Faculty and Residents

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.


Aaron Burton, PharmD., BCPS

Dr. Burton received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from The University of Connecticut and completed a PGY-1 Residency at Moses Taylor Hospital in conjunction with Wilkes University. He has served various precepting roles throughout his career including rotations in internal medicine, pharmacotherapy, acute rehabilitation, nephrology, nutrition and administration.   Dr. Burton joined Waterbury Hospital in 2015 and serves as the preceptor for the administration rotation.  He is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Connecticut and the University of St. Joseph’s.  His areas of interest include administration, medication safety, diabetes, and geriatrics.


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 a pain management clinical pharmacist specialist, PGY-1 residency coordinator and clinical coordinator. 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.


Kelly Shepard, PharmD.

Kelly received her PharmD. from the University of Connecticut in 2009. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Waterbury Hospital in 2010. Kelly serves as the preceptor for the Internal Medicine rotation for the ASHP accredited pharmacy residency program.


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.


Scott Hogrefe, PharmD., BCPS

Scott Hogrefe received his PharmD. from the University of Connecticut in 2011.  He subsequently obtained BCPS certification in 2015.  He has been employed at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut as well as per diem and later full time at Waterbury Hospital as the emergency medicine clinical pharmacist.  Scott serves as a preceptor for the ASHP accredited PGY-1 residency program at Waterbury Hospital in addition to adjunct faculty positions for St. Joseph’s and University of Connecticut Schools of Pharmacy.


Deanna Akinbajo, PharmD, MPH

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Syliva Narciso, PharmD, M.S., B.S.

University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy