Todd Sorensen

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Todd Sorensen, Pharm.D.

Academic Title

Professor and Associate Department Head
Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Contact Info




Office Address

7-178 Weaver Densford Hall

Mailing Address

University of Minnesota
College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
7-159 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Dr. Sorensen has been with the University of Minnesota since 1998. Prior to joining the College, he held a joint appointment with the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and also served as a Clinical Manager for PCS Health Systems. He is a native Minnesotan, hailing from the small rural community of Tyler, MN. Dr. Sorensen currently serves as the Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation. He serves as Associate Department Head in PCHS, focusing on supporting practice-based faculty and practice-related activities of the department.

Current Teaching Roles
Course Director, Phar 6237 - Leading Change in Pharmacy. A foundation elective which focusing on application of strengths in leadership, creating a vision and processes for leading change in organizations.

Course Director, Phar 6227 - Leading Adaptive Change. Capstone Leadership Emphasis course through which students identify an adaptive leadership challenge, create a plan to exert influence on the issue, and facilitate movement toward a vision for change.

Co-Director, Leadership Emphasis Area. A 15-credit, Regents-approved curricular emphasis focused on developing individuals with skills and values required to create positive change in health care.

Instructor, Phar 6700 - Becoming a Pharmacist. Focus areas include personal assessment via Gallup's StrengthFinder, introduction to leadership in Pharmacy" and the importance of mentorship and networking in career development.


Research Interests

Leadership Development:
Dr. Sorensen has long held an interest in leadership development and the manner in which leader’s facilitate positive change. He has developed and leads innovative pharmacy practice residency experience focused on preparing graduates to lead practice advancement in ambulatory care. With a group of colleagues he developed and leads the College’s Leadership Emphasis Area in the PharmD program, which has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Innovation in Teaching Program. He serves on the Advisory Board for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Leadership Academy and is a frequent presenter on leadership development.

Serving the Medication Use Needs of Underserved Populations:
Dr. Sorensen has many years of experiences working with health care organizations serving underserved communities in both rural and urban settings. He has successfully collaborated with several rural health care organizations and federally qualified health centers to secure funding to increase access to medications and expand the role of pharmacists in interprofessional care delivery teams. He has worked closely with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This has included serving on the National Faculty for HRSA’s Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC), serving as the Faculty Co-Chair in 2008-09. He has developed tools that assist safety net organizations assess opportunities to enhance access or service delivery through use of the Public Health Service 340B Drug Discount Program and integration of clinical pharmacists in primary care activities.

Advancement of Pharmacy Residency Education:
Dr. Sorensen has served as Director of the College’s Ambulatory Care Residency program from 1999 to 2013, leading its focus on achieving a two-pronged mission of developing outstanding pharmacy practitioners and using the program as a vehicle to advance the scope of pharmacy services in Minnesota. He is particularly interested in exploring mechanisms that create mutually beneficial partnerships between health care organizations and an academic institution that serve the pharmacy practice needs of Minnesota.


Leadership Roles

Dr. Sorensen serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM), a non-profit organization facilitating quality improvement in medication management. The AIMM Collaborative is a national community of learning that assists health care organizations in incorporating the principles of comprehensive medication management into inter-professional models of care and measuring the impact of their efforts.

He has previously served in a variety of leadership roles with local and national pharmacy organizations, including APhA, ACCP, AACP and MPhA. He is currently a member of the AACP Board of Directors and serves on the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. He is a Past President of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association.


Publications Listed at PubMed

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