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Assistant Dean Will Boost UTHSC Statewide Expansion Efforts
Memphis, Tenn. (November 2, 2006) – In a move
to bolster University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) statewide
expansion efforts, Debbie Byrd, PharmD, was recently appointed assistant dean
of the College of Pharmacy, Knoxville campus.
Announcing the appointment, College
of Pharmacy Dean Dick Gourley, PharmD,
said, “Dr. Byrd’s role is critical to the expansion of the College of Pharmacy’s
educational programs in Knoxville. She brings a wealth of experience in
pharmaceutical care of patients and clinical education of students.” Dr. Byrd will also hold the position of associate
professor of ambulatory care in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.
Headquartered in Memphis
in the UTHSC main campus, the College
of Pharmacy is expanding operations
across Tennessee. Ultimately 75 students from each class will
relocate to Knoxville
to complete years two to four of the pharmacy curriculum. The construction of a 15,000-square-foot facility
on the UT Graduate School of Medicine campus in Knoxville has begun. The new pharmacy building is scheduled to
open in July 2007. The UT Graduate
School of Medicine, located on the Knoxville
campus, is a unit of the UTHSC College of Medicine. The College
of Pharmacy is also opening Clinical
Education Centers in Chattanooga, Kingsport, Nashville and Jackson to serve students
and patients across the state.
A native East Tennessean, Dr. Byrd grew up in Bradley County. After receiving her BS in chemistry from Middle Tennessee
she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. She completed a pharmacy practice residency
at the Regional Medical
Center at Memphis
(The MED), followed by a specialty residency in primary care at the National
Institutes of Health in Maryland.
Dr. Byrd is also a Board Certified
Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Prior to
joining UTHSC, she was a full-time faculty member at Auburn University
for 10 years.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission
of education, research, patient care and community service, all in support of a
single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate
training opportunities, the main campus, which includes six colleges, is
located in Memphis. UTHSC has additional College
of Medicine campus locations in Knoxville and Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.