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Graduate Program Advisory Board


The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Programs Advisory Board was created in 2010 to:

*  advise graduate program directors on the degree programs offered, program design and career expectations of employers in the pharmaceutical field
*  secure private financial contributions in support of the graduate program
* engage graduate alumni through participation in the School of Pharmacy’s annual Research and Career Day, mentoring programs, networking and other volunteer opportunities
* create and implement a leadership development component of the graduate program.

GAB members who are VCU School of Pharmacy alumni are indicated by graduation year (in parentheses). Members with degrees from VCU School of Medicine are indicated by graduation year and “SOM.”

Jody Allen, Pharm.D. (1981)
Vice president, clinical account management, Express Scripts Holding Co.
Midlothian, Va.

Ellen Carfagno
Director of development, VCU School of Pharmacy

Eugenio Cefali, Pharm.D./Ph.D. (1987)
Consultant, E.A. Cefali Pharmaceutical Consulting LLC
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Anthony Coniglio, Pharm.D. (1986)
Founder and principal, OPUS Pharma Consulting
Branchburg, N.J.

Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D.
Dean and Archie O. McCalley Chair, VCU-School of Pharmacy

Leslie Edinboro, Ph.D. (2004, SOM)
Science director, toxicology, Nichols Institute, Quest Diagnostics
Chantilly, Va.

Eric S. Edwards, Ph.D. (2011), M.D. (2013, SOM)
Chief medical officer/vice president research and development, Kaléo Pharma
Richmond, Va.

William E. Fitzsimmons, Pharm.D., M.S. (1985)

Executive Vice President Regulatory, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.

Richard Glennon, Ph.D.
Alfred and Francis Burger Professor and chairman, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, VCU School of Pharmacy

Pravin Jadhav, Ph.D, (2006)
Director, quantitative pharmacology and pharmacometrics, Merck & Co.
North Wales, Pa.

Ken Kolb, Pharm.D. (1982)
Principal, The Kolotti Group LLC
Richmond, Va.

Lemont Kier, Ph.D.
Professor emeritus, VCU School of Pharmacy, and instructor, VCU Center for the Study of Biological Complexity

Susan M. Learned, Pharm.D./Ph.D. (1997)
Vice president, medicines development leader and care area lead, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, Stiefel
Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Katybeth Lee
Associate director, health sciences career and professional development, VCU Career Services

Seina Lee, Pharm.D./M.S. (2006)
Director, dermatology lead, immunology, Janssen Global Services
Horsham, Pa.

Tom Leonard, Ph.D. (1983)
Managing partner, Leonard Consulting LLC
Wilmington, N.C.

Aron H. Lichtman, Ph.D.  
Associate dean for research and graduate studies, VCU School of Pharmacy

Angela Yuxin Men, M.D., Ph.D. (2004)
Clinical pharmacology team leader for neurology drugs, Food and Drug Administration
Silver Springs, Md.   

Patrick K. Noonan, Ph.D.
PK Noonan Pharmaceutical Consulting LLC
Williamsburg, Va.  

Nikhil J. Parekh, Ph.D.  
Senior director, global research and development, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
Richmond, Va.    

Thomas E. Prisinzano, Ph.D. (2000)
Professor and chairman, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy
Lawrence, Kansas

Masahiro Sakagami, Ph.D. (2000)
Associate professor and graduate program director, Department of Pharmaceutics, VCU School of Pharmacy

Mark Schaefermeyer, Ph.D.
Associate dean, VCU Graduate School

Patricia W. Slattum, Pharm.D./Ph.D. (1992)
Professor and vice chairwoman for graduate studies; director, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program; Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science/Department of Pharmaceutics, VCU School of Pharmacy

Doug Sweet, Ph.D.
Professor and interim chairman, Department of Pharmaceutics, VCU School of Pharmacy

Ed Sypniewski, PharmD, FCCM

Medical Science Liaison, Associate Director US Medical, Cardio-Respiratory Medical Unit Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Richard Westkaemper, Ph.D.
Professor emeritus, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, VCU School of Pharmacy

John Worth
Director of graduate professional development, VCU School of Business

Yan Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor and graduate program director, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, VCU School of Pharmacy