David R. Luthin
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
Office: CHS Building 2 2233
Email: drluthin@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4223
David R. Luthin first set foot on Samford University's campus seven years ago when he interviewed for his current position as associate professor, and he didn't waste any time blazing trails. "I had spent 11 years in drug discovery for a large pharmaceutical company and realized there was something missing in my life," he said. "I felt completely at home here at Samford and have found what was missing: service to others." Luthin's hard work was rewarded in 2012 when he was named Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Faculty Member of the Year at McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He has also found that his passion for serving others extends beyond the Samford campus--he serves as cubmaster for Pack 367 and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 367 at Riverchase United Methodist Church. People would be surprised at "how much time I spend in a scout uniform," he said.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., pharmacology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • B.A., zoology, Southern Illinois University


  • Teaching Expertise: cardiovascular, thyroid, gastrointestinal, diabetes, endocrine, autonomic nervous system, neuropharmacology of psychiatric illness
  • Scholarship: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diabetes, endocrine disrupting agents in our water supply, metabolic syndrome

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society
  • Cross and Flame Award, Riverchase United Methodist Church
  • Scholar Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • PSAS Faculty Member of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy


  • Cubmaster, Pack 367, Riverchase United Methodist Church
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 367, Riverchase United Methodist Church
  • American Diabetes Association Community Board Member
  • Wellness Board Member, American Diabetes Association