David R. Luthin
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
2233 CHS Building 2

After the completion of a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia, David Luthin moved to San Diego, California to join a small biotech company as a senior scientist in drug discovery.  After four corporate mergers, Luthin became part of a large pharmaceutical company.  After spending 10 years in industry and having climbed the ranks to Associate Director of Pharmacology and project leader of several multi-disciplinary projects in metabolic disease, Luthin left industry to join Samford in 2006.

Luthin’s current teaching responsibilities include pathophysiology, Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences II, an elective on Drug Discovery and Development, and an advanced pharmacy practice academic pharmacy experiential.   In addition, he teaches pharmacology topics in Samford's speech language pathology and physical therapy programs within the College of Health Sciences. Luthin enjoys facilitating interprofessional education opportunities, international medical mission work and is very active in community service.

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, pharmacology, Southern Illinois University
  • BA, zoology, Southern Illinois University


  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Interprofessional education
  • Therapeutic area expertise in neuropharmacology, endocrinology, cardiovascular, gastroenterology and metabolic disease

Awards and Honors

  • Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Faculty Member of the Year
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society
  • Superior Scholar Award, 2017
  • Scholar Award, 2012
  • Cross and Flame Award, Riverchase United Methodist Church


  • American Diabetes Association, board member, 2009-2016
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Recent Publications

  • Luthin, D.R., & Wensel, T.M. (2017). Chronic Idiopathic Constipation: incorporating newer agents into evidence-based care. Power-Pak CE. Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.  Link.
  • Baker, J.F., Cates, M.E., & Luthin, D.R. (2017) D-cycloserine in the treatment of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD). Mental Health Clinician, 7(2), 88-94.

Recent Presentations

  • Luthin, DR, Holston JT, Adams-Mitchell CJ. Impact of an inter-professional concussion awareness program for intramural athletes on students’ readiness for interprofessional learning.  National Academies of Practice, Atlanta, GA April, 2018.

Research Areas

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Interprofessional education
  • Gastroenterology
  • Metabolic disease
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders