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Ensuring Student Success

“Not only does my scholarship relieve some financial burden, but it also encourages me to work hard academically.” Tyler Egawa

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UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab, MD

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Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE Dean of the College of Pharmacy Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Dawn Havrda, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs Bernd Meibohm, PhD, FCP, FAAPS Interim Associate Dean, Knoxville and Director of Continuing Education James Wheeler, PharmD, BCPS Associate Dean, Nashville Tracy Hagemann, PharmD, FCCP, FPPAG

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Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives and Operations Bradley A. Boucher, PharmD, FCCP, MCCM, BCPS


Associate Dean, Student Affairs Jennifer Schoelles, PharmD Assistant Dean, Administration Sheila Cooper Chair Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Georgi Petkov, PhD

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Chair Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Sciences Christopher Finch, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs Angela Finerson, PharmD, MBA Director of Experiential Learning and International Programs Catherine Crill, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCNSP Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs Love Collins, III, MBA

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Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs Chandra A. Tuggle Director of Development, College of Pharmacy Brynn Huysman

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Peggy Reisser Andria White

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Letter from Dean Chisholm-Burns In the College of Pharmacy, we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Our college is a leader in pharmacy education, research, and practice. We are proud of that legacy and of the ways we are preparing our students to be the successful pharmacists of tomorrow by providing them with affordable, quality education. I am proud of the progress our college has made in making quality pharmacy education affordable to our students. By providing scholarships, minimizing in-state tuition, and lowering out-of-state tuition, we have provided opportunities for more students from diverse backgrounds and communities in Tennessee and nationwide to gain the skills and knowledge to become excellent pharmacists. Our comprehensive, integrated curriculum combines foundational science, clinical science, and practice from day one. We offer our students the opportunity to pair their Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a variety of other specialties and certificates. We currently have four dual-degree programs and five certificate programs. Additionally, students who graduate from our leadership academy will receive a green belt in Lean Six Sigma, a method that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance. The college also has top-tier faculty, state-of-the-art simulation facilities, and our collaborations with excellent partners allow our students to develop a diverse skill set in many areas of pharmacy, including specialty areas like nuclear pharmacy. To ensure continued excellence, the college has implemented an Office of Student Success to provide additional career exploration and preparation assistance for our students. The collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to providing access and educating students across all areas of the state is stronger than ever. Our three campuses, Knoxville (East Tennessee), Nashville (Middle Tennessee), and Memphis (West Tennessee), provide a broad geographical footprint allowing access for the entire state and surrounding region. This also allows our students to have broad experiential opportunities across the state, nation, and world with our extensive international program. This large geographical footprint affords those students who prefer smaller classroom environments to attend our Knoxville and Nashville campuses, which house the smallest pharmacy classes in the state. Likewise, for those wanting a larger family setting, the Memphis campus offers that opportunity. Our focus is student success, inside and outside the classroom, and providing students with maximum choices and opportunities to take their careers to new heights and down innovative paths at an affordable price. We understand the challenges of a competitive and evolving health care market, and I am pleased with the way our alumni, students, faculty, and staff on all three campuses continue to rise to the challenge and continue to challenge the status quo. With gratitude,

Marie Chisholm-Burns PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST Dean of the UTHSC College of Pharmacy



Letter from Chancellor Schwab I am proud to tell you that the 2018-2019 academic year was a record-breaking year for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Last year, UTHSC awarded more than 1,000 degrees (more than 90 percent of them graduate degrees) and more than 400 specialty certificates (Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthodontics, etc.). Both UTHSC records were achieved while keeping overall graduation and first-attempt board pass rates at more than 95 percent. We did this while limiting increases in tuition and fees. We generated record sponsored program revenue (all-source non-clinical grants and contracts) of over $300 million (the largest of any public institution in the state), as well as record clinical revenues. In research, we achieved record grant awards of more than $100 million. It was a year of many distinctions. The College of Pharmacy retained its ranking in the Top 20 in the nation among pharmacy schools, and the College of Nursing remained in the top 25 nursing graduate schools. Our partner hospitals were nationally and regionally ranked as the best. This is a great source of pride for the university and reflects the excellent work of the faculty and staff. Our Campus Master Plan is moving ahead to bring the campus “best-in-class” facilities with the renovation of our Historic Quadrangle, the recently completed Center for Health Care Improvement and Patient Simulation, and the new Delta Dental Building, which is poised to begin construction. The four campus (Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga), six college, one UTHSC model has served the university and the state well. Our strategic plan requires us to meet the needs of the state with outstanding graduates. We continue to perform in all metrics as the state’s most-outstanding public health science center. The College of Pharmacy based on three campuses (Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville) is overwhelmingly the state’s best, based on all measured metrics. We have made our position clear as the state’s premier public health science center. We will not shrink our outstanding public professional colleges to make room for less-well-performing, more expensive start-up professional colleges. Rather, we will meet the state’s needs and deliver to the state the brightest and the best health care graduates at the state’s most affordable tuition. We are committed to becoming a top-rated research university and we are spending the time, effort, and money to get there. You can be proud of the fact that your College of Pharmacy is a national leader in Pharmacy research and education. I am so pleased to say that last year, while very challenging was likely the most successful in the history of our institution. This could not have happened without the generous support and engagement of our outstanding alumni. I invite you to take pride in the strides made by your college and your university, and to join us as we move into the future. Sincerely,

Steve J. Schwab, MD

Goal #1: Helping Students Succeed By Amber Carter

in school,” she said. “I want to see students achieve their personal pharmacy professional goals and to be successful in obtaining job placement or postgraduate training.” An East Tennessee native, Dr. Shelton completed her pharmacy degree at UTHSC in 2005 and became an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science in 2007, after working at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. In addition to her academic duties, Dr. Shelton also serves as the chair of the Honors, Awards, and Scholarship Committee and is vice chair of the Admissions Committee for the college. She is already hard at work implementing new initiatives that began this fall. These initiatives focus on career preparation, career exploration, and personal well-being. Dr. Shelton and other College of Pharmacy faculty attended the 2019 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Spring Institute on promoting a culture of well-being among students, faculty and staff. She served as a team leader and obtained a certification in Mental Health First Aid.

Chasity Shelton knows the benefits of attending the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. She began her journey as a student in the college in 2001 and is now charged with ensuring the success of others who attend the college. Promoted to assistant dean for student success earlier this year, Dr. Shelton, who holds PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, and BCPPS degrees and certifications, aims to ensure excellence in the classroom and make certain that pharmacy students maintain a proper school/life balance. “My vision is to equip students to handle the rigors of the curriculum and maintain their personal lives while



“This training was essential in helping us to develop programming, materials, and resources for the students to handle the rigors of our curriculum and maintain school/life integration,” she said. “This institute presented data highlighting the need for well-being to be incorporated into our daily workflow that will benefit not only students, but faculty and staff as well. Our team was able to spend time brainstorming and creating the framework for incorporation into the pharmacy curriculum and implementation of activities beneficial for faculty and staff.” Dr. Shelton pointed out that the current pharmacy workforce is very competitive. The college is committed to providing students with many tools and resources to help them be successful. “With Dr. Shelton leading the Office of Student Success, we will continue to make the college one that ensures our culture is student focused,” Dean Chisholm-Burns said.

Taking Steps to Make Tuition More Affordable By Peggy Reisser

The College of Pharmacy has a lot to brag about, including being the highest-ranked, lowest-cost choice in Tennessee. The college can also boast that the cost of attendance for out-of-state students has been reduced. This makes in-state tuition approximately $22,400 for the current academic year and out-of-state tuition approximately $27,400. In order to ease the burden on all pharmacy students, the college was able to limit any annual tuition increases to only $200. “I have been fortunate to have a chancellery that hears my voice and my concerns when I advocate for reduction and limitation in tuition for all of our students, both from in state and out of state,” Dean Chisholm-Burns said. “It brings me great pleasure to know that I work with such a caring group of individuals. We make this reduction without additional money from our state, and thus we are not placing a burden on the taxpayers of Tennessee. All qualified in-state students are accepted into our college, regardless of where they live in the Tennessee or any other demographics. UTHSC prides itself on diversity and inclusion.” In addition to more-affordable tuition for all students, the college sets a high priority on scholarships. More than $1 million is awarded to students annually in scholarships funded through the generosity of alumni, friends of the college, and faculty.

