WesternU Pharmacy Professor Elected to Board of American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists

Pomona, CA - 11/18/1998 -- Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP, CGP, the facilitative officer for professional practice and a professor at Western University of Health Sciences' (WesternU) College of Pharmacy, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).

The ASHP is a national professional pharmacy association whose primary goal is to assist pharmacists in helping people make the best use of medications. The ASHP represents more than 30,000 pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care and other components of health care systems.

Dr. Shimomura, an Irvine resident, begins his three-year board of directors term at the ASHP's annual meeting in June 1999 in Reno, Nevada.

As facilitative officer for WesternU's College of Pharmacy, Dr. Shimomura is responsible for patient-based programs, residencies for pharmacy students and continuing education. A specialist in geriatric pharmacy-he was one of the first pharmacists in the nation to be certified in geriatric pharmacy earlier this year-Dr. Shimomura has been a member of WesternU's pharmacy faculty since July 1996.

He has served on the ASHP's House of Delegates, on the association's Council on Professional Affairs and was the ASHP's faculty liaison at WesternU. He is a past president and treasurer of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), and was the recipient in 1995 of the CSHP's Pharmacist of the Year Award.

WesternU's College of Pharmacy is one of the newest and most innovative in the nation. With 269 students currently enrolled, the first class matriculated in 1996 and will graduate in the year 2000.

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