S. Lena Kang-Birken

Lena Kang-Birken

Assoc. Professor
Regional Coordinator - Santa Barbara/Ventura
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At Pacific Since: 1994

S. Lena Kang-Birken, PharmD, FCCP, AAHIVP earned her bachelor of science in cell biology from California State University, Northridge and a doctor of pharmacy from University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kang-Birken joined the Pacific family in 1994. What she loves about teaching at Pacific is the connections that are made between Pacific staff and students.

She is a Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and is certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Kang-Birken is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacists. The individual who influenced her most in her career is Michael Rybak, PharmD who is the Director of the Research Fellowships at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

Actively involved in her community, she is a part of the Congregation B'nai Brith Mitzvah Group. She enjoys being outdoors, especially running or sailing, and she is always up for an adventure. She also enjoys cooking. Her philosophy about life is to make every moment count.


BS in Cell Biology, California State University, Northridge, 1987

PharmD, University of California, San Francisco, 1991

Teaching Interests

Teaching Philosophy
"To create an environment where the students can learn to take an active role in their learning and become a lifelong learner."

PHRM 175 — Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Capstone I
PHRM 176 — Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Capstone II

Research Focus

Research Interests

  • HIV
  • Antimicrobial epidemiology


Scholarly Activity

Elaine Law, PharmD, BCPS, FCSHP, Marie Scott, PharmD, Yong S.K. Moon, PharmD, Audrey J. Lee, PharmD, BCPS, FCSHP, Veronica T. Bandy, PharmD, MS, FCPhA, FCSHP, BCACP, Andrew L. Haydon, PharmD, Allen Shek, PharmD, S. Lena Kang-Birken, PharmD, FCCP, AAHIVP published “Adapting pharmacy experiential education during COVID-19: Innovating remote preceptor resources, tools, and patient care delivery beyond virtual meetings” in American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, May 5, 2021.

S. Lena Kang-Birken, PharmD, FCCP, AAHIVP and Ivy Yang, PharmD presented the poster “Real-World Experience of Bamlanivimab For Outpatient Management of Patients with Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19 Infection at an Academic Community Health System” at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2021 Virtual Poster Symposium, May 25-26, 2021.