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Brian Erstad, PharmD


Department Head

Pharmacy Practice & Science
Primary Phone: 520-694-5600
Secondary Phone: 520-626-4289
Location: Drachman Hall Room B211D

Brian L. Erstad, PharmD, FCCM, is currently a tenured professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. He is also a center investigator for the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomics Research and a co-director for the Arizona Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Certificate Program. His clinical responsibilities are performed at University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, where he is program director for the postgraduate year two (PGY2) critical care pharmacy residency. 

Dr. Erstad’s research interests pertain to critical care medicine with an emphasis on patient safety and related outcomes research. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. 

Dr. Erstad has served on the board of directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and on numerous committees and task forces for other organizations including AHRQ, USP, Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is currently a member of the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and a steering committee member of the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials (USCIIT) Group. 

Dr. Erstad was the first pharmacist to receive the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher Excellence Award.




BS, South Dakota State University, 1976

PharmD, University of Arizona, 1987

Updated: Monday, 21 July 2014