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)
  • Integrated Problem Solving Workshop – IV (group facilitator)
  • Updates in Pharmacotherapy (elective)
  • Ambulatory Care APPE 
  • ACPHS Teaching and Learning Program for Residents/Fellows

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 in ambulatory care.  She has served as Director of the ACPHS Teaching and Learning Program for Residents/Fellows since 2012, and has published on innovative approaches to offering the program.  

Selected Publications

Garrison GD, Baia P, Canning JC, Strang AS. An Asynchronous Learning Approach for the Instructional Component of a Dual-Campus Pharmacy Resident Teaching Program. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2015 ; 79 (2).


 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.  She started clinical pharmacy services as the ambulatory care pharmacist at Albany Medical Center’s Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Group in Latham, NY in 1999, and is 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 of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and cardiovascular risk assessment. She also teaches integrated problem solving workshops with students, and an elective course Updates in Pharmacotherapy.  Since 2012, Dr. Garrison has served as the Director for the ACPHS Teaching and Learning Program (TLP) for Residents/Fellows which is offered to affiliated institutions. She has completed clinical 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).

As an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), she has been invited to serve 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 an officer for the Rho Chi National Honor Society, including election to two terms as Region 1 Councilor (2007-2011) and three terms as National Secretary (2012-13; 2013-2015; 2015-2017). 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 where she regularly advocates for pharmacy practice.

Dr. Garrison serves as a Journal Reviewer for several journals including the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning(Elsevier), and the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 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).  Dr. Garrison  mentors pharmacy students/residents to apply for  the national Wal-mart Annual Conference Scholarship Program Award through AACP, and has won the award twice (2008, 2012).

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice