Speaker Biographies

Elizabeth Cady, PharmD, BCPS

Beth Cady is an infectious diseases pharmacy specialist on faculty at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville School of Pharmacy.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education at the University of Iowa in 2006 and her PharmD at Drake University in 2014.  She completed her PGY1 and PGY2 (in infectious diseases) at the University of Kentucky in 2016.  She teaches ID in the curriculum and rounds with the SIU School of Medicine Infectious Disease consult service at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.  Before joining the SIUE SOP faculty, Beth spent a marvelous year on faculty at ULM and is thrilled to stay connected with her Louisiana colleagues and speak at this LSHP Annual Meeting.  If you are a fan of Greek Mythology AND new antibiotics on the market, you do NOT want to miss her presentation on Saturday, May 15, at 11am, titled Cefiderocol: A Trojan Horse for the War on Multi-Drug Resistant Gram-Negative Pathogens.

Marie Darr, MPH

Marie Darr earned her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Healthcare Management and Policy from Boston University in 2011.  Prior to moving to Louisiana, she worked for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services supporting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act within the Health Safety Net, and for the Mongan Institute for Health Policy within Massachusetts General Hospital. Marie relocated from Boston to Baton Rouge in 2015 and has worked with Well-Ahead within the Louisiana Office of Public Health for the past 6 years. She currently serves as a part-time Health Systems Consultant, while also working as a full-time stay at home mother. 

Katherine E. Di Palo, PharmD

Katherine Di Palo is the Clinical Program Manager for the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She completed her PharmD at the University of Buffalo and is board certified in ambulatory care and geriatrics. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America and is the current Chair of the AHA’s Council on Clinical Cardiology Clinical Pharmacology Committee and co-chair of HFSA’s 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting. Her research interests include implementation science and clinical transformation and is completing her MBA/MS in Health Care Leadership at Cornell University.

Madalyn M. Kirkwood, PharmD

Madalyn completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy in Monroe, Louisiana. She completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and is the current Critical Care PGY2 Resident at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  


Jeffrey N. Quach, PharmD, BCACP

Jeffrey Quach completed his pharmacy school education at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy.  He then went on to complete a PGY-1 residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Jeffrey was tasked with creating the Refill Center for Ochsner in 2017 and the program has continued to grow ever since.  Jeffrey’s interest include Transitions of Care, Lean Six Sigma, Robotic Process Automation, and Population Health.

In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys reading fiction, exercising, listening to podcasts, and propagating succulents. 

Katherine Weigartz, PharmD, BCPS

Katie is an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  After completing her PGY1 at University Health Shreveport (now Ochsner LSU Health System) she went on to do her PGY2 in Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH.  In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Katie is the PGY1 Residency Program Director at Baylor University Medical Center.  Her clinical interests include cardiovascular emergencies, neurological emergencies and disaster preparedness.