Southern Illinois University Edwardsville appoints new pharmacy practice department chair

J. Mark Ruscin promoted after national search

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy has promoted pharmacy practice professor J. Mark Ruscin to chairman of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, the school said Friday.

Pharmacy school dean Gireesh Gupchup made the announcement following a national search. Ruscin's appointment became effective Thursday.

"Dr. Ruscin has done an admirable job developing our presence at the School of Medicine in Springfield and, most recently, as acting chair," Gupchup said. "Dr. Ruscin is well-respected nationally, and I am confident that he will lead the Department of Pharmacy Practice successfully."

Ruscin has worked for the school since 2008 and is recognized as an expert in geriatric pharmacy practice. He is a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and will be inducted as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in the fall. He previously worked for 13 years at the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy and Center on Aging and got his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois Chicago.


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