In the Parmacy Spotlight

Brian Erstad, PharmD, has been selected as head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the College of Pharmacy effective March 18. A member of the department since 1988, Erstad has served as interim head since February 2012. He was assistant department head from 1997 through 2011. He also is a clinical pharmacist in critical care at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus and the program director of the college’s Postgraduate Year Two Critical Care Pharmacy Residency there. Erstad’s research interests pertain to medication safety and related outcomes research. He is currently a member of the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and a steering committee member of the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials (USCIIT) Group.

Terrence Monks, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the UA College of Pharmacy, has assumed the responsibilities of associate dean for research and graduate studies. Monks is responsible for prioritizing research capital needs, representing the college to the research-related offices of the university, developing national and international research relationships and assisting the dean in managing and developing research centers in the college. This part-time position became available with the December 2012 retirement of A. Jay Gandolfi. Monks will continue to serve as department head. Monks joined the College of Pharmacy in 2003 as department head after several years on the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Walter Klimecki, DVM, PhD, associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, has been promoted to associate head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. In his new role, Klimecki will manage and administer department faculty matters, participate in business management of the department, represent the department at college and university committees and meetings, manage departmental staff and participate in defining and refining the departmental mission and strategic planning. Klimecki has been a human genetics and toxicology researcher at UA since 2000. He currently holds appointments in the College of Pharmacy, the College of Medicine, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and he is a member of the Arizona Respiratory Center and the BIO5 Institute.