Brian Erstad

Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science

Brian L. Erstad, PharmD, MCCM, FCCP, FASHP, is in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the College of Pharmacy. 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.

Patient safety and health outcomes Critical care medicine Pharmacoeconomics

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)


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