HIGH POINT, N.C., June 11, 2014 – Dr. Peter Gal has joined the School of Pharmacy at High Point University as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
In his role at HPU, Gal will lead the development of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum and manage the assessment program in the School of Pharmacy. He will also assist Pharmacy Dean Ronald Ragan in recruiting students and preparing for the school’s acceptance of its first professional class in fall 2016.
Gal comes to HPU with 35 years of experience in academics and clinical pharmacy. He has worked closely with a spectrum of health professionals, most recently at Cone Health. He has also served as the Director of Graduate Pharmacy Education at the Greensboro Area Health Education Center and has served as a faculty member for the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His clinical expertise is in caring for critically ill newborns. He was the first pharmacist to create a full-service practice for this specialty in the U.S. He created and directed the Neonatal Pharmacotherapy Research Laboratory at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro, N.C., to provide highly specialized and individualized drug therapy for newborns. In 1992, he started the first Neonatal Pharmacotherapy Fellowship in North America, with the purpose of training pharmacists as clinicians and researchers in neonatal intensive care.
In addition to neonatal intensive care, Gal also has expertise in asthma care. He developed an asthma clinic in Rockingham County, N.C., and taught in clinics for asthma, epilepsy and family practice at Moses Cone Hospital.
“Because my experiences are quite broad, encompassing clinical practice and basic science, I hope to help students connect the complex scientific information they will learn and apply this in clinical pharmacy situations,” Gal says.
A licensed pharmacist in North Carolina, Gal earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at St. John’s University in New York in 1975 and a Doctor of Pharmacy from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977. He has received numerous research grants and has served on many committees at the hospital, university, state and national levels.
Gal is a reviewer for various medical and pharmacy journals and serves on the editorial board for two pharmacy journals. He has authored 31 textbook chapters and published 155 articles in medical or pharmacy publications. His recent awards include Fellow of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group as well as Distinguished Practitioner from National Academies of Practice in 2011; Richard A. Helms Award for Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice from Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group in 2008; the 14th Howard Q. Ferguson Award from the UNC School of Pharmacy for excellence in research in 2006; and the PharmD Class Teacher of the Year Award at the UNC School of Pharmacy in 1992. In 1990, Gal received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Practice Award.
“Since interviewing for my position and now having been on campus several days, I am struck by the warm and friendly campus, the intense focus on student education and the excellent resources to deliver that education,” Gal says. “I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to become part of this university.”