Faculty Spotlight: James W. Torr
Dr. Jimmy Torr is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the College of Pharmacy. His teaching responsibilities include Pharmacy Dispensing and Compounding, Pharmacy Calculations, Natural Medicines, Immunization training, and Patient Assessment. Dr. Torr received his B.S. in Biology and Accounting from Lipscomb University in 2001 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center – College of Pharmacy in 2006. His practice background is in Community Pharmacy where he has experience with both independent and chain pharmacy. He served as the pharmacy manager and compounding pharmacist for the Walgreens Pharmacy, Compounding Center of Excellence in Nashville, TN from 2006 to 2009. From July 2009 through June 2010 he completed a Community Pharmacy Residency at Reeves-Sain Drug Store in Murfreesboro, TN. His research interests include medication errors, quality improvement, complementary and alternative medicine, Medication Therapy Management, and pharmacy education.
Dr. Torr is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA), and the Nashville Area Pharmacists Association (NAPA). In 2008, he was recognized by APhA with the “One-to-One Patient Counseling Program” which honors pharmacists and student pharmacists who have proven themselves outstanding in the field of one-to-one patient care. He currently serves TPA as the chair-elect for the Tennessee Society of Pharmacists.
He and his wife, Dr. Donna Torr, were married in September of 2010. She is a pharmacist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They live in downtown Nashville. He is also a second generation pharmacist. His father, David Torr, D.Ph. is a community pharmacist with Walgreens.
A middle Tennessee native, I grew up in Goodlettsville about 10 miles north of Nashville. My family and I were members of Parkway Baptist Church. I had the privilege of attending Davidson Academy prior to coming to Lipscomb University for my undergraduate work. It was between these two Christian academic institutions where I discovered my passion for serving others.
As I neared graduation from Lipscomb I began to truly search for a profession that would allow me to reach not only my professional goals, but my spiritual goals as well. I remember working for Bradshaw Drugs in Green Hills, where I delivered medications to patients throughout the community. While I did not realize it at the time, the small interactions I had with patients provided an opportunity for fellowship that was not expected. It was through these patient interactions that I discovered the joy in communicating with patients and the possibilities that a career in pharmacy could provide.
Since those days of delivering prescriptions more than a decade ago, I have strived to allow the message of Christianity to flow through my interactions with each of my patients. One of my goals as a faculty member is to transfer this passion of service to our student pharmacists as they prepare to be the next wave of pharmacists in our community. I consider myself extremely blessed to be a part of the College of Pharmacy at Lipscomb University. I look forward to the abundant opportunities to serve both the college and Nashville communities, and provide pharmacy education from a faith based approach to our student pharmacists.