Brian Isetts, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Brian Isetts

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-2140

Fax 612-625-9951

Office Address:
7-125c Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
7-125c Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Lab Address:
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics

Affiliate Faculty, PRIME Institute

Consultant Pharmacist, Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center, Skilled Nursing Facility, Spring Valley, WI.

Interprofessional Geriatrics Coordinating Council, Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, Link at:

Fellowship, Pharmaceutical Clinical Scientist program, Kellogg Foundation Fellow

PhD, University of Minnesota (Social and Administrative Pharmacy), 1985

B. Sci. University of Wisconsin (Pharmacy) 1979

Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

Fellow - American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science


Dr. Isetts' field of expertise is in the scholarship of caring, specifically studying the outcomes of medication therapy management services provided in integrated, team-based care settings. Research interests focus on working with the person and family engagement (PFE) community empowering patients to improve confidence and shared decision-making in medication use. Brian has over 20 years of experience as an expert witness in pharmacolegal cases, and served as a Health Policy Fellow on extended sabbatical at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Washington, D.C.


  • Primary Representative for Pharmacy, American Medical Association, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel
  • Member, Workgroup 1-CPT Coding, Pharmacy Health Information Technology Collaborative
  • Member, Interprofessional Geriatrics Coordinating Council, University of Minnesota, Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program 

Awards & Recognition

  • Hubert H. Humphrey Award recognizing major contributions in government and/or legislative service, American Pharmacists Association, 2015
  • Peter P. Lamy Memorial Lecture Award, Signature research presentation,  2015
  • University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Samuel F. Melendy Lecture Award, 2013
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Pharmacy, Philip and Ethel Ashby Distinguished Lecture Award, 2007
  • Bowl of Hygeia Award, Minnesota Pharmacists Association, 2005
  • Jacob W. Miller Award, American Pharmacists Association-Foundation, 2005
  • Pinnacle Award – APhA-Foundation Quality Center, 2004

Professional Associations

  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Wisconsin Pharmacy Alumni Association
  • Minnesota Pharmacists Association
  • American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists


Research Summary/Interests

  • Team-based health care
  • Patient-centered health homes
  • Accountable care organizations
  • Drug-related morbidity and mortality
  • Clinical decision support
  • Effectiveness of health care teams in redesigning the U.S. medication use system
  • Evaluation of pharmacists contributions to improving care transitions and reducing readmissions
  • The scholarship of learning in interprofessional education and practice



  • Isetts BJ, Olson AW, Schommer JC. Reframing the medication experience in pharmacy using seminal concepts of patient-centered care - Implications for practice. Pharmacy: Journal of Pharmacy Education and Practice. 2021, Vol. 9, No. 9,
  • Chabot M, and Isetts BJ. Interprofessional collaborations with Occupational Therapists and Pharmacists in alternative payment models. Spec Interest Sec Quart Practice Connections (supp OT Practice). Feb. 2020; Vol. 5:15-18. 
  • Clay PG, Burns AL, Isetts BJ, et al. PaCIR: A tool to enhance pharmacist patient care intervention reporting. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2019; 59:615-623.
  • Merkey B, Pittenger AL, Reidt S, Isetts BJ. Drug therapy problems in NCAA Division I-A Minnesota Gopher student-athletes. Innovations in Pharmacy, 2019;10(2):Article 6. BJ. Integrating medication therapy management services provided by community pharmacists into a community-based accountable care organization. Pharmacy: Journal of Pharmacy Education and Practice. 2017;5(56);
  • Olson AW, Isetts BJ, Kondic AM, Schommer JC. Comparing the research contributions of Community Pharmacy Foundation funding on practice innovation between non-academics and academics. Innovations in Pharmacy. 2017;8(3): Article 3.
  • Isetts BJ, Buffington DE, Carter BL, et. al.  Evaluation of pharmacist work in a collaborative model for hypertension. Pharmacotherapy, 2016; 36:374-84.
  • Isetts BJ, Brummel AR, Ramalho de Oliveira D, and Moen DW.Managing drug-related morbidity and mortality in a patient-centered medical home. Med Care. 2012: 50;997-1001.
  • Wagner D, Isetts BJ.Choosing to use the most powerful model in the world. Am J Hlth-syst Pharm. 2014: 71:1128-35.
  • Isetts BJ.Pharmaceutical care, MTM, & payment: past, present, & future.Ann Pharmacother. 2012: 46;S47-S56.
  • Isetts BJ.Engaging in rapid cycle innovation.Am J Pharm Educ.2012: 76 (3); Art. 37
  • Isetts BJ, Brummel A, Oliviera DR, Moen D. Integration of medication therapy management services into care system redesign. Minn. Phys. Showcase competition award. 2010; 9:20.
  • Cooke CE, Isetts BJ, Sullivan TE, Belletti D, and Fustgaard M. Potential value of electronic prescribing in health economic and outcomes research. Patient Rel. Outcome Meas. 2010; 1:1-16.
  • Isetts BJ, Schondelmeyer SW, Artz MB, Lenarz LA, Heaton AH, Wadd WB, Brown LB, and Cipolle RJ. Clinical and economic outcomes of medication therapy management services: The Minnesota experience. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2008; 48:203-11.
  • Isetts BJ, Buffington DE. CPT code-change proposal: National data on pharmacists' medication therapy management services. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2007; 47:491-95
  • Isetts BJ, Schondelmeyer SW, Heaton AH, Wadd WB, Hardie NA and Artz MB. Effects of collaborative drug therapy management on patients' perceptions of care and health-related quality of life. Res Soc & Adm Pharm. 2006; 2:129-42.
  • Isetts BJ, Brown LM, Schondelmeyer SW, Lenarz LA. Quality assessment of a collaborative approach for decreasing drug-related morbidity and achieving therapeutic goals. Arch Intern Med. 2003; 163:1813-20.