Brian Erstad, professor and interim head in the department of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, has been promoted to head of the department.

A member of the department since 1988, Erstad has served as interim head since February 2012. He was assistant department head from 1997 through 2011.

He also is a clinical pharmacist in critical care at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus and the program director of the college's postgraduate year two critical care pharmacy residency there.

Erstad is a member of the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and a steering committee member of the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group, the UA said in a news release.