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2014 Speakers (tentative)

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M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCCP
Dean • The University of Texas at Austin • College of Pharmacy

M. Lynn Crismon is Dean of The University of Texas College of Pharmacy and holder of the James T. Doluisio Regents Chair and the Behrens Centennial Professor in Pharmacy at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Crismon received his BS degree in Pharmacy from The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a joint program of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He completed residencies in pharmacy practice at the USPHS Gallup Indian Medical Center and in psychiatric pharmacy practice at The University of Texas and San Antonio State Hospital, and completed a National Endowment for the Humanities–funded summer fellowship in biomedical ethics at the Kennedy Institute for Ethics, at Georgetown University.  He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology, and board certified in psychiatric pharmacy by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Prior to becoming dean his research and practice focused on evidence-based psychiatry and the development and evaluation of strategies to improve the pharmacotherapy and health outcomes of adults and children with severe and persistent mental disorders.  He continues to work on efforts to improve the quality of mental health care for children and adolescents, including active collaboration with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the REACH Institute in New York.  He is passionate about teaching and teaches clinical psychopharmacology and therapeutics to UT Southwestern – Austin psychiatry residents as well as Pharm.D. students.

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Patrick J. Davis, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean-Academic Affairs • The University of Texas at Austin • College of Pharmacy

Dr. Davis received the B.S. in Pharmacy “with distinction” in 1973 from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.  During his undergraduate studies, he participated in the NSF Undergraduate Research Program, and was awarded the CRC Achievement Award in Chemistry, the Merck Award in Pharmaceutics, and the National Kilmer Prize for his research in natural products chemistry.  He continued his education in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products at the University of Iowa, and received the Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1976.  During his graduate studies, he served as a teaching assistant, NIH sponsored research assistant, and Lilly Foundation Fellow.

In 1976, Dr. Davis accepted a position as a Welch Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Drug Dynamics Institute at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.  In 1978, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy.  In 1982, he was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 1986 was promoted to Full Professor and was appointed as Head of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry (serving until 1996).  In January 1993, he was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas, and in 2007 as Senior Associate Dean, and has principal responsibilities in faculty development, curriculum implementation, and accreditation.  He holds the Eckerd Centennial Professorship in Pharmacy.

Dr. Davis’ administrative and service responsibilities have included participation on numerous standing and ad hoc committees.  He has served on the Curriculum Committee every year since joining the Faculty in 1978, served as Chairman from 1982-1985 during the development of the differentiated professional program, and currently serves ex officio as Sr. Assoc. Dean.  He has chaired the Program Assessment Team and the Academic Support Committee since their inception.  Dr. Davis has been extensively involved at the University level in representing faculty in governance, education, and technology-related issues.  He served as Chair of the University Council (the primary faculty governance body) and currently serves on the Executive Committee of that body.  He has served on numerous university committees that focus on education technology, and currently chairs the Research & Education Technology Committee for the campus.  At the National Level, Dr. Davis is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) where he has served as Chair of the Chemistry Section, as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, as well as numerous standing and ad hoc committees.  Dr. Davis has served as a site-team accreditation reviewer for the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) for over a decade.  He is a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society (Pharmacy), the Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society (Chemistry), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and is a member and Faculty Advisor to Phi Lambda Sigma (the Pharmacy Leadership Society).

Dr. Davis’ teaching activities include required pharmacy coursework in antibiotics, metabolism, and pharmacogenomics; P4 internships focusing on academic preparation; elective courses in antibiotics and on emerging infections; a Freshman Signature Course on “Really Bad Bugs: Twelve Diseases that Changed the World”; and graduate courses in metabolism, antibiotics, and advanced medicinal chemistry concepts.  He was the recipient of the Texas Excellence Teaching Award (TETA Award) in 1983 and 2000, and was also presented the University of Texas James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for Academic Advising in 1994.  Dr. Davis was elected to the University of Texas “Academy of Distinguished Teachers” in 1995, which carries the lifetime title of “Distinguished University Teaching Professor.”  He was the inaugural recipient of the University of Texas DIIA (Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment) “Excellence in Teaching” Award in 2006.  In 2010, he was selected for a “Regents Outstanding Teaching Award” by the Board of Regents for the University of Texas System, and in 2012 he as selected for the University of Texas “President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.”  In 2013 he was elected as an inaugural member of the University of Texas System’s Academic of Distinguished Teachers.

