Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy


Board Members


michael saxon

PharmD, BCPS - President

Northside Hospital
1000 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 845-5203



Michael Saxon, PharmD, BCPS is a critical care float pharmacist in the ICU, ED, NICU, surgery, and labor and delivery areas at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. He graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in May 2015 and subsequently completed a PGY1 Pharmacy residency at Northside Hospital. Michael obtained Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist credentials at the conclusion of his residency. He is the team leader and champion for the Vermont Oxford Network iNICQ 2017: Choosing Antibiotics Wisely committee at Northside. Michael acts as a liaison to disseminate pertinent NICU antimicrobial stewardship data to the hospital’s Antibiotic Subcommittee. Additionally, Michael has served as a NICU preceptor to fourth year APPE pharmacy students as well as PGY1 residents. He has been as a resident mentor to Mercer University GSHP-SSHP students interested in pursuing a residency. In his spare time, Michael enjoys attending sporting events and spending time with friends and family.


Khatija jivani

PharmD, BCPS - President Elect

Gwinnett Medical Center
1000 Medical Center Blvd, Lawrenceville, GA 30046



Khatija Jivani, PharmD, BCPS is an internal medicine and medical/surgical pharmacist at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2012. After graduation, she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, GA and later received her board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2014. Khatija serves as the President of GASPEN (Georgia Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) and has been actively involved in GASPEN for the past 5 years. She is also the team leader and facilitator for GMC's multidisciplinary Opioid and Pain Stewardship Committee and also serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students and residents. In her free time, Khatija enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending soccer events, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.


Ellie Kamarjian

PharmD - Board Chairman

Northside Hospital
1505 Northside Blvd, Suite 4300
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 205-1331



Ellie Kamarjian is an Atlanta native that graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2015. Ellie's love for pharmacy started long before school, when Sudafed didn't require a license and HIPAA was just becoming popular. In 2006, after graduating with her Bachelor's in Chemistry from Emory University, Ellie moved to Cairo, Egypt with her husband, where she taught at Cairo American University in the core sciences and gained international pharmacy knowledge as a Healthcare Business Analyst. After site-seeing and eating her way through Egypt, Ellie and her husband moved back home to Atlanta so she could pursue her Pharm.D. She worked her way through pharmacy school as an intern for Kaiser Permanente in Georgia and was so excited to finally get back into the hospital setting during her fourth year rotations. Some of her favorite clinical rotations were at Atlanta hospitals she grew up around such as Grady, Emory, Piedmont, and Northside. Ellie commutes daily from Norcoss, GA, where she currently resides with her husband, to Cumming, GA, where she works as the Oncology Pharmacist for Georgia Cancer Specialists affiliated with Northside Hospital. She has been an active member of AAIP since she was a student, and is honored and grateful for the opportunity to give back to the pharmacy community by actively serving in AAIP.


ann means

PharmD, MBA, MHA - Treasurer

Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
O: (404) 686-1267
F: (404) 686-4350



Ann Means is the manager of the OR pharmacy at Emory University Hospital Midtown.  She received her BS in Pharmacy from University of Georgia, Pharm D from University of Florida , and MBA and MHA  degrees from Georgia State University.  Ann is a long-time member of AAIP, serving as a past-president.  She now serves as treasurer of AAIP.  Ann has twice been awarded Pharmacist of the Year by AAIP membership.


Lauren Cessna

PharmD, BCPS - Secretary

Northside Hospital
1000 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 845-5203


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Lauren Cessna, PharmD, BCPS, is a critical care pharmacist at Northside Hospital. Lauren received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2012. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Northside Hospital and became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.  She served as an oncology pharmacist for two years prior to becoming a critical care pharmacist. Currently, she is an active lecturer for the Northside Hospital critical care nurse interns as well as other staff, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Lauren precepts pharmacy students at Mercer, University of Georgia, and PCOM, and maintains active pharmacist licenses in Florida and Georgia. She enjoys cycling and traveling in her free time.


Rosemary Cross

PharmD, BCPS - CE Secretary
Piedmont Hospital
1968 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
O: (404) 605-3098
F: (404) 588-2677



Rosemary Cross is a transplant clinical pharmacist at Piedmont Hospital Transplant Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Cross received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. She completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Piedmont Hospital in 2004, and has been a member of the transplant team since the completion of residency. In 2005, she received Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS). Currently she is adjunct faculty at Mercer University School of Pharmacy, and precepts pharmacy students for Mercer, University of Georgia and PCOM.

Dr. Cross has been an active member of AAIP since residency and a member on the board in a variety of roles: Secretary (2009-10), President-Elect (2011), President (2012), Chairman of the board (2013), and currently CE Secretary (2014-present). As a recipient of the AAIP pharmacist of the year award in 2014, she is committed to enhancing the future of transplant pharmacy.


Donna Ghazi

PharmD, BCPS - Board Member
Wellstar Health System
2540 Windy Hill Road SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 644-1723



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Emily Kraus

PharmD - Board Member
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
1001 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 785-5122



Emily Kraus attended pharmacy school at University of Georgia. She completed a PGY -1 residency at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2015. After residency, Emily stayed on as a full time pharmacist at CHOA where she staffed in different areas of pharmacy.  Emily Kraus currently works as the pharmacy team lead for the ICU, OR and Meridian Mark pharmacies on the Scottish Rite campus. She enjoys outdoor activities and dining at the many restaurants Atlanta has to offer.


Sydney Butler

PharmD Candidate, 2021 - Student Board Member
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy



Sydney Butler is a second-year pharmacy student at The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Georgia. She is originally from Milledgeville, Georgia- where she also completed her undergraduate career at Georgia College and State University. Sydney currently works at an independent pharmacy in Milledgeville - Southside Discount Drugs. On campus, Sydney is a pharmacy ambassador, a part of the 2018-2019 admissions committee, and actively involved in Lambda Kappa Sigma. Sydney’s current clinical interests include critical care and pediatrics. During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family.


Hiba Yacout

PharmD Candidate, 2020 - Student Board Member
Mercer University College of Pharmacy



Hiba Yacout is a second year student at Mercer University, College of Pharmacy and is from Macon, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Mercer University with a minor in Spanish and Chemistry. She currently works at Atlanta Medical Center and CVS pharmacy. On campus, Hiba is a pharmacy ambassador, the SNPhA Power to End Stroke Co-Chair, and the GSHP Fundraising Co-Chair. Hiba's interested in practicing ambulatory care pharmacy one day. She also enjoys spending her free time with friends and family and exploring new places


Alex Ramirez

PharmD Candidate, 2020 - Student Board Member
PCOM School of Pharmacy



Alexandro Ramirez graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and He is currently a pharmacy student at Georgia Campus Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is interested in learning about as many aspects of pharmacy as possible while in school, so he can be the best pharmacists that he can be. One of his areas of focus is diabetes education, and he volunteers at a clinic where spanish speaking patients come in to learn about how to handle their conditions and medications. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, his two favorite activities are fishing, and grilling on charcoal. He aspires to be an empathetic pharmacist who builds strong professional relationships with patients.

Past Board Members