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Koda-Kimble is honored by UCSF Medical Center
By UCSF School of Pharmacy Editorial Staff / Mon May 14, 2012
Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, was honored by the UCSF Medical Center on May 4, 2012 for her “exceptional vision as a leader, commitment to patients, compassion as a human being, and dedication to UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.”
The leadership award is especially significant, according to Koda-Kimble, “because the Medical Center is at the heart of my career as a pharmacist.”
After graduation from pharmacy school at UCSF in 1969 the newly licensed doctor of pharmacy began her career in the basement pharmacy of the Medical Center, filling unit doses to be sent up to the floors. All the while, she aspired to join a small band of pharmacists on the ninth floor who had opened the nation’s first satellite pharmacy on a hospital floor. She succeeded and ultimately helped UCSF lead an international movement to transform pharmacists from drug product experts to therapeutics experts skilled in the safe, most effective use of medications in patients. As a result, pharmacists eventually became members of the integrated hospital health care team.
Brett Brodowy, former interim director of pharmaceutical services for the Medical Center, accepted the award on Koda-Kimble’s behalf as she presided over the School’s doctor of pharmacy graduation ceremony. She recounted her relationship with the Medical Center and thanked the Medical Center for the award via video.
About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.