Dr. Davis’ research has focused on (1) drug metabolism and biopharmaceutical analysis, and (2) the impact of technology (including instructional, informational, and distance technologies) on pharmacy education.  He has over seventy-five publications and over one hundred fifty abstracts to meetings of learned societies.

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Leroy C. Knodel, Pharm.D.
Interim Head of the Pharmacotherapy Division • The University of Texas at Austin • College of Pharmacy

Leroy C. Knodel, Pharm.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a clinical professor at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.  He currently serves as the interim head of the Pharmacotherapy Division at the College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Knodel received his Pharm.D. degree and completed a clinical pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky in 1980. 

Dr. Knodel is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants and contracts totaling over $1.1 million, and a collaborating or co-investigator on projects receiving nearly $125,000 in additional funding.  Dr. Knodel has given 12 invited presentations internationally, over 300 national and regional invited presentations, and numerous invited institutional presentations.  Dr. Knodel is the editor or co-editor of three textbooks, the author or co-author of eight textbook chapters, and the author or co-author of over 50 journal articles.

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Jennifer Ridings-Myhra, B.S.
Assistant Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs • The University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Jennifer Ridings-Myhra has worked at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy since June 1986, first as Associate Director of Professional Affairs and since 1995 as Assistant Dean for Experiential and Professional Affairs. Her responsibilities at the College include serving as director of the College's state-wide experiential program, other curriculum responsibilities, lecturer in several pharmacy courses, coordinator of the P3 Professional Development Convocation, secretary to the Texas Pharmacy Congress, career counselor, academic advisor to students on academic probation, and other student affairs-related activities. She also serves as the College’s liaison to the TSBP and NABP on internship and examination matters, and coordinates activities of the Texas Joint Committee on Internship Programs.

Before she came to The University, Jennifer practiced community pharmacy in Austin, serving as pharmacist-in-charge at Eckerd and later as manager and pharmacist-in-charge of Western Trails Pharmacy and Heritage Pharmacy.  One of the most rewarding aspects of her years of pharmacy practice was serving as a preceptor to pharmacy interns.

Jennifer is active in church, professional, and community organizations.  She currently serves as a (sometimes) choir member and member of the Personnel Committee at Covenant Presbyterian Church. She has served in several elected and appointed positions within the Texas Pharmacy Association.  She is also a member of the Educational Affairs Committee for the Texas Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.  Additionally, she currently serves as secretary to her homeowners association board of directors.

In 2004 Jennifer received the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy, the highest award bestowed by the College on an alumnus.   She also participated in Leadership Texas 2009, a competitive program of the Foundation for Women’s Resources that brings a select group of women together each year to identify and develop women leaders who will positively impact the state.  In 2013, she received the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Leadership Award.

Jennifer has two grown sons, Matthew and Nicholas, and will soon gain a daughter-in-law.  She enjoys time with friends and family, gardening, cooking, dancing and traveling. 

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Sharon Rush, R.Ph
Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice
The University of Texas at Austin • College of Pharmacy

Sharon Rush received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1986.  Sharon Rush practiced as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, Central Texas Immunization Coordinator and PGY1 residency preceptor during her 23 years with a large community pharmacy chain.  She has been involved with different patient care programs such as pharmacy-based immunizations, health screenings, Medication Therapy Management and Disease State Management.  She is a certified instructor for the APhA “Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery” certification program, the APhA “Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community” certificate program and is an American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructor.  She was honored with the “Friend of UT-APhA-ASP” award in 2010 and 2011 for her involvement with their health screening events.
Professor Rush joined the faculty of the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice in July 2010.  Her focus is on the Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience in the P3 year where she coordinates the Clinical Skills: Community Care course.  She teaches the undergraduate course “Drugs in Our Society” and the signature course “The Savvy Healthcare Consumer”.   She serves as an advisor for three student organizations:  UT-APhA-ASP, Project Collaborate and Know Your Medicine.

Sharon Rush is a member of several national, state and local organizations such as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists’ Association.   She was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2012 and is the current Secretary on the local Capital Area Pharmacy Association board.  She serves on the Seton SW Hospital Advisory Council.

Sharon Rush's areas of interest include the clinical and direct patient care aspects of community practice and their impact on improving the health outcomes of her patients.  These aspects include Medication Therapy Management, immunizations and health screenings.

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Last Reviewed: December 16, 2013

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