In his new position, Dr. Do will oversee recruitment, admissions and student services for the college’s PharmD program, and he will be supported by Renee Dobbs, student affairs professional; Susan Herda, admissions counselor; Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott, director of diversity and academic support; and Dr. Danielle Vitale, director of recruitment and career development. Dr. Do commented that he is extremely excited to be in his new role at UGA and that he will work collaboratively with his staff and the college on three initial goals: 1) enhanced recruitment and admissions processes; 2) formalized advising and academic support programs; and, 3) expanded professional and leadership development opportunities for students.
Originally from Vietnam, Dr. Do and his family moved to Clarkston, Georgia in 1996. He later attended UGA, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. While at UGA, he was active in the Vietnamese Student Association. Dr. Do later attended Mercer University, where he received his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences.
Following his formal training, he served as an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lake Erie, Pa. In 2010, he joined the faculty of Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, where he quickly moved up the ranks as an assistant professor, to an associate professor and then interim associate dean for Student Affairs. During his tenure at CSU, he received numerous accolades and awards, including “Teacher of the Year” for six consecutive years; the Faculty Excellence Award, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by CSU; and the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence, the top recognition granted by CSU’s College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Do’s research interests are in the areas of extended release drug formulations, development of microparticulate and nanoparticulate drug delivery systems, and leadership development for student pharmacists.
“I am excited and honored to join the College of Pharmacy at UGA,” said Dr. Do. “Besides the amazing opportunity to work at this prestigious university, it is great to return home to Georgia. I look forward to learning and working with everyone at the College and University.”
He and his wife, Xuan Trang, who is a nurse, currently reside in Athens. Dr. Do enjoys bowling, fishing and traveling.