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Ronald P. Jordan, BPharm, RPh, FAPhA
Ronald P. Jordan is a registered pharmacist and Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. Dean Jordan was recruited by Chapman University, to found the School of Pharmacy at its new multidisciplinary Health Sciences Campus in Irvine, California in February of 2013. As the founding Dean and chief executive of the school he is responsible for all aspects of the strategic direction and development of the new program.
Dean Jordan previously served as dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and as executive secretary of the Rhode Island State Crime Lab Commission since 2007. At URI, he oversaw completion of construction on his college’s $75 million research and teaching facility. During his tenure at URI, enrollment in the pharmacy program increased 45 percent. The URI College of Pharmacy ranked among the top research-oriented colleges of pharmacy in the U.S., with federally funded research exceeding a five-year average of nearly $9 million per year, a one-third period-to-period increase.
Dean Jordan is a former President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the largest professional society of pharmacists in the world. He served six years on its board of trustees. Ron recently served on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Finance, Investment and Bylaws and Policy Development Committees and as a Dean Mentor for the Academic Leadership Fellows Program. He has also previously served a Trustee and Standardization Chairman of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), which develops consensus standards for the prescription drug benefit industry.
Dean Jordan was twice cited as one of the 50 most influential pharmacists in the United States by American Druggist. He received the Rhode Island Pharmacists Association award for Innovative Pharmacy Practice twice and has received numerous other awards and professional recognition including the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Richard A Bliss, Grand Council Citation and Award for inspiring leadership and appreciation for unselfish service to Pharmacy and Pharmacy Education and the URI College of Pharmacy, Dr. Norman A Campbell Award for Ethics and Excellence in HealthCare both awarded in 2006. In 2012 he received the Omicron Delta Kappa – Leadership Educator Award through its circle at URI. He has received numerous leadership awards and citations and has been made an Honorary Member of the New Jersey Pharmacists Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of Israel.
Ron is an entrepreneur and pharmacy leader with business development and health informatics expertise. He founded businesses in hospice and pain management pharmacy, health benefit management software and integrated health systems informatics consulting. He was also a senior executive at companies offering an internet consumer prescription marketplace, pharmaceutical product supply chain transformation and health benefit insurance.
He earned his BS Pharmacy at URI and studied three years in a Doctoral program in pharmaceutics. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for FSAStore Inc., and CareKinesis, a medication management company and was recently a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Rhode Island Free Clinic.
Nancy Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA
Assistant Dean, Experiential Education and Continuing Professional Development Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Nancy A. Alvarez is the Assistant Dean, Experiential Education and Continuing Professional Development and Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Pharmacy where she will be responsible for identifying practice sites and supporting preceptors who will deliver practical education and training for student pharmacists.
Prior to joining the CUSP team, Dr. Alvarez was Sr. Director, Medical Information in the Clinical Development and Medical Sciences Department at Endo Health Solutions for 12 years. She maintained a community pharmacy practice and a hospice/ palliative care practice at other points in her career. Dr. Alvarez earned a PharmD degree from The University of Arizona in 1992 and is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist
Dr. Alvarez has a long service record with the American Pharmacists Association, ranging from a student national officer to current Board of Trustees member. She endowed an APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship in 2013. She sits on the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute Board and participates in leader development education. She is a member of the California Pharmacists Association. She is a former Phi Lambda Sigma National President, Phi Delta Chi Grand Vice President for Collegiate Affairs and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Certification Council member and chair.
Her teaching interests are pain medicine and advocacy for appropriate use of opioids, including opioid conversion; medical communications in the pharmaceutical industry and appropriate dissemination of off-label information and risk information; leader development, personal assessment and communication, leadership and professional advocacy; cultural competency and diversity.
The Arizona Pharmacy Association recognized Dr. Alvarez in 1994 and 1995 awarding the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year and Employee Pharmacist of the Year, respectively. National recognition consists of the 1997 PLEI Prescott Leadership Award for outstanding leadership by a pharmacist with = 10 years career experience, 1998 APhA Good Government Pharmacist of the Year and the 2007 APhA-APPM Distinguished Award in Administrative Practice. She was named an APhA Fellow in 2004. The UA College of Pharmacy Jack R. Cole Distinguished Alumnus Award was awarded to her in 2012.
Lawrence “LB” Brown, PharmD, PhD, FAPhA
Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs, Professor of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Policy
Dr. Lawrence “LB” Brown is Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs and a Full Professor in the school of pharmacy, where he will be responsible for admissions, curriculum, and progression of students.
Prior to joining the School of Pharmacy’s Administrative team, he was an Associate Professor of Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. There he served in various roles, including Vice-Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chair of the Health Outcomes and Policy Research Division, Director of Graduate Studies in Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Director of the UT Center for Medication Therapy Management Center. He also served as the UT Health Science Center Faculty Senate President. He earned his PharmD degree at the University of the Pacific in 1999, and his PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota in 2003.
He is a fellow, a former trustee, and former Speaker of the House of the American Pharmacists Association. He is currently elected to serve as President of the American Pharmacists Association in 2015. Dr. Brown was selected the Pharmacy Student of the Year in 1999, by the California Pharmacists Association, a “Men of Excellence” awardee in 2010, by the Tri-State Defender, and a “Medallion of the Association” awardee in 2001, by the Hungarian Private Pharmacists Association.
Dr. Brown’s career in pharmacy began as a U.S. Air Force pharmacy technician in 1985. After the Air Force, he worked in the Pharmacy Operations department as a pharmacy computer systems trainer and help desk tech for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Since becoming a pharmacist, he has dedicated his career to the expansion of pharmacists’ roles within the health care system that improve patient health, and the improvement of patient’s perception of pharmacists. Dr. Brown is an International Expert in the area of Medication Therapy Management (MTM). In addition to his work promoting the value of pharmacists provided MTM services throughout the United States, he has traveled to South Africa, the Philippines, Sweden, and Hungary to help pharmacists in those countries become better prepared to provide MTM services to their citizens. He has given over 30 invited presentations internationally and over 70 throughout the United States.
His teaching and research interests include: the US Health Care system, professionalism and leadership, health disparities, and Health Care Reform; and identifying the economic and clinical outcomes of pharmacists-provided Medication Therapy Management Services, expanded roles of pharmacists in the health care system, and consumer perception of pharmacists.
He holds adjunct appointments with the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine, the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, and Xavier University School of Pharmacy.
Keyvakous Parang, PharmD, PhD
Associate Dean of Research, Graduate Studies and Global Affairs, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Dr. Keykavous Parang is Associate Dean of Research, Graduate Studies and Global Affairs and a Full Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Chapman University.
Prior to joining the school, he joined the University of Rhode Island in October 2000. He became full professor there in July 2008.
He earned his Pharm.D. degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 1989, and his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Alberta in 1997, followed by a postdoctoral study in the fields of carbohydrate chemistry and solid-phase organic synthesis in Department of Chemistry.
Dr. Parang’s research can be appropriately described as "the application of synthetic organic chemistry to problems in biology". Specific areas currently under investigation include (1) using peptides as cell-penetrating molecular transporters in drug delivery; (2) designing protein kinase inhibitors; (3) development of multifunctional anti-HIV, anticancer, and antibacterial agents; (4) synthesis and evaluation of modified nucleosides and nucleic acids; and (5) designing peptide nanomaterials for applications in drug delivery and tissue engineering. He is an author of 130 peer-reviewed publications, 7 patents, and 118 meeting abstracts.
Dr. Parang serves as editorial board member or editorial advisory board of several journals. Dr. Parang serves as a permanent member of Cancer Drug Discovery Peer Review Committee in American Cancer Society. He served as the Program Coordinator of Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) NIH program (June 2012-2013). He is a member of American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Dr. Parang has received numerous awards and honors, such as Outstanding Intellectual Property Development (URI, 2013), Research Excellence Award (College of Pharmacy, URI, 2012), Outstanding Researcher (URI, 2011), and Honorary Fellow of the Indian Society Chemists and Biologists (ISCB) (2009).
His research philosophy is to explore cutting edge areas of biomedical sciences through establishing national and international collaborations. He has initiated and established international collaboration with scientists in India, Germany, Peurto Rico, and many other countries. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty in Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology at Brown University, a visiting scientist in Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, a research professor in Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Rhode Island, and a member of Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine.
