Edward M. DeSimone II
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Edward M. DeSimone II, Ph.D., earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Temple University School of Pharmacy. His graduate concentration was in educational psychology and psychoeducational processes. During his 41 years as a pharmacy educator, this has served him well. Dr. DeSimone worked in independent community practice, and large and small hospitals. He served six years in the Pennsylvania National Guard in a medical platoon.
Dr. DeSimone taught 12 years at Butler University and is in his 29th at Creighton University; currently teaching calculations and elective on addiction, and as preceptor for its community practice residents. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety and serves as president and chairman of the Board of Coalition Rx, a community organization dedicated to fighting the scourge of prescription drug abuse.
Dr. DeSimone joined AACP in 1974 and has been active since. He served for the past three years on the Board of Directors as chair of the Council of Sections. This past year, he chaired the Program and New Investigator Awards Committees, as well as the COS Nominations Committee, and served on the Investment Committee. His past service includes the Bylaws and Policy Development, Lifetime Achievement Award, Strategic Planning, Professional Affairs, and many other committees. Dr. DeSimone has been a member of the Pharmacy Practice section since it began, and served on numerous section committees. He is past chair of the Continuing Professional Development Section and the Substance Abuse Education and Assistance SIG. He is also a past secretary of the Council of Faculties.
Todd D. Sorensen
College of Pharmacy
University of Minnesota
Todd D. Sorensen, Pharm.D., received his pharmacy degrees (Bachelor of Science, 1993; Doctor of Pharmacy, 1994) from the University of Minnesota. He is currently professor and associate department head, Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems.
Dr. Sorensen’s work concentrates on identifying strategies that facilitate clinical practice development. His research and service activities focus on working with healthcare organizations to implement strategies that improve health outcomes associated with chronic illness, specifically identifying leadership strategies that allow organizations to integrate and sustain medication management services delivered by pharmacists within interprofessional teams. His work is influenced by 10 years of experience participating in and leading a national quality improvement collaborative for organizations seeking to optimize medication use in outpatient settings.
Dr. Sorensen’s teaching activities center on developing change management and leadership skills in student pharmacists, pharmacy residents and practitioners. He co-directs and serves as a primary instructor for a 16-credit leadership development emphasis within the University of Minnesota’s Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.
Dr. Sorensen has been an active member of AACP throughout his career, serving on the Professional Affairs Standing Committee, the Providing Care for the Underserved Curriculum Task Force and as a delegate to the AACP House of Delegates. He chaired the COD/COF Task Force on Professional Practice Plans and is a graduate of the Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Most recently he served three years on the Board of Directors as the chair-elect/chair/past chair of the Council of Faculties.