Professor, Associate Dean for Clinical and Medical Center Affairs, Assistant Director - Atherosclerosis and LDL-Apheresis Center
The University of Kansas Hospital

Associate Dean Jim Backes earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Prior to joining the University of Kansas, he practiced as an ambulatory care pharmacist in the Family Medicine Clinic at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a professor in the Pharmacy Practice and Internal Medicine departments and serves as the Assistant Director of the Atheroscierosis and LDL-Apheresis Center (ALAC) on the Kansas University Medical Center campus.

Brian Barnes
Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy, Room 2050-F
Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy Skills Lab
SOP Building, Pharmacy Skills Lab

Jessica Bates earned a Pharm.D. from the University of Kansas. She completed a PGY1 residency in Community Pharmacy at the UNC Eschelman School of Pharmacy in North Carolina. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist with practice experience in ambulatory care and community settings. Prior to joining KU, she served as preceptor for the Balls Foods Stores community residency program. She is as a clinical coordinator for the Pharmacy Skills Laboratory.

Nicholas Britt
Assistant Professor
Wescoe 6010
Clinical Associate Professor
Wescoe, 6007

Clinical Associate Professor Crystal Burkhardt earned her Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration at Drake University and completed an ASHP accredited geriatric specialty residency at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Her primary practice site is at the Landon Center on Aging located on the KUMC campus which serves as the primary source for her practice based research.

Anna Conklin
Pharmacy Skills Lab Instructor
School of Pharmacy, Room 1001-B
Ashley Crowl
Clinical Assistant Professor
Suite 2331-B, Wichita campus

Ashley Crowl earned her PharmD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a two-year ambulatory care leadership residency at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. specializing in Ambulatory Care and Leadership. She is board certified in ambulatory care and practices at a family medicine residency clinic. Her research interests include interprofessional education, obesity, and team-based care. 

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Pharmacy Skills Laboratory
School of Pharmacy, Room 1001A

Clinical Assistant Professor Larry Davidow earned a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1989. As a student, Larry worked for several years at Spalitto’s Pharmacy in northeast Kansas City, Missouri and the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Kimberly Dodson
Clinical Assistant Professor, Laboratory Coordinator
School of Pharmacy - Wichita, Room 2331G

Clinical Assistant Professor Kimberly Dodson earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) Degree from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2003. She is the Coordinator for the Pharmacy Skills Laboratory on the Wichita Campus. Dodson has worked in both community and institutional pharmacy practice settings. Her areas of interest include pharmacist’s role in diabetic education, pediatric care and dosing and health care reform.

Robert L. Emerson
Associate Dean for Wichita Campus, Clinical Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy, Room 2331-E
Assistant Professor
The University of Kansas Hospital, Room 4073 KLSIC

Dr. Ryan Funk earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. He most recently served as a postdoctoral fellow at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. His research interests include molecular mechanisms of variability in clinical response to immunologically active agents used in the treatment of pediatric autoimmune disease.

Natalie Gadbois
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy – Wichita, Suite 2331-B
Dennis Grauer
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Lawrence campus 785-864 4881 KU Hospital 913-588-5360
Wescoe, 6010

Associate Professor Dennis Grauer earned his B.S. in Pharmacy in 1989 from the University of Kansas. He received his M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy in 1991 from The Ohio State University and completed an ASHP accredited residency program in 1991 at The Ohio State University Medical Center. In 2000, he earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University.

Brittany Melton
Assistant Professor
(913) 588-5392
The University of Kansas Hospital, Room Wescoe 6012

Assistant Professor Brittany Melton earned a B.S. in pharmaceutical science and a Pharm.D. at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2009.  She earned a Ph.D. in pharmacy practice from Purdue in 2013. While working on her Ph.D., she also earned the graduate certificate in survey research. She practiced in both hospital and community pharmacy settings prior to coming to KU. Melton joined the KU faculty in 2013. Her research interests include informatics, human-computer interaction, patient/medication safety and medication alert design.

Karen Moeller
Clinical Professor, Vice Chair for Education
Wescoe, 6009L

Clinical Associate Professor Karen E. Moeller has appointments in both the Department of Pharmacy Practice and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Her primary practice site is in the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at The University of Kansas Hospitals. Moeller is active in both teaching and research. Her research interests are in the areas of substance abuse and schizophrenia.

Bradley J. Newell
Clinical Assistant Professor, PGY1 Community Residency Program Director
School of Pharmacy Building, Room 2331-B

Clinical Assistant Professor Bradley J. Newell earned a BS in Business and BA in Computer Science from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas in 2002. He earned a Pharm.D from the University of Kansas in 2008. He holds board certifications in ambulatory care and geriatrics and brings practice experience from community, ambulatory care and long-term care practice. He serves as the Director of the KU-Dillons Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

Cambrey Nguyen
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy Building, Room 3045A
Amy Robertson
Clinical Assistant Professor
Rm. 2331-H

Amy Robertson graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She went on to complete her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with an emphasis in family medicine and academia at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, northwest campus. She has a joint appointment with the Department of Family and Community Medicine with the KU School of Medicine. Her clinical practice site is a family medicine residency clinic, WesleyCare Family Medicine Clinic, in Wichita. Her clinical and research interests include anticoagulation, chronic obstructive lung disease, heart failure, transitions of care, and interprofessional education.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Clinical Professor
KU Medical Center, MS 4047

Clinical Professor Janelle F. Ruisinger serves as the Director of the KU Community Pharmacy Residency Program. She is also a Clinical Pharmacist in the KU Medical Center Atherosclerosis and LDL-Apheresis Center which serves as her practice site and primary source for her practice based research.

Clinical Assistant Professor
(316) 293-3460
Wichita Campus, Room 2331-B

Clinical Assistant Professor Tiffany Shin earned a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Science and a Pharm.D. from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 residency in Pharmacy Practice at UC Health - University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and a PGY-2 residency in Ambulatory Care with an emphasis in academia at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in Columbus, Ohio.

Clinical Associate Professor
Wescoe, 6009A

Clinical Associate Professor Sarah Shrader graduated with Doctor of Pharmacy from KU in 2003. She completed PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and PGY2 in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Clinical Assistant Professor
(913) 588-5325
Wescoe, 6009D

Clinical Assistant Professor Molly Steed earned a Pharm.D. in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. She continued her training at the University of Kentucky, where she completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, a PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency and The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. 

Cathy Thrasher
Chief Pharmacist
Watkins Student Health Center
Kristin Villa
Clinical Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy, Room 2001G

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU
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