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

Education and Certifications

  • 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
  • Board of Pharmacy Specialists: Pharmacotherapy Specialist

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. Since then, I have maintained similar interests with more of a focus on diabetes education and underserved populations. My area of expertise is ambulatory care and pharmacotherapy.

I am a Yakima-based faculty, responsible for Pharmacy Calculations, Health Care Systems, Pharmacotherapy V, Drug Discovery and Development, IPPE V and a Family Medicine and Pharmacy Elective.

In addition to teaching, I have developed a clinic practice site at the Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic, focused on chronic disease state management (primarily diabetes) and underserved populations.

In my spare time I like to…

My favorite hobbies are spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy staying active, playing golf, and listening to music.

Why WSU?

WSU gave me opportunities to carve my own path, advance my teaching skills, and provide clinical skills to a rural and underserved populations.

My Favorite Quote

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott


Increasing Access to Diabetes-Focus Clinical Pharmacy Services in an Underserved and Uninsured Population in Central Washington.
Paul Lauzier Foundation: $47,547.

Innovative Expansion of Student Driven ASHP Health Fairs in Assisted-Living Facilities.
WSU CougStarter: $1,000 raised.
Money raised to continue providing health fair activities virtually to senior living facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Selected Publications

Giruzzi N, McKeirnan K, Remsberg C, Miller Z, Bertsch T, Buchman C. A mixed-methods exploration of the effect of disabling backward navigation on computerized exams. Am J Pharm Educ. Accepted December 2021, in-press.

Giruzzi M, Giruzzi N, Gonzalez V, McKeirnan K. Implementing student pharmacist led health outreach events at long-term care facilities in a medically underserved community. Sr Care Pharm. 2021;36(8)387-395.

Giruzzi N. Chapter 28: Medications for the Management of Obesity. In: White J Jr (ed). 2021-2022 Guide to Medications for the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. Arlington, VA: American Diabetes Association, Inc; 2021.

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

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.