College of Pharmacy

Keith M. Olsen, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM

Keith M. Olsen, PharmD, FCCP, FCCMKeith Olsen, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, was named the eighth dean of the College of Pharmacy in January 2019.

Dr. Olsen earned a BS in Chemistry at Wayne State College, a PharmD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a residency at Nebraska Medicine.

Dr. Olsen was on the UNMC faculty for two decades before serving as dean of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy for three years.

It's good to be back home. But his time away, at Arkansas, was invaluable, Dr. Olsen said:

"I think the best thing that I could have done was to leave and come back, to get a better understanding of leadership, and directing a program, and how you would be inclusive. I've always said that administration is a team sport."

Dr. Olsen is recognized as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.  He was elected as a regent for the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2010, re-elected in 2013 and to the position of vice-chancellor in 2017 and currently serves as the chancellor, the first pharmacist to do so. He was elected to the Board of Trustees Research Institute for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy-2012.

He has published over 350 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters in the areas of critical care pharmacotherapy and infectious diseases.

Twice graduating doctor of pharmacy classes have recognized him as the distinguished teacher of the year.  He is one of the co-developers of a Point- of-Care certification program for pharmacists.

Dr. Olsen is excited about the endless opportunities here at UNMC.  "I've always said the most valuable resources you have are the faculty and students."