In 2017 the college and staff established the Faculty and Staff Endowed Scholarship. Soon after it was established, 86 percent of faculty and staff in the college contributed to the scholarship. The college has raised more than $29,000, exceeding the endowment goal of $25,000. “We are the only college in the health science center that has a faculty and staff-endowed scholarship. It was a first for this campus, and as always, the College of Pharmacy is eager to lead the way,” the dean said. Dean Chisholm-Burns and her husband, John Burns, have endowed a scholarship to help students achieve. The scholarship is designed to help a pharmacy student who is the first in his or her family to receive a four-year college degree. As a first-generation college student herself, the dean realizes the difficulties involved in being in this position. “I have a dream that one day all of the students who are in financial need will have scholarship funds available to them,” the dean said. The work behind the scenes to make this dream a reality is beginning to pay off. In the last two years, the college has received 10 newly endowed scholarships, and this academic year 57 percent of the student body received a scholarship. “I am grateful for the generosity of our donors,” she said. “Because of them, we are able to reward our students and help them affordably realize their dream of becoming a pharmacist.”
















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Museum Tells the Story of Pharmacy Through the Years By Nathan Handley

In 1969, as a student at the College of Pharmacy, James Eoff visited a pharmacist’s basement in Morristown, Tennessee, to see a collection of pharmacy antiques. Fifty years later, he has seen that basement collection grow into an impressive pharmacy museum that spans three campuses across Tennessee, in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. The idea for the museum originated in the 1960s when then-College of Pharmacy Dean Seldon D. Feurt, PhD, visited Dr. Ralph Jillian, owner of Roberts and Turner Drug Store in Morristown. Dr. Jillian showed him a collection of pharmacy antiques he maintained in the basement of his pharmacy and shared his intent to sell the items. When Dean Feurt returned to Memphis, he began the process of raising funds to purchase the collection for the College of Pharmacy. “This was the first fund-raising project for the College of Pharmacy,” said Dr. Eoff, who earned his PharmD from UTHSC. “It was before we had a formal alumni association and was an important step in creating an alumni network.” Dr. Eoff has stayed invested in the College of Pharmacy since he was a student. Shortly after he graduated in 1970, he joined the faculty and worked in the college for more than 40 years before retiring in 2014. Throughout that time, he has maintained a strong interest in the museum. His 1969 visit to the Morristown pharmacy was with a group of students who went to see the collection while funds were being raised. “We were just enamored with how much stuff was there and everything he had in his basement,” Dr. Eoff said.

in Memphis. However, plans for the new College of Pharmacy building, which opened on the Memphis campus in 2011, included space for a museum on campus. The museum is located on the first floor and the display replicates an old-fashioned drug store. Ten separate cases on all six floors of the building house more pharmacy antiques. Antiques and cases are also on the Knoxville campus and in the new College of Pharmacy building in Nashville. “Antiques are part of our heritage, even though the profession has changed dramatically,” Dr. Eoff said. “There are not a lot of full pharmacy museums around the country that extend across an entire state.” UTHSC’s is one of the most extensive, treasured collections of pharmacy antiques in the country, including mortar and pestles, bottles, compounding equipment, apothecary jars, books, and other pharmacy implements, some of which date back to the early 1800s. “Pharmacy has moved from compounding to distribution, and now it is moving more into patient care, which is where it all began,” Dr. Eoff said. “Being surrounded by this history, the students can appreciate where we’ve been and the role pharmacy has played in the health care of the nation.” College of Pharmacy Dean Chisholm-Burns said the college is lucky to have so much history located on its campuses. “Seeing these items up close is just breathtaking,” she said. “To see the delicate pages of the books that hold prescriptions that are decades old is awesome and shows the history of our college and profession.”

The collection was moved to Memphis in 1973, and the alumni association has secured many more donations over the years to add to it. The bulk of Dr. Jillian’s original collection is housed at the Pink Palace Museum



UTHSC leadership, key faculty members, local officials, and alumni were on hand as Dean Chisholm-Burns, third from right, cut the ribbon at the official opening of the College of Pharmacy’s new Nashville facility in September.

CoP Grows Presence in Nashville with Move to Larger Building By Andria White

The UTHSC College of Pharmacy has expanded its Nashville footprint by moving the campus to a new, larger facility. The building is located in southeast Nashville at 301 South Perimeter Park Drive.

Tracy Hagemann, PharmD, has served as the Nashville campus’ associate dean since it opened. She has coordinated the move, along with the Nashville faculty and staff.

The college moved to accommodate the growing demands of the Nashville campus. The building and new campus have state-of-the-art features, including a simulated pharmacy similar to the one in the new Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation on the Memphis campus.

“Our new location and space are just fantastic,” she said. “The students and faculty have settled in nicely and everyone is extremely excited. We look forward to calling Perimeter Park our UTHSC CoP home for a long time.”

“This move is a dream come true for our students and the college as a whole,” said Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns. “In this new, larger space, we are able to accommodate our growing student body and provide some of the same resources we offer at our other campuses in Memphis and Knoxville.” The College of Pharmacy opened its Nashville campus in 2014. As with its other locations across the state, this facility is equipped with the latest technology. This allows the college to connect students and teach classes across its three campuses.



Dean Chisholm-Burns acknowledged the support from the leadership teams of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and UT-Knoxville in facilitating the Nashville move. “We appreciate the support and hard work of the UTHSC and UTK leadership,” Dean ChisholmBurns said. “They were instrumental in making this move happen and making sure we have the best resources to educate the pharmacists of today and tomorrow.”

Alumnus Returns to CoP as Department Chair By Nathan Handley Christopher Finch, PharmD, said he is proud to be a part of the faculty of the College of Pharmacy and to help maintain and grow the reputation of the college, its faculty, and its students. Dr. Finch joined the college in July as chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, where he oversees the department’s planning, budget, policies and procedures, communications, and recruitment for all three campuses. He said the department has moved seamlessly from a clinical pharmacy heritage into translational science, and he is excited to join a group that is working so well. “I’m a firm believer that good people do good work, so get out of the way,” Dr. Finch said. “My job is to clear the way so that our amazing faculty and students can do their best work. If they succeed, we all succeed.” Originally from Memphis, Dr. Finch completed his undergraduate degree at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, on a baseball scholarship. He still loves baseball and takes any opportunity he can to coach his sons, Ethan and Carson. While at Lambuth, Dr. Finch said he would visit his grandparents in nearby Dyer, where they were regulars at a local independent pharmacy. They were the first people to encourage him to look into becoming a pharmacist. He enrolled in the PharmD program at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy in 1996 and graduated as valedictorian in 2000. Dr. Finch worked as an associate professor of pharmacy at Auburn University and the University of Alabama, before moving back to Memphis to work in critical care at Methodist University Hospital. In 2007, he started a critical care residency there with the College of Pharmacy, and in 2009, he became assistant director of pharmacy at Methodist, transitioning to director in 2015. Throughout his time at Methodist, Dr. Finch stayed connected to the college through scholarship and research. He started a course in drug-induced disease in the college, lectured in other courses and led an applied therapeutics group for all of those 16 years.

“Teaching and working with residents and students has always been a passion,” he said. “I loved seeing the students’ eyes open as they got to apply what they had learned in a new way.” Dr. Finch said he has always enjoyed engaging with high-level thinkers in the medical field, and he is excited to join the college in training students to be the best pharmacists they can be. He has been named in the Top 40 Under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal and was the Tennessee Pharmacist of the Year in 2019. “Tennessee is a hotbed for pharmacy,” Dr. Finch said. “I think the college has shown that we are committed to making sure our students are prepared for a very competitive marketplace.”



