Since graduating in 2013 with a PharmD from University of Maryland ES School of Pharmacy, Francis J. Zamora has found his calling in clinical pharmacy with increasing success. The US Navy veteran and Philadelphia native, joined the SOP (School of Pharmacy) class in 2010. The skills he learned in the US Navy and mentorship he received from the SOP faculty about hard work and desire to learn, served him well as a student in the pharmacy program. Dr. Zamora was especially attracted to the mission of the SOP to develop exemplary pharmacy professionals and scholars who are committed to patient-centered care, lifelong learning, discovery, and service to diverse communities. Despite the intensive nature of the pharmacy program, Dr. Zamora managed to make lifelong friends which helped him navigate the difficulties of a demanding curriculum.
After graduation, Dr. Zamora completed a pharmacy practice (PGY-1) residency at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, NJ. This was followed by a PGY-2 residency at Hunterdon Hospital in Flemington, NJ, with a specialization in pharmacotherapy. Dr. Zamora completed a teaching certificate program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He strongly believes that teaching and effective communication, are an integral part of pharmacy
Following the completion of the two-year residency, Dr. Zamora became a Multispecialty Clinical Pharmacist at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Dr. Zamora obtained board certification from the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVP) and was promoted to Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist. He enjoyed the daily interactions with patients and the everyday learning opportunities afforded in his practice that bring subsequent advancement to the pharmacy profession. He has been very successful integrating into a health care team that provides the highest level of clinical care to patients, as indicated by the promotions he has received since joining Yale-New Haven Hospital.
He is currently involved in the training of future pharmacists as an IPPE and APPE preceptor for clinical rotations. Dr. Zamora also served as coordinator for the internal medicine residency program (PGY2) at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Zamora has contributed to new knowledge in the practice of pharmacy with several publications on the topics of HIV, pharmacotherapy and drug interactions. This aspect of his professional career can be traced back to his training at UMES, where he co-authored several scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Zamora was an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Physician Assistant and Yale School of Nursing and School of Dentistry. At the request of Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Zamora is currently working as an author of a new antiparasitic chapter for a new infectious diseases book sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education. He was recently featured in the Yale University quarterly bulleting for his contributions to the Sickle Cell Anemia. Due to his strong background in infectious diseases, he spearhead the Broward Health COVID19 initiative and served as co-chair for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. He is the recipient of $1.5 million dollar grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; creating new opportunities to combat addiction and forward our profession.
Dr. Zamora currently serves as the System Clinical Coordinator for Drug Information at Baptist Health South Florida.