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Dr. William Kehoe named Central Valley Pharmacist of the Year

Apr 24, 2012

In January, William Kehoe '96, Pharm.D., MA, FCCP, BCPS, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, was named Pharmacist of the Year for the Central Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

"It is humbling to receive this acknowledgement from the local community of pharmacists, great pharmacists who I respect, that I work with all the time," he said. "It's rewarding to know that you have made an impact on people's lives to some extent and to have colleagues affirm that you have done a good job," he added.

When Dr. Kehoe speaks about his accomplishments his passion for clinical pharmacy and patient care comes through. His passion was inspired by his residency at the University of California at San Francisco where he said faculty and administrators instilled a drive in their students to be on the cutting edge in moving clinical pharmacy forward. Believing that patient-care is the utmost important aspect of pharmacy, his goal is to influence students to "catch the fire in them that will motivate them to do more".

Dr. Kehoe believes in giving back to the community and works hard to spread clinical pharmacy skills abroad. Much of his travels to Asia include visits to Korea, China, and Singapore. His first mission trip as a clinical pharmacist abroad(he worked at a mission clinic in China in 1988) was life changing. He recalls being surrounded by doctors and nurses and being confused about what his role was. "I wasn't sure why I was there and they weren't sure of the pharmacist's role. So I spent some time straightening out a closet," said Dr. Kehoe.

The course of Dr. Kehoe's time there changed when Pastor Chan, a clinic patient who suffered from colon cancer, came in needing help with chemotherapy treatments. The clinic had never provided chemotherapy treatments before and was unsure of the procedures. During Dr. Kehoe's residency rotation at San Francisco General Hospital he helped with chemotherapy clinic set-up. With this experience, he was able to help Pastor Chan and as a result teach the clinic how to provide chemotherapy treatments.

"There was a reason why I was there. And now when I look back I know that," he said.

Dr. Kehoe believes that if an individual works hard and does their job, then good things will happen. He says his career is a testimony to this. When he measures his success, what is most prominent is the years of service he has dedicated to his patients, students, and the community, not the number of publications and presentations he has completed.

"I am blessed to have a good education and to work at Pacific. Both of which have allowed me to go out into the community and make a difference," said Dr. Kehoe.

At the end of the day, Dr. Kehoe says his most important roles are being a husband and a father.

Dr. Kehoe is a clinical pharmacist at St. Joseph's Behavioral Health Center and at Green Brothers Pharmacy, both in Stockton. He also serves as a consultant in clinical psychopharmacology for the developmentally disabled at Valley Mountain Regional Center, Stockton, CA. In addition, he serves as co-chair on the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Mental Health workgroup. Dr. Kehoe is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, and is certified in Applied Pharmacology by the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology.

Dr. Kehoe graduated from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts in biology, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) with a doctor of pharmacy, and University of the Pacific with a Masters in psychology with an emphasis in behavioral medicine. Dr. Kehoe completed a residency in hospital and clinical pharmacy at UCSF. He currently teaches in the areas of neurological and psychiatric pharmacotherapy, behavioral medicine and health psychology.

about the author

Dua Moua   Dua Moua '09 is the Marketing Communications Assistant at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Pacific.