Stephen Eckel

Vice Department Chair Interim Chair, PACE Associate Dean for Global Engagement Associate Professor

Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A.

Associate Dean for Global Engagement

Associate Professor

Vice Chair of Graduate and Postgraduate Education, PACE

Associate Directory of Pharmacy, UNC Hospitals

Vice Department Chair, Interim Chair, PACE


(919) 962-0071
UNC Eshelman School Of Pharmacy, Beard 115J, CB# 7574, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7574

Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., is associate dean for global engagement and a clinical associate professor in the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education. He is the division’s vice chair for graduate and postgraduate education. In addition, he is director of graduate studies overseeing the two-year Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration. This degree is hosted at multiple sites across North Carolina. At UNC Hospitals, he is associate director of pharmacy, where he leads and develops a dynamic group of patient-care providers, and director of pharmacy residency programs. He has worked with almost 200 residents over the years. Eckel is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

As an innovator and entrepreneur, Eckel spearheaded the development of UNC Pharmacy Grand Rounds with ASHP and launched ChemoGLO, LLC with Bill Zamboni, Pharm.D., Ph.D. He is the editor of the health-system edition of Pharmacy Times and a passionate supporter of the role of the pharmacist in patient care. He conducts and publishes his research and is frequently asked to speak around the world on these issues.

Eckel has been very active in the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and current serves as president. He has also served many years in the American Pharmacists Association and ASHP House of Delegates. In 2012, he was presented with the APhA the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice, and in 2013, he was awarded the Excellence in Innovation award by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacist. He is a fellow of ASHP, APhA, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the National Academies of Practice in Pharmacy.

  • Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Completed a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University Medical Center
  • Joined UNC Hospitals as a clinical pharmacist
  • Holds a Master’s of Health-Care Administration from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Stephen Eckel News

  • Alumni in China Find UNC Community through Carolina China Club

    The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has a global alumni network — and UNC’s alumni presence is particularly strong in China. The Carolina China Club, UNC’s alumni association in China, has over 500 members across UNC’s various schools, about one-fifth … Continued

  • Pharmacy Residents Benefit from Flipped Research Model at UNC Medical Center

    A new research model for pharmacy residents at the UNC Medical Center is receiving attention and commendation. The UNC Medical Center received the Best Practice Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for its implementation of a flipped residency … Continued

  • Eckel Receives Duke’s Skolaut Leadership Award

    Stephen F. Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., received the Milton W. Skolaut Leadership Award from the Duke University Department of Pharmacy on June 29. The award is given annually to a past resident of the Duke University Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program in … Continued

  • Rhoney, Cox Named to New Associate Dean Roles

    Denise Rhoney, Pharm.D., has been named associate dean for curricular innovation at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and Wendy Cox, Pharm.D., is now the associate dean for professional education. Rhoney is the Ron and Nancy McFarlane Distinguished Professor and … Continued

  • Eckel, Ferreri Recognized at 2016 NCAP Convention

    UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty members Stephen Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., and Stefanie Ferreri, Pharm.D., were recognized by the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists at its 2016 Convention. Eckel, the president of NCAP, was presented with the President’s Award, and … Continued