College of Pharmacy Combats the Opioid Epidemic in Tennessee By Shaun Rowe

Between 2008 and 2017 the number of opioid overdoserelated deaths in Knox, Davidson, and Shelby Counties, the state’s three largest counties, increased at a rate of 18.4, 13.4, and 11.4 per 100,000. Because of the continued upward trend in deaths related to this epidemic, the College of Pharmacy has committed to improving the well-being of Tennesseans though education, research, and public service. In 2019, the College of Pharmacy established the Substance Use Disorder and Therapeutics team. The primary purposes of the multidisciplinary faculty group is to engage in collaborative projects related to substance use disorders and therapeutics, as well as to train and engage Tennesseans in prevention and management of substance use disorders. In the past year, the team has published approximately 10 manuscripts related to substance use disorders in peer reviewed journals; presented four abstracts on the subject at local, regional, and national conferences; received external funding; and provided nine local and regional education programs for health care providers, law enforcement, and the lay public concerning substance use disorders and harm reduction. In addition, the College of Pharmacy has several activities incorporated into its curriculum related to harm reduction and substance use disorders in order to expose, educate, and engage students. Some of the activities include engaging our students in the Opioid Antagonist Training Program for Pharmacists to reinforce the proper use of naloxone, courses on Substance Abuse Recognition and Treatment and Clinical Toxicology and Drug Overdose, and exposing students to the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database. 12


Our student organizations are involved with community education and medication disposal throughout the year and have reached 2,100 individuals in Tennessee with outreach efforts. During one of four drug take back events, our students collaborated with Knoxville Police Department Officers, Knox County Community Action Committee AmeriCorps students, and the Metro Drug Coalition to collect over 600 pounds of unwanted medications. Through efforts such as these, our students are contributing to the community and combating this epidemic. Kaila Smith-Casey (P3, Knoxville) has volunteered her time to work with Brian Winbigler, PharmD, MBA, assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, and the Knoxville Metro Drug Collation to develop a program to improve substance use disorder recovery program outcomes. Smith-Casey is a dual-degree student and is using the skills that she is gaining in UTHSC’s Master of Health Informatics and Information Management and the Doctor of Pharmacy programs to help patients in recovery find support groups and counselors. This “hub and spoke” program will allow providers and patients to be connected via a patient portal. The goal is that this project will improve access to wrap-around services and provide long-term follow-up. Smith-Casey plans to use her work with this project as part of her master’s thesis. Students, faculty, and staff in the College of Pharmacy are committed to ending the opioid epidemic and to improving the well-being of people across Tennessee. Shaun Rowe, PharmD, MS, BCPS, is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science.

Diversity Key to CoP Culture By Andria White

When our students graduate and seek employment, they become members of multidisciplinary health care teams that treat diverse populations. The College of Pharmacy is dedicated to providing a diverse culture that best prepares them for the future. Our commitment is evidenced by the differences you see in the students, faculty, and staff. This diversity extends not only to race, but also to age, background, thoughts, experience, and other attributes. We are intentional in recruiting and supporting firstgeneration college students, veterans, and minorities who are qualified and have chosen to pursue pharmacy as their career. Minorities make up 35% of our overall student body. The Class of 2023 (entered in Fall 2019) had the highest percentage of minority students in recent history, with 41% of the class. “Diversity is woven into the fabric of the college and has become ingrained in our culture,” said Dean Chisholm-Burns. Faculty and staff are encouraged to enroll in the Diversity Certificate Program offered by the campus. The program helps to develop a more knowledgeable workforce by enhancing staff competencies relating to diversity and inclusion in order to achieve excellence. Eight faculty and staff members from the College of Pharmacy have received certificates from this program. Understanding diversity and working with diverse populations is part of our curriculum. Students participate in outreach activities that focus on diversity by seeking out neighborhoods with the most need. Yhazmyne Hawkins, right, a third-year pharmacy student and president of the pharmacy student government association, discussed how diverse backgrounds in the college brings perspective to rising pharmacists as they prepare to enter a world that is made up of the same variety of people. “As a student, it is so helpful to understand different patient perspectives from the people right in my class,” she said. “All of the experiences and stories that I learn from my classmates, I take with me into my rotations and into my job. It also is amazing as a student of color to be able to walk into a classroom and see so many different people from different backgrounds, and to be able to share our life experiences.”

College of Pharmacy students have numerous opportunities to refine their clinical and communication skills by counseling and educating patients of varying backgrounds and health literacy. For example, the Shelby County Public Health Department has received a grant in collaboration with UTHSC College of Pharmacy’s chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). The grant will provide funds to the health department to provide chronic disease education and screening to county residents. SNPhA student pharmacists will participate in the delivery of both education and screenings across Shelby County, providing its diverse residents with access to valuable health care services. “Diversity and inclusivity are not words we use loosely,” the dean said. “We are committed to ensuring the experiences of our students reflect the health care profession they will enter post-graduation.”

Leadership Class Launched The College of Pharmacy has launched the first class of its new Leadership Exploration and Ability Development (LEAD) track. The program will provide specialty coursework for PharmD students to build on the leadership skills learned in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. It will provide training in project development, entrepreneurship, finance, and education, as well as LEAN Six Sigma certification training. Students will have to accomplish a year-long capstone project and will graduate with a Green Belt in LEAN Six Sigma.

CoP Alumnus Competes in TV Show Ask Benjamin Wilson which is more difficult, pharmacy school or being a fitness ninja, and he will tell you both are challenging. Wilson, who graduated from the College of Pharmacy in May, was a contestant in the regional competition of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” in Atlanta. According to Wilson, he was selected from more than 80,000-100,000 athletes, who submit videos to be on the show. An avid rock climber and fitness enthusiast, Wilson took his pre-NAPLEX exam hours before filming the episode of “American Ninja Warrior.” “I think pharmacy school, rock climbing, and ninja training actually go hand-in-hand. They have that problem-solving aspect,” he said.

SNPhA Chapter Takes Home Awards The College of Pharmacy’s chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) took home several prizes at the association’s 2019 national meeting in Houston, Texas, in July. Awards included a trophy for first place in the Chronic Kidney Disease initiative, a $500 check for second place in the Power to End Stroke Initiative, and first place in the scrapbook contest, The chapter’s immediate past president, Zachary Mgbemere (P4), and Sam Mequanint (P2) won scholarships.



Slime Time with Students The UTHSC American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists Chapter (APhA-ASP) conducted an Anti-Smoking Slime Demo during Spring Break 2019 at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. The children in attendance were treated to making slime.

Fighting the Flu Students from the College of Pharmacy administered 2,148 free flu shots to UTHSC faculty, staff, and students on September 16 as part of a campus-wide Flu Fighters event. Dean Chisholm-Burns volunteered at the event and received her flu shot, encouraging others on campus to get the vaccine. College of Pharmacy students also administered the shot to University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd in Knoxville.

Student Wins Gateway Award Third-year pharmacy student Rebecca Wahrmund has been selected as a recipient of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education’s Gateway Award. The Gateway Award supports PharmD and undergraduate students considering a career in research and enables them to work with a faculty mentor on a research project. Wahrmund works in the lab of Kirk Hevener, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Student Leaders Stanley Dowell (left, P4-Memphis) and Michael Behal (right, P4-Knoxville) were appointed to national positions with the American Pharmacists AssociationAcademy of Student Pharmacists (APhAASP). Both were also selected to serve as committee chairs. Dowell is the college’s APhA-ASP immediate past president. He will serve as chair of the National Member Engagement Standing Committee. Behal served as the college’s APhA-ASP patient care vice president and has been appointed chair of the National Standing Committee on Awards.



Outstanding Grad Student Awards The College of Pharmacy recognized some of its accomplished graduate students with its Outstanding Graduate Student Awards in December. Dr. Kinsie Arnst, mentored by Wei Li, PhD, was named the College of Pharmacy Outstanding Graduate Student, while Dr. Sabina Ranjit, mentored by Santosh Kumar, PhD, was named the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student.

Commencement Address The College of Pharmacy was pleased to welcome Victoria Roche, PhD, professor of Pharmacy Sciences and special assistant to the dean at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, as the 2019 spring commencement speaker. The ceremony was held May 7 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. Dean Chisholm-Burns presided over the ceremony.

