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UTHSC makes history with new College of Pharmacy dean

Marie Chisholm Burns
Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns has been named dean of the 113-year-old College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns has been named dean of the 113-year-old College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

 
 Dr. Marie Chisholm- Burns

With her appointment, Dr. Chisholm-Burns becomes the first African American to hold the position and the second African American to be named dean in UTHSC history.

UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab made the announcement this week. Dr. Chisholm-Burns will take over in the spring semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

A nationally known investigator and educator, Dr. Chisholm-Burns (PharmD, MPH, FCCP, FASHP) is professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She built her reputation with expertise in improving health outcomes by novel methods of medication adherence and health care access.

“When I learned about the position at the University Tennessee, I thought wow, UT is a great, great institution.  The UT system has a great, relatively new president and the Health Science Center has a chancellor (Schwab) with a tremendous vision,” said Chisholm-Burns, eager to collaborate with the “action-oriented” combo of Schwab and Dr. Ken Brown, UTHSC executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer.

In her new role, Chisholm-Burns will be responsible for all four UTHSC missions – education, research, clinical care, and public service – at the statewide UT College of Pharmacy, with campus locations in Memphis and Knoxville, and clinical training sites throughout Tennessee. She expressed enthusiasm for the task ahead and for working with faculty, students and staff.

“The college has a great faculty that very much wants to think forward and move ahead with a very progressive approach.  I want to be a part of that effort,” she said.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Chisholm-Burns received her undergraduate education at Georgia College., her BS in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at The University of Georgia, and her Master of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta.

After beginning her academic career at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and Georgia Health Sciences University (Augusta, Ga.), she became professor of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at UGA and professor of Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University.

At Georgia, she founded, implemented and managed the statewide Medication Access Program. She was subsequently recruited to the University of Arizona in Tucson as professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, where she was also named a professor of Pharmaceutical Science in the College of Pharmacy, professor of Surgery in the College of Medicine, and professor in the College of Public Health.

A recipient of multiple national awards, she also is a prolific scholar, a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

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