Dr. Kevin Rynn Named Vice Dean For Rockford Campus
I am pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2017, Dr. Kevin Rynn will rejoin the UIC College of Pharmacy as our new Vice Dean for the Rockford Regional Campus. Dr. Rynn received his BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University and his PharmD from Duquesne University. He went on to complete his ASHP Clinical Pharmacy Residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and his Emergency Medicine/Clinical Toxicology Specialized Residency and Fellowship at UIC. He currently holds board certification from the American Board of Applied Toxicology.
Dr. Rynn has extensive experience in pharmacy education, holding faculty appointments as Assistant and Associate Professor practicing in Emergency Medicine at UIC and Rutgers prior to his time at Rosalind Franklin. He has educated numerous students, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residents, and PGY-2 Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Residents. Kevin was the Director of the Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Emergency Medicine PGY-2 residency program for 11 years. Most recently he has been serving as Vice Dean and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the College of Pharmacy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Dr. Rynn’s research has focused on the role of the pharmacist in emergency medicine and clinical toxicology. Being a board certified clinical toxicologist, his research and publications have focused on overdose management. His experience has allowed him to mentor emergency medicine and pharmacy practice students on the benefits of pharmacy services to the emergency department team.
Kevin is a nationally visible figure in pharmacy and healthcare. He also gives back to the community through local, national, and international venues having gone as far as Ndejje, Uganda to provide HIV and Blood Pressure Screening for the Hope of Women and Children Victims of Violence. He continues to be an active leader in NABP, ASHP, AACT, and as a fellow of ACCP. His service and dedication have led to him earning the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award from ACCP, Emergency Medicine PRN.
Please also help me in thanking Dr. John Nitiss for serving as Interim Vice Dean for the Rockford campus. John’s passion and commitment for the Rockford campus led to many initiatives that will result in improved student recruitment efforts. John is an internationally recognized researcher who has been committed to helping the College of Pharmacy at Rockford grow and maintain its excellence. He will return to his role as Professor and Assistant Dean for Research for the College of Pharmacy. I would also like to thank the search committee, chaired by Marieke Schoen and Dale Rush for their successful recruitment of Kevin.
Please join me in welcoming Kevin back to the UIC College of Pharmacy. I am excited about the leadership he will bring to the Rockford campus.