Office of the Dean

Peter Swaan

Peter Swaan Ph.D., M.Pharm.

Dean And Professor

Peter Swaan, Ph.D., M.Pharm., began his tenure as the eighth dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy on Dec. 1, 2022. Swaan previously served as the associate dean for research and advanced graduate education as well as a professor and chair in the department of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. While at Maryland, he was appointed a distinguished university professor in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and significant contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences.

Swaan is well connected to many of the nation’s largest and most prestigious pharmacy colleges. His academic and professional career includes stops at the University of Michigan; the University of California, San Francisco; the Ohio State University; and the University of Maryland. All four of these pharmacy colleges are featured in the top 15 of the U.S. News & World Report best pharmacy college rankings.

A highly cited researcher, Swaan has published more than 150 original research articles. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1998 and has secured more than $25 million in grant funding during his career. His research focuses on all aspects of transporters in drug targeting and delivery, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, with his major contributions to this research area involving the application of transporters as targets for prodrugs. He has pioneered the use of computational techniques to determine the structural requirements of membrane transporters, which has paved the way for the discovery of novel substrates and inhibitors. He also holds several U.S. patents on these and related technologies.

Since 2015, Swaan has chaired the Board of Grants for the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, or AFPE. He has also chaired multiple committees within the American Association for Pharmaceutical Scientists and served on multiple NIH study sections. More than two dozen master’s and Ph.D. students have trained under his guidance, and in July 2022, he was awarded the AFPE William M. Heller Mentor of the Year Award.

Associate Deans

John M Allen

John M Allen Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP

Associate Dean For Diversity, Inclusion And Health Equity; Clinical Associate Professor

John M. Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP is the UF College of Pharmacy’s associate dean for diversity, inclusion and health equity and a clinical associate professor at the college’s Orlando campus. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Allen joined the college in 2018. Dr. Allen’s professional areas of interest include health equity, antimicrobial stewardship in the intensive care unit, antibiotic dosing in sepsis, and treatment of multi-drug resistant infections in critically ill patients.

Dr. Allen graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL. He then completed a PGY-1 residency, followed by a PGY-2 Critical Care residency at Tampa General Hospital, in Tampa, FL. Dr. Allen is a dual board-certified pharmacist in critical care, and pharmacotherapy.

Dr. Allen is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has been appointed to committees within all of these organizations. In 2017, Dr. Allen received the prestigious honor of induction as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, which honors individuals whose achievements and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to critical care excellence, a distinction at the time of his induction bestowed upon seven pharmacists in the state of Florida.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, Dr. Allen has held a variety of diverse administrative experiences including serving as a pharmacy clinical coordinator, pharmacy residency program director, and director of infectious diseases pharmacy for a 16-hospital system. In his free time, Dr. Allen enjoys watching anything with four wheels going fast, traveling, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Shauna Buring

Shauna Buring Pharm.D.

Associate Dean For Professional Education; Clinical Associate Professor

Shauna Buring, Pharm.D., assumed the leadership role as associate dean for student affairs in May 2016, and in July 2018, she moved into her current position as Associate Dean for Professional Education.

Buring joined UF following 14 years at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, her alma mater. She most recently served as associate dean for professional education and assessment where she helped UC secure an eight-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. In addition, she has led many curricular improvements, including the development of new pharmacy practice skills lab courses and a teaching certificate program for first-year pharmacy residents in the Cincinnati area. Prior to her work at UC, Buring was an assistant professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.

With the appointment, Buring returned to Florida where she started her professional pharmacy career as a staff pharmacist at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers from 1991-94. Additionally, she completed a drug information specialty residency at Shands Hospital in Gainesville in 1997.

Reginald Frye

Reginald Frye Pharm.D., Ph.D., FCCP

Associate Dean For Faculty Development; Professor And Chair

Reginald Frye, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is the UF College of Pharmacy’s associate dean for faculty development and a professor and chair for the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research. He received a B.S. in Biology from Oglethorpe University, a Pharm.D. from Mercer University School of Pharmacy, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. After completing graduate work, Dr. Frye remained on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh from 1995 until 2003, being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2002. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida in July 2003 and in July 2012, he was promoted to Professor.

John Gums

John Gums Pharm.D., FCCP

Associate Dean For Clinical And Administrative Affairs; Professor

Dr. Gums is the interim dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He also serves as a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine at UF and holds the title of Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs in the UF College of Pharmacy. Gums received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1985, and is actively involved in teaching in the colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.

Maureen Keller-Wood

Maureen Keller-Wood Ph.D.

Associate Dean For Research And Graduate Education; Professor And Interim Chair Of Pharmacodynamics

Maureen Keller-Wood, Ph.D., is the associate dean for research and graduate education and a professor of pharmacodynamics. She holds the CVS/Pharmacy, Inc. professorship. Dr. Keller-Wood’s overall research interest is the physiologic adaptations to pregnancy and effects of maternal physiology on fetal maturation and growth. Her current research focuses on understanding the mechanism for increased stillbirth and neonatal mortality in pregnancies complicated by maternal hypercortisolemia and altered maternal and fetal glucose metabolism. She received her Ph.D. in endocrinology from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1982 and her Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Vassar College in 1977.

