Pilar Z.  Murphy
Associate Professor
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Office: 1437 CHS Building 1
Email: pmurphy@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2240
Pilar Murphy came back to Samford University to finish what she started. As a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice resident, Murphy was a part of the Sowing Seeds of Hope program in Perry County, Ala., which worked with the less fortunate and provided a cardiovascular risk reduction clinic. "When looking for a place to start my career, I compared every job opportunity to the work I was able to do at McWhorter School of Pharmacy," she said. "I came back to the pharmacy school to complete the work I had begun as a resident. I am not only enjoying precepting students, but making contact with other Black Belt preceptors to make sure they are having a good experience working with our students and acting as a liaison between them and the school of pharmacy." Murphy was recognized on the cover of the August 2013 edition of Pharmacy Today and one day hopes to do foreign missions.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Pharm.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
  • PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
  • B.S., environmental science, University of Oklahoma


  • Practice: ambulatory care with a focus on hypertension and diabetes management, and public health
  • Scholarship/Research: Health disparities, rural health initiatives, diabetes and hypertension monitoring effects on meeting clinical goals, interdisciplinary education among health-care professions

Awards and Honors

  • Featured on cover of Pharmacy Today Journal, August 2013
  • Lilly-Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award, 2009
  • Rural Health Journalists Conference, speaker


  • American Pharmacist Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Arkansas Pharmacists Association
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts
  • Collaborative Core Planning Team Member
  • Alabama Diabetes Network
  • Perry County Stop Childhood Obesity, parade coordinator
  • Provewell Baptist Church, youth choir director and choir president
  • Marion chapter of American Association of University Women, health fair coordinator
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.