The Marshall University School of Pharmacy has added seven new faculty members and four staff employees as it implements second-year curriculum and the expansion of research and outreach programs.
Joining the school's Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Research are assistant professors Jinsong Hao, a specialist in the area of drug formulation and delivery, with experience in drug delivery to the inner ear and eye who was formerly with the University of Cincinnati, and Tim Long, a medicinal chemist with a research focus in infectious disease who most recently served at the University of Georgia.
Professor Inder Sehgal, a pharmacologist whose research focus has been in the areas of cancer and the toxicology of herbal products, also has joined the department. Over the past 15 years, Sehgal has conducted research and taught in the pharmacy program at North Dakota State University and the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. All three hold Ph.Ds.
Four others have joined Marshall's Department of Pharmacy Practice, Administration, and Research, including clinical assistant professor Elaine Cruse, a certified diabetes educator who has a shared position with Valley Health, where she practices medication therapy management in the area of diabetes and director of pharmacy services for Marshall Health, and assistant professor Brian Gallagher, a legal expert for the American Pharmacists' Association who is coordinating special projects for Marshall Health.
Two other clinical assistant professors will share positions with other employers. Angel Kimble also works at Fruth Pharmacy, where she practices medication therapy management. She has practiced with King's Daughters Medical Center and Holzer Medical Center and has taught at the University of Charleston.
Leesa Prunty also works at Cabell Huntington Hospital, where she practices in pediatrics. Prunty completed a residency at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Craig Kimble is the new director of experiential learning. An assistant professor, he most recently served as the director of pharmacy and clinical services for Fruth Corp.
Also joining the School of Pharmacy are staff members Shane Lawrence, IT support specialist; Gail Rice, administrative associate; Jennifer Kennedy, director of student affairs and assessment; and Mellissa Clay and Kalina Grimm, both administrative secretaries.
Marshall's School of Pharmacy this year was granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The latest staff expansion comes as the pharmacy school is set to reach full student capacity in 2016.