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Dean Chisholm-Burns Appointed UTHSC Distinguished Professor


Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, dean of the College of Pharmacy and professor in the Department of Surgery in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, has been appointed a UTHSC Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns

The title represents recognition of extraordinary contributions to UTHSC, which have resulted in distinction and respect for the university. The appointment comes from UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD.

“During her tenure as dean, Dr. Chisholm-Burns has led the College of Pharmacy to a national ranking of 16th in NIH funding,’ Dr. Schwab said. “She is a scholar in the area of solid-organ transplantation and her involvement in national societies and organizations provides a forum for Dr. Chisholm-Burns to articulate the university’s position and views on critical issues. These accomplishments, as well as many others, make her the ideal candidate for this prestigious recognition.”

Dr. Chisholm-Burns is nationally and internationally known for her work in improving health care and outcomes through increasing solid-organ transplant recipients’ adherence to medication protocols, health literacy, and access to medical care. she is a prolific scholar, with more than 345 publications and over $17 million in external funding as a principal investigator and co-investigator from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and several foundations. She has published several textbooks that have been adopted in many schools of pharmacy, medicine, and nursing. In 2008 and 2011, textbooks co-edited by Dr. Chisholm-Burns, “Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice” and “Pharmacy Management, Leadership, Marketing, and Finance,” respectively, received the Medical Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association.

Dr. Chisholm-Burns serves on various boards and committees, including the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and was recently tapped to serve as the chair of the American Society of Transplant’s newly created Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access to Life (IDEAL) Task Force.

She has received numerous awards and honors including the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Clinical Pharmacy Education Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the Rufus A. Lyman Award for most outstanding publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (1996 and 2007), the Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award from the National Academies of Practice, the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Pharmacy Practice Research Award (2011 and 2014) and Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature from the ASHP Foundation, the Research Achievement Award from APhA, the Clinician of Distinction Award from the American Society of Transplantation, the Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award from AACP, the Chauncey I. Cooper Pharmacist Leadership Award from the National Pharmaceutical Association, the ASHP/Association of Black Health-Systems Pharmacists Joint Leadership Award, and the Russell R. Miller Award from ACCP.

“Receiving an appointment of this magnitude represents not only my efforts, but the efforts of many including, but not limited to, the chancellor, vice-chancellors, college administrators, faculty, staff, students, mentors, friends and family,” Dr. Chisholm-Burns said. “ I am grateful and humbled by this appointment. I will continue to do the best I can to facilitate excellence and help others succeed.”