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Susan Villegas

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy PracticeClinical Pharmacy Manager for Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Pharm.D., West Virginia University School of Pharmacy


Dr. Susan Villegas was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. After receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from West Virginia University, she pursued with her interest in Pediatrics and continued her training at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, she completed an ASHP-Accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency. After completing her residency, Dr. Villegas practiced in Texas at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. At Children’s in Dallas, Dr. Villegas’s primary focus was in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit. While in Dallas, Dr. Villegas learned about the practice of pharmacy as it applies to pediatric patients and how to improve medication safety in the world of technology in pharmacy.

After spending a number of years in Dallas, Dr. Villegas decided to head back home and she joined the faculty of the College of Pharmacy in 2010.  She now spends her time teaching pharmacy students about the world of medicine for pediatric patients and how important medication safety is for a pediatric patient.  Dr. Villegas also precepts pharmacy students on rotation in the Bronx at Montefiore Medical Center. Students spend time at the hospital learning about how to take care of patients and learning about how pharmacists can integrate themselves into a multidisciplinary rounding situation. 


Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Medication Safety

Research Interests:

Research involving different areas of pediatric medicine including infectious disease, asthma, sedation, pain control, and overall medication safety in pediatric patients.


Silver AH, Esteban-Cruciani N, Azzarone G, Douglas LC, Lee DS, Liewehr S, Nazif JM, Agalliu I, Villegas S, Rhim HH, Rinke ML, O’Connor K.  3% Hypertonic Saline versus Normal Saline in Inpatient Bronchiolitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2015. [In Press]

Villegas SC., “Spinosad for the Treatment of Head Lice Infestations”, Drugs of Today. 2012; 48(9):595-599.

Villegas SC.  Breitzka RL, “Head Lice and the Use of Spinosad”, Clinical Therapeutics. 2012; 34(1):14-23.

Other Publications

Villegas SC.  , “Treating a Fever”, Annals of Pediatrics & Child Health.  2014; 2(1):1010.

Villegas SC.  , “A New Antiepileptic Agent with Novel Mechanism of Action”, Journal of Developing Drugs. 2013; 2:e132.

Villegas SC.  , “Prescribing Oral Liquid Formulations for Pediatric Patients”, Journal of Developing Drugs. 2013; 2:e129.

Lectures and Presentations

Co-presenter “Clonidine: An Established Drug with New Risks for Adverse Drug Events in Pediatric Patients,” Annual Meeting, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (2015)

Co-presenter “Randomized Controlled Trial of the Efficacy of Nebulized 3% Saline without Bronchodilators for Infants Admitted with Bronchiolitis: Preliminary Data,” Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2014)

Lecturer “Treating Urinary Tract Infections in the Pediatric Patient,” LIU Pharmacy Continuing Education Seminar (2014)

Co-presenter “Pediatric Anticoagulation Medication Use Evaluation,” Annual Assembly, New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (2013)

Lecturer “Keeping Pediatric Patients Safe – The Role of Pharmacists,” LIU Pharmacy Continuing Education Patient Safety Seminar (2013)

Lecturer, "Medication Errors in Pediatrics," LIU Pharmacy Continuing Education Seminar (2011)                     

Co-presenter "Evaluating the Prescribing and Monitoring Practices of Vancomycin at a Children's Hospital," Midyear Clinical Meeting, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (2011)

Lecturer, "Treatment Options for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Pediatrics," Annual Seminar, Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (2008)

Professional Affiliations

Faculty Advisor and Member, Phi-Lambda Sigma, Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS)

Member, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (ACCP)

Member, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Member, New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP)

Member, Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG)

Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)