IMPROVING LIVES THROUGH THE BETTER USE OF MEDICINES

Welcome to the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. Our faculty are pioneering new approaches to improving lives through better use of medicines with collaborative health services, precision pharmacotherapy, and translational research. We provide direct patient care through innovative, nationally recognized service models, and are advancing the profession with the next generation of educators and innovators through our PharmD Curriculum, Pharmacy Residency Programs, Clinical Pharmacy Translational Science PhD, and Clinical Pharmacy Translational Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program.


Check out the speaker schedule, we hope to see you there! Please note that some of the seminars will be virtual while others will be held in person at the College of Pharamcy, we will post the location of the seminar each week.

Optimizing antihypertensive treatment in 2021 to improve health equity: lessons using pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and pharmacogenomics

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Dr. Bress will be presenting virtually on 9/27/2021 from 12-1pm.

Adam Bress, PharmD, MS, is currently an Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences with Tenure in the Division of Health System Innovation and Research and an Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. He is a formally-trained cardiovascular clinical pharmacist and population scientist. His research is focused on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, optimizing medication use, and reducing health disparities. He is particularly interested in studying antihypertensive medication use, responses, and outcomes to help patients and providers, as well as health systems, payers, governments, and population health managers make better decisions about how to treat and control high blood pressure. Dr. Bress's research has been published as first author in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Circulation and has been covered in TIME Magazine, The New York Times, and CBS radio. He is also interested in genetic ancestry and racial/ethnic differences in antihypertensive medication responses. He was elected as the 2020 National Academy of Medicine Fellow in Pharmacy. As a NAM Fellow, he currently serves on the National Academies’ Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.

Faculty Spotlight

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Sarah Vordenberg received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health from Northeast Ohio Medical University. She subsequently completed a community pharmacy residency with Kroger and Ohio Northern University. She joined the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy July 2013 and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor.

Dr. Vordenberg’s research focuses on engaging older adults in deprescribing decisions in order to improve the appropriateness and safety of medication use. She recently completed a research fellowship with the University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine to support this work. In addition, she received funding to develop an electronic decision algorithm designed to support student pharmacists as they learn to use patient- and condition-related factors in order to make evidence-based treatment recommendations.

Dr. Vordenberg is also actively engaged with teaching both in the classroom and community health settings. She is the coordinator for P504 Pharmacy Practice Skills I, P512 Self-Care Therapeutics, and the P2 Community Experience Program. During this upcoming year, she is also coordinating a new course, P657 Supporting Community Health via Interprofessional Teams, in which pharmacy and social work students will participate in health screening and education events at several low-income apartment buildings in Ann Arbor.