Welage Named Dean for College of Pharmacy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –After a national search, Lynda Welage, Pharm.D., FCCP, has been appointed to serve as dean at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy (UNM COP), announced Dr. Paul Roth, UNM chancellor for Health Sciences. Welage’s start date is slated for mid October 2011.

Welage currently serves as a professor of clinical sciences and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in Ann Arbor. She is also the director of the Education, Career Development and Mentoring Program in the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research at the university.

Since 1988, Welage has worked at the University of Michigan in various positions.

Welage received her bachelor of science in pharmacy at University of Michigan in 1981, and earned a doctor of pharmacy at State University of New York, Buffalo in 1983. In 1985, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacokinetics at the Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.

On the research front, Welage has an extensive background in the alterations in gastrointestinal physiology and drug absorption during critical illness. Her recent research efforts have focused on evaluating the impact of acute inflammation on intestinal transport processes and drug absorption. Welage also has many publications in the area of critical care and the pharmacotherapeutics of gastrointestinal diseases.

“I want to personally welcome Lynda Welage,” said Roth. “I look forward to working with her to continue to strengthen the positive leadership role the COP plays in training the next generation of New Mexico pharmacists. We are fortunate in finding someone with her devotion and commitment to education and research to lead the UNM COP.”

Welage replaces Dr. John A. Pieper who was dean from 2002-2010. Pieper accepted the position of president for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri.

Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322

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