Brandon Bookstaver named 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus

Growing up, Brandon Bookstaver wanted to be a doctor or a pharmacist or a teacher. He ended up becoming all three.

Bookstaver is an associate professor and vice chair in the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, where he has won a number of awards for his teaching including New Faculty of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Mentor of the Year.  

“There’s no monotony. The students are ready to soak in any knowledge you’re ready to share with them. I think the most excitement I get is where I see the transition of a student during our program,” Bookstaver says. 

Bookstaver also completed a pharmacy residence program at Wake Forest and has a clinical practice site in infectious diseases at Palmetto Health Richland. He’s studying diseases that are drug resistant.

“We’re trying to be stewards of our antibiotics by using them appropriately,” he says. “We’re helping patients in that continuity of care, where we’re trying to assure that they’re receiving the right antibiotic for the right duration at the right dose.” 

That work has led him to receive additional awards as Researcher of the Year and Pharmacist of the Year.

For those accomplishments, the My Carolina Alumni Association named Brandon Bookstaver, ’04, its Outstanding Young Alumnus.

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