Tuesday, September 5, 2017

On Sept. 1, Gary Milavetz assumed the role of Executive Associate Dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. In this role, his duties include faculty development, strategic planning, and program and project management.

Milavetz received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. After completing a post-doctoral clinical pharmacy fellowship in pediatric respiratory diseases, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

In his 30 years at the College of Pharmacy, Milavetz has grown in his professional and leadership roles, most recently serving of the head of the Division of Applied Clinical Sciences in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. He led a team of faculty members who ultimately developed an innovative, progressive Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum (now known as the Learning and Living Curriculum) that launched in 2015. 

Milavetz’s research interests focus on applying the principles and tools of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to better understand the untoward effects of medications on people. Milavetz has numerous original research publications on the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and clinical efficacy of medications used to treat respiratory disease. He also has been working to understand how medications impair drivers, playing an integral role in the National Advanced Driving Simulator research team.

“We must continue to work together to be successful in educating the next generation of scientists, pharmacists, and healthcare leaders for Iowa, America, and the world. Together, we will take this institution to the next level of success. Our potential is the best it has ever been to take on the challenges of the future,” said Milavetz.

The role of Executive Associate Dean was established in 2009 by Dean Donald E. Letendre to provide increased focus on faculty roles and development within the college. Bernard Sorofman has held the position since its inception, and has stepped down in advance of his retirement later this year.

Jim Hoehns has been appointed head of the Division of Applied Clinical Sciences. Matt Cantrell and John Swegle will share responsibilities of assistant division head responsibilities.