School of Pharmacy

Donald Downing

Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice (I2P2) Endowed Clinical Professor

Department of Pharmacy, Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Faculty, Plein Center in Geriatrics Faculty

Telephone: (206) 616-4587


Office Location: H-375-E Box 357630 1959 NE Pacific St Seattle, WA 98195-7630

Website: Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice "I2P2"


  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Implementation of innovative pharmacy practice
  • Improving public health through optimal pharmaceutical delivery

Courses Taught

  • Pharm 513: Medical Devices for Home Health Care
  • Pharm 539: Principles of Pharmacy Management
  • Pharm 572 and 573: Professional and Patient Advocacy I and II


In 1975, Downing helped to start up the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority clinic and continued there until 1985. While there, he joined the School of Pharmacy faculty and later opened the first pharmacy in Bonney Lake and a community pharmacy in Federal Way. He continues to consult with and develop pharmacy services for various Native American tribes.

Downing directs the School’s Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice. He developed the nation’s first pharmacist-provided emergency contraception program and the first pharmacist-initiated ongoing hormonal contraception services. He also helped lead the effort in the 1990s to educate and certify pharmacists in Washington state and numerous other states to provide flu shots and other vaccines.

He teaches on topics including legislative advocacy, leadership and ethics. Downing has worked on pharmacy-care legislation in 39 states, devoting much of his energy to changing the public’s perception of pharmacists. In addition, he has conducted extensive research with funding from agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Institutes of Health, Advocates for Youth and the Packard Foundation.

Among his awards are the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award, the Washington State Pharmacy Association David Almquist Award and Pharmacist of the Year