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Pharmacist Gentry honored for Excellence in Pharmacy Innovation

Submitted by Lisa Hull

NASHVILLE, TN – Chad Gentry, PharmD, BCACP, CDE of Nashville, Tennessee, was recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2019 TPA Excellence in Innovation Award.
This national award, coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, is given annually to a pharmacist that has demonstrated significant innovation in practice, resulting in improved patient care and advancement of the profession of pharmacy.
Gentry earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 2008. After completing his Primary Care Specialty Residency at the Holston Medical Group in Kingsport, he continued to gain experience in team-based primary care delivery. Dr. Gentry helped develop the Mercury Courts Model, which brings students from pharmacy, nursing, social work, and medicine together to coordinate patient care at the Mercury Courts Clinic. Working with the interprofessional faculty team, this approach has led to more patients being on appropriate medications and better control rates for hypertension and diabetes.
Gentry is also involved in the Vanderbilt Program for Interprofessional Learning (VPIL) which places interprofessional students together for two years at various clinical settings in Nashville, and further nurturing a team-based approach to improve the health of patients and increase communication across disciplines.
He is the lead pharmacist and key contributor in a Vanderbilt University study that uses text messaging to engage diabetes patients with their treatment program. Dr. Gentry is the Lead Clinical Pharmacist at Mercury Courts Clinic and holds multiple academic appointments that include Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Meharry Medical College.
Dr. Gentry is the Director of Experiential Quality Assurance and an Associate Professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. He
and his wife, Brooke, are expecting their first child in
July.
TPA congratulates Dr. Chad Gentry for his outstanding work and contributions to patient care and pharmacy practice.
The Tennessee Pharmacists Association advances, protects, and promotes high-quality pharmacist-provided patient care in Tennessee. TPA is the only 501(c)6 professional organization representing pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and associate members in all pharmacy practice areas across the state. For more information, please visit the TPA website, www.tnpharm.org. Follow TPA on Twitter @TNPharmacists and Facebook www.facebook.com/tnpharmacists/ for the latest updates.