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Feb. 18, 2009

Rinehart named assistant dean for veterans' affairs at UI College of Pharmacy

Kathy J. Rinehart, chief of pharmacy service at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), has been named assistant dean for veterans' affairs at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. The appointment to the newly created position was effective Feb. 1.

Rinehart has held a variety of academic appointments in the college and currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor. She is a past "Preceptor of the Year" award recipient. Rinehart has served as chief of pharmacy at the Iowa City VAMC since July 2006 and has extensive experience as a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care. She also directed the Iowa City VA's Primary Care Pharmacy Residency Program.

Donald E. Letendre, dean of the college, noted that Rinehart's appointment formalizes the partnership between the Iowa City VAMC and the College of Pharmacy and further recognizes meaningful contributions the partnership generates.

"Dr. Rinehart is a superb administrator and clinician who is highly regarded throughout the Iowa pharmacy community. We look forward to her continued leadership and many contributions as a member of our executive team," Letendre said.

Rinehart earned both Bachelor of Science and doctoral degrees in pharmacy from the UI and completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacology conducted jointly by the UI College of Pharmacy and UI Carver College of Medicine.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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