Dr. Cynthia Raehl was the founding Chair (1996) for the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the nation’s first new publicly funded School of Pharmacy in over 50 years – the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy. As of July 1, 2013, she takes the reigns as Regional Dean of the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Abilene Campus.
As Chair and Professor, Dr. Raehl was responsible for the design, development and maturation of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. The Department includes Managed Health Care and Correctional Health Care Operations, Patient Care Services Operations (two community pharmacies), Continuing Education Office, Drug Information Center, and the Regional Poison Center.
In September 2004, Dr. Raehl assumed responsibility for further developing the clinical sciences and research capability of the department, in addition to maintaining responsibility for the Adult Medicine, Clinical Sciences and Research, and Geriatrics Divisions across the campuses. In this capacity, she worked to develop strategic alliances focused on enhancing the department’s, school’s, and university's clinical translational research enterprise.
Prior to moving to Texas in 1996, Dr. Raehl was a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Dr. Raehl earned national recognition for her expertise in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, geriatrics, health literacy in elders, and health systems research. Dr. Raehl is one of a handful of pharmacists to serve on a FDA advisory committee – Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs. She served on the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Expert Committee on Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs 2000-2005 and was a consultant to the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation. She served on the 2008 USP Health Literacy and Prescription Container Labeling Ad hoc Advisory Panel.
Along with her husband, Dr. C.A. Bond (deceased), Dr. Raehl is internationally recognized for health services research focused on the outcomes associated with hospital-affiliated clinical pharmacy services. Their 20 year study of over 1000 U.S. hospitals demonstrated the associations of clinical pharmacists with: reduced mortality rates, reduced total cost of care, reduced length of stay, reduced drugs costs, and reduced medication errors. Their data was the catalyst to fundamental change in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service structure for pharmacy services and is cited in the U.S. Congressional debate on Medicare reform and Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals initiative. Dr. Raehl’s recently funded research projects emanate from the National Science Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Dr. Raehl was the 2007-2008 President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy – the national association for faculty and administrators from the nation’s 110 schools and colleges of pharmacy. She also served as the 1994-1995 President of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists representing 30,000 pharmacists practicing in integrated health systems. Among her awards are: 2006 Texans Caring for Texans Award, 6 times recipient of an ASHP Research and Education Foundation Research Award, 3 times Teacher of the Year Award, National Award of Merit from the Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Past President and Pharmacist of the Year (Wisconsin Society of Hospital Pharmacists), lifetime honorary member of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and fellow of ASHP and ACCP.
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