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The Department of Pharmacotherapy has a long and rich history in training high-quality pharmacy practitioners and researchers who are currently in a broad range of settings, including hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy, academia, and industry. We are a dynamic department, leading the way in the application of pharmacotherapeutic principles in patient care.

The Department of Pharmacotherapy, along with the College of Pharmacy, is committed to developing pharmacy practitioner-scholars for the 21st century.

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Karen Gunning, PharmD, BCPS
Interim Chair and Professor (Clinical)

The responsibilities of Adjunct Faculty include:
Teaching at least three students per academic year (May – April)
Attendance at one of the College’s Spring or Fall Preceptor Meetings (ACPE approved)
Attendance at the College’s “New Faculty Orientation” that is approximately 2.5 hours (ACPE approved)
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The University of Utah College of Pharmacy is part of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, with state-of-the-art classroom, research and library facilities available to students pursuing graduate education.

Graduates currently work in a broad range of settings, including the pharmaceutical industry, academia, institutional pharmacy, community pharmacy, and managed care organizations. We are a dynamic department, leading the way in the application of pharmacotherapeutic principles in patient care.

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Carrie McAdam-Marx, MSCI, PhD, RPh
Director of Graduate Studies


The Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center (PORC) was established in 2002 at the University of Utah's College of Pharmacy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our vision is to be recognized internationally for outstanding contribution to improved patient care via outcomes research and assessment.

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Diana I. Brixner, RPh, PhD
Executive Director, Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center


The Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC), a program of the Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah College of Pharmacy, is a 24-hour resource for clinical toxicology consultation, poison information and poison prevention education. The 24-hour service is staffed around-the-clock with pharmacists and nurses with additional training in clinical toxicology. The mission of the UPCC is to prevent and minimize adverse health effects from a poison exposure through education, service and research. The UPCC serves the entire state of Utah and responds to over 50,000 calls for assistance annually.

The UPCC is an integral part of the education mission of the College of Pharmacy. In addition to teaching a clinical toxicology course for 3rd year pharmacy students, the UPCC faculty precept students during 6-week experiential clerkships and teach a poison prevention elective. In addition, UPCC faculty and staff are involved in the training of emergency medicine residents and pediatric emergency medicine fellows and other health professional students.

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Barbara Insley Crouch, PharmD, MSPH
Professor (Clinical)
Executive Director, Utah Poison Control Center


The College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah began operating its Drug Regimen Review Center in partnership with the Utah State Department of Health in May 2002 in order to improve the safety and efficacy of drug use in Medicaid patients, reduce the number of prescriptions and drug costs for frequent utilizers of the Medicaid drug program, and to support and educate the medical professionals who prescribe to utilizers of the program.

Each month, a group of patients is selected for review by a team of clinically trained pharmacists. These reviews result in recommendations made to all prescribers of medications related to identified drug therapy problems, and include a list of drugs dispensed during the month of review. The Drug Regimen Review Center also provides information and consultation by telephone with prescribers and pharmacists.

The two primary functions of the Drug Regimen Review Center are:

1. To support the Utah Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board and Pharmacy & Therapeutics (PT) Committee by researching and reviewing targeted drug classes and individual agents, and

2. To review the drug therapy of Medicaid patients who are frequent utilizers of the Medicaid prescription drug program, or who are otherwise determined to be at high risk for drug related problems and high medical costs, and to work with the individual prescribers to provide the safest, highest-quality pharmacotherapy at the lowest cost possible.

Gary M. Oderda, PharmD, MPH
Director, Utah Medicaid Drug Regimen Review Center

News and Events

Pharmacotherapy Chair Search
For more information and to view the application, CLICK HERE.

Congratulations to our Interim Chair, Dr. Karen Gunning, for receiving the 2016 University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award!


Congratulations to DoP faculty, Dr. David Stenehjem, for his appointment as Scientific Leader of the Phase 1 Program in the Clinical Trials Office at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. We're very excited to see all the great things Dr. Stenehjem will accomplish in this prestigious new role.