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New leaders in pharmacy: Lisa Spees 

January 17, 2024

Lisa Spees, Ph.D. ‘16, joins the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) this month. She holds a dual appointment with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  “I’m excited to be contributing my expertise in rural health equity, cost and cost effectiveness analyses, and community-engaged research methods to the phenomenal team of researchers in DPOP,” said Spees.  She is trained as a health services researcher and decision scientist focused on improving care quality, equity and value for cancer populations. Her research focuses on identifying multi-level barriers across … Read more

New leaders in pharmacy: Derek Bartlett  

January 16, 2024

Derek Bartlett, Ph.D., joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) in July 2023 after 15 years working in the pharmaceutical industry.   “I am thrilled to be a part of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and have thoroughly enjoyed getting plugged into the Carolina community,” said Bartlett. “I love the energy, curiosity and optimism of the university environment, and I appreciate the uniquely collaborative culture here.”   He completed a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Stanford University and received a master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering at … Read more

Erin Heinzen granted tenure in DPET

January 3, 2024

Erin Heinzen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, has been granted tenure. She also holds a joint appointment in the UNC Department of Genetics.  “Tenure is a great honor to receive. I am very thankful for the support of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine. I look forward to our continued successes,” Heinzen said.  Heinzen joined the School in 2020 from Columbia University where she previously served as deputy director of the Institute of Genetic Medicine and was the Herbert Irving Assistant … Read more

The Career of Leaf Huang: Intellectual Curiosity and Impact

December 20, 2023

Written by Zach Read Earlier this semester, Leaf Huang, Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics (DPMP), and a Professor in the joint UNC-NC State Department of Biomedical Engineering, taught his last class at Carolina. Leaf is retiring after a long career—one dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of cancer, improving the lives of cancer patients, and sharing his passion for the intellectual challenges of molecular pharmaceutics and drug delivery with his students. “My experience at UNC has been fantastic,” Leaf says. Leaf began his academic career at the University of Tennessee in the 1970s and … Read more

Art, equity and health care

December 4, 2023

With the goal of shifting perspectives and raising self-awareness, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty and staff attended the first of three Ackland Art & Equity events to gain a greater understanding of the power of equity in education and health care.  “The Ackland Art & Equity event was designed with the understanding that all our work is made possible through connection. It highlights individual experiences and how each of our unique perspectives creates something that can’t exist without collaboration,” said Amanda Storyward, director of organizational diversity and inclusion (ODI) at the School.   This event was hosted by the School’s … Read more

Associate Dean Carla White promoted to associate professor

November 29, 2023

Carla Y. White has been promoted to associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is also a pharmacist and the Associate Dean of Organizational Diversity and Inclusion at the School.   White is a highly regarded thought leader, educator, influencer and pragmatic disruptor in the cultural intelligence space. In her role, she leads in strategic planning, organizational design, developing and articulating a communication strategy, identifying gaps, addressing challenges, developing best practices, determining relevant metrics and facilitating strategic partnerships.  “This promotion represents a responsibility to reimagine and bring something … Read more

Jackie Zeeman promoted to associate professor

November 27, 2023

Jackie Zeeman, Pharm.D. ‘14, has been promoted to associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is also the associate director in the Office of Organizational Effectiveness, Planning and Assessment.   “To me, this faculty promotion signifies that my expertise is positively impacting research, teaching and service initiatives at the School, University and beyond. I am humbled to have my contributions recognized by the academy,” Zeeman said.  She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University and her Pharm.D. from the School. Zeeman then completed a pharmacy … Read more

A career full of family, opportunities and “accidental” success

November 22, 2023

Stephen Eckel, BSPharm ‘95, Pharm.D. ‘97, M.H.A. ‘05, associate dean for global engagement and associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, often tells his students to hold their careers with an open hand.   He recently received the Individual Award for Career Achievement at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2023 Pinnacle Awards, which highlighted his career of advancing the medication use process. Eckel also leads a two-year Master of Science concentrating in Health-System Pharmacy Administration. In addition to his roles at the School, he serves as residency program director for … Read more

A heritage of inspiration 

November 20, 2023

As an enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe of Eastern North Carolina, Ronny Bell, Ph.D., M.S., believes American Indian Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate.  “This month is a recognition and reminder of the popular phrase ‘we are still here’,” said Bell, Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and senior advisor at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  “We often think of American Indians as being that invisible population because, relatively speaking, we only represent about 2-3% of the North Carolina population. We aren’t a large group of people, but there’s such … Read more

Former Dean Robert Blouin retires after 20 transformative years at Carolina

November 16, 2023

On July 2, 2003, Robert “Bob” Blouin, Pharm.D., arrived at Carolina from the University of Kentucky looking for his new office as Dean, at what was the UNC School of Pharmacy at the time. It was his first day on the job and Beard Hall was in the beginning stages of renovation. He went to where he thought the Dean’s office was, but instead his administrative assistant led him out of the building to the parking lot where two 30-year-old double wide trailers were found.   Marked, “Dean’s Office”, Blouin found his new home for over two years. Indeed, it was … Read more