Siu Fun Wong, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP
Associate Dean of Assessment and Scholarship, Professor of Oncology
Dr. Siu Fun Wong is Associate Dean of Assessment and Scholarship, and a Full Professor at Chapman University School of Pharmacy.
Prior to joining the school, Dr. Wong joined Western University in 1997 as one of the founding faculty where she became the first tenured Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Western University. Dr. Wong also maintains her affiliation with UCI and was promoted to Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCI College of Medicine where she teaches anti-cancer pharmacology to the oncology fellows, medical students, and undergraduate students since early 1990s. In 2010, Dr. Wong joined Loma Linda University (LLU) and was appointed Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science at the School of Pharmacy until March of 2013 where she taught the oncology course and research-related topics. During her tenure at LLU, Dr. Wong established an innovative oral chemotherapy management clinic at LLU Cancer Center in 2011 that integrates patient care and outcome research.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles followed by Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy. She completed a clinical residency at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Medical Center where she stayed to develop the oncology pharmacy program and the Infusion Center Pharmacy at the Chao Comprehensive Cancer Center delivering direct patient care and actively engaged in clinical research.
Since the early 1990’s Dr. Wong continues to conduct regional, national, and international research focusing on symptom control in oncology which she received grant funding from federal and pharmaceutical sponsors.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Wong has assumed leadership and active participant roles in various national professional organizations including Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association, California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Southwest Oncology Group, and the National Cancer Institute. In addition to being the founding chair of the SWOG Pharmaceutical Sciences Committee since 1994, she was appointed SWOG Leader of Pharmaceutical Sciences since 2008 where she works with SWOG investigators and leaders on all pharmaceutical-related issues during protocol development and implementation processes. Dr. Wong also co-chair the Drug Development Task Force at the National Cancer Institute since 2012. Dr. Wong served as an expert examiner for the California Board of Pharmacy for 8 years and was subsequently nominated to join the NAPLEX Review Committee at the National Associate of Boards of Pharmacy since 2003. She has presented and published her research and practice model at national and international meetings. Dr. Wong is also an invited speaker nationally and internationally.
Dr. Wong’s awards include; Western University College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year Award (2009), Western University College of Pharmacy Faculty Service Award (2008), Orange County Society of Health System Pharmacists Pharmacist of the Year Award (1999), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Practitioner Recognition Award (1998), UCI Incentive Award (Bone Marrow Transplantation Program) (1996), University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy Preceptors of the Year Award (1995), California Society of Hospital Pharmacists Practitioner Recognition Award (1993), UCI A&PS Achievement Award (1990 & 1991)
Dr. Wong has been a resident of Orange since 1988. She is elated and proud to be a member of the founding team of the first pharmacy school in her home town.
Jeff Goad, Pharm.D., MPH, FAPhA, FCPhA, FCSHP
Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice
As of June 1, 2014, Dr. Goad will be Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Chapman University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Goad is currently an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Continuing Professional Development, Credentialing and Distance Education at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in 1994 and Masters of Public Health from the USC Keck School of Medicine in 2003. He completed a residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and holds the Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine.
Dr. Goad is the immediate Past- President of the California Immunization Coalition, the first pharmacist to lead the group. He is also the immediate Past-Chair and founding member of the Pharmacists Professional Group Section of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Previously, Dr. Goad served as the President of the California Pharmacists Association.
In 2000, Dr. Goad established and currently runs the Student Health Travel Medicine Clinic. He teaches and coordinates courses in public health and travel medicine as well as teaching immunizations, epidemiology, and parasitology. He is currently a national faculty trainer for the American Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Based Immunization Training Program and the APhA Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services Advanced Certificate Training.
Dr. Goad is the director of the USC Community Pharmacy Practice Residency program for the last 15 years and has implemented numerous community based patient care programs including a travel health clinic, tuberculosis compliance clinic, emergency contraceptive service, immunization program, and multiphasic disease state screenings. In addition, Dr. Goad is the Director of the Office of Student Outreach for Community Health.
Dr. Goad has presented papers at numerous pharmacy and medical conferences around the world. He lectures and writes extensively on the topic of travel health, community acquired infectious diseases, immunization practices, and community pharmacy programs. He is also a reviewer for several journals on the topic of community pharmacy practice.
Reza Mehvar, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
As of June 1, 2014, Dr. Mehvar will be Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chapman University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Mehvar received his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Tehran College of Pharmacy (Tehran, Iran) and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacokinetics) from the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy (Edmonton, Canada).
In 1988, Dr. Mehvar joined Drake University College of Pharmacy in Des Moines, IA (USA) as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics where he was eventually promoted to Professor of Pharmaceutics prior to joining Texas Tech School of Pharmacy in 1999. At Texas Tech, he has served as Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Interim Co-Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Director of the Pharmacokinetics Core of the Clinical Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Center.
During his academic career, Dr. Mehvar has taught undergraduate and graduate pharmacokinetics courses and conducted research in the areas of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, hepatobiliary disposition of xenobiotics, and pharmacokinetic-based targeted drug delivery approaches. His laboratory research, which has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, has been consistently supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical industry, and state and local foundations and agencies. Additionally, he has published 18 peer-reviewed educational articles related to ability-based learning approaches, online tools for active learning in pharmacokinetics, and curricular outcome assessment strategies.
Dr. Mehvar has received several awards for both his teaching and research accomplishments, including multiple American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Innovation in Teaching Awards, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President’s Excellence in Research Award, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award.
Rakesh K. Tiwari, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Biopharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Rakesh Kumar Tiwari is currently an Assistant Professor of Biopharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences. He joined CUSP in September 2013. He was Assistance Professor in Department of Life Sciences at Shiv Nadar University in India for a short time. He received his Ph.D. (2006) in Organic Chemistry from Dr. B.R. Ambedker Center of Biomedical Research, University of Delhi, one of the most reputed Institutes and Universities in India. During his Ph.D. research work, he developed several new classes of antimicrobial compounds using indoles. After his Ph.D, he was awarded a prestigious and highly competitive Young Scientist Grant from Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. He became involved for the synthesis of a new class of DNA intercalating agents.
In 2007, Dr. Tiwari’s strong interest to conduct research in the area of application of chemistry in biology led him to pursue his postdoctoral research at Dr. Keykavous Parang’s laboratory in College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island, His postdoctoral work resulted in the synthesis of several peptide nanomaterials, kinase inhibitors as anticancer compounds, and many neuroprotective agents. Dr. Tiwari was awarded 2013 research excellence postdoctoral award from University of Rhode Island. He was also receipt of American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is a member of American Chemical Society and American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
Dr. Tiwari's areas of interest lie in the interface of chemistry and biology with a focus on using peptides and small molecules in solving biological problems. Some areas of interest include developing bisubstrate inhibitors for protein kinases, selective delivery of anticancer drugs, neuroprotection using peptidies and small molecules, and developing antimicrobial agents. Dr. Tiwari’s has authored 52 peer-reviewed articles, 1 patent, 1 book chapter, and 37 meeting abstracts.
Amir N. Shirazi, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Amir Nasrolahi Shirazi joined School of Pharmacy at Chapman University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in September, 2013. He received his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island in August 2013.
Shirazi’s research documents the potential of nano-sized peptide-drug conjugates that could be used for different applications in pharmaceutical sciences. He is involved in several areas of pharmaceutical research including (1) Development of new nano drug delivery systems (DDS); (2) Development of novel prodrugs and multifunctional anticancer agents for improving ADME properties; (3) Design and evaluation of new peptide-based kinase inhibitors, and (4) Evaluation of anticancer activity of compounds by cell-based assays. Shirazi has a strong background in chemistry and biology.
Shirazi has received numerous awards at the University of Rhode Island, such as Graduate School Tuition Scholarship (2012), College of Pharmacy Graduate Student Research Excellence Award (2012), Enhancement of Graduate Research Awards (EGRA, 2010, 2011, and 2012), College of Pharmacy Foundation Award (2011), and College of Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment (2012). In May 2013, Dr. Shirazi was recognized as an outstanding researcher by the Department of Research and Economic Development at University of Rhode Island and awarded 2013 Graduate Research & Scholarship Excellence Award in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Shirazi has authored or co-authored more than 27 peer-reviewed research publications. He has also presented his research in more than 20 national and international scientific meetings. He is a member of American Chemical Society.
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