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First female to chair Clinical Pharmacy, Outcomes Sciences

By Roby Hill
S.C. College of Pharmacy

Kelly Ragucci, PharmD, believes a department chair should be an agent of change. As the first female — and youngest — department chair at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, she already is one.

The tenured professor and assistant dean of the curriculum at SCCP has been named chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the college. The chair oversees the CPOS faculty at both campuses of SCCP founding institutions MUSC and the University of South Carolina, as well as at the SCCP’s satellite campus at Greenville Health System.

“Dr. Ragucci is an accomplished faculty member who has been heavily involved with coordinating our curriculum change process,” said Joseph T. DiPiro, PharmD, executive dean of SCCP. “Department leadership has been and will continue to be crucial for the college’s continued growth and success. Dr. Ragucci is highly respected by her peers and has the skills and experience to help us build on that momentum.”

Outgoing chair John Bosso, PharmD, will remain a professor in the department. On the USC campus, Brandon Bookstaver, PharmD, will continue to serve as vice-chair.

With a vision focused on increased cross-campus collaboration, supporting  innovative teaching techniques and scholarly endeavors, recruiting/retention, and faculty development, the new chair plans to meet with individual faculty for in-depth discussions on goals so she can lead development of the department’s strategic plan. As chair, she believes an important part of that is to analyze long term strategic, political and cultural implications of resource allocation decisions.

“The department should really be run by faculty and facilitated by the chair,” said Ragucci, whose scholarly interests have included the scholarship of teaching and interprofessional education. “We have a great faculty who are doing great things so it is really just a matter of building on that.”

A finalist for Governor’s Teacher of the Year in 2013, she has been recognized both for her teaching and clinical work. She won back-to-back MUSCwide awards when she was honored with the MUSC Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and the Outstanding Clinician Award in 2011. She has been named professor or preceptor of the year six times and has more than a dozen other college and university recognitions.

Ragucci earned her bachelor’s in pharmacy with high honors from Ohio Northern University and her PharmD from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy. She did a primary care specialty residency in family medicine at MUSC in 1997-98 and has earned certifications in Basic Life Support, Physical Assessment, Board of Pharmacotherapy Specialists, Diabetes Education and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.

After serving as assistant professor at Wilkes University, she joined MUSC in 2000 and was promoted to associate professor in 2004. She became a full professor in 2011.

She is chair of the Clinical Practice Affairs Committee for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and has served in several national positions, including as chair of the Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

June 26, 2013

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