Youmans elected AACP Council of Deans Secretary

Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH, and UCSF School of Pharmacy vice dean, is the newly elected Council of Deans Secretary, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

The council includes a select number of the nation’s leaders in academic pharmacy. Council activities focus on educational policies, professional program administration within academic institutions, and the ties between academic pharmacy and the community.

As secretary during her two-year term, Youmans will maintain the official record of all meetings, decisions, and actions of the Council of Deans and its administrative board.

At the UCSF School of Pharmacy, Youmans oversees an evolving agenda of priority School projects, including education and diversity. She ensures the excellence, success, and continuing development of the School’s academic programs, in particular the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program.

She currently leads a Schoolwide initiative to transform UCSF’s top-ranked PharmD curriculum into one that further prepares a unique and adept graduate to think critically and lead within today’s swiftly changing health care landscape. In addition, she ensures the success of programs intended to strengthen the School’s diversity and its culture of understanding, inclusion, equity, and respect.

Youmans earned a PharmD degree from UCSF in 1985 and an MPH degree from San Jose State University in 2005. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at California Pacific Medical Center in 1986 and joined the UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty in 2001. She is a professor in the School’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy.


School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, PharmD Degree Program

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.