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Dr. Nancy Alvarez

Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean of Professional, External Relations and Strategy
School of Pharmacy
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 210
Phone: (714) 516-5488
University of Arizona, Doctor of Pharmacy


In addition to the degrees listed in the Education section above, Dr. Alvarez holds the following credentials: BCPS and FAPhA. Dr. Nancy A. Alvarez is the Assistant Dean, Experiential Education and Continuing Professional Development and Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Pharmacy where she will be responsible for identifying practice sites and supporting preceptors who will deliver practical education and training for student pharmacists.

Prior to joining the CUSP team, Dr. Alvarez was Sr. Director, Medical Information in the Clinical Development and Medical Sciences Department at Endo Health Solutions for 12 years. She maintained a community pharmacy practice and a hospice/ palliative care practice at other points in her career. Dr. Alvarez earned a PharmD degree from The University of Arizona in 1992 and is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist

Dr. Alvarez has a long service record with the American Pharmacists Association, ranging from a student national officer to current Board of Trustees member. She endowed an APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship in 2013. She sits on the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute Board and participates in leader development education. She is a member of the California Pharmacists Association. She is a former Phi Lambda Sigma National President, Phi Delta Chi Grand Vice President for Collegiate Affairs and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Certification Council member and chair.

Her teaching interests are pain medicine and advocacy for appropriate use of opioids, including opioid conversion; medical communications in the pharmaceutical industry and appropriate dissemination of off-label information and risk information; leader development, personal assessment and communication, leadership and professional advocacy; cultural competency and diversity.

The Arizona Pharmacy Association recognized Dr. Alvarez in 1994 and 1995 awarding the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year and Employee Pharmacist of the Year, respectively. National recognition consists of the 1997 PLEI Prescott Leadership Award for outstanding leadership by a pharmacist with = 10 years career experience, 1998 APhA Good Government Pharmacist of the Year and the 2007 APhA-APPM Distinguished Award in Administrative Practice. She was named an APhA Fellow in 2004. The UA College of Pharmacy Jack R. Cole Distinguished Alumnus Award was awarded to her in 2012.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Alvarez N, Strassels S, Burns A. Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage Patients with Chronic Pain. A Resource Guide for Community-Based Pharmacy Practitioners. Prepared for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); under review with CDC.
Gregorian T, Alvarez N, Ayson M, Han K, Durham M. The Role of the Pharmacist in the Safe Use of Opioids: Strategies for Community Based Patient Care. Submitted to Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice
Gregorian T, Alvarez N, Fong G, Xavioer S, Goad J. Preventing the Herpes Zoster Virus via Vaccination: The Role of the Retail Pharmacist as Patient Advocate, Identifier, Educator and Immunizer. Pharmacy Times. August 2018; 74-85 (ACPE 0290-0000-18-124-H01-P, 0.2 CEU)
Host, APhA Locked on Pharmacy Podcast: 2017-2018 Episode 1: Chronic Pain Physician Dr Elliot Krane; Episode 2: Adam Welch on Pharmacists' Roles in Providing Immunizations; Episode 3: Pharmacist Jake Nichols Discusses Battle with Addiction; Episode 4: Hormonal Contraceptives w/ Dr. Autumn Stewart-Lynch; Episode 5: Podcast: APhA Presidents Open Up About APhA and the State of the Pharmacy Profession; Episode 6: Pharmacist Chris Herndon Discusses Pain and the Impact of Opioids on Treatment; Episode 7: Do New Guidelines Provide A Clear Path in Treating Hypertension? Joseph Saseen
Alvarez NA. Treat the patients and not the number. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2017;57(4):431–434.