Clinical Associate Professor, Mercer University College of Pharmacy
Dr. Maria Thurston graduated with honors from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 residency with the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia and a PGY-2 ambulatory care residency specializing in academia with the University of Georgia/Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Thurston’s areas of interest and expertise include: cardiovascular risk reduction, patient education, professional development, and well-being. Dr. Thurston achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2011. She was named the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist in 2012, received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Ambulatory Care PRN Member Recognition Award in 2016, and received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy New Educator Award in 2017. She is currently serving as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice with Mercer University College of Pharmacy where she coordinates the Nervous Systems Disorders II course and teaches various didactic lectures. She actively practices in a collaborative internal medicine clinic affiliated with Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, where she precepts both pharmacy students and residents. She serves on committees for multiple regional and national pharmacy organizations and is a peer reviewer for scholarly journals. Her numerous regional and peer-reviewed publications are focused on topics relevant to primary care practice, and she has research and grants in the areas of medication adherence, health literacy, transitions of care, diabetes, heart failure, COPD, hypertension, mobile apps, interprofessional education, and professional development.