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Pharmacy Program Directors

Kimberly Putney, PharmD, RPh, MPH
Pharmacy Manager – Clinical Pharmacy, Policy, Research and Education
Director – PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency with Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration
Director – Pharmacy Residency Programs
P: 832-355-7578

Kim received her Bachelor of Science in pre-medical sciences with a minor in chemistry from Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A & M University System, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.  She completed a Managed Care Residency at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.  In August 2016, Kim received her Master of Public Health from UT Health School of Public Health – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Kim is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  She is an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta, Phi Delta Chi, Tri Beta, and Order of Omega.  Kim served on the Practice Advancement Committee and Pharmacy Council for the University Health system Consortium for six years.  She has been a Platform Speaker for the American Academy of Managed Care.  Kim received Baylor St. Luke’s Preceptor of the Year in 2006 and the Houston/Galveston Preceptor of the Year award in 2007.  Currently, she serves as a Secretary on the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation Board as well as the Scholarship Committee Chair.  Throughout her career, she has served as a clinical specialist in Internal Medicine, Director for PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, interim Director of Pharmacy, and Clinical Pharmacy Manager roles.  Currently, Kim is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Baylor St. Luke’s and she serves on the Pharmacy Clinical Council for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) as the Texas Clinical Lead as well as the secretary for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.  She also chairs the national antimicrobial stewardship committee for CHI.  She leads the Baylor St. Luke’s health-system pharmacy (SPACE) meeting which involves reviewing medications for formulary addition, EPIC drug builds, physician order sets, policies, and clinical initiatives.  Kim is committed to training residents to become outstanding contributors and leaders for the profession of pharmacy.



Gregory A. Laine, MS, RPh, BCCCP
Director – PGY2 Critical Care
Pharmacy Residency 
P: 832-355-3074

Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University and Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Houston.  Greg is a member of ASHP and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  He received the Outstanding Pharmacist Award from the Gulf Coast Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1998.  Greg is a preceptor for clinical rotations in Pulmonary/Critical Care (PGY1 required), MICU I and MICU II (PGY2 Critical Care required), MICU III and Mobile ICU Team (PGY2 Critical Care elective) and longitudinal learning experiences in Clinical Research, Practice Management, Clinical On-Call and Weekend Clinical Coverage (PGY2 Critical Care required).  He is also an ASHP residency accreditation surveyor for PGY2 programs in Cardiology and Critical Care.



Melissa Manson, PharmD, RPh
Director – PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency
P: 832-355-6265

Melissa received her PharmD from the University of Houston.  She completed her pharmacy practice residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  Melissa furthered her practice at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the area of transplantation for the next 8 years.  She continued her practice in the area of transplantation at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center upon starting her position as the Clinical Pharmacist II of Cardiothoracic Transplant in January 2009.  She is a member of ASHP, TSHP, ACCP and the American Transplant Society.



Hannah Palmer Russo, PharmD
Director – Infectious Diseases
Pharmacy Fellowship
P: 832-355-5631

Hannah received her undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.  After graduating from pharmacy school, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, VA.  She then moved to Winston-Salem, NC where she completed a PGY2 specialty residency in infectious diseases at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  Shortly after completion of her second year residency, Hannah moved to Houston to take her current position at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center where she serves as the director of the Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Fellowship as well as director of the antimicrobial stewardship program.  


Ramsi Taylor, PharmD
Director – PGY1 Pharmacy Residency 
P: 832-355-3078

Ramsi received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University in Washington D.C. in 2005.  Thereafter she completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in conjunction with the University Of Houston College Of Pharmacy.  Ramsi began her career at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacist, before stepping into her current position.  Ramsi has earned the status of Epic Willow Credentialed Trainer in preparation for the 2013 Epic go-live.  Ramsi served as Residency Programs Coordinator, prior to stepping in to the role of PGY1 Program Director.  Ramsi is a member of ASHP, ACCP and TSHP.


Meghna Vallabh, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Programs Coordinator – PGY1 & PGY2 Pharmacy Residency Programs
P: 832-355-3930

Meghna received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY in 2010, which was followed by completion of a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Saint Joseph East in Lexington, KY. After five years of practicing as a Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist at Saint Joseph East, she moved to Houston, TX, where she continued to practice as a Critical Care Pharmacist at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.  Meghna began her career at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in 2016 as a Residency Programs Coordinator.  In addition, Meghna also serves as a Critical Care Pharmacy Specialist and Student Programs Coordinator.


Ellen Yin, PharmD, BCPS
Director – PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency 
P: 832-355-6744

Ellen received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in 2014, which was followed by completion of a PGY1 residency in pharmacy practice and PGY2 residency in cardiology pharmacy practice at CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Health in Houston, TX. She continued to stay on at the institution as a clinical pharmacist specializing in hemostasis and thrombosis management as well as cardiology. Ellen is a preceptor for clinical rotations hemostasis and thrombosis management, transfusion medicine, and medical cardiology. She is a member of ASHP, TSHP, and ACC.