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Nationally Recognized Scholar, Pharmacist to Deliver 2011 Van Greene Lecture

February 25, 2011

Media Contact: David N. Hefner, or (678) 547-6244

ATLANTA – Dr. Joseph T. DiPiro will deliver the 2011 G. Van Greene Distinguished Lecture of Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on March 31 in Day Hall on the University’s Atlanta campus. Dr. DiPiro is executive dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and author of some 200 journal papers, books and editorials. The title of his lecture is “Preparing Pharmacists to Improve Health Outcomes.” The lecture, which begins at 11 a.m., is free and open to the public.

“We are quite fortunate to have a person who has distinguished himself as both a scholar and educator to speak during our 2011 Van Greene Lecture,” said H.W. “Ted” Matthews, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and vice president for the health sciences at the University. “Dr. DiPiro is the perfect person to deliver a critical and insightful message on improving health outcomes.”

Dr. DiPiro is the editor of The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. He has published approximately 200 journal papers, books, book chapters, and editorials in academic and professional journals, mainly related to antibiotics, drug use in surgery, and pharmacy education.  His papers have appeared in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Pharmacotherapy, Critical Care Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Surgical Infections. He is the senior editor for Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, now in its 7th edition.  He is also the author of Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics and editor of the Encyclopedia of Clinical Pharmacy

Dr. DiPiro was a president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He is a fellow of the College and has served on the Research Institute Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Surgical Infection Society Therapeutic Agents Committee and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, having served on the Commission on Therapeutics and the Task Force on Science. In 2002, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy selected Dr. DiPiro for the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award. He has also received the Russell R. Miller Literature Award and the Education Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Dr. DiPiro received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky. He served a residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and a fellowship in clinical immunology at Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to South Carolina, Dr. DiPiro was the Panoz Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and clinical professor of surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. While there, he was also assistant dean for the College of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, and head of the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy. Dr. DiPiro is also adjunct professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy at Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt.

About the G. Van Greene Distinguished Lectureship
Named in honor of Dr. G. Van Greene, one of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ most loyal and staunch supporters, the G. Van Greene Distinguished Lectureship program is designed to bring world-renowned health care professionals to campus to discuss contemporary topics in pharmacy and the health sciences.

About the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has the No. 3 ranked pharmacy program among private universities in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The College offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.), pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.), and physical therapy (DPT), and the master’s degree (M.M.Sc.) for physician assistants. Founded in 1903 as the independent Southern School of Pharmacy, the school merged with Mercer University in 1959 and in 1981 became the first school in the Southeast to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as its sole professional degree. The College officially became a comprehensive College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2006, adding the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in 2006 and the Department of Physical Therapy in 2010. With an enrollment of more than 750 students and a distinguished faculty of basic scientists and clinicians, the College houses five centers focusing on research, teaching and learning. The College’s motto, “A Tradition of Excellence – A Legacy of Caring,” frames its philosophy of providing excellent academic programs in an environment where every student matters and every person counts. For more information about the College, please call 678.547.6244 or visit