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Sam Ellis, PharmD, BCPS, CDE

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

Mailing address:

University of Colorado
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mail Stop C238
12850 E. Montview Blvd. V20-1221
Aurora, CO 80045

Office Location:

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building (V20)
First Floor
Room 1221


Voice: 303-724-2618
Fax: 303-724-0979

Training and Education:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy, Oregon State University and Oregon Health Sciences University; Joint Degree Awarded (1997)
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency, VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon (1995)
  • Post-Doctorate Fellowship, Ambulatory Care, University of Colorado Denver (2000)

Certifications and Fellowships:

  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (2001, 2007)
  • American Pharmaceutical Association Immunization Provider (2002)
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (2005)

Professional Membership and Service:

  • ADA-Colorado Chapter. Currently serving on Leadership Board of Directors
  • Colorado Department of Public Health (currently on diabetes self-management education task force, Served on CCGC committee for creation of Colorado Diabetes Guidelines)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (Endocrine & Metabolism PRN Chair, Chair-elect, 2006-2007)
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Colorado Pharmacists Society
  • Rho Chi Pharmacy Society\
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity

Clinical/Research Interest:

Practice site: University of Colorado Denver, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC) and University Endocrine Division. The BDC is one of the leading centers in the United States for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. The Adult Clinic oversees the care for over 2000 patients with diabetes. In addition to patient care activities the BDC is recognized nationally for their efforts in clinical research. The University Endocrine Clinic focuses on a team clinic model for providing care to patients with diabetes. Both sites have extensive programs developed in diabetes training/education.

Clinical research and areas of interest: Research areas of interest include experimental and clinical therapeutics, implementation of technology into diabetes management, pharmaceutical care outcomes in diabetes care and the impact of mental health treatment in patients with diabetes.


  • P2 Experiential Course and P3 Seminar Course
  • Integrated Organ Systems IX: Therapeutics of diabetes and pathophysiology and therapeutics of Thyroid disorders
  • Professional Skills Development: Diabetes sessions
  • Comprehensive Patient Care: Diabetes care management
  • P2 Experiential Program: Pharmacists as Immunizers lectures and laboratory instruction,
  • Pharmacoeconomics: Clinical pharmacoeconomics of pharmacy based disease programs
  • Instructional Methods: Faculty Advisor