William E. Smith, Pharm.D., MPh, Ph.D.
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William E. Smith, Pharm.D., MPh, Ph.D.

My professional career now spans over five decades in pharmacy and pharmacy education. The start was an independent community pharmacy in Alhambra, CA when a junior student in high school. The highlights of my professional career are presented below in the areas of hospital pharmacy, pharmacy education, and special awards and honors. The major theme throughout is “pharmacist clinical practice.”

Hospital Pharmacy
Upon completion of a pharmacy residency at UCSF in ’65 under the mentorship of Dr. Donald Brodie and Mr. Eric Owyang, the next two years were spent as the initial coordinator for the 9th floor pharmacy service project at UCSF. Over 2 decades was then spent as the pharmacy director at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. During those years several innovations were made including: pharmacist clinical practice in a private medical center, decentralized pharmacy services, regional drug information service, a therapeutic drug monitoring service, charging system for drugs and pharmacist clinical services, extensive role of pharmacy technicians, evaluation of clinical pharmacy services, advanced pharmacy management residency. Visitors to the pharmacy services at LB Memorial included almost every state from the US and over 30 foreign countries. In addition consulting services on pharmacy operations and services were provided to many medical centers in various regions of the United States.

Pharmacy Education
Participation as a faculty member in pharmacy education started at the University of Southern California in ’67 with teaching the first clinical pharmacy course. Clerkships were provided to both USC and UCSF students by the pharmacy staff at LB Memorial. Faculty appointments at USC resulted in being the first Clinical Professor appointed. Faculty appointment to UCSF was Associate Clinical Professor. Three years were spent as an Associate Professor with tenure and Department Chair at the Bouve College of Pharmacy in Boston. Since 1997, administrative and academic faculty appointments have been at the MCV/VCU School of Pharmacy in Richmond, VA.

Honors and Awards
Several awards and honors have been received including: Whitney Lecture Award from ASHP; achievement in professional practice from ASHP Foundation (3 times), Alumnus of the Year from UCSF, Pharmacist of the Year from CSHP, AFPE Fellow, Fellowship in ASHP. From 2008 to 2010, appointed a member of the National Advisory Council, AHRQ.

Pre-Pharmacy, Pasadena City College, Associate of Arts (AA)
Pharmacy, UCSF, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Residency
Pubic Health, UCLA, Masters in Public Health (MPH) in health services administration
Auburn University, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences

(See resume and curriculum vitae for details)

William E. Smith, Pharm.D., MPH, Ph.D., FASHP


1965 Doctor of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco
1965 Residency in Hospital Pharmacy, University of California Hospitals
1976 Master's in Public Health in Health Services Administration, UCLA
1994 Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Auburn University

Current Position

2005 - Professor of Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy
Virginia Commonwealth University, MCV Campus

2008 - Member of National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, Agency Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ) , Department of Health and Human Services

Past Professional Experience

2004 - 2010 Executive Associate Dean, VCU School of Pharmacy
2008 – 2010 Professor – Office of Research Subject Protection, VCU Office of Research
2000 – 2010 Chairperson, VCU IRB Panel A (Biomedical)
2001 – 2010 Senior VCU IRB Chairperson

1994 – 1997 Northeastern University, School of Pharmacy
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Associate Professor

1967 - 1991 Director or Vice-President, Pharmacy Services
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA

Innovations in hospital pharmacy services: pharmacist’s clinical practice, decentralized pharmacy services, charging for clinical services, pharmacist management of medications via approved guidelines, pharmacist and physician clinical relationships, regional drug information service, cost-benefits of pharmacist clinical services, expanded role of pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy resident programs in general hospital pharmacy, clinical, advanced administrative (n = 85 residents)

1967 – 1991 University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Clinical Professor, Associate, Assistant
University of California School of Pharmacy
1981- 1991 Associate Clinical Professor and Assistant Dan
1965 – 1967 Lecturer and Coordinator of 9th Floor Pharmacy Project

Consulting Experiences- Hospital Pharmacy (Since 1970) (examples)

University of Washington, University of Florida, University of Southern California, Cedar=s Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles), Presbyterian Hospital (Dallas), Hamot Medical Center (Erie, PA), Kenneth N. Barker, Inc (Emory University Medical Center), Grossmont District Hospital (LaMesa, CA), Lutheran General Hospital (Chicago), San Pedro Peninsula Hospital (San Pedro, CA), Methodist Medical Center (Indianapolis), NIH Clinical Center (Bethesda, MD), University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)

Honors and Awards (Selected)
Harvey A. K. Lecture Award, American Society of Hospital Pharmacists
Outstanding Achievement in Professional Practice, ASHP (three times)
Hospital Pharmacist of the Year, California Society of Hospital Pharmacists
Outstanding Alumnus, UCSF School of Pharmacy,
Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists,
Fellow of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education

Phone: (804) 828-3009 Email: wesmith1@vcu.edu FAX:(804) 828-0343 8.10







William E. Smith, PharmD, MPH, PhD
School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University
Professor of Pharmacy (retired)

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