Joseph DiPiro, PharmD

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  • Dean, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Dr. Joseph T. DiPiro is dean, professor and Archie. O. McCalley chair at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia.  From 2005 to 2014, he was executive dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He received his BS in pharmacy in the Honors College from the University of Connecticut and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky.  He served a residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and a fellowship in Clinical Immunology at Johns Hopkins University. From 1981 to 2005, DiPiro was a faculty member at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the Medical College of Georgia.


He serves as president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and past chair of the Council of Deans. He has served as president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He is a fellow of the college and has served on the Research Institute Board of Trustees.  He has been a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, having served on the Commission on Therapeutics and the Task Force on Science.  In 2002, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy selected DiPiro for the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award.  He has also received the Russell R. Miller Literature Award and the Education Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and was named the national Rho Chi Distinguished Lecturer in 2013. DiPiro was elected a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

DiPiro served as editor of The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education for 12 years. He is an editor for Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, now in its 10th edition.  He is also the author of Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics and editor of the Encyclopedia of Clinical Pharmacy.  He has published more than 200 journal papers, books, book chapters and editorials in academic and professional journals, which are mainly related to antibiotics, drug use in surgery and pharmacy education.  His papers have appeared in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Pharmacotherapy, Critical Care Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Surgical Infections.