TTUHSC Appoints New Dean for Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy


Grace Kuo, Ph.D., Pharm.D., has been named dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy, the university announced Thursday.

According to a press release, Kuo is currently a professor of pharmaceutical practice and public health at Oregon State University, affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Additionally, she is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pharmacy, Family Medicine, and Public Health, and a founding member of the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute at the University of California, San Diego.

Kuo becomes the school’s third dean and replaces Quentin Smith, Ph.D., who has served as dean for the past 10 years. Kuo begins her new position as dean on May 16.

“We are very pleased with the appointment of Dr. Kuo to lead our Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy,” said TTUHSC Provost and Director of Studies Darrin D’Agostino, DO. “His extensive experience in all areas of pharmaceutical practice, research and professional education will help galvanize our future growth – building on the strong foundation and national reputation the school has developed. Dr. Kuo brings balance, steady focus, and data-driven decision-making to everything she does.

Kuo’s academic leadership roles include Associate Dean for Academic Clinical Affairs and Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Program Development at the University of California, San Diego, and Dean of the Oregon College of Pharmacy. State University.

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TTUHSC President Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D., said Kuo believes students, staff and faculty are all part of one team and, as such, all have important contributions to missions. educational, clinical and research schools.

“Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is fortunate to have Dr. Kuo on our team,” Rice-Spearman said. “She brings a wealth of experience and expertise, but she also has great respect and commitment to the school and our great university as a place of learning and work that puts people first, which is the foundation of our TTUHSC values-based culture.”

Kuo received her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985 and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences in 1988. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Oregon State University College of Pharmacy in 1998. She also holds a Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at the Houston School of Public Health.

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“I am thrilled to join the team at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,” Kuo said. “I am honored to work with Provost D’Agostino, university leaders and the School of Pharmacy team to lead the school into the next phase of strategic transformation.”

Kuo’s clinical and translational research background is focused on drug safety, pharmacist-physician collaboration, and educational research. She has developed educational programs in many fields, including pharmacogenomics, and has been a key collaborator in building research infrastructure, including basic science laboratories and basic laboratory facilities, the statement said. She has authored over 100 publications and abstracts and has served on professional memberships such as the American Pharmaceutical Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Academy of Health , the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and American Public Health. Association.

“As the recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Kuo is nationally recognized for her scholarly work and her contributions to national organizations,” D’Agostino said. “She is known for her commitment to service and the fact that she generously gives her time to committees, advisory groups and task forces with the goal of improving the university and pharmacy.



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