Vogt named first presidential chair

The School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco is pleased to announce the appointment of Eleanor M. Vogt, RPh, PhD as UCSF Presidential Chair and Visiting Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy. Vogt is the School's first Presidential Chair, which is awarded by UCSF on a competitive basis to encourage new or interdisciplinary program development and to enhance quality in existing academic programs.

In this role, Vogt will help create new partnerships and opportunities for innovation that will enhance the safe and appropriate use of medications, particularly in the community setting.

Vogt most recently served as Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy with responsibilities for developing quality and patient safety initiatives for the nation's 52,000 community drug stores. Prior to that appointment, she was Senior Fellow at the National Patient Safety Foundation at the American Medical Association with responsibilities for strategic planning and implementation of an initiative to measurably improve patient safety through development of partnerships and coalitions among healthcare providers, purchasers, consumers, and organizations. Vogt's national perspective and leadership experience in both community pharmacy and patient safety will enhance the UCSF School of Pharmacy's efforts to establish models for collaborative practices among community pharmacists, physicians, and payers.

Vogt received the 2003 Pinnacle Award for Career Achievement from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. She is recognized nationally for her leadership in safe medication use in older adults by the National University Education Association and by the Food and Drug Administration in developing the precedent-setting Pharmaceutical Safe Use Initiative. Vogt is the recipient of Women in Government's first Wings Award for outstanding service and is a co-founder of the group's Legislative/Business Roundtable. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and later served as Professor of Health Education and Health Policy at the University of Wisconsin. Vogt also served for more than a decade as Vice President of Public Policy at the National Pharmaceutical Council.

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.