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Marcus C. Ravnan, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP

Professor, Assistant Dean for the Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Health Programs


Phone: 209.946.2826
Email: mravnan@pacific.edu


PharmD, University of the Pacific, 1994

Residency in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, 1995

At Pacific Since: 2000

Marcus C. Ravnan '94, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP earned a doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific in 1994. He completed a clinical pharmacy practice residency at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in 1995. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Clinical Oncology Pharmacist at California Cancer Center and as Clinical Pharmacist, Adult Critical Care Medicine for Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. From 1997 to 2000 he served as Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Specialist, Medical/Surgical Intensive Care and Pain Management for the Veterans Affairs Central California Healthcare System in Fresno.

Dr. Ravnan joined the Pacific faculty in 2000. Dr. Ravnan also maintains his clinical practice in hematology/oncology and infusion services as a Clinical Pharmacist with Kaiser Permanente Northern California Clinical Operations. In 2015, he was appointed Assistant Dean for the Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Health Programs. His goal at Pacific is to help cultivate an environment that supports students as they pursue their career.

Dr. Ravnan is a member and Fellow of both the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). In addition, he is a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the ASHP Residency and Planning Committee Faculty Advisory Group.  A Phi Delta Chi brother, he currently serves as Faculty Advisor to Pacific's Alpha Psi chapter. Dr. Ravnan also advises CSHP-Pacific, ASHP-Pacific, Pacific's Pre-Pharmacy Program and Pacific's Pharmacy Residency Club.

His interests include welding and metal fabrication. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Susan, who also graduated from Pacific's doctor of pharmacy program, and their son, Ethan. They are wine grape growers for E. & J. Gallo Winery and their vineyard produces quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo grapes. They also enjoy spending time together as a family riding dirt bikes.



PHRM 138 - Practicum II Patient Assessment & Evaluation Skills
PHRM 165 - Therapeutics V Infectious Diseases
PRAC 167  - Pursuit of Residency or Fellowship Opportunities I


Research Summary: He focuses on melanoma, breast cancer, colon cancer and multiple myeloma. His research looks at supportive care therapeutics for pain, nausea and cancer associated fatigue. He also specializes in infectious disease, specifically in the areas of medical microbiology, bacterial resistance, microbial chemotherapeutics, bacterial disease pharmacotherapy and non-HIV viral disease management.

Research Interests:

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease


Ravnan MC, Matalka MS.  Vemurafenib in Patients with BRAF V600E Mutation-Positive Advanced Melanoma.  Clinical Therapeutics.  2012;34(7):1474-1486.

Ravnan MC.  Targeting Tumor Biology in Metastatic Breast Cancer.  California Journal of Health System Pharmacy.  2011;23(1):6-10, 15 & 16.

Ravnan MC.  Ceftaroline fosamil: a novel cephalosporin with added gram positive activity.  California Journal of Health System Pharmacy.  2011;23(1):17-19.

Ravnan MC, Ravnan SL, Walberg MP.  Metastatic breast cancer: A review of current and novel pharmacotherapy.  Formulary.  2011;46:130-146. 

Nieh J., Pharm.D. Candidate, Tien PG, Pharm.D. Candidate, Ravnan MC, Carr-Lopez S, Walberg  MP, Halilovic J.  Infectious Disease Update:  A highlight of select topics from the 49th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.  California Journal of Health System Pharmacy.  2010;22(1):6-12, 17.