Lunch with Donors College of Pharmacy donors enjoyed lunch and met with their scholarship recipients during scholarship lunches in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville in August. “The scholarship lunch is one of my favorite events of the school year,” said Dean Chisholm-Burns. “It is heartwarming to witness the scholarship recipients meet and interact with those who so generously gave and created these scholarship endowments. As a donor myself, the value of meeting my student at the luncheon is priceless.”



Youth Learn About Pharmacy Careers Students from the Shelby County Schools MPLOY Youth Summer Employment Program learned about careers in pharmacy and health care during a visit to the College of Pharmacy in July. The MPLOY program provides Memphis youth opportunities to explore career paths based on their strengths and interests. Eight students toured the College of Pharmacy, learned about admission to pharmacy school, talked one-on-one with Dean Chisholm-Burns, and performed simple compounding in the pharmacy lab. Andreece Gandy, PharmD, College of Pharmacy alumnus and pharmacy operations manager at Baptist Memorial Health Care, led the MPLOY visit. “The students left well informed and full of optimism about careers in pharmacy. SCS in conjunction with PPS (Professional Pharmacy Services) are incredibly grateful for the time the college took to give back to young future pharmacists in Shelby County,” Dr. Gandy said.

UTHSC College of Pharmacy Holds Special Place in Couple’s Hearts By Jackie Denton

The UTHSC College of Pharmacy will always be a special place for Martha and David Shepard. After all, if their paths had not crossed as pharmacy students on the Memphis campus, the two might never have met. She was a year ahead, earning a pharmacy degree in 1973. He followed, graduating in 1974. That was also the year they married. More than 40 years later, they continue to keep the College of Pharmacy close to heart. The have established the Martha and David Shepard Endowed Scholarship. The couple also contributed $50,000 toward the construction of the College of Pharmacy Building, which opened in 2011 on the Memphis campus. “Pharmacy has been very good to us,” Dr. David Shepard said. “We obviously met in pharmacy school. She and I both worked in order to be able to pay our way. I was the oldest of six, so my parents didn’t have the funds to send me. So, we remember those days. While in school, we both always had a job in a store. We feel very strongly about our school and it’s probably 10 times more expensive now as it was when we went to school.” Their giving throughout the years has benefited many students, including third-year pharmacy student Megan N. Sensmeier. “Receiving the Martha and David Shepard Scholarship is a true honor,” Sensmeier said. “Being an out-of-state student, the scholarship has greatly lessened my financial burden. As students, we are the future of pharmacy and we greatly appreciate alumni, like Martha and David Shepard, who went out of their way to contribute to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. Alumni who are willing to invest in our education and success as student pharmacists are greatly appreciated.” The Shepards not only give to the campus financially, but by educating students at the Dickson Apothecary, a pharmacy they purchased in 1981 and transformed from 45 prescriptions per day to a high-volume pharmacy serving the Dickson, Tennessee, community. The couple worked hard to make the business successful. “We didn’t get a salary until the note was paid for. Martha worked full time at the store and I would come in at night to relieve her and then also work weekends,” Dr. David Shepard said. At the time, he worked full time at the VA Hospital in Nashville.

Dickson Apothecary serves as a clinical education site not just for UTHSC pharmacy students, but as a preceptor program for students from pharmacy schools across the state. The couple also own the Kingston Springs Pharmacy, which opened in 2006. “It was always fun to have students in the pharmacy,” Dr. Martha Shepard said. “Students always kept me on my toes. They were always so energetic and kept us on the cutting edge of whatever they were learning in school, too. So the pharmacists learned a lot also.” And pharmacy runs in the family. Two of his younger sisters are pharmacists, Donna Shepard and Susan Shepard. Susan and their niece, Leslie Shepard (CoP ‘10), continue to run Community Pharmacy Care, Inc., the business the couple established decades ago. Today, the Shepards maintain their pharmacy license to participate in medical mission trips and to step in to work at the family business if needed. And to think, it all started with the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. If you are interested in exploring ways to make a gift to the College of Pharmacy, please contact Brynn Huysman at or 901.448.2085.

UTHSC Student Pharmacists Association Wins National Chapter of the Year By Jackie Denton

The American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Chapter in the College of Pharmacy won Chapter of the Year honors during the organization’s 50th anniversary and annual meeting in Seattle. “The UTHSC College of Pharmacy students are the best, and I am so very proud of them,” Dean Chisholm-Burns said. “This is a tremendous honor and a reflection of their hard work.” It is the fourth time the UTHSC chapter has been honored with the distinction among 141 colleges of pharmacies in the country. The chapter was also the only chapter



nationwide this year to receive both regional and national awards in all five patient care initiative categories. “This chapter is very dedicated to patient care,” said Chasity Shelton, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCPPS, assistant dean for student success, who serves as the chapter’s statewide adviser. “They’re very motivated, enthusiastic, innovative, and creative. It’s nice to be recognized, but at the end of the day, this chapter’s focus is on how we can provide service to the patients and citizens of the state of Tennessee.” With more than 550 members, APhA-ASP is the largest student organization in the College of Pharmacy. The

chapter was led by Kara Provence, P4, chapter president from 2017-2018 and APhA-ASP national member-atlarge from 2018-2019. Stanley Dowell, P3, is the chapter president for the 2018-2019 academic year. “Being a part of APhA-ASP has shaped my professional career and has made an impact on me personally as well,” said Provence, who has been a member of the organization since her first year of pharmacy school. “The lessons I have learned serving at the chapter level are invaluable in leadership, time management, and working with different teams.”

In addition to being recognized as Chapter of the Year, UTHSC APhA-ASP also was named National 2nd RunnerUp for Operation Immunization, National 1st Runner-Up for Operation Heart, and Region 3 Winner for Generation Rx, OTC Medicine Safety, and Operation Diabetes. Throughout the year, the chapter provided 10,000 clinical services through multiple patient care events. “This chapter has a servant heart and they are very motivated to do what’s best for patients,” Dr. Shelton said.



Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Taylor Courtney Ajami Muhammad Yusef Akbik Frederick Lee Akins Hecmanuel Alonso Gil Hecmarie Alonso Gil Collin Gray Amos Shannon Elizabeth Anderson Kelsey Winborn Andreoli Denny Rahmatomi Anerin Joanna Arnett Brittany Nicole Bailey Justin Erik Baker Sara Marie Bartlett Alexandra Meyer Bickenbach Alexandra Elizabeth Blalock Kaia Kiyanna Boatner Natalie Adenekie Bohanon Jessica Paige Bonjour Shelby Paige Brooks Skyler Ross Brown Terrence Brown Merrion Grace Buckley Sarah Ellen Burnette Katherine Acuff Calkins Charlease DeAnn Cannon Joshua Ryan Canter Suzanne Marie Capocaccia Corey David Cardwell Benjamin Kirk Carroll Zachary Carter McKenna Burleson Childress Elizabeth Goodwin Cleaves Nicholas Robert Cohagen Margaret Ann Cothern

Candace Nicole Cox Alison Victoria Cragwall Brad Thomas Crihfield John Cameron Crowe Rachel Chassan Diaz Wade Douglas Dickerson Dhara Dodia Mary Haley Ellis Colins Ogwandi Eno Julie Elizabeth Farrar Cameron Douglas Faulk Margaret Elise Fentress Nicholas Frantz Vlad Dumitru Gamalie Paige Leigh Gander Katelyn Marie Garner Kelli Anne Gerth Margaret Harbison Goggans Morgan Danae Gray Matthew Allen Green Brittney Jamice Hall Samantha Joyce Hall Katherine E. Hamilton Janet Hanna Jillyan A. Harlan Silas W. Harness Kashira Harris Caroline Margaret Heider Kristin Hope Hill Sheldon Coffman Hitchcock Brandy Nicole Hollums Charles Alexander Horn Kerri Horton Tiffany Grace Howard

