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New COP Dean Brings Curricular Innovation and Interprofessional Skills

Dr. Wiisanen's expertise in fields that include pharmacogenomics and clinical practice will benefit programs and training opportunities designed to produce practice-ready graduates.

Kristin Wiisanen, PharmD, FAPhA, FCCP, joined 鶹Ӱ as dean of the College of Pharmacy in October, succeeding Scott Hanes, PharmD, who served as interim dean.

Dr. Wiisanen comes to 鶹Ӱ from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, where she served as associate dean for entrepreneurial programs. In this role, she led seven hybrid and online graduate programs, overseeing the continuous professional development office and developing new clinical entrepreneurial partnerships and endeavors.

Her experiences with curricular design, assessment and accreditation positioned her to support curricular innovations at 鶹Ӱ designed to enhance student learning and prepare practice-ready graduates.

As a clinical professor in UF’s Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research, Dr. Wiisanen taught courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum in the areas of ambulatory care, drug information, pharmacogenomics and medication safety. She also helped direct Clinical Pharmacogenomics Residency and Fellowship programs, which involved interprofessional teams including clinical pharmacists, pharmacogeneticists, physicians, physician assistants and informaticians.