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Ann M. Kuchta and James Fahey Retire

Best Wishes to Ann M.  Kuchta, Pharm D and James Fahey, PharmD on their retirement

“May there be a whole new kind of life ahead of you, full of lots of wonderful experiences just waiting to happen”

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Dr. Kuchta joined the University of Illinois in 1977 and became a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice in 1998. Her titles have included Clinical Pharmacist, team Leader in Internal Medicine and Coordinator of Academic Programs, Experiential Section.

Over her 35 years of service to UIC, Dr. Kuchta has played an integral role in the curriculum and instruction of students over the years and her clinical teaching experience is beyond impressive. She received the PharmD of the Year award in 2005 (first recipient) and was a nominee for the Professor Recognition Award in 2008.

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She has dedicated her time to serve on numerous committees and is part of many professional organizations. She also serves as an inspiration with her dedication to public service, which includes the Urban Health Program through CVS/Chicago Public Schools, the Medication Monitoring and Safety in Older Adults as well as the Chicago Department on Aging Wellness Program.
Dr. Kuchta brought many good memories to the Department and her constant positive energy and warm smile will be missed.

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Dr. Fahey is a 1982 BS graduate of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, where he also received his PharmD in 1984.  In 1985, he completed a clinical pharmacy residency at the University of Illinois Hospital.  Dr. Fahey is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and was a clinical pharmacist for the surgical intensive care unit and general surgery service at the University of Illinois Hospital for many years.

More recently, Dr. Fahey has dedicated himself to teaching accepting a full-time position that included coordinating numerous courses in the Pharm.D. curriculum. Jim has won numerous teaching awards for his efforts. He also assisted in the experiential areas of the curriculum.   His areas of interest include infectious disease, gastrointestinal disorders and clinical pharmacokinetics.  Dr. Fahey’s contributions to the classroom, department and to patient care will be very much missed.


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