Heather Elizabeth Huff Joshua Shane Hunley Brendal Jacklyn Hurst Austin Ray Ing Karen Elizabeth Jaslow Alexander Campbell Johnson Lucas Alan Johnson Kimberly Phyllis Johnstone Deanna Ko Joo Heir L Jordan Daniel Efrain Kail Weston Paul Keen Seong Jung Kim Dylan C. Knox Austin Lee Koelker Anna Kegley Love Vince Lovely Thomas Quinton Lovingood, III Katie N. Ma Conor Jameson Martin Coty Martin Hunter Hugh Martin Keegan Lane Mattox Tara Nichole Meadows Peter Mevissen Jordan Michal Miller Russell Garrett Mills Karlie Amber Minor Anne Caroline Mischke Mostafa Moarefian Dviti Mody Joseph Scott Moon Mitra Sara Mosadegh Cody Walton Murrell



Harriet Nyambura Muthondu Dhara Naik Maily Thuy Nguyen Mimi Nguyen Sara Omar Nimer Aubrey Clayton Nunley Yasmeen Odeh Ethan Michael Odineal Cody Dean Oliver Casey Elizabeth O’Neal Mary Josephine Pakkala Madison Tatum Pardue Bhumi Yogendra Patel Dipti Mukund Patel Dolly Patel Ekta Patel Neha Dilip Patel Nikesh Sanjay Patel Pratikkumar Chandrakant Patel Riya Nikeshkumar Patel Sneha Patel Soniya Shailesh Patel Ryan J Payne Michael Carroll Petitt Gregory Adam Phelps Michael James Pierce Jr Joseph Michael Pittman Sarah Nicole Pope Haley Kristen Porter

Kara Elizabeth Provence Geoffrey Putney Avideh Ramezanifar Gabrielle Christin Riffe Katherine Michelle Robinson Alicia Tishira Rogers Kelcey Christine Rose Chandler Vincent Rosenbalm Courtney Suzanne Russell Alec Harrison Sain Jacob Christopher Saling Mallorie Nichole Saling Sarah S. Schuman Rebekah Ann Shepherd Jessica Grace Sherrod Cori Jenson Shope Steven Arthur Skovran Melissa Marie Slayton Geoffrey Hayden Smith Jessica Nicole Smith Sophia Blair Smith Joseph Dylan Stokes Alison Elizabeth Stonecipher Avery Michael Story Connor Mackenzie Stuart Alyson Blair Swindall Kenneth D. Sykes Zeab Tadesse Alexandria Day Taylor

Brittany Aquilah Taylor Claire Michelle Taylor Daniel John Teberg Megan Elizabeth Thomas Charnesa K Tutwiler Kimberly Van Kevin VanMaldeghem An Ngoc Vo Selena Marie Warminski Roxanne Warrelmann Erica Danielle Washington Tyler Henderson Lindsay Gail White Colton Zane Whiteside Kristen Dionne Wilhite Madison Ann Williams Sarah Elisabeth Seaton Williams Benjamin David Wilson Carol Ann Wilson Christopher Douglas Wilson Justine Lane Wilson Olivia Brooks Wingate Kevin Guanwei Wong Natalie Anne Wright Timothy Steven Zaske Qian Zhao Aaron Scott Zuller

College of Pharmacy Dean’s List To recognize our outstanding students, the College of Pharmacy has instituted a Dean’s List. At the conclusion of the academic year each May, students who have attained an academic year GPA of 3.25 or above and who are in good professional standing are placed on the Dean’s List. Students receive a letter from the dean noting the accomplishment and are invited to a reception in their honor on their campus.

Class of 2021 Courtney Baldridge Darren Barrow Maggie Benton Emily Best Haley Black Alyssa Boyer Callee Brooks


Mary Burdge Christe Chen Devin Cleaves Peyton Cole Nuti Desai Matthew DeVazier Kayla Dillon Meredith Douglas Brittany Drysdale


Jacob Elliott Clarke Farnham Brianna Felts Mukundwa Gael Kelsey Heintz Shelby Hendrix Brianna Hooker Diana Hoot Mary Hughes

Megan Jackson Emily Jamison Christopher Johns Hannah Johnson Morgan Kelley Megan Kelly Kwan Lin Zachary Martin Briana Mason Savannah McCann Brent McGlaughlin Jonathan Metts Madison Miller Samuel Morton Alissa Moton Brandon Nabors Umida Nasritdinova Hoang Nguyen Luke Parish Margarita Pate Koma Patel Parin Patel Kevin Pham Thuy-Anh Phan Haley Powell Presley Powers Roxanne Puleo John Rickett Fatima Rizvi Jonathan Roach Yalda Sayed Alexander Schwaner Joshua Seeto Jackson Shannon Zachary Smith Hali Smith Jordan Soumah Sara Stallworth Samuel Sulcer Taylor Talbott Meagan Thornton Madison Thress Elizabeth Trainham Julia Vishenchuk Rebecca Wahrmund Katherine West Angelica Wilder Kaylee Worsham Symone Wren Cyrus Yahyavi

Class of 2022 Delaney Adams Oluwasefunmi Agbanigo Connor Alexander Brittany Allison Erin Anderson McKenzie Anderson Jacob Barber Lauren Bivacca Kristen Blagg Leah Burns Delaney Chapple Han Cho Ginny Clayborne Christopher Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amico Kevin Darko Hannah Darnell Haley Daugherty Margaret Davis Bailey Deglow Matthew Dill Sawyer Duffey Walter Espejo Elizabeth Fick Lindsey Fields Hannah Foster Kyle Furlow Gretchen Greer Jacob Hackett Elizabeth Haney Jacob Hawkins Reed Henderson Joshua Herrera Rebecca Herring Hannah Hitch Robin Hord Hope Howard Hannah Hunt Taylor Johnson Morgan Kane Shiyar Kapan Sonia Kennedy Carrie Keobounruang John Kimrey Cody Kossan Anoop Kotian Caleb Krebs Jordan Krumanocker Haylie Lam

Kristina Leav Madeline Mahon Lindsey Martin Ben Massey Michelle McAlister Kathleen McGowan Madison McKnight Ryan Meacham Hayden Meredith Dina Mikaiel Omar Mitoubsi Jacob Morris Michelle Murphy Benjamin Nehls Kate Noonan Chantal Orosco-Lueders Kenzie Overshine Urvi Patel Divyeshkumar Patel Bhavi Patel Divya Patel Courtney Purcell Madison Roberts Juan Rodriguez Zoe Rome Kelsey Schreuders Chase Slone Dominick Smith Kasey Stewart Cortney Storey Alicia Sumeriski Jessica Tejeda Lorraine Todor Michael Tran Kaley Troop Leah Wallace Mia Warner Kristiana Watson Meagan Watters Caroline Williams Erin Williams Jeremiah Wojtowicz Rose Zeng Jason Zeng Yu Zhang Paige Zumbrun



2019 College of Pharmacy Highlights

New Faculty

Alina Cernasev, PhD, PharmD, MSc, assistant professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, Nashville Campus

Tyler Kiles, PharmD, assistant professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, Memphis Campus

Daniel Collier, PhD, assistant professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Memphis Campus

Gregory Sneed, PharmD, assistant professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, Memphis Campus

Christopher Finch, PharmD, chair, department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science

Brian Winbigler, PharmD, MBA, assistant professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, Knoxville Campus

Liz Hall, PharmD, director of assessment, Office of Academic Affairs

Chao-Yie Yang, PhD, associate professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Memphis Campus



Faculty Retirements

Peter Chyka, PharmD, was the associate dean for the Knoxville campus since 2006 and a faculty member since 1977. Dr. Chyka has authored or coauthored 108 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, several of which have been cited over 200 times. He has taught and served as the course director for a clinical toxicology course each year since 1977 and a drugs of abuse course since 2006. He also was a co-preceptor for a clinical toxicology clinical rotation for 27 years. He has been honored by receiving the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Public Service Award in 1998 and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2001.

Rich Helms, PharmD, served as department chair for Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science. He has been a strong advocate for pediatric clinical pharmacy practice and research. He was one of the first nationally recognized pharmacist investigators in pediatric parenteral nutrition. Under his leadership, the college has trained more than 100 pediatric pharmacy residents at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. In recognition of his significant contributions to pediatric clinical pharmacy practice and research, the Pediatric Pharmacy Association in 2006 established the Richard A. Helms Award.