Kristin Wiisanen

Kristin Wiisanen Pharm.D., FAPhA, FCCP

Clinical Professor And Associate Dean For Entrepreneurial Programs; Associate Director Of The UF Health Precision Medicine Program; Director Of The Graduate Program In Precision Medicine

Kristin Wiisanen received her PharmD from the University of Florida in 1998 and completed residency training at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Wiisanen is a Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs in the UF College of Pharmacy. She is Associate Director of the University of Florida Health (UF Health) Precision Medicine Program and Director of the Graduate Program in Precision Medicine. Dr. Wiisanen leads clinical and educational efforts for pharmacogenomics in the UF Health Precision Medicine Program and serves as Residency Program Director for an accredited postgraduate Clinical Pharmacogenetics Residency and Director of the Clinical Fellowship in Pharmacogenomics program. She is Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Today for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), a fellow of APhA and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and a University of Florida Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow.

Assistant Deans

Teresa Cavanaugh

Teresa Cavanaugh Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASHP

Assistant Dean For Student Affairs; Clinical Associate Professor

Teresa Cavanaugh received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2006. Upon graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at The University Hospital in Cincinnati, which solidified her interest in practice-based research with transplant patients. She then completed a two-year fellowship in health outcomes research with a focus on liver transplantation. During her fellowship, she received board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist, and a Master of Science degree in pharmacy administration with an emphasis on health outcomes research. Dr. Cavanaugh joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2009. Her practice site was an ambulatory liver transplant clinic. Dr. Cavanaugh was actively involved in both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Commission on Affiliate Relations and with the Ohio Society of Health-System Services where she served two terms as division director for Organizational Affairs and was elected president in 2014. In 2016, Dr. Cavanaugh became introductory pharmacy practice experiences coordinator and the co-curricular activities coordinator. She was promoted to clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice in August 2017. Her current research interests involve student mental health and identifying characteristics that lead to success in pharmacy school.

Lisa S Miller

Lisa S Miller Pharm.D., M.A.

Assistant Dean For The Orlando Campus; Clinical Professor

Dr. Lisa Miller is the Assistant Dean of the Orlando Campus where she devotes her time to teaching, research, advising, and administration. Dr. Miller received a B.S. in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University, a Pharm.D. from University of Kentucky, and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She completed a postdoctoral clinical pharmacy residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). Prior to joining the UF College of Pharmacy, Dr. Miller held various roles at Wingate University School of Pharmacy including Professor, Director of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience, Assistant Dean for Faculty, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Her current research interests include women’s health, women’s mental health, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Carol A Motycka

Carol A Motycka Pharm.D., BCACP

Assistant Dean For The Jacksonville Campus; Clinical Professor

Carol Motycka, graduated from the University of Florida with her Pharm.D. and completed a residency in Ambulatory Care at Florida Hospital in Orlando. After practicing at Florida Hospital for several years, Motycka joined the University of Florida to help build the College of Pharmacy program in Jacksonville. She is board certified in Ambulatory Care has completed fellowships in both leadership and education. Motycka has been published in multiple academic and clinical journals and has provided over 100 presentations in the field. She has received awards on the state and national level for her teaching, research, and leadership. Motycka is a strong advocate of the profession of pharmacy and serves the profession through public relations events in her community and professional organizations where she has served in multiple capacities including Speaker of the House for the Florida Pharmacy Association and President of Duval County Pharmacy Association. As assistant dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Jacksonville Campus, Motycka spends her time teaching, completing research, advising and administrating.

Karen Whalen

Karen Whalen Pharm.D., BCPS, FAPhA

Assistant Dean For Curricular Affairs; Clinical Professor

Karen Whalen received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with highest honors from the University of Florida. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Moses Cone Health System followed by a Primary Care Residency at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Following residency training, Dr. Whalen was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) for 12 years. While at NSU College of Pharmacy, she was an eight-time recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2008, Dr. Whalen joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as assistant director of the St. Petersburg Campus. In 2010, she transitioned to the main campus in Gainesville. She now serves as the Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research. Her excellence in teaching has been recognized with the Faculty Recognition Award in 2011 and 2012, and the Teacher of the Year Award in 2013.

Dr. Whalen is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She has practiced ambulatory care pharmacy in a variety of settings including an academic family medicine center, community pharmacy practice, and a Veterans’ Affairs Healthcare System. Dr. Whalen is active in local, state and national pharmacy organizations, and is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and a past president of the Florida Pharmacy Association. She is a past recipient of the National Community Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Leadership Award, and the Florida Pharmacy Association Jean Lamberti Mentorship Award.

Executive Director of Administration and Finance

Kelly Sharp

Kelly Sharp M.B.A., C.P.A., C.M.A.

Aso VP, Finance & Administration

Kelly Sharp joined the College of Pharmacy in May 2016 and serves as the executive director of administration and finance. He is responsible for the daily administrative operations for the college and leads the fiscal team in managing financial operations. Prior to joining the College of Pharmacy, he served as director of finance and administration for the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. During his tenure at the institute, he oversaw finance, administration, operations and facilities for the research institute. He directed the institute’s day-to-day operations and provided fiscal oversight for strategic and resource planning. Prior to joining UF, Sharp worked as an accounting consultant and served more than a decade as executive vice president of a national retail chain. He is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting.

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