Nicholas R. Giruzzi
Assistant Professor, Pharmacotherapy 509-494-7936 Cadwell 109 Yakima


  • PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency (ASHP Accredited), UPMC St. Margaret
  • Faculty Development Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine
  • PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency (ASHP Accredited), UPMC St. Margaret
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

About Me

I was born in raised in Rochester, New York. My interest in pharmacy was sparked when I was young, as my grandfather was a pharmacist and owned his own independent pharmacies. It seemed as though he knew everyone when we would go to a store and had a strong bond with all of these people. I thought it was the best and wanted to follow in his footsteps, and because of this I went to the same school as him. During pharmacy school I was introduced to the clinical pharmacist role and I knew this was the path I was meant to take. I ended up completing a combined PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice/PGY-2 Ambulatory Care (family medicine focus) pharmacy residency with a longitudinal two-year faculty development fellowship with UPMC St. Margaret in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During these two years I became passionate about chronic disease state management, interprofessional education, and my passion for education was sparked. My area of expertise is ambulatory care and chronic disease state management.

I currently am the Yakima instructor of record for Pharmacy Calculations, Health Care Systems, Pharmacotherapy V, Drug Discovery and Development, IPPE V and an PY3 elective Family Medicine and Pharmacy.

In my spare time I like to…

My favorite hobby is spending time with my family and friends. I love working out, playing golf, and staying active.

Why WSU?

I felt a job on the Yakima campus, which is still growing and developing, would provide me opportunities to carve my own path and offer me ample opportunities to grow as an academic. The small class sizes allow me to get to know all my students and the faculty were all very welcoming.

My Favorite Quote

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion” – Michael Jordan


Paul Lauzier Foundation Grant which will aid in the establishment of a diabetes-focus clinical pharmacy service at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission.

Selected Publications

Giruzzi N. Clinical Pharmacology Update Plenity® (Oral Superabsorbent Hydrogel). Clinical Diabetes. May 2020. 38:2. DOI: 10.2337/cd20-0032.

Giruzzi N. Chapter 28: Medications for the Management of Obesity. In: White J Jr (ed). Medications for the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. 1st edition. Arlington, VA: American Diabetes Association, Inc; 2019.

Niedermier V, Giruzzi N, Shelesky G, Haugh A; How effective is exercise training in improving symptoms in adults with obstructive sleep apnea? HDA. Evidence-Based Practice 2018;21(7):E12-13

Giruzzi N, Payette N, Larson P, Wilson SA, Haugh A. Are children who have obese adoptive parents at increased risk for obesity compared with children without adoptive parents? HDA. Evidence-Based Practice 2018;21(7):E5-6