Vivian Loveless, PharmD, BCNP, FAPhA, served as the director of the College’s Nuclear Pharmacy Certificate program (for Doctor of Pharmacy students) and oversaw the postgraduate Nuclear Pharmacist training program. She was the recipient of the Student Government Association Executive Committee’s Excellence in Teaching Award (1999, 2000), the College of Pharmacy Faculty Appreciation Award from the Class of 2015 (presented in 2012), and received the American Pharmacist Association’s William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice (2012).

Glen Farr, PharmD, has been on the faculty of the College of Pharmacy since 1973 and is retiring as associate dean for Continuing Education. He was one of the first pharmacists in East Tennessee to earn the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He has received numerous awards including the Tom C. Sharp, Sr. Tennessee Pharmacist of the Year Award, the McKesson Award, the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy Outstanding Alumnus award, and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the 2016 Class of the UTK College of Nursing.



Candace Brown, PharmD, MSN, has been a professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science. Dr. Brown has received over 70 grants from both federal and private sources. She has received several awards including the Mead Johnson CNS Research Award from the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and the Upjohn CNS Research Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Her research in the area of gynecologic pain and how differences in race can affect diagnosis and treatment of this chronic pain disorder resulted in over 150 publications.

Ryan Yates, PharmD, PhD, served as professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Yates has published over 125 peer review publications, book chapters, and research abstracts. He has secured numerous patents for his research and has been honored to receive the American Association of Clinical Pharmacy New Investigator Award.

Faculty Promotions Chasity Shelton, PharmD promoted to assistant dean of Student Success Santosh Kumar, PhD, promoted to assistant dean for Scholarly Integration and Collaboration and professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Brian Peters, PhD, promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science. Joseph Swanson, PharmD, promoted to professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Sciences and assistant director of the Office of Experiential Learning and International Programs G. Christopher Wood, PharmD, promoted to professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Sciences



Preceptors of the Year PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR WEST TENNESSEE Luke A. Knox, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP Dr. Knox graduated from the UTHSC College of Pharmacy in 2012 and completed PGY1 training at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis. Dr. Knox is a clinical pharmacy Specialist at Methodist North Hospital, where he practiced in the emergency department for four years before transitioning into critical care and nutrition support in 2016. Dr. Knox has served as a preceptor for the college since 2013. He has trained APPE students in emergency and internal medicine, taken applied therapeutics students, and lectured in various elective courses in the didactic curriculum.

PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR MIDDLE TENNESSEE Pratik Kapadia, PharmD Dr. Kapadia graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 2011. He is the pharmacy manager at Publix Pharmacy in Nashville, where he has worked since 2013. Dr. Kapadia has served as a preceptor for the college and trains both IPPE and APPE students in community pharmacy practice at Publix. Dr. Kapadia said he thrives on the relationships he establishes with his students and the continuous growth and learning he provides and receives from the students.

PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR EAST TENNESSEE Beth Field, PharmD, BCPS Dr. Field received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the College of Saint Benedict in 2009 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Dr. Field moved to the Knoxville area with her husband in 2013 and completed her PGY1 residency at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in 2014. Dr. Field has held a variety of roles at Fort Sanders, serving as the orthopedic/bariatric surgery pharmacist, residency coordinator, residency program director, and inpatient pharmacy supervisor. She has precepted IPPE and APPE students, as well as led small-group teaching in the Applied Therapeutics course.



FULL-TIME FACULTY PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR G. Christopher Wood, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, BCPS (AQID), BCCCP Dr. Chris Wood, professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, received his PharmD from the UTHSC College of Pharmacy in 1996. Dr. Wood completed a residency in critical care and nutrition support at Regional One Health and a critical care fellowship through the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. He joined the faculty at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy in 1999. Dr. Wood practices as a critical care clinical pharmacist at the Level 1 trauma center at Regional One Health, where he is the residency program director for the ASHP-accredited PGY2 critical care residency. His primary research interest has been in improving the diagnosis and treatment of hospital-acquired infections. He coordinates the Infectious Diseases Elective Course and has precepted and co-precepted over 200 students on the trauma critical care APPE at Regional One Health.

INTRODUCTORY PHARMACY PRACTICE EXPERIENCE (IPPE) PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR Misty A. Williamson, PharmD Dr. Misty Williamson is the pharmacist in charge, as well as co-owner of Greenbrier Pharmacy & Fountain in Greenbrier, Tennessee. She has practiced as a community pharmacist in Robertson County since graduating from the UTHSC College of Pharmacy in 2000. Dr. Williamson and her husband, Todd, started their business in 2006, which includes medical equipment and other home health services and an old-fashioned soda fountain. As the only remaining compounding pharmacy in Robertson County, their compounding services have expanded to include BHT, pediatric, dermatology, topicals, and more. A longstanding preceptor for the college, Dr. Williamson hosts both IPPE and APPE students for training in community pharmacy practice.



Thank You for Your Membership in the 1911 Society UT Health Science Center’s 1911 Society recognizes annual supporters of the university who are critical to our mission of educating, conducting innovative research, and improving health. Named for the year the Health Science Center was founded, the 1911 Society celebrates the total giving by donors, who each year make their gifts of $100 or more between July 1 and the following June 30. Recognition

Annual Giving Partners (Gifts July 1 - June 30)

HYMAN ASSOCIATE PARTNER ($5,000 +) Don C. Fancher and Sandra Haverstick Fancher Rampurna Prasad Gullapalli Patricia A. and David J. Harris, Jr. Richard A. and Susan Helms Linda Sue Highers Donald L. and Donna S. Jones Betty Kirksey Ruth Langford Rande H. Lazar Mark and Maria W. Lingerfelt L. Steve Lubin James R. and Elizabeth Price William Shane Reeves Richard H. and Amy Sain David A. and Martha Shepard James Whitley and Phyllis Taylor

PATRON PARTNER ($2,500 - $4,999) Christopher C. Balton J. Chris and Monte Sue Bradberry Michael L. and Robbin Christensen Catherine M. Crill Jimmy Neil and Pam McBride Stephanie J. Phelps and Leigh A. Price J. Allen Scoggin Frank E. and Mary L. Sisko


Rita R. Alloway Samuel R. and Tracey L. Bastian Baeteena M. and Bob Black Bradley A. and Barbara Boucher Adrianne Yvelda Brady and Daryl K. Butler Kennard D. Brown James W. and M. Jacqueline Bundy Debbie R. and Robert Byrd 30


levels reflect total contributions during the year to any college, program, or fund at UTHSC. Gifts are renewable annually to retain membership in the 1911 Society. The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs wishes to thank all donors for their commitment to the College of Pharmacy and the university. For details, go to giving. To make a gift please visit giving.uthsc. edu/give or call 901.448.5516.

Debbie Carroll Case Charles W. and Wilma Chadwell Marie A. Chisholm-Burns and John F. Burns Peter A. and Deborah Lynn Chyka Leonard Ivan Compton Susannah Daughtry Roger Lee and Nancy White Davis Shannan K. Eades Brandon Edgerson Glen E. and Kathy B. Farr Jana L. Fuqua Tracy Marie Hagemann Leslie A. Hamilton Oscar Rafael Herrera Paula Sue and Jerry R. Hinson David and Gerri Ann Hoff Steven C. and Joanna Quarles Laizure Albert H. and Harriet Price Billy Joe and Donna F. Regel Elizabeth Betts and Kerry Scott Regen Vicki A. Sanford Timothy H. and Melissa Matlock-Self Chasity Michelle and J. Michael Shelton Leslie Kay Shepard Jerry Pennington and Mary Jo Stanley Joseph M. and Alicia Swanson Paul Walker Jennifer Schoelles Williams Randle S. Williams Perisco Wofford

DEAN’S ALLIANCE PARTNER ($500 - $999) Beth Alt Danny E. and Vanita H. Austin John Z. Autian Donald L. and Valerie Marie Branam Dian Brasher Rex O. and Christine Brown Philip P. Burgess and James Nutter

David L. and Gail Cannon Justin Chai and Krishna Patel Ivy L. Chang Cathy Chapman Katherine Chessman Katherine Chyka Dewey L. and Frances F. Clark Shelia and Thomas D. Cooper James E. Copeland Alan B. and Mary Lynn Corley Danny Dedmon Brooke Crocker and Nathaniel David Denson Christopher K. and Andrea Finch Lloyd and Shannon L. Finks Chris and Anne O. Fleming Andrea R. and Lee S. Franks Marty Glynn Gentry Christa M. George and Chris Wood Christopher D. Gilbert Andrew K. and Erika Griggs Alexander Basil and Alyssa Guirguis Edward W. and Jane S. Hankins Dawn E. Havrda Frederick Michael and Sandra M. Kennel Santosh Kumar Margaret R. Moore Paul T. Motheral Milap Nahata Autry J. and Denise Parker Brenda and James W. Pershing Faris H. and Robert E. Phillips Joshua L. and Summer R. Regel Rebecca Burns Regen Lea Ann and Brian Roberson Kelly C. and P. David Rogers, Jr. Steven R. and Constance Ross Anthony Shaun Rowe Claudette Jones and Doderidge Shephard Robert Earl Shutt Ashlie Camille and Marlon A. Singletary Elizabeth Louise Stima Kent Bradly and Amanda Cook Stoneking Katie Joy Suda D. Seth and Melissa J. Tucker Lindi Hanna Vanderwalde James Sheldon and Sperry Wheeler Casey H. and Lori White Arthur Williams. Jr. Timothy Wolf

VISIONARY PARTNER ($250 - $499) John Bell Kimberly B. and Robert T. Bibb Eric D. and Tenela Blakney Chester W. and Carol Herd Blankenship Jay A. and Kelly Bobo Ronald L. Braden Cynthia Anne Brasher

Joyce E. Broyles and Larry Bomar Kelly Burch Ellen Campbell Jared and Lisa Cash James D. and Lorene D. Cathey Richard Wright Chinouth Lesley Paige Clement Theodore James Cory Angie Dagastino and Dorothy Day Jones Marcus Jermaine Dortch and Rhonda R. Hollins-Dortch Tinsel Dalne Dukes Dianne Vest Duncan Jeffrey McClain Duren Donna and Patrick Michael Gaffney Emma Gant and Natasha Pouncy Justin and Katie Gatwood Robert E. Giles, Jr. and Mrs. Patti W. Giles Jeremiah Dee Glass Bethany Kathleen Goolsby and Scott Adams Blankenship James M. and Margaret S. Gordon David Gregornik Alison Gambill and Heath Grisso Anthony Joseph Guarascio Marion Ferrell and Kay Haile Danielle and Michael Hassel Betty Alice and Don Hazlewood Billy J. and Elizabeth Holt Patricia A. Keller Connie George and Tony King Joe Licari Sheila Annette Liddell Ann R. and William T. Looney Sengphet A. Lou John S. Markowitz Kenneth W. Massey Mike Mastroianni Carleton Brantley Maxwell and Crystal Antrease Smith Jacqueline H. and James A. May Russell Miller Tara Brandon and John O. Moore Marcus A. Norton Daniel and Michelle G. Nower Dennis R. and Martha Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dell Sherry Osborne Alan M. and Lisa L. Padgett Robert B. Parker Curtis Lee Petty, Jr. and William Carroll Batts, Jr. Barbara W. Porteous Earline R. and Joe G. Price Max D. Ray Jeffrey A. Reitz Julie and David Richardson Laura M. and Alan G. Rogers Jerry A. and Janis P. Rose Jill Renee and Raymond Ryan Julia McGregor Severance Lewis M. Sharp III Joseph A. and Kristen P. Skelton



Greg and Melissa Scandlyn Smith David K. and Kay M. Solomon Gary W. and Janice L. Taylor Robert Zachary and Molly Thompson Sandra J. and Willie Tsiu Edna C. Walker Marianne S. and Ronald A. Walter Barbara Lea and Richard M. Wells Lindsey D. and Daniel Ryan Wells Amelia S. and William D. Whigham, Jr. Carol L. White Jada K. Williams Stefane K. and Thomas E. Williams Mark Thomas and Marianne Wilson Brian L. and Jennifer Allison Winbigler Mary Ann Worthington

MILESTONE PARTNER ($100 - $249) Linda and R. Crady Adams, Jr. Marvin E. Adams, Jr. Mohamed A. Adas Lucy Adkins C. Michael and Ann Allen Hunter and Sharon Baird Likeselam Asres Bantu Debra L. Barbour Erin Behnen Emily T. Beightol Ned Benson Cassie A. and Michael L. Billings Tamara L. and Arthur S. Bland CJerry Nelson Blevins Bobby Boruff Jack G. Bradshaw, Jr. Terry M. Brimer Andrea Bryant Gary James Buchanan J. Michael and Joan M. Burns Larry and Kathryn K. Calhoun McKenzie Calhoun Thomas Mark and Susan Campbell James D. and Marilyn Caponetti Willa D. Carr Christie Carrion Carol Collins-Carriveau and Brian Carriveau Michael and Carolyn Cates Kelly Denise Caudle Olivia Alyse and Johnny Glen Chandler, Jr. Rebecca Finley Chhim Anthony Michael and Annie Christensen Mythili Chunduru Amanda J. Clark Mike and Anne M. Clepper Daniel J. Cobaugh Hailey Collier Gary R. Cooper David W. Cornelius James L. Cowan III



William D. Cozart III Angela M. Crocker Phyllis A. Crockett Brian Cross Mary Linda Stotter Cuddy Richard Dart Joe H. and Mable Delk Robert DellaValle Scott Denaburg David Michael DiPersio and Amy Carol Gideon Robert T. and Elaine Weller Dodd Jeffrey B. and Haley Duffey Ryan Cole Duncan Deborah E. Dunlap Mariela Duval Rickie E. and Elizabeth S. Ealy Vivian Ebeo Sarah Treadway Eudaley William E. Evans and Mary V. Relling David Ashley and Jeanne Renee Ezell Joseph S. and Carla D. Fahhoum Michelle Farland Daniel A. Farney Elizabeth Farrington Ronnie Ray and Sandra Felts Travis Wayne Fleming Leann Fontenot Billy Patrick and Marsha L. Ford Justin Warren and Kara Ann Fortune Harry R. Fuqua Wendy Marie Gabriel Andreece Gandy Shannon and Daisy Elizabeth Gannon James W. and Brenda S. Gardner Douglas R. and Deana O. Geraets Amanda E. Gibson R. Allan Gilliam Kimberly Ashley Graham Margaret Kathleen Graham Janice Lynnett and Eddie Will Gray, Jr. Alfred L. and Carolynn H. Greenwood Rebecca E. Gregory Justin D. and Kathryn Griner Benjamin Neil and Brooke Whitmore Gross Rodney D. Haddix Dawn Hafer Adrian and Elizabeth Hall Marvin E. and Ingrid A. Hall Michael H. Harrill Charles R. Harris Lauren Harris Nancy Borja and Michael Hart Kelley Gale and Thomas T. Heilman Stephanie Helgeson Blaine and Ashley Smith Hempfling Dennis D. and Leslie Claire Henson Denise M. Hightower Amy Elizabeth Hodgin

Billie J. Holliman Joe R. Houston David W. and Patricia J. Huntley Laura Broome Jackson Jenifer C. and J. Phillip Jennings Clayton M. and Corry Taylor Johnston Kimberly Phyllis Johnstone Marshall V. Jones, Jr. Maxie L. and Paula Carol Jones Ryan and Sarah Jones Michelle H. Jordan Lori Justice Clifford E. Keith Larry C. Key Gary W. and Jane M. Kimzey Natalie P. Kittrell Carol and Phillip Royal Langsdon Eric Douglas and K. Renee Lee Karen G. Lee Stephanie Maughan and James M. Lewis, Jr. Jeffrey Allan Lewis Alexis F. Long Joseph M. and Linda C. Lynch Fred W. and Margaret Julia Mahler Dorothy H. Manning Sabrena and Steven E. Martiny Kimberly C. Mason R. Kelley Massie, Jr. June A. and L.U. Massingill James R. and Robbie J. Mathis John L. and Susan Elaine McAlpin Helen McClaren Marx Wayne and Maxine V. McClellan Robert C. McConkey, Jr. Anne B. and John N. McCormick M. Stephen and Flowerree McDonough Barbara Thompson McKinnon Mary C. McMorrow Janice R. and Randy McNally III Ronald W. and Jackie C. Meadows Bernd W. Meibohm and Ingrid Beierle Genevieve D. and Curtis Eugene Moore, Jr. Paul and Laura S. Moore Anthony W. and Kimberly D. Morton Marcelle Smith Neblett Thomas Jessee Nester Cheryl Ann Park Erin and Pratish Patel Joe and Shelby Denniston Patrick Steven B. and Rita Peggs Rachel Perry

Gary Dean and Sharon Nevils Pettigrew Wyatt Dean and Mary A. Pettigrew Hanna Phan Ann Inman and Donald J. Plunk Helen B. and Timothy E. Poe Ann S. Presley Sherri Lee Ramsey Stella and Thomas Raymer Anne M. and Paul Maynard Reaves Tanuja Reddy Sandra J. Reed Laura Draper Rexroad Donald L. Roberts Wiley T. Robinson Larry M. Rouse Alicia C. Sanchez Frank T. Sawyers, Jr. Jessica G. Shepard Larry Cecil and Becky L. Shepherd Hollye M. and Tracey E. Shotwell Herbert Richard and Kay Segerson Shough Douglas M. and Elizabeth R. Smith Michael Harrison and Jane Ahern Smith Robin Soboti David and Heather Stecher Clinton Fields Stewart Arthur B. and Carol G. Straughn Bruce Strike Jeremy Stephen Stultz Mary Mackey and Timothy Robert Sykes William Terrell, Jr. Tammara Threats Thuhuong Tran Timothy L. and Diane F. Tucker Edward Thomas Van Matre Bryan T. and Margaret S. Vaughn Mary Kelly and Matthew J. Vicars Brenda Smith and Bruce Albert Warren Lynette Ladoris Washington Lawrence W. and Tracy F. Wilson Crystal Windless Ervin S. Woodfork Anna Marie Woods



Dr. Marcus Dortch Tapped to Serve as Alumni Board President A native Memphian, Marcus Dortch, PharmD, spent time in both Memphis and Oxford, Mississippi, on his family’s farm while growing up. After graduating from East High School in Memphis, he enrolled at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he completed his pharmacy prerequisites. He later moved on to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, earning his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2001. After pharmacy school, he went on to complete residency training at the Detroit Medical Center. Post-residency, he headed to Chicago and worked as a clinical pharmacist at Rush North Shore and Saint Joseph’s hospitals. Lasting three Chicago winters, he decided to move south to Nashville to work at Vanderbilt

University Medical Center. At Vanderbilt, he served as clinical pharmacy specialist in trauma/surgical critical care. He precepted pharmacy students from the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, as well as Vanderbilt PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. As an adjunct faculty member, he also served as a course coordinator and instructor for the Critical Care Therapeutics elective course offered to P-2 students. He authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts related to his involvement in research on hyperglycemia of critical illness, antimicrobial stewardship, and prevention of health care-associated infections. Dr. Dortch has served as a member of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Surgical Infection Society. He is also active at the national level with the Society of Critical Care Medicine, where he was appointed a fellow with the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2013. Since his time at Vanderbilt, he has also served as the senior director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at HealthTrust, where he led clinical pharmacy operations for the group purchasing organization’s membership, inclusive of 1,600 acute care hospital members with an aggregate of $7 billion in pharmacy spend. His passion for critical care eventually placed him in the biotech industry, where he has served as a medical science liaison for pharma companies focused on the development of antimicrobials and sepsis diagnostic instruments.

Thank you to our Legacy Society Members! Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Errette S. Bevins, Jr.

Estate of Alvin C. Hutcherson

Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Harold M. Casey

Dr. Rose Sizemore Laffoon

Estate of Clarke W. Chidester

Dr. Ben S. Moore

Estate of Elizabeth Clifton

Dr. and Mrs. Tommy W. Page

Dr. and Mrs. Alan B. Corley

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Powell

Dr. and Mrs. James C. Eoff, III

Dr. and Mrs. James R. Price

Mrs. Sandra Haverstick Fancher and Mr. Don C. Fancher

Estate of Henry C. Shapard

Dr. Glen E. and Mrs. Kathy B. Farr

Dr. and Mrs. David A. Shepard

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Michael Fink

Estate of Samuel E. Stubbs

Dr. Jana L. Fuqua

Dr. and Mrs. Michael G. Swaim

Mr. Christopher A. and Mrs. Watson B. Hall

Estate of Gladys Swearingen

Dr. Linda Highers

Dr. and Mrs. James Whitley Taylor

Dr. David W. and Mrs. Patricia J. Huntley

Estate of Dr. Robert Ben Taylor

Alumni Board of Directors OFFICERS PRESIDENT Casey White ‘01 PRESIDENT-ELECT Marcus Dortch ‘01 AREA VICE PRESIDENTS Andreece Gandy ‘08 Marty Gentry ‘01 Betty Hazlewood ‘75 PAST PRESIDENT Paula B. Hinson ‘78


MIDDLE TENNESSEE REPRESENTATIVES Ashlie Singletary ‘01 EAST TENNESSEE REPRESENTATIVES Travis Fleming ‘09 Eric Lee ‘98 Dustin Smith ‘01 REPRESENTATIVES-AT-LARGE Kara Fortune ‘04 Jamie Hopkins ‘00 Paul Moore ‘11 Josh Regel ‘00 Curtis Petty ‘05 Seth Tucker ‘01

APPOINTED POSITIONS TPA REPRESENTATIVE Jason M. Vinson ‘03 Micah Cost ’08 TSHP REPRESENTATIVE Brandon Edgerson APPOINTED ALUMNI Sheila Liddell ‘15 Rick Sain ‘89 J. Allen Scoggin ‘67 Lynette Washington ‘94 Lindsey Wells ‘13 APPOINTED NON-ALUMNI Bobby Hoang




Leave Your Legacy Have you thought about the legacy you will leave behind? With a Planned Gift, you can: • Simplify your estate for your family • Reduce the tax burden applied to your assets • Benefit causes you hold dear

Legacy donors become members of the Hershel “Pat” Wall Legacy Society Dr. Wall’s 50 years of dedication as a student, faculty member, and administrator to UTHSC are unsurpassed. His legacy will live forever, as will the impact made by our donors. For more information about planned gifts to UTHSC and Legacy Society membership, contact Bethany Goolsby at 901.448.5516 or

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Dollars spent by UTHSC COP, students and visitors together resulted in

Overall statewide economic impact of $94.1 million in FY2018

In addition, the total economic impact enabled federal, state and local taxing authorities to collect

$12 million of federal, state and local taxes

TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPACT AT A GLANCE Total Output College and Community Jobs

IN FY2027 UTHSC COPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total economic impact is projected to be:

IN FY2018-27 The cumulative economic impact is projected to be:

$106.1 million 880

$126.1 MILLION

in net present value for Tennessee

$1.16 BILLION in net present value



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Pharmacy Alumni Weekend in Memphis | April 23–26, 2020 Reconnect with fellow alumni and friends! Reunions for the classes of 1980, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2010 will be held. If you are interested in serving as a class reunion volunteer, email Terri Catafygiotu at Be on the lookout for additional event and hotel information coming soon.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy Presents the 15 Hour Live Knowledge-based Continuing Education Seminar 43rd Annual Pharmacy Update 2020 to be presented on Saturday and Sunday in the following seven locations: Kingsport Jan. 25–26

Franklin Feb. 29–Mar. 1

Murfreesboro Mar. 7–8

Chattanooga Feb. 1–2

Knoxville Mar. 14–15

Jackson Apr. 4–5

Memphis Apr. 25–26

To register for Continuing Education Seminars visit

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