Koda-Kimble is honored by UCSF Medical Center

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.

Dean Mary Anne Koda Kimble accepts 2012 Medical Center award

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 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.