History of the College
The School of Pharmacy was organized in 1898 as a part of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and in 1906 was transferred to the Department of Medicine at the University of Nashville. In 1909, the School of Pharmacy became a part of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Memphis and since 1911 has been an integral part of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis. The College of Pharmacy designation was made in 1959, consistent with other colleges of the UTHSC. The College of Pharmacy is greatly influenced by its location in the Health Science Center which places it in close proximity to a wide spectrum of health facilities. In recent years, deliberate efforts have been made to integrate the teaching, research and service programs of the College with similar activities of associated colleges, hospitals and health facilities throughout the city and the state. These efforts have made possible the extension of the professional and postgraduate programs to embrace clinical and advanced professional training, which is accompanied by interprofessional education.
The UTHSC College of Pharmacy has been ranked 17th among the top pharmacy schools in the nation by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report. The College of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The College is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and is fully recognized by all states, thus qualifying its graduates to be eligible for all state Board of Pharmacy examinations. The College’s continuing education program offers seminars and independent study courses throughout the state and is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing education.
The mission of the UTHSC College of Pharmacy is to bring the benefits of the pharmacy profession and pharmaceutical sciences to the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service.
The College of Pharmacy pursues this mission and supports the achievement of the University’s mission by:
- Offering a professional degree educational program that produces knowledgeable, skilled and caring pharmacists who are prepared to optimize medication therapy; and
- Conducting research, scholarship and post-graduate training in the design, development, production and use of medications and in the areas of clinical care, education and health care in order to prevent or treat disease and injury; and
- Delivering patient care services, based on contemporary evidence-based guidelines, best practices and research findings to the citizens of Tennessee and the region; and
- Serving as a resource to the community, health care professionals, policy makers, and scientists on the safe, equitable, efficient and effective use of medications for the citizens of Tennessee and beyond.
To be the premier pharmacy academic community by creating a rich culture of learning, research, scholarship, outreach and clinical care with the overall goal of improving human health in a team-based environment.
In pursuing the mission of the College of Pharmacy the faculty, students, and staff are guided by these shared values, which are the foundation of its practices, spirit, and culture. We are dedicated to:
- Advancing excellence
- The profession of pharmacy with an orientation to the future
- Our student pharmacists, alumni, citizens of Tennessee and beyond
- Professionalism in faculty, staff and students
- Mutual trust, respect, honesty, integrity and accountability
- Interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork
- Diversity and inclusivity in our faculty, staff and student body
- Continuous quality improvement
- Practice that is evidenced-based
Biography of the Dean
Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, is Dean and Professor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy and Professor of Surgery in the College of Medicine. She previously served as Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, with joint appointments as Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Division of Health Promotion Sciences. Dr. Chisholm-Burns received her BS in Psychology and General Studies (Emphasis in Biology) from Georgia College, BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of Georgia, Masters in Public Health from Emory University, and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Memphis. She completed her pharmacy residency at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy and at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Chisholm-Burns is Founder and Director of the Medication Access Program which increases medication access to transplant patients. She has also served in numerous elected leadership positions in several different professional organizations, has worked in multiple pharmacy settings, and is a member of the National Academies of Practice. She serves as a member of government organizations, such as the Food and Drug Administration. With more than 315 publications and approximately $10 million in external funding as principal investigator from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and several foundations, she is a prolific scholar. She has published several textbooks that have been adopted in many schools of pharmacy, medicine, and nursing. In 2008 and 2011, textbooks co-edited by Dr. Chisholm-Burns, Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice and Pharmacy Management, Leadership, Marketing, and Finance, respectively, received the Medical Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association. She has received numerous awards and honors including the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Clinical Pharmacy Education Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the Rufus A. Lyman Award for most outstanding publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (1996 and 2007), the Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award from the National Academies of Practice, the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Pharmacy Practice Research Award (2011 and 2014) and Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature from the ASHP Foundation, the Research Achievement Award from APhA, the Clinician of Distinction Award from the American Society of Transplantation, the Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award from AACP, the Chauncey I. Cooper Pharmacist Leadership Award from the National Pharmaceutical Association, and the ASHP/Association of Black Health-Systems Pharmacists Joint Leadership Award. Dr. Chisholm-Burns is also a Fulbright Scholar.
The administrative leadership team within the College of Pharmacy is comprised of the following:
- Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, Dean
- Dawn Havrda, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Assessment
- Jennifer S. Williams, PharmD, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
- Peter A. Chyka, PharmD, FAACT, DABAT, Associate Dean, Knoxville
- Tracy M. Hagemann, PharmD, FCCP, FPPAG, Associate Dean, Nashville
- Glen E. Farr, PharmD, Associate Dean, Continuing Education
- Bernd Meibohm, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs
- Bradley A. Boucher, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
- Susan Morgan, PharmD, MBA, Assistant Dean
- Sheila F. Cooper, BBA, Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration
- Richard A. Helms, PharmD, Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
- Georgi V. Petkov, PhD, Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The faculty is organized to constitute functional units in the major disciplines of the profession. In addition to the full- and part-time members of the College of Pharmacy, teaching personnel includes faculty from the College of Medicine, College of Health Professions, and the College of Graduate Health Sciences of the Health Science Center.
Locations and Facilities
The College’s main facility is located at the UTHSC in Memphis.
881 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
The College has a campus at the University of Tennessee (UT) Medical Center in Knoxville.
1924 Alcoa Highway, Box 117
Knoxville, TN 37920
The College also has a campus in Nashville (adjacent to the UT College of Social Work).
193 Polk Avenue, Suite 2D
Nashville, TN 37210
The UTHSC College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810, Phone: (312) 664-3575, Fax: (866) 228-2631, web site: www.acpe-accredit.org. The College was last accredited in 2015 and given a full eight years of accreditation.
The faculty of the College of Pharmacy reserves the right to make changes in curriculum, policy and procedures when, in its judgment, such changes are in the best interest of students and the College of Pharmacy. Ordinarily, a student may expect to receive a degree after meeting the requirements of the curriculum, as specified in the bulletin currently in force when they first enter the College, or in any subsequent bulletin published while they are a student. However, the College of Pharmacy is not obligated to fulfill this expectation, or to offer in any particular year, a course listed in the bulletin.