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ACCP Report - September 2012

ACCP Member Spotlight: Chris Frei

Editor’s note: ACCP’s Member Spotlight is a bimonthly ACCP Report series that serves to highlight and provide visibility to ACCP members with respect to their career paths, contributions, and experiences with ACCP. If you would like to nominate someone to be featured in the series, please visit membership/spotlight.aspx. Nominations are accepted on a continuous basis. Members who are selected will be asked to complete a biographical sketch and brief questionnaire for use in developing their member spotlight summary.


Christopher Frei, Pharm.D., M.Sc., is an associate professor of pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine. Dr. Frei completed his Pharm.D. degree (2001), master’s degree (2003), residency (2003), and postdoctoral training (2005) at the UT Austin and the UT Health Science Center. He joined the faculty at both universities in January 2006. Dr. Frei is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist who studies clinically important infectious diseases, including pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections, and HIV. He is particularly interested in emerging antibiotic resistance among gram-positive bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus. His research approach involves pharmacoepidemiology, comparative-effectiveness, and microbial genomics.

Dr. Frei has been a principal investigator/coinvestigator for 12 different studies supported by the NIH, the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, and the pharmaceutical industry. He has published 57 peer-reviewed papers in leading medical and scientific journals, including the American Journal of Medicine, Antimicrobial Agents in Chemotherapy, Chest, Clinical Microbiology and Infection, Drugs, Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. He has also given more than 260 national, state, and local presentations. This past year, Dr. Frei was promoted to an associate professor with tenure at the UT Austin. He was also recognized as “Mentor of the Year” by the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, “Young Investigator of the Year” by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, and “Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year” by the UT Austin College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Frei spends 75% of his time conducting patient-oriented research and teaching pharmacy graduate students. He participated in ACCP’s Focused Investigator Training (FIT) Program in 2008 and considers the program an integral part of his research and career development. In 2010, Dr. Frei received a 2-year grant for a project titled “Genetics, Resistance, and Treatment in a South Texas Practice-Based Research Network.” His grant is a Mentored Research and Career Development Program (KL2) in Clinical and Translational Sciences, funded by NIH’s National Center for Research Resources.

Dr. Frei is a firm believer in the importance of mentorship. He attributes his success to his mentors at the UT Austin, ACCP’s FIT Program, and the NIH/KL2 career development program. He is grateful to his wife and family who have supported him throughout his career, the administrators at the UT Austin for the research support they have provided, and his current and former graduate students, whom he considers his extended family.

Dr. Frei believes ACCP has played a key role in his professional development. He joined the organization as a resident in 2001, presented his first poster at an ACCP Annual Meeting, and published his first paper in the journal Pharmacotherapy. He highly values the opportunities he has had to work with colleagues from across the country on initiatives such as ACCP’s Practice-Based Research Network. He encourages pharmacy students to become involved in ACCP through his role as the ACCP College of Pharmacy Liaison for the UT Austin College of Pharmacy.

People may be surprised to know that Dr. Frei is an avid consumer of books and lectures on leadership and mentorship. Some of his favorites include The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey, 1989), Making the Right Moves (Laura Bonetta, 2006), At the Helm (Kathy Barker, 2010), The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Patrick Lencioni, 2002), and The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch, 2007). He spends most of his free time “at the ranch” with his family or “with the kids” at their baseball and softball games.