Chancellor’s Council honors Amarillo Pharmacy Professor

Eric MacLaughlin, Pharm.D. (center), with TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., and Chancellor Robert L. Duncan

Eric MacLaughlin, Pharm.D. (center), with TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., and Chancellor Robert L. Duncan

Eric MacLaughlin, Pharm.D., professor and chair for the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice in Amarillo, was among four Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) faculty members to receive a Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Faculty Award Jan. 25 in Lubbock.

The Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Faculty Award is the Texas Tech University System’s highest faculty honor. MacLaughlin and Simon C. Williams, Ph.D., an associate professor for the School of Medicine, each received a Distinguished Teaching Award. Distinguished Researcher Awards went to Kendra P. Rumbaugh, Ph.D., associate professor for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Medicine, and Phil S. Sizer, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for the School of Health Professions. 

MacLaughlin came to the School of Pharmacy in 1999 as an assistant professor for the Department of Pharmacy Practice. In 2004, he was promoted to associate professor, and in 2011 he was promoted to professor. He was named department chair in 2014. He has also served as a clinical professor for the TTUHSC School of Medicine in Amarillo since 2012.

Since arriving at the School of Pharmacy, MacLaughlin has received numerous teaching and teaching team awards from his students and he received a TTUHSC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists named him a fellow in 2013, and he was elected to the board of regents for the American College of Clinical Pharmacists a year later.

In 2014, the American Pharmacists Association named MacLaughlin its representative to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) Guideline Writing Committee, which helped produce the joint ACC/AHA Guideline for the Management of Patients with Hypertension that was released in November 2017.

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The School of Pharmacy was established in 1996 and now has campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and Abilene. Since its inception, the school has played a significant role in addressing the state's pharmacist shortage. Today, more than 90 percent of its graduates remain in Texas.

The school requires its students to complete more clinical training hours than any other pharmacy program in the country, making its students some of the most sought after graduates.