Faculty

Sehjan Bhura, PharmD.

Dr. Bhura received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2013. He completed his PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Waterbury Hospital and currently works as the Director of Pharmacy Services, Pain Management clinical specialist and PGY-1 Residency Director. Dr. Bhura also serves as the pain management rotation preceptor for the ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency and adjunct clinical professor for the University of Connecticut and St. Joseph’s Schools of Pharmacy.


Gary Thompson, RPh

Gary received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Northeastern University in 1978. He has been employed at Waterbury Hospital since 1978 and currently works as a clinical pharmacist in the ICU. Gary also serves as a PGY-1 preceptor for the ASHP accredited pharmacy residency program since 2008 and as an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Connecticut, St Joseph’s and Wegman’s School of Pharmacy.


Joan Smith, RPh

Joan received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. She started her pharmacy career in retail working for Rite Aid and numerous independents before arriving at Waterbury Hospital in 1994. Joan was the former pharmacy operations manager, but now is currently a clinical pharmacist and PGY-1 institutional preceptor. Joan’s focus areas include automation, inventory and scheduling.


Eileen Deptula, RPh

Eileen received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut. Her current role is the Clinical Informatics Pharmacist. She serves as the Informatics rotation preceptor for the ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency program.


Edward Lucas, RPh

Edward received his degree in Pharmacy from the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy in 1979. He has been employed at Waterbury Hospital since 1979 and currently works as a clinical pharmacist. Edward also serves as a PGY-1 preceptor for the ASHP accredited pharmacy residency program since 2008 and as an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Connecticut and for the University of St Joseph’s.


Lisa Scherer, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Scherer received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 2011 and obtained BCPS certification in 2015. She moved to Connecticut from Ohio in 2016 and has since been serving as co-chair of the antimicrobial stewardship program at Waterbury Hospital. Lisa also serves as the preceptor for the infectious disease and internal medicine rotations for the ASHP accredited pharmacy residency program and as adjunct clinical professor for the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.


Francis Lerz, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Lerz received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 2016. He subsequently completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Waterbury Hospital and obtained BCPS certification in 2017. Dr. Lerz works as the Emergency Medicine Pharmacist at Waterbury Hospital as well as a per diem pharmacist at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Dr. Lerz also serves as the emergency medicine preceptor for the ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Waterbury Hospital and as adjunct clinical professor for the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.


Michele Moura, PharmD

Dr. Moura received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University in 2017. She completed her PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Waterbury Hospital and currently works as a clinical pharmacist. Dr. Moura also serves as a preceptor for the ASHP accredited PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Her areas of interest include emergency medicine, critical care, and infectious diseases.