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Romanelli, Frank
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Dr. Romanelli is originally from Waterbury, Connecticut. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. He completed both a Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he also served as Chief Resident.  Subsequently, he received a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. 
He is currently the Paul F. Parker Endowed Professor of Pharmacy with joint appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies. He also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Chief Academic Officer for the College of Pharmacy. 
Dr. Romanelli has received several commendations by various groups for outstanding teaching. In 2003 he was selected by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association as a ‘Great Teacher’, this is the oldest continuous award presented by UK. In 2004, he received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Innovations in Teaching Award and in 2008 the UK Provosts Award for Outstanding teaching by a Tenured Faculty member. Dr. Romanelli has also been recognized as an Outstanding Professor of the Year by both the College of Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences at UK. From student nominations, Dr. Romanelli has been recognized by the UK College of Education as a “Teacher Who Made a Difference.” In 2012 he was inducted as an honorary member of Pi Alpha, the National Physician Assistant Academic Honor Society and in 2013 he was inducted into Delta Omega, the honorary society for Public Health. In 2018 he was named by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as a “Distinguished Teacher Scholar.” In 2019, Dr. Romanelli was named an Academic Leadership Fellow by the Southeastern Athletic Conference, and he received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Outstanding Educator Award.    
Dr. Romanelli is board certified in pharmacotherapy and recognized by the American Association of HIV Medicine as an HIV Pharmacist. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and in 2021 a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Romanelli currently serves as Executive Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Additionally, he is the section editor for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.   



  • Viral Infectious Diseases
  • COVID-19

  • Vaccines 

  • Educational Research

  • Innovative Teaching


  • College Faculty
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
  • Assistant Director, Kentucky AIDS Training and Education Center


  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

  • Master of Public Health, University of Kentucky

  • PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, UK Healthcare

  • PGY2 Pharmacy Practice Residency in Critical Care, UK Healthcare

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.