gives me the accessibility needed for friends and family to visit.

What tips do you have for students coming to the SWGA campus?

The SWGA campus is a wonderful place to experience various types of pharmacy practice. Take advantage of the numerous opportunities to work with and learn from other healthcare professionals all in different stages of their training/careers (i.e. medical and nursing students, medical residents, nurses and attendings). Communication is key; never be afraid to ask for help or advice. Lastly, always remember the importance of work/life balance.


Stephanie Phan

Stephanie V. Phan, PharmD, BCPP
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Department Head, SWGA Clinical Campus
Specialty: Psychiatry
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What is your background?

I moved to Albany, Georgia to begin my career with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy on the SWGA Clinical campus in August 2010. Prior to that, I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville, Florida and completed two pharmacy residencies. My PGY-1 was with the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida and PGY-2 psychiatric specialty pharmacy residency with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Currently, my practice site involves acute inpatient adult psychiatric patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. I am board-certified in psychiatric pharmacy.

How would you describe your role on the SWGA campus?

I am Clinical Assistant Faculty in the UGA COP and Associate Department Head for the SWGA clinical campus. In my role as faculty, I teach the psychiatry modules in various courses throughout the curriculum, such as Pharmacotherapy and Disease State Management. I coordinate the Spring semester of Clinical Semester on the SWGA Clinical campus and deliver the course in collaboration with other faculty here. I occasionally also mentor and advise students in Clinical Seminar on the Athens campus. In the Fall semester, I offer a “Cases in Psychiatry” elective through an online platform that is based out of this campus, but open to students on all campuses.

I offer an acute adult inpatient psychiatry rotation to APPE students; IPPE students have rotated through my site as well. In the PPMH/UGA COP residency program, I offer an elective rotation for residents interested in a psychiatry rotation. I am always open to working with students interested in gaining more experience with research – my projects are psychiatry-oriented and I have a special interest in antipsychotics.

I have many other activities and tasks that I am involved in as the Associate Department Head! With regards to students, I am the point of contact for any issues, questions, concerns that students, faculty, or staff may have. This includes for any courses where the course coordinator is on the main campus – any issues or concerns that pertain locally would be directed to me to help troubleshoot!

How long have you been in SWGA and what do you enjoy/like about SWGA?

I have been in SWGA since 2010! After spending time in Atlanta and other major cities, I can say that I 100% love the traffic situation here in Albany – that is minimal to no traffic! My commute is a 10-15 drive max anywhere. Students say they love being able to get from their apartment to campus in under 5 minutes with ample parking. Obviously, lack of traffic is not the only perk. I have found hidden gems in Albany and the surrounding areas including my favorite yoga studio, great people, and hanging out on the Flint River. I like traveling on the weekends so the low cost of living and convenience of living in Albany (this city has everything you need on a daily basis to survive during the work week) allows me to spend on traveling!

What tips do you have for students coming to the SWGA campus?

Students should be prepared to interact and work with all types of interdisciplinary care providers. There are many opportunities to get to know your faculty and staff on this campus and we are here for you! We all have open doors of communication and like to hear your thoughts while you are, here as well as any concerns you may have about any course or your experience! Keep an open mind and an open eye/ear for these opportunities and you will have a rewarding experience on our campus!


Melody Sheffield

Melody Sheffield, BS, PharmD, BCPS
Senior Public Service Associate
Campus Director for Pharmacy Practice Experiences in Southwest Georgia
Specialty: Geriatrics
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What is your background?

I have resided in southwest Georgia most of my life. A graduate of Lee County High School in Leesburg, Georgia, I received my Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Georgia. My pharmacy career of over 30 years includes practice in a variety of settings including hospital pharmacy, consultant pharmacy, regulatory practice, and academia. I am a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

How would you describe your role on the SWGA campus?

I am the Campus Director for Pharmacy Practice Experiences in Southwest Georgia. In this role I am the course coordinator for Institutional Pharmacy Practice II for the SW Georgia campus (PHRM 5710 and PHRM 5720). I am a preceptor for both APPEs and IPPEs and am a liaison between preceptors and the College of Pharmacy Division of Experience Programs. Additionally, I am a preceptor for the PGY1 residency program at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.  I am a lecturer in Pharmacotherapy (PHRM 5860) and have served as mentor for clinical seminar (PHRM 5920) and an instructor for Pharmacotherapy Care Plans and Professional Development (PHRM 5930). My areas of interest include geriatrics and academia.

How long have you been in SWGA and what do you enjoy/like about SWGA?

I have been in SWGA most of my life.After living for a few years in the metro Atlanta area, returning to southwest Georgia was very easy.The people here are friendly, good pharmacy jobs are available and traffic is rarely an issue. Albany is not too far from the beach or the mountains and has a nice selection of varied activities including theatre, symphony, chorale, hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, marathons, etc.

What tips do you have for students coming to the SWGA campus?

Students who come to SWGA should take time to explore the region to see what it has to offer. They will get great exposure to different types of pharmacy practice. Students should be prepared for opportunities to interact with patients and help provide flu shots to the many employees at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. There are also activities with the medical students from Georgia Regents University which also has a satellite campus here.