Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer has been selected to be inducted into the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Hall of Fame.
Dean Oppenheimer to be Inducted into CPhA Hall of Fame
The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is proud to announce that Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer, PharmD, has been selected to be inducted into the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honor recognizes individuals for their inspiration, distinguished service and innovative contributions to the practice of pharmacy in California. With his induction to the CPhA Hall of Fame, Dean Oppenheimer joins 34 pharmacists and is one of only three deans who have received this recognition.
Dean Oppenheimer and Michael A. Pastrick '73, BS Pharm, who was inducted to the CPhA Hall of Fame in 2014, will be formally recognized at the CPhA West Coast Pharmacy Exchange Hall of Fame Dinner on Feb. 24, 2017. Pastrick's notable achievements were highlighted in the 2014 issue of the School's Interactions magazine when he received the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year award. CPhA will also be honoring Edlen Wong '07, PharmD, FCPhA, with the Distinguished New Practitioner of the Year award and K. Scott Guess '83, PharmD, MSPharm, RPh, with the Cardinal Health Generations Rx Champions Award.
Dean Oppenheimer has been a dedicated educator, administrator and ambassador of pharmacy for over 40 years. He began his current position as dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1997. Prior to joining Pacific, he served for 24 years as a faculty member and administrator at University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. He earned his doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1972 and completed a clinical pharmacy residency at UCSF in 1973. Dean Oppenheimer has been a member of both the CPhA and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) since 1972 and is an active member of several other national, state and local professional organizations. He supports and encourages students to be involved in their professional organizations.
During his tenure as dean, the School of Pharmacy has achieved four full reaccreditations from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Under his leadership, the School has seen enhanced post-graduate placements of PharmD graduates, a significant increase in the number of faculty and staff in all programs, new or upgraded facilities, and growth in endowments and funding. Dean Oppenheimer believes that alumni are among the School's most powerful assets. He advocates for alumni engagement, actively supporting the School's events and alumni associations.
Faculty, staff and students all speak highly of Dean Oppenheimer's accessibility and hands-on leadership. His open-door policy, attendance at events and financial support of the student body have brought the School national recognition. In 2014, the APhA awarded him the Academy of Student Pharmacists APhA-ASP Outstanding Dean Award. Dean Oppenheimer's induction to the CPhA Hall of Fame is a testament to his vision as an educator and his lifelong dedication to the pharmacy profession.