Gina Garrison, Pharm.D.



Pharm.D., Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
B.S., Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Courses Taught at ACPHS

Cardiovascular PTPM (therapeutics)
Ambulatory Care clerkship
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (elective)

Research Interests

Dr. Garrison's teaching and scholarly activities focus on cardiovascular risk reduction and preventative medicine in primary care, including tobacco cessation, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and immunizations. She is also interesting in scholarship related to teaching and learning, as well as faculty development in pharmacy education.

Selected Publications

Garrison G. Varenicline for four weeks prior to target quit date reduces pre-quit date smoking and increases 12-week abstinence. (commentary). British Medical Journal/ Evidence-Based Medicine for Primary Care and Internal Medicine. (in press).

Garrison GD, Lubowski TJ, Miller SM, Strang AF, Sorum PC, Hamilton R. Multi-site Heart Disease Risk Assessment Service Provided by Pharmacy Students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2010; 74 (3). 

Medina MS, Garrison GD, Brazeau GA. Finding Time for Faculty Development (viewpoint). American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2010; 74 (10):179: 1-2. 

Garrison GD. Careers in Pharmacy. Health & Medicine edition of Private Colleges & Universities magazine, Fall 2010 

Garrison GD, Dugan SE. Varenicline as First-line therapy for Tobacco Cessation. Clinical Therapeutics. March 2009. 

Grabe DW, Garrison GD. Comparison of Natural Product Use Between Primary Care and Nephrology Patients. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2004; 38 (7/8): 1169-1172. 

Garrison GD, Sorum PC, Hioe W, Miller MM. Treatment of Acute Otitis Media with High-dose Amoxicillin. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2004; 38(1): 15-19.


Dr. Garrison completed a Primary Care Residency at the Buffalo VA Medical Center in 1999. She has been a faculty member at ACPHS since 1999 with a clinical practice site at a local primary care physician office - The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Group of Albany Medical Center in Latham, NY. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Albany Medical College.

In addition to teaching students at her practice site, Dr. Garrison’s primary teaching responsibilities at ACPHS include the Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy fordyslipidemia, hypertension, and cardiovascular risk assessment. She also teaches integrated problem solving workshops with students, and an elective course called Newer Drug Therapies. Dr. Garrison serves as the Co-Director for the ACPHS Teaching and Learning Program for Residents/Fellows which is offered to affiliated institutions. She has completed certificate programs as a pharmacist immunizer trainer, smoking cessation specialist, and lipid management specialist.

Dr. Garrison is an active member of many pharmacy organizations, especially the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Rho Chi National Honor Society, and the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP).

She is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), serving on several AACP Council of Faculty committees and AACP Standing Committees. From 2010-2013 she served in leadership roles for the Association, including being elected Chair of the AACP "Women Faculty" Special Interest Group (SIG).

Nationally, Dr. Garrison has served as a officer for the Rho Chi National Honor Society, including two terms as Region 1 Councilor (2007-2011) and National Secretary (2012-13; 2013-2015). Since 2005, Dr. Garrison has also been a faculty co-advisor for the award-winning Rho Chi student chapter at ACPHS, which has received four Rho Chi national awards since 2007 (two chapter achievement awards and two national chapter proposal awards).

At the state level, Dr. Garrison has served as NYSCHP Vice-President for Public Policy (Board of Directors, 2009-2011), and has been an active member of the NYSCHP Public Policy committee for many years.

Dr. Garrison serves as an Associate Editor for Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning (Elsevier publication) and as a Journal Reviewer for several journals including the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and the Journal of Pharmacy Technology.

She has been awarded several honors, including "Educator of the Year" by the New York State Chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (2005) and "Advisor of the Year" among professional student organizations at ACPHS (2007 and 2009).

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice