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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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Renee Acosta, R.Ph., M.S.
Clinical Associate Professor of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice

Renee Acosta received her B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. She practiced in a community pharmacy in Austin as both a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager upon graduation. In 1996, she returned to graduate school to pursue her M.S. degree in pharmacy through the Option II Program at UT.

Upon completion of her M.S. degree in 1998, she became the program coordinator and full-time faculty member for the Pharmacy Technician Program at Austin Community College. At ACC, she developed and maintained the Pharmacy Technician Program curriculum, which included traditional classroom and distance learning classes. In 2003, she received the NISOD Excellence Award for ACC.

She joined UT as a clinical assistant professor in 2003, where she was an alternate facilitator for pharmacotherapeutics lab and guest lecturer for hospital pharmacy. In June 2005 she joined the pharmacy practice faculty full-time. She coordinates and teaches in three required courses in professional pharmacy degree program: Nonprescription Pharmacotherapeutics I and II and Basic Intravenous Admixtures. In addition, she teaches a UGS Signature Course title "Self-Care and OTC Products". She received the Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Pharmacy for 2006-2007. She has been namee Professor of the Month by the Senate of College Councils twice, 2008 and 2010.

She is active in local, state and national organizations. She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Texas Pharmacy Association, Austin Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Capital Area Pharmacist Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity.

Her areas of interest include over-the-counter products, sterile product admixture, and the education, training and utilization of pharmacy technicians. She has served as an item writer for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), and as a member of the Task Analysis Task Force for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and on the Stakeholders' Policy Council for PTCB . She served a three-year term as a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) Commission on Credentialing, and currently serves as a lead surveyor for ASHP Accreditation Services Division.


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Linda Albrecht, MBA, RPh.
Regional Director of the Dallas/Fort Worth Internship Program, The University of Texas College of Pharmacy

Linda Albrecht received a BS degree in Pharmacy from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. She completed a residency in pharmacy practice at Rhode Island Hospital. From 1984 to 1994, Linda was Education Coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy Services at Parkland Health and Hospital System. Currently, Linda serves Instructor and Internship Coordinator in the pharmacy technician training program at Richland College in Dallas, Texas and as a Regional Director of the Dallas/Fort Worth internship program for the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. She also works as a consultant pharmacist in ambulatory surgery centers.

Linda is Past President of the Metroplex Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she has also served as Secretary, Director and Annual Seminar Chairperson. Linda has served the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists as Secretary, Co-Chair for the 1992 and 1995 Annual Seminars, Membership Group Chair, and Awards Group Chair. Since 1998 she has served as Executive Secretary for Alcalde, The Southwest Leadership Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. Linda was the first recipient of the Pharmacist Recognition Award presented by the Technician Section of TSHP and received the Individual Educational Excellence Award presented by the Texas Pharmacy Association. In May of 2004, she received the NISOD Excellence Award given by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Community College Leadership Program. Linda was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Other memberships include the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council and the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians. Linda and her husband Jon, have been married for 25 years and have a 3 daughters, Natalie, Rosemary and Christy. In her spare time, Linda enjoys showing dogs, cross-stitching, walking and attending professional sporting events.


J. Nile Barnes, Pharm.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Outcomes

Dr. Barnes is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences and College of Pharmacy (BSc Zoology, 1985; PharmD 2005; pharmacy specialty residency in internal medicine 2006).

He earned a certificate as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at UT in 1984 and completed his paramedic (EMT-P) training in 1990 while employed by the City of Austin. He served as an Associate Professor on the faculty of Austin Community College in the Emergency Medical Services Professions program from 1991-2001

Dr. Barnes most recently served as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio from 2006-2009. He also held appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the South Texas Veterans Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital.

His teaching assignments include coordination of the Pharmacotherapy Lab series and Clinical Skills courses. In addition he precepts pharmacist-interns and residents on Internal Medicine clerkships at University Medical Center--Brackenridge.


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Todd Canada, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston

Todd Canada is a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he is a member of the ICU/critical care service and nutrition support team that participates in the care and education of hospitalized as well as home patients.

He received his BS in pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 and completed his PharmD from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1993. He also completed a specialized residency in Nutrition Support / Critical Care at the University of Tennessee-Memphis in 1994. He became board certified in nutrition support in 1995 and recertified in 2003.

He is an active member of ASHP, TSHP, ACCP, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


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Tony Dasher, RPh, PharmD
Pharmacy Director • Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital

Dr. Dasher is Director of Pharmacy for Methodist Hospital, an 875 acute care facility in San Antonio. He also serves as the University of Texas San Antonio Regional Internship Personnel for hospital practice, and is a consultant to long-term care facilities, two inpatient hospice units and a methadone clinic. He also has experience in retail pharmacy and nuclear pharmacy. He practiced in a home health setting for 9 years and during that time served as president of the National Home Infusion Association.


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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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Aida A. Garza, PharmD, CDE, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacist - Service Line Director • CommUnityCare Federally Qualified Health Centers

Dr. Garza earned her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 2007.  She then completed a Community/Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in conjunction with the University of Texas in 2008.

Dr. Garza currently works at CommUnityCare Health Centers in Austin, Texas as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist providing medication therapy management and education for chronic disease states.  In addition, she is the Service Line Director for the CommUnityCare Clinical Pharmacist team.  She also serves as a University of Texas College of Pharmacy preceptor-faculty for pharmacy students and the site coordinator at CommUnityCare for PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy residents. 


Jeffery L. Graves, JD
Associate Vice President for Institutional Compliance and Legal Affairs • Office of Legal Affairs at the University of Texas at Austni

Mr. Jeffery L. Graves is Associate Vice President for Institutional Compliance and Legal Affairs in the Office of Legal Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Graves has practiced higher education law for over ten years, and represented public universities in Mew Mexico before coming to UT Austin. Mr. Graves is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and for two years chaired NACUA's Student Affairs section.


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Debra A.Lopez, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP
Clinical Associate Professor of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Lopez completed her doctor of pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 1999. She then completed a Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency at Blackstock Family Practice in conjunction with The University of Texas at Austin. As Clinical Associate Professor, Dr. Lopez is involved with several courses including Patient Assessment, Non-Prescription Medications, Clinical Skills Lab and Drugs in Our Society.

Dr. Lopez is the Clinical Coordinator for the Austin/Temple/Waco region. She assists the regional director with the administration of the regional internship program, works to develop clinical practice sites, serves as a resource to student pharmacist-interns during the internship, and recruits and serves as a resource to preceptor faculty and practice sites.

Dr. Lopez also works in a pharmacist-managed clinic where she has prescribing privileges for common disease states such as diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia at Blackstock Family Practice. As the residency director/preceptor, she provides an ASHP certified specialty residency in Ambulatory Care and has a rotational site for PharmD students. Dr. Lopez is also faculty at Blackstock Family Practice and teaches the family practice residents. She is a faculty advisor to the Mexican American Association of Pharmacy Students, and is active in local, state and national organizations.



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William J. McIntyre, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean for Clinical Programs Clinical Professor of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice

Dr. McIntyre earned his B.S. in pharmacy (1982) and his Pharm.D. (1988) from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He completed a pharmacy residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich. (1982-83), a clinical residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center (1987-1989), and a fellowship in cancer immunology from the UT Austin College of Pharmacy and University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (1991-1993).

McIntyre provides leadership for clinical and pharmacy practice program development, post-Pharm.D. clinical training programs, and the Pharm.D. experiential program. In addition, he serves as the administrative liaison to the cooperative pharmacy programs with UTPA and the University of Texas at El Paso. He also serves as a critical administrative liaison in interactions with other academic health units on the UT Austin, UTHSCSA, and UT Southwestern campuses as well as with major health care provider institutions.


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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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Diane Schuetze, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist • Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center

Diane Schuetze is clinical pharmacist at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, Texas where she has worked since 1995 and has served as a preceptor since 1996. She graduated from Creighton University School of Pharmacy & Allied Health in Omaha, Nebraska in 1995. She is an active member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. During her tenure at Hillcrest, she has demonstrated extensive experience implementing innovative programs and fostering relationships with UT pharmacy students.


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Roxann Soliz, RPh.
PGY1 Site Coordinator  with HEB and University of Texas Community Residency Program

Roxann received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992.  She practiced as a staff pharmacist in San Antonio and Austin after graduation. She then moved to Washington state and practiced as a pharmacy manager and then later as a pharmacy development manager.  In Washington she was responsible for all aspects of managing 51 pharmacies as a PDM. She was later transferred to Nevada and was responsible for pharmacies in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. She is licensed in Texas, Washington, Nevada and Arizona.

Roxann has been a Site Coordinator-Preceptor with the HEB / UT community Residency program since 2010.  She has been the  Pharmacy Manger at HEB Round Rock #2 pharmacy since 2006. She has been involved with a variety of patient care programs such as immunizations, health screenings, medication therapy management and disease state management.  

She is a member of American Pharmacists Association, Texas Pharmacy Association, and Capital Area Pharmacist Association. She served as the Academy of Chain Pharmacists Executive Committee Director from 2010 to 2012. She was the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic Liaison for CAPA from 2010-2013.

In 2012 , she received the Smart Healthy Living Award from Texas Pharmaceutical Association. Given to the recipient judged to have made outstanding contributions to advancing pharmacist's ability to improve patient outcomes.


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Veronica S. Young, Pharm.D., M.P.H.
Director of Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Community Engagement

Dr. Veronica Young is the inaugural director of interprofessional education (IPE) and community engagement for the College of Pharmacy. Formally, Young was the Associate Director of Drug Information Service at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her areas of interests include interprofessional education, public health and community engagement/service learning, evidence-based practice, and quality/patient safety.


 

Last Reviewed: July 24, 2014

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