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University of Colorado Denver

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Meet the Dean

About the Dean


Dr. Ralph J. Altiere has been a faculty member of the School of Pharmacy since 1987. He received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Manhattan College, a master of science in chemistry from New York University and a master of science and a PhD in pharmacology from New York Medical College. He completed a postdoctoral appointment at Yale University before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Altiere has had leadership responsibility for the school’s professional education programs, educational and student support services, academic policy development and accreditation reviews. He was responsible for leading the effort to establish the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program and implementing a comprehensive assessment program for the school’s academic program. He has been a leader in diversity efforts at the school, having served as director of the Center of Excellence Diversity Program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. From 1998 to 2005, he was director of the Pharmacy Student Research Conference – Western Region.

Dr. Altiere is active in professional organizations, having served on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Affairs Committee and Institutional Research Advisory Committee. He is a current member of the Advocacy Task Force and member and former chair of the Section of Teachers of Biological Sciences.

He was a fellow in the inaugural AACP Leadership Fellows Program. He also serves as an external reviewer for ACPE accreditation site visits. He received a University of Colorado Denver Diversity Award, the School of Nursing Dean’s Award for Distinguished Leadership, shared a UC Denver Innovations in Teaching Award and is co-author of three Innovations in Teaching Awards from AACP. He serves as a member of the advisory board for the UC Denver Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

He continues to teach cell biology, physiology, pathophysiology and health care ethics in the PharmD degree program.