Two pharmacy faculty members have been named by Dean M. Lynn Crismon to receive promotions.
Dr. Debra Lopez, from the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice, and Dr. Amanda Loya, from the UT Austin/UT El Paso Cooperative Pharmacy Program, will see promotions effective September 1. Dr. Lopez will move from clinical associate professor to clinical professor while Dr. Loya will advance from clinical assistant professor to clinical associate professor.
"We are extremely proud of Drs. Lopez and Loya," said Dean Crismon in making the announcement. "They are both outstanding teachers, preceptors, and clinicians. In addition, they utilize their respective clinical practice sites as real world laboratories in order to make positive contributions to knowledge in pharmacy and patient care. They are most worthy of promotion."
Both professors are graduates of UT College of Pharmacy's Pharm.D. program – Dr. Lopez, Pharm.D. 1999, and Dr. Loya, Pharm.D. 2003.
Dr. Lopez completed an Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency at Blackstock Family Practice in Austin in conjunction with UT Austin. She is involved with several courses including patient assessment, non-prescription medications, clinical skills lab, and drugs in our society. She is regional director for the Austin/Temple/Waco region. She works in a pharmacist-managed clinic where she has prescribing privileges for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia. At this site, she precepts students and has an ASHP accredited residency in ambulatory care.
Dr. Loya is a former graduate of the UTEP Cooperative Pharmacy Program and completed an Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Residency at Scott & White in conjunction with UT Austin. Her teaching responsibilities in the College of Pharmacy include serving as a preceptor to pharmacist interns on clinical clerkships in family medicine at University Medical Center of El Paso as well as teaching in the Pharmacotherapy of Special Populations course. She also holds an adjunct faculty position with the Department of Family Medicine at Texas Tech Health Science Center at El Paso, and is coordinator and preceptor of a clerkship for third-year medical students at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Loya has been named residency director for a PGY2 pharmacy practice residency program in family medicine that began in Fall 2013. In addition to clinical and teaching activities, Dr. Loya is active in practice-based research examining patterns of medication and herbal product use and medication literacy on the U.S./Mexico border.