Director and Founding Dean
University of California, Irvine
Jan Hirsch, Ph.D., is director and founding dean of the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to that, she served as the first chair of the Division of Clinical Pharmacy at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego. As a founding faculty member at Skaggs, she designed several required courses in her field of economic, social and administrative sciences, and she recently was academic director of a new master’s degree program in drug development & product management. She also served as executive director of Partners in Medication Therapy (PMT), an outreach program of the school providing medication therapy management services in the community. She was also a clinical pharmacist specialist at the Veterans Affairs of San Diego Healthcare System working in the formulary and pharmacoeconomics group
Her research assessing the value of innovative clinical pharmacist services across many therapeutic areas has been recognized by state and federal agencies, professional pharmacy organizations and the interdisciplinary National Academies of Practice.
Hirsch’s experience bridging academics, research and clinical practice with the private sector will be crucial in forging great partnerships locally and nationally. She started a clinical research department for a large pharmacy benefit management company and global pharmacoeconomics strategy and research departments for two multinational pharmaceutical companies. At UCSD, she launched a clinical faculty practice business unit that provides both clinical pharmacy services to a wide range of community clients and educational opportunities for students, residents and practicing pharmacists.