Dr. Carsten Evans has been with the College of Pharmacy (COP) as Assistant Dean for Continuing Professional Education for over sixteen years, however, recently his position changed to Executive Director, HPD Continuing Education & Professional Affairs. Dr. Evans is truly committed to enhancing the knowledge of pharmacists and his altruism towards honoring individuals who advocate for the profession is well recognized by many. Dr. Evans continually fosters a sense of community by creating a central role for the education of the public, students, and health care professionals.
Dr. Evans was awarded the 2011 Executive of the Year NSU Student Life Achievement Award at NSU's STUEYS on April 12th, 2011. He won this highly competitive award for role modeling NSU's core values of inclusion, leadership, service, commitment, integrity, and involvement. Responsible for expediting the new design of the NSU Medicinal & Healing Garden and Reflexology Pathway, Dr. Evans created the first foot reflexology pathway on the U.S. East Coast which was inaugurated in April, 2010 at NSU's Davie, Ft. Lauderdale campus. With the approval of Andrés Malavé, Ph.D., COP Dean, the dream of a new garden was started. Dr. Evans commissioned Dr. Elizabeth Marazita of Geneva, Switzerland to design the unique Pathway to incorporate creative ideas from the world's best reflexology pathways. Dr. Evans also worked with world famous garden designer, Jesse Durko, to create a landscape that incorporates the integrative medicine attributes. Dr. Evans and his team brought stones from Mexico, Peru, China, and Indonesia, and imported tropical plants from around the world to dress the Garden.
The uniqueness of the reflexology pathway is drawing both local and national attention and is part of the University's commitment to wellness and integrative medicine. Dr. Evans hosts tours throughout the Medicinal Healing Garden and Reflexology Pathway and hopes to create a formal educational program in integrative medicine this year. The medicinal garden and reflexology pathway also serve as an innovative teaching lab for students. As faculty advisor of the College of Pharmacy Kappa Psi Fraternity, Dr. Evans involves these students to assist in providing tours of the facilities.
As Assistant Dean for Continuing Professional Education, Dr. Evans coordinates all of the pharmacy continuing education programs for the College which include: the Fall Classic, Spring Contemporary Issues, and Initial Consultant Pharmacist License courses, which have become an annual tradition for the College and draw up to 500 individuals. Recent topics have included drug disposal, medication errors, physical assessment, legislative updates, drug induced diseases, and the pharmacist's role in clinical research. Dr. Evans also created a National Patient Safety Award in memory of Stephanie Aleong, an NSU law professor who was a champion of patient drug safety. Prior to joining NSU's COP, Dr. Evans was employed by Columbia Healthcare as the Director of Pharmacy. Dr. Evans has also served as President of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) and was conferred with their "Pharmacist of the Year" award in 2000. Additionally, Dr. Evans was selected as a Fellow in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).