Nancy J. Rusch, Ph.D., Named Executive Associate Dean for Research at UAMS

By Linda Satter

Rusch will continue to lead the college’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, where she has served as a professor and chairperson since 2005.

“Dr. Rusch will provide strong leadership for the College of Medicine research enterprise, as she has done while serving as interim executive dean since late last year,” said Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., executive vice chancellor of UAMS and dean of the college. Rusch began serving as interim dean with the retirement of Richard Morrison, Ph.D., who held the position since August 2017.

As chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Rusch has overseen growth in research funding and the development of nationally recognized faculty who are major contributors to research at UAMS and leaders in medical and graduate student education.

Rusch is a leader in the Translational Research Institute, where she developed and co-leads its Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship Postdoctoral Scholars Training Program and co-directs translational workforce development.

A leading expert in vascular ion channel remodeling in hypertension, Rusch has been on special review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. She is a past president of the Cardiology Pharmacology Division of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Rusch received a Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle. She earned her doctorate at the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in pharmacology at the University of Iowa and in physiology and biophysics at the University of Cincinnati. She has been at UAMS since her recruitment as department chair in 2005.


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