Dean’s Office

The Dean’s Office of the UCSF School of Pharmacy supports the agendas of the dean and, ultimately, the School’s three departments and their faculties, through activities in its education, administrative, and advisory units.

B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD


Troy C. Daniels Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associate Vice Chancellor, Pharmacy Affairs

About the dean

Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, leads the creation and implementation of the School’s strategic agenda and ensures the School has the operational framework and resources required to succeed. He is the School’s public voice, articulating its vision, its plans for the future, and its passion for precise therapeutics—as seen in its work from basic science to health policy. 

Guglielmo ensures the School meets its mission, advances scholarship, and delivers continually improving academic and patient care programs. As dean, he works closely with UC San Francisco's chancellor and other campus leaders as part of the campus leadership team to create the conditions for this diverse campus to work as “One UCSF” and, in doing so, further succeed in leading revolutions in health.

Guglielmo is a pharmacist, clinical scientist, teacher, and international expert on the evidence-based use of antimicrobials to treat infections. He joined the UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty in 1979 after earning a PharmD degree from the University of Southern California and subsequently completing a UCSF pharmacy residency. In 2006 he was appointed chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, and in 2013 he was appointed dean after serving as interim dean since 2012.

An ongoing report on School plans and progress

Update from the Dean

Contact the Dean’s Office

Admissions and other inquiries about the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program?

Contact the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs.

Signature requests or appointments with the dean?

Contact Liana Crosby, executive assistant to the dean.

Dean’s Office administration inquiries?

Contact Karen Gee, operations analyst.


[email protected]
fax: 415-502-3612

UCSF Box 0403
513 Parnassus Ave, Med Sci Room 126
San Francisco CA 94143

Organization chart

See Org Chart: School of Pharmacy.

Education Unit

Administrative units

Advisory units



Dean’s Office leadership team

Vice dean


Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH

Vice Dean Youmans ensures the success and continuing development of the School’s academic programs, in particular the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, and programs intended to strengthen the School’s diversity and culture of understanding, inclusion, equity, and respect.

Through her professional lens of pharmacy practice and public health, Youmans teaches at UCSF on the topics of public health, communication, and cultural competence. Her research interests include health communication, health disparities, global health, and pharmacy education. She earned a PharmD degree from UCSF, an MPH from San Jose State University, and completed a pharmacy residency at California Pacific Medical Center. She joined the UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty in 2001 and was appointed vice dean in 2013.

Role Held by

Associate dean of academic affairs

Thomas Kearney, PharmD, DABT

Associate dean of administration

Michael Nordberg, MPA/HSA

Associate dean of research

Andrej Sali, PhD

Education associate deans

Role Held by

Associate dean of accreditation and quality improvement

Mitra Assemi, PharmD

Associate dean of experiential education and professional development

Valerie Clinard, PharmD

Associate dean of student affairs

Cynthia Watchmaker, MEd, MBA

Assistant deans

Assistant deans work with area directors of advanced pharmacy practice programs in providing administrative support, mentoring, and instruction to UCSF's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students and faculty members as well as the California Poison Control System.



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco VA Health Care System

Donna Dare, PharmD

UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

California Poison Control System

Stuart Heard, PharmD, FCSHP

UCLA Health

Jess de Jesus, PharmD, MBA

UCSF Medical Center

Desi Kotis, PharmD, FASHP

Kaweah Delta Health Care District

James R. McNulty, PharmD

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Rita Shane, PharmD

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

David Woods, PharmD

Dean’s Office executive support


Liana Crosby, MFA

Executive Assistant to the Dean Crosby reports to the dean and is primarily responsible for supporting all administrative needs of the dean, which include managing the dean’s calendar, anticipating and preparing dean’s communications, supporting the Dean’s Leadership Group, representing the dean and the School to internal and external constituents, triaging and answering inquiries, and prioritizing work in a rapidly changing environment. She works closely with colleagues in the Office of Administration to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the central Dean’s Office.