Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer, PharmD has been a dedicated educator, administrator and ambassador of pharmacy for over 40 years. With his induction to the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Hall of Fame, he joins 34 pharmacists who have garnered this distinction and is one of three deans who have received this recognition. He earned his doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1972. He completed a clinical pharmacy residency at UCSF in 1973. His love of education led him to pursue a faculty position at University of Southern California School of Pharmacy where he served for 24 years as a faculty member and administrator.
Dean Oppenheimer has been a member of both the CPhA and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) since 1972. He is an active member of several additional national, state and local professional organizations. In his role as dean, he supports and encourages students to be involved in their professional organizations. Students in the pharmacy, speech-language pathology, physical therapy and audiology programs have the opportunity to be involved in professional organizations during their time at Pacific through student chapters or by attending local, state and national conferences.
Dean Oppenheimer joined the Pacific family in 1997 when he was appointed dean. His open-door policy, attendance at events and financial support of the student body has brought the School national recognition. Faculty, staff and students can attest to his accessibility and hands-on leadership style. In 2014, he was awarded the Academy of Student Pharmacists APhA-ASP Outstanding Dean Award.
Under his leadership the School has seen a significant increase in the number of faculty and staff in all programs, new or upgraded facilities, and growth in endowments and funding. During his tenure as dean he has led the faculty to achieve four full reaccreditations from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The PharmD program has also seen enhanced post-graduate placements of graduates.
Dean Oppenheimer believes that alumni are one of the School’s most powerful assets. He advocates for alumni engagement, actively supporting the School’s events and alumni associations. His induction to the CPhA Hall of Fame is a testament to his vision as an educator and his life-long dedication to the pharmacy profession.
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold