Summary & Research Interests
Leroy C. Knodel is a clinical associate professor, and assistant head, Division of Pharmacotherapy. In this capacity, his primary responsibilities involve Pharm.D. education and training, and postgraduate training in the San Antonio region. In addition, Dr. Knodel is the director of the Drug Information Service at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), a position he has held since 1982, and is the director of the regional internship program in San Antonio. Dr. Knodel is also a tenured associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the UTHSCSA.
Dr. Knodel received his B.S. in pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1977 and 1980, respectively. Additionally, he completed a clinical pharmacy residency at the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky while concurrently enrolled in the Pharm.D. program. In 1980, Dr. Knodel accepted a position with the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy as director of the Drug Information Center at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver. He held this position for two years before accepting his current position with the UTHSCSA and the College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Knodel's primary teaching emphasis in the College of Pharmacy is in the areas of literature evaluation, biostatistics, study design, and gastrointestinal pharmacotherapeutics. He also participates as an invited lecturer for the UTHSCSA Medical, Dental, and Nursing Schools. Dr. Knodel's teaching excellence has been recognized at both the UT Austin College of Pharmacy (nominee for the Texas Excellence Teaching Award) and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching).
In addition to his institutional responsibilities serving as a consultant to, or a member of, the University Health System Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Drug Usage Evaluation Committee, Dr. Knodel is active in various state and local health care organizations. Since 1992, Dr. Knodel has served as a member of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Drug Utilization Review Board, serving as its vice-chair for 13 years from 1992-2005. Prior to that, he served for 10 years on the Texas Department of Human Services Vendor Drug Formulary Subcommittee for the Texas Medicaid Program. His volunteer activities include serving for 15 years on the Board of Directors of Community Clinic, a United Way-funded agency providing medical and counseling services to low-income individuals in San Antonio. He was president of the board from 1991-1993, and served in a voluntary capacity for 8 years as the clinic's pharmacist-in-charge.
Dr. Knodel's primary scholarly activities relate to the application of computer technologies in improving drug information storage, retrieval and dissemination. His proposal to the United States Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention in 1987 resulted in the first USP Drug Information Award given to a pharmacy resident in the United States. A project funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, on which he served as co-principal investigator, was awarded the Library Project of the Year Award by the Texas Library Association in 1988. Dr. Knodel is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling nearly $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, nearly 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 seven textbook chapters, and the author or co-author of more than 50 articles, the majority appearing in peer-reviewed professional publications.Dr. Knodel has served in a number of consulting positions, most notably with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Panama in the Republic of Panama and for the Mexican Health Ministry and the National University of Mexico in Mexico City. Dr. Knodel has served as a journal referee for numerous biomedical journals including The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, Practical Gastroenterology, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, and Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and has served on the editorial boards of Practical Gastroenterology, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and Toxic Substances Mechanisms. He has served as an external evaluator/consultant for Drug Information Centers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.
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College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
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7703 Floyd Curl Drive - MC 6220
San Antonio, TX
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Dr. Chris Frei, assistant professor of pharmacotherapy, was recognized by the Pharmacy Alumni Association as recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. The award was presented in Fall 2012 during at the Alumni Reception and Awards Banquet. Dr. Frei earned his Pharm.D. from the college in 2001 and his M.S. in pharmacy in 2003. He was featured as part of the academic accolade program during halftime of a Longhorn men's basketball game in late January.