Thomas Kearney, PharmD

Interim Dean
Professor Emeritus
Kaz Tsuruta
Phone: +1 415 502-2882
Fax: +1 415 502-6012
513 Parnassus Avenue, Rm 124
UCSF Box 0403
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

Educational programs

UCSF centers, institutes, and research programs

Managing Director, San Francisco Division, California Poison Control System (CPCS)

External affiliations

Associate Editor, Poisoning and Drug Overdose

What I do

As interim dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, I lead the creation of the School’s strategic agenda and ensure the School has the operational framework and resources required to succeed in its mission. My work is in collaboration with the School’s department chairs, administrative leaders, and faculty. On the campus level, I join UCSF’s chancellor and other campus leaders to ensure UCSF continues its leadership in innovative health sciences research, patient care, and the graduate education of tomorrow’s scientists and clinicians.

Departmental research area

My research expertise

clinical toxicology, antidotes for poisoning, pharmacoepidemiology, poison center operations

Clinical expertise

clinical toxicology


PharmD, University of California, San Francisco, 1980


Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco; Clinical Toxicology Consultant for the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System, and completed a one-year mid-career fellowship (Institute for Health Policy Studies, Institute for Health and Aging and Health Research Training Program, UCSF School of Medicine) in health services research. Dr. Kearney is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy. He completed a Residency in Hospital Pharmacy at the University of Michigan and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical toxicology at University of California, San Diego and San Francisco. He has served as Associate Director of the Louisiana State Regional Poison Control Center and the Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Regional Poison Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has served in leadership positions in the American Association of Poison Control Centers (Treasurer) and is a Diplomate and past-President of the Board of the American Board of Applied Toxicology. He has served as the Associate Editor for the publication: Poisoning and Drug Overdose - a Lange clinical manual, Appleton and Lange publishers.

Research keywords

  • pharmacoepidemiology
  • antidotes for poisoning
  • poison center operations
  • clinical toxicology
  • Hemofiltration
  • Carbamazepine
  • Physostigmine
  • Postmortem Changes
  • Serotonin Syndrome
  • delirium
  • Cyproheptadine
  • poisoning
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • antidotes
  • Poison Control Centers
  • Drug Overdose
  • Serotonin Antagonists
  • Cholinergic Antagonists
  • Narcotics

Licensure and certifications

Licentiate in Pharmacy, California State Board of Pharmacy, 2011
Diplomate, American Board of Applied Toxicology, 1991