Brian Erstad, PharmD, MCCM, FCCP, FASHP

Department Head, Pharmacy Practice and Science

Brian L. Erstad, PharmD, MCCM, FCCP, FASHP, heads the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the College of Pharmacy, a position he’s held since 2012. He focuses on critical care medicine, including patient safety and outcomes, and conducts much of his research at the Banner-University Medical Center, Tucson. He served on the FDA, Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee member from 2011-2015 and will serve as President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy from 2019-2020.

Erstad has authored hundreds of monographs, book chapters and journal articles and edited “Critical Care Pharmacotherapy.” He has been honored with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher: Excellence in Bedside Teaching Award; Clinical Practice and Education Awards from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy; and the Award for Sustained Contributions and Preceptor Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, among others.

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Education & Post Graduate Training: 

PharmD, Pharmacy, University of Arizona, 1987
BS, Pharmacy, South Dakota State University, 1976

Areas of Research: 

Patient safety and health outcomes
Critical care medicine

Types of Research: 
Clinical Trials
Economic Outcomes
Health Outcomes
Literature Reviews
Medication Safety
Patient Care Models
Professional Organizations: 

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)
ICU Pain Management Task Force, Critical Care Institute (2006-2007)
Critical Care Collaborative Initiative for mass casualty events (2006-2007)
American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
Scientific Planning Committee, ACCP-ESCP International Congress of Clinical Pharmacy (2006-2009)
Educational Affairs Committee, Vice-Chair (2013), Chair (2014)
Board of Regents (2015-2021), Treasurer (2015-2018), President (2019-2020)
American College of Critical Care Medicine
Credentials Committee (2001-2002)
American College of Surgeons
Panel member, Committee on Trauma, Guideline on Acute Pain Management (2019-2020)
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Effective Healthcare Stakeholder Group (2005-2007)
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Board of Directors (member-elect 2000, term 2001-2003)
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and American Society of Anesthesiologists Panel
ASHP Research and Education Foundation
Research Advisory Panel (2005-2013)
Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties
Council on Pharmacotherapy (2010-2015)
Council on Critical Care Pharmacy (first Chair of new council (2013-present)
Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Trials Network
Steering committee member (2012-2017)
Food and Drug Administration
Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee (2011-2015)
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center Task Force on Emergency Antidote Stocking
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Chair, Research Committee, Section of Pharmacy & Pharmacology (1999-2001)
Research Committee, Ad Hoc member (1999-2000) Member (2001-2003)
Task Force to Write Guidelines for Neuromuscular Blockade (1999-2000, 2011-2012)
Discovery Oversight Committee (2019-2022) and Discovery Steering Committee (2017-2020)
United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials (USCIIT)
Group Steering Committee member (2011-2017)
USCIIT HHS Committee
“Rapid Assessment of Acute Illness and Injury to Enhance the US Response to Public Health Emergencies,” Steering Committee Member (2011-2012)
USP Therapeutic Decision Making Expert Committee (2006-2010)

Select Publications


Martin JR, Yu M, Erstad BL. "Adverse effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in critically ill patients: A scoping review." Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2023;80(6):348-358. PMID: 36521004


Campbell AM, Martin JR, Erstad BL. "Corticosteroid Tapering Regimens in Rheumatic Disease: A Systematic Review." J Clin Rheumatol. 2018. PMID: 30363001


Murray MJ, DeBlock H, Erstad B, et al. "Clinical Practice Guidelines for Sustained Neuromuscular Blockade in the Adult Critically Ill Patient." Crit. Care Med.. 2016;44(11):2079-2103. PMID: 27755068


Erstad BL, Puntillo K, Gilbert HC, et al. "Pain management principles in the critically ill." Chest. 2009;135(4):1075-1086. PMID: 19349403


Erstad BL. "A primer on critical care pharmacy services." Ann Pharmacother. 2008;42(12):1871-81. PMID: 19017823


Buckley MS, Erstad BL, Kopp BJ, Theodorou AA, Priestley G. "Direct observation approach for detecting medication errors and adverse drug events in a pediatric intensive care unit." Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2007;8(2):145-52. PMID: 17273111


Kopp BJ, Erstad BL, Allen ME, Theodorou AA, Priestley G. "Medication errors and adverse drug events in an intensive care unit: direct observation approach for detection." Crit. Care Med.. 2006;34(2):415-25. PMID: 16424723


"ASHP Therapeutic Guidelines on Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis. ASHP Commission on Therapeutics and approved by the ASHP Board of Directors on November 14, 1998." Am J Health Syst Pharm. 1999;56(4):347-79. PMID: 10690219