Dr. Gums is a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida. Additionally, he holds the title of Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Director of Clinical Research in Family Medicine at the University of Florida. He received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1985, and is actively involved in teaching in the colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.
He has authored more than 120 peered-review articles, 14 continuing education programs, and 25 book chapters. He has given more than 150 invited presentations to national and international pharmacy and medical associations. He maintains an active clinical research program and is currently an investigator on a 5-year NIH grant evaluating the pharmacogenomics of hypertension (PEAR2 study), a 2-year NIH grant evaluating the impact of clinical pharmacy services in a primary care model (CAPTION trial), and continues to be the principal investigator of the Antimicrobial Resistance Management (ARM) Program, the largest antibiotic resistance surveillance program in the country.
Dr. Gums maintains membership in ASHP, ACCP, is a member of the Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Council for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and was recently appointed as a Scientific Editor for the journal Pharmacotherapy. In 1993, he was appointed by the governor as a member of the State of Florida Pharmacy Services and Technical Review panel. In 1997, he received the Outstanding Clinical Practice Award from ACCP. In 2002, Dr. Gums was selected as a Primary Health Care Policy Fellow through the office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. And in 2007, he was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.