Focus on New Pharmacy Faculty With Allison Bell, PharmD
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy welcomes Allison Bell, PharmD,
to the position of clinical associate professor. Bell is a native
of Milford, Ohio and attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
in Lynchburg, Virginia, earning a bachelor’s in biology.
While her path to clinical pharmacy wasn’t a direct one, but
we are happy she chose wisely and lighted at UC.
grew up in the Cincinnati area, and returned to the area for a few
years after earning my BS (before moving to Atlanta for pharmacy
school). Even though I have lived in many places throughout the
South, I’ve always remained a Bengals fan. It’s good to
be back in an area with Skyline chili and Graeter’s ice
did your interest in pharmacy begin?
I graduated with my degree in biology, I had no idea what career
path I wanted to take. After working as an analytical chemist for a
few years, I became interested in pharmaceutical sciences and the
health care field. When I entered pharmacy school, I’d
planned on earning a dual PharmD/PhD. I spent summers and free time
during the school year in the laboratory, researching compounds
that led to alterations of cell cycle regulatory pathways in human
lung and rat liver cancer cell lines. Once I entered into clinical
rotations in my P4 year I realized that I loved working in the
clinical setting, even more so than working in the laboratory.
Instead of continuing on with my PhD, I decided to pursue
residency, with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor in
What is your academic pharmacy background?
I graduated from Mercer University College of
Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta (’09). Following
that, I completed a two-year pharmacotherapy residency combined
with a master’s in pharmacy at the University of Texas at
Austin College of Pharmacy/University of Texas Health Science
Center San Antonio . My master’s thesis focused on the
pharmacoeconomic impact of new agents in treating non-small cell
lung cancer. My residency focus was a combination of adult medicine
and critical care. After completing my residency/MS, I joined the
faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy as an
assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. My
clinical practice site was on the University of Mississippi Medical
Center at University Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. I was a
clinical pharmacist for adult internal medicine teaching teams. I
served as faculty at "Ole Miss” for 6.5 years before joining
faculty at UC.
you have a clinical focus?
adult internal medicine, you are a jack of all trades, master of
none. My interests span many areas, including liver, kidney and
infectious diseases. I have published manuscripts for a wide
variety of drugs/diseases; these publications include original
research in antimicrobial stewardship, pharmacoeconomics, academia,
community acquired pneumonia, and cancer. I have authored review
articles in hepatitis C treatment, vancomycin dosing in elderly
patients, new lipoglycopeptides, and fatty liver disease. This past
fall I authored an Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment chapter on
non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Currently, I am a
co-investigator on a grant focusing on risk and treatment
stratification for patients suffering from Clostridium difficile
infection. I have had the honor of presenting content for the GILN
PRN at the 2016 ACCP Annual Meeting.
James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy is well regarded in the
pharmacy world. I wanted to be part of a program that produces
excellent pharmacists and positively impacts the pharmacy
profession. The immediate proximity to a large, academic medical
center was also very important to me in terms of clinical practice.
Many of the patients seen at these type of hospitals are high
acuity and underserved, often allowing their disease to progress
unchecked for many years. I feel it is important to serve these
vulnerable patients, optimizing their care so they can achieve
maximum health care outcomes.
love being outdoors, and when I had free time I was into hiking,
horseback riding, gardening, etc. Now that I have two young
children I don’t seem to have any spare time. My husband and
I have a small farm in Mississippi with two horses, five goats, two
cats and a dog. We are hoping to find a place here where we can
keep our goats.
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