Dr. Franco Pasutto, Class of 1972, PhD 1978

Dean & Professor Emeritus
2014 Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Awardee

Dr. Pasutto served as a Dean at our Faculty for 10 years. His contribution to teaching, administration and research began in 1978. During his 31 years at the Faculty he received numerous teaching awards including the prestigious University of Alberta Rutherford Award.

During his tenure, Dr. Pasutto contributed extensively to the redesign of the curriculum by bringing an integrated modular outcomes-based curriculum to the Faculty in 2004. He also played an important role in advocating for prescribing rights for pharmacists, He worked with the Alberta College of Pharmacists, Alberta Pharmacists' Association and the provincial government in support of the landmark legislation to advance pharmacy practice in Alberta.

Under his leadership Dr. Pasutto oversaw the creation of the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. The program received approval from several University of Alberta Governance committees and final approval by the Board of Governors five years ago. The program then received initial provincial government approval the following year.

The program's first group of PharmD students took to the classroom in September 2013. This September, the pharmacy community has taken advantage of the new program with practicing pharmacists, who graduated prior to 2014, making up half of the PharmD students.