At the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, we are committed to educating the next generation of leaders in pharmacy, pharmaceutical research and health care – while seeking to ensure the safe, rational and cost-effective use of medicines.
We educate student pharmacists to work in partnership with other health professionals to provide accessible, compassionate, and integrative pharmaceutical care with the goal of enhancing patient outcomes. In addition, we provide high quality graduate and post-graduate education tailored to foundational and advanced training in the pharmaceutical, clinical and health outcomes sciences.
Research and Discovery:
We provide scientific leadership through development of innovative research programs in the biomedical sciences, conduct basic, translational and outcomes research, and make informed decisions at preclinical, clinical and post-approval stages of drug discovery, development and implementation.
We serve patients and the wider community as committed and compassionate leaders in the use of our knowledge and discoveries to help develop and disseminate solutions to complex healthcare problems and promote the health and well-being of regional, national and global populations.
For more information, please view our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan
Our Dean: Jay Panyam
The 2022 National School of Pharmacy rankings, compiled by the Pharmacy Technician Institute, placed the UW School of Pharmacy at #2 out of 144 schools/colleges in the nation.
The rankings relied on quantitative assessments of the UWSOP’s educational, service and research outcomes.
Departments, Centers and Programs
Under the leadership of Dean Jay Panyam, the School of Pharmacy has 67 full-time equivalent faculty members.
Conducting research in drug metabolism, bio-analytical chemistry and the biophysical characterization of viral protein assembly.
Chair: Bill Atkins, PhD, Sid Nelson Endowed Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Conducting research in pharmacokinetics and drug disposition.
Chair: Nina Isoherranen, PhD, Milo Gibaldi Endowed Chair
Leading in pharmacy education, research, and professional and outreach initiatives.
Interim Chair: Ryan Hansen, PhD
Conducting research in pharmaceutical economics, drug safety and pharmaceutical policy.
Director: Anirban Basu, PhD, Professor and Stergachis Family Endowed Director
The Plein Center in Geriatrics encompasses training, research, and service with focus on the optimal use of pharmacotherapy in older adults.
Director: Shelly Gray, PharmD, MS, AGSF, Shirley and Herb Bridge Endowed Professor
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD): our professional degree
Master of Science (MS): Medicinal Chemistry, Health Economics & Outcomes Research (CHOICE), Pharmaceutics, Professional MS in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Health Economics & Outcomes Research (CHOICE)
Concurrent Degrees: PharmD/Physician Assistant, PharmD/MS, PharmD/PhD, PharmD/MBA
Certificate Programs: Biomedical Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trials, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy
Residency Programs: Ambulatory Care, Community Pharmacy, Critical Care, General Residency, Oncology, Pharmacy Management/Master of Health Administration
Awards and Honors
Faculty hold leadership roles in associations including the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), American Chemical Society, and the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX). Recent faculty honors two K12 career development program investigators from UW’s ITHS; Best Poster by a New Investigator and Best New Investigator Podium Research Presentation from ISPOR; ASHP Fellow; AcademyHealth Methods Council; eGEMS special issue editor; American College of Apothecaries award; Committee on the Evidence Base for Genetic Testing; PharmaVOICE honoree; special dedicated issue of Neurochemical Research; and multiple WSPA awards and most-cited article recognitions.
Recent student honors include #1 initial pass rate on NAPLEX pharmacy licensing exam; multiple Best Presentation and Posters at the North American ISSX meeting; two TL1 grants from the Institute of Translational Health Sciences; ARCS Fellowship; Gordon Conference Podium Presenter; AMCP P&T National Competition (second place); AFPE Pre-Doctoral Awards in Pharmaceutical Sciences; two Best Poster Finalist Awards from ISPOR; John Mahan Best Abstract Award; Top 10 placement in the NCPA Student Business Plan Competition; Emil A. P tzer Student Award; UW Global Health Fellow; UW Business Plan Competition (grand prize winner); and Global Innovation Challenge (third place).