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E. Paul Larrat, PhD

Dean, Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island

Biography

Paul Larrat is Dean and Professor at The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. His research and teaching efforts have focused on drug use in special populations, health policy, and health economics issues.  He also currently serves as Coordinating Dean of URI's Academic Health Collaborative.  

Earlier in his career, Paul was employed as Executive Vice President of MIM Health Plans where he was responsible for the developing the operations of this pharmacy benefit management company.  He oversaw the growth of the company from $3 million in gross revenues in 1994 to over $300 million in 1997.  His responsibilities there included oversight of clinical services, provider network development, manufacturer contracting, disease state management, quality assurance, provider auditing and credentialing.  Paul is a past president of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Rhode Island Pharmacists Association, the Rhode Island Pharmacy Foundation and Cornerstone Adult Services.  He has been a leader in organizing several more non-profits, including the RI chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mwea Fund, which assists in advancing health and education in a primary school district in Thika, Kenya.

A graduate of The University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1982, Paul received a Master of Business Administration in 1984 and Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration in 1988. Most recently he was awarded a Ph. D. in epidemiology from Brown University. In 2004, he was named a NASA Fellow and spent several months at Kennedy Space Center assisting in life sciences research projects focusing on volatile organic compound production during extended space travel. In 2010-11, he served as AAAS/AACP Congressional Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate, engaged in developing health care and aging legislation and policy in the office of Finance Committee Chair Sen. Ron Wyden (OR-D).

Paul has been married to Amey Larrat for over 30 years and has two grown children, Meghan and Eric. He is an avid outdoorsman, spending time mountaineering, white water canoeing and sailing.  His favorite climbs have been Mt. Rainier in Washington and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and he has reached his goal of climbing the 48 high points of the continental US with his son, Eric.