Stebbins empowers patients to heal themselves

Moving back home after a stay in the hospital or other acute-care setting is a precarious time, especially for an elderly patient or one who is living alone. With so many people underinsured and underserved by transportation, medical care, and other social services, it’s no surprise that nearly 20 percent of Medicare patients discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days.

On the front lines of this perilous territory is Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD ’88, who joined the UCSF School of Pharmacy's Department of Clinical Pharmacy faculty in 1998, and in 2013 became vice chair for clinical innovation. Applying her expertise in Medicare Part D (the federal drug benefit program), cost containment, and education, Stebbins creates and implements team-based interventions to help keep patients healthy—and to keep them from landing back in the hospital.

Read the full story here: The Innovators Who Are Empowering Patients to Heal Themselves

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.