School of Pharmacy Dean Search


Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy! It is an honor to be named the new Dean of the School of Pharmacy, my alma mater. Since 1878, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy has been leading the way in education, research, and service impacting health in our region and worldwide. Our culture of collaboration and commitment to excellence has propelled us to international recognition and produced phenomenal graduates in all areas of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science. Justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical foundations embedded throughout our work. It is truly a privilege to continue this tradition of excellence, and I am excited about our future!

As we embark on the next phase, Pitt Pharmacy has an outstanding future of knowledge discovery that will generate the next advancements in health outcomes for individuals and populations. Envision a world where we remove barriers to medication access, we eliminate health disparities, we personalize each medication strategy, we provide safe use of medications, we disrupt the status quo when things are not working, and we innovate to advance health with nimble response. A clear focus on the “we” in our approach is important as we are stronger together and can further advance health through team-based and patient-centered care. We will build on our successes and seize the opportunities, particularly here at the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, and our region that will forge our leadership in education, collaborative care, precision medicine, data science, health analytics, drug discovery, biotechnology, entrepreneurship, and innovation.


  • Research and scholarship that will enhance our strengths and maximize our research potential from discovery to implementation.
  • Educational excellence to propel us as the preeminent leader in pharmacy and interprofessional teaching, learning, and assessment.
  • Practice and service commitment defining us as the destination for practice transformation, innovation, and impact.
  • Alumni and stakeholder engagement to support and shape our work.
  • Justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and health disparity focus woven into our daily work and strategy.
  • Recruit and retain excellent and diverse faculty, staff, learners, and partners.

We are well-positioned to accelerate our profession’s impact in contemporary healthcare and we have truly risen to mission of improving health through excellence, innovation, and leadership. We have internationally recognized faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We have award winning educational programs, and our sincere passion is training the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Let’s seize on our momentum, continue to advance Pitt Pharmacy’s tradition of excellence, and celebrate our future of being simply the best… Hail to Pitt!

Amy L. Seybert, PharmD

I am excited to welcome you to Pitt Pharmacy! Our passion is preparing pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists for a career where they will make a difference across the spectrum of healthcare focused on medications. Our faculty, staff, alumni, and stakeholders are deeply committed to your success and your future. We have internationally acclaimed teachers, scientists, and patient care providers all working collaboratively to provide the destination to fulfil your career hopes and dreams. We are proud of our engaging educational approaches and the diversity of learning environments provided throughout Pitt Pharmacy. As a Pitt Pharmacy learner you will:

  • engage with patients beginning in your first term as a Doctor of Pharmacy student;
  • refine your laboratory and computational skills in scientific discovery in our graduate programs;
  • immerse in leadership focused on the business of medicines in our pharmacy business administration program;
  • specialize your career in research and pharmacotherapy through our residency and fellowship programs; and,
  • continue your life-long learning in our microcredential, certificate, and continuing education programs.

Welcome to the Pitt Pharmacy family where our culture leads our excellence to produce simply the best experience for you to begin the career of your dreams!

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Vision

Dr. Shekhar's Announcement

Dear School of Pharmacy Community Members,

I am very pleased to report that the search committee has concluded its work and presented a list of candidates for Dr. Shekhar’s consideration. We feel that all of the candidates are quite strong and are excited about the future of the School.

The final round of the search, which will be orchestrated by Dr. Shekhar's office, will take several months. I anticipate that the announcement about the outcome will be made in the early summer.


Steve Reis
Chair, Dean’s Search Committee for the School of Pharmacy

Search Committee Virtual Town Halls

Dean Patricia Kroboth will be stepping down after 20 years of service to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in June. Learn more about how the school has grown to new heights under her tenure in the September announcement to the Health Sciences community.

Committee members are pleased to announce one remaining open virtual meeting to support the search for a new dean of PittPharmacy. All are welcome to participate; representatives from the search firm Isaacson, Miller will join.

Questions and comments will be solicited in real time. For anyone unable to participate, the committee welcomes advanced submissions via email to committee support Molly Powers (, to be read during the event. The meeting will be recorded and made available for subsequent viewing by University of Pittsburgh affiliates.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at noon EST

View recording of meeting.

Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 at 3 PM EST

View recording of meeting.

View position profile

View the January Update from Search Committee Chair
View the February Update from Search Committee Chair

Contact Molly Powers ( for more information.

Questions for Candidates

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Susan Jones (December 2, 2021). Committee hopes to have new pharmacy dean by April - University Times

Committee Members

Steven E. Reis, MD
Chair, School of Pharmacy Dean Search Committee
Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research, Health Sciences
Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Maria F. Arlia, P2 Student
School of Pharmacy, Class of 2024
UPMC Presbyterian, Pharmacy Intern
Blue and Gold Society, Student Ambassador

Marcia Borrelli
Director, John P. and Constance A. Curran Student Center

Mario C. Browne, MPH, CHES, CDP
Associate Dean for Equity, Engagement, & Justice
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy & Therapeutics
Co-Chair, Community Research Advisory Board
Center for Health Equity, Pitt Public Health

Jacob Cuyler, Third-Year Graduate Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Center for Computational Chemical Genomics Screening (CCGS) Student Chair
CCGS Student Chair

Philip Empey, PharmD, PhD
Director, Pharmacogenomics Center of Excellence
Associate Director, Institute for Precision Medicine
Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Center for Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences
Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Christian A. Fernandez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Center for Pharmacogenetics

Sandra Kane-Gill, PharmD, MSc, FCCM, FCCP
Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Critical Care Medicine, Biomedical Informatics and Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Critical Care Medication Safety Pharmacist, UPMC, Department of Pharmacy
Faculty, Center for Critical Care Nephrology
President-elect, Society of Critical Care Medicine

Al L’Altrelli, PharmD
Senior Director of Pharmacy, UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Montefiore
Director, UPMC Pharmacy Investigational Drug Services
Director, Pharmacy Administrative Fellowship
Director, HSPAL Residency Program
Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Chronis Manolis, RPh
Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Services
Chief Pharmacy Officer, UPMC Health Plan

Lucy Russell, JD
Vice Provost and Chief of Staff, University of Pittsburgh

Mark Schmidhofer, MS, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Coronary Intensive Care Unit, UPMC Presbyterian
Chair, UPMC-Presbyterian Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Chair, UPM- Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
Director, UPMC Pharmacy Service Center

Herb Shear, MBA
Chairman, Shear Family Office

Karen Steinmetz Pater, PharmD, CDCES, BCACP
Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy

Gordon Vanscoy, PharmD, MBA, CACP, BSPHR
Adjunct Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics
CEO & Founding Chairman, RareMed Solutions
Executive Advisor, PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy
UPMC Children’s Hospital

Ashley Yarabinec, PharmD, BCGP
Associate Director of Experiential Learning
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy & Therapeutics

Ex Officio Members

William J. Madden, MS, CPA
Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, Health Sciences
Vice Dean, Administration, School of Medicine

Leeanna McKibben, MSN, RN, CENP
Chief of Staff, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences

Search Firm Contact Information

Ariannah Mirick

Randi Alberry

Kristen Andersen

Support Contacts

Molly Powers
Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences

Joanna Spontak
Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences