Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDE, BC-ADM

Title: Professor (Clinical)


L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, Room 4964
Phone: (801) 585-9564
Fax: (801) 587-7923


  • Residency, Salt Lake City ASHP Post-Doctoral Residency VA Medical Center in Geriatric Pharmacy August 1988 to July 1989

  • University of Utah, Doctor of Pharmacy, June 1988

  • Residency in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Utah, Health Sciences Center, June 1988

  • University of Utah, Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, June, 1986

  • East Texas State University, Master of Science, Biology/Chemistry, May 1970

  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Chemistry, June 1968

Clinical Practice and Research Interests:

  • Clinical practice involves provision of pharmacotherapy consult services to health care providers at Primary Care Clinics. Specific areas include diabetes care, hypertension and hyperlipidemia, and psychiatric medicines. Patient care services include providing education both in English and Spanish to underserved patients at Community Health Centers.

  • Research interests include diabetes education and provision of diabetes services by pharmacists. Also, areas of interest include prescribing practices by different health care providers as well as use of conventional and complementary therapies by patients

Positions Held:

Current Positions

  • Professor (Clinical), University of Utah College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacotherapy, July 1, 2004 to present

Past Positions

  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah, July 1, 1998 to June 30, 2004

  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah, 1989 to 1998

  • University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, consultant working with Family Medicine residents to support medical education in geriatrics - September 1989 to December 1999

  • Clinical Pharmacist -Wasatch Clinics, Sugarhouse Clinic, and University Hospital Geriatrics Clinics - September 1989 to December 1999

  • Clinical Pharmacist - University Hospital Pharmacy Services - September 1989 to July 1995

  • Consultant Pharmacist - Zion's Nursing Home (1989)

  • Instructor at BYU Salt Lake Campus Summer Quarter 1989, 1990, 1991

  • Community Pharmacist - Smith's Pharmacy Salt Lake City, Utah 1987 to present (Sundays only)

  • Intermountain Regional Poison Control Center Pharmacist Salt Lake City, Utah December 1986 to May 1988

  • Pharmacy Intern - Fred Meyer Pharmacy Sandy, Utah; 1985 to 1986

  • Pharmacy Intern - Veteran's Administration Medical Center Salt Lake City, Utah; June 1985 to September 1985 

Professional Certifications

  • Board Certified - Advanced Diabetes Manager - 2001

  • Certified Diabetes Educator - 1998

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist - 1995

Awards & Honors
  • Utah Pharmaceutical Association Award for Innovative Pharmacy Practice - 2002

  • University of Utah Preceptor of the Year Award - 2001

  • University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Outstanding Specialist Teacher - 1998

  • University of Utah Preceptor of the Year Award - 1996

  • University of Utah Physicians' Assistants Program Teaching Award - 1995

  • University of Utah Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award - 1992

  • University of Utah Teaching Award in Clinical Pharmacy Presented by PharmD Class of 1991

Professional Affliations: 

  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
  • Utah Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
  • American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, FASCP
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Service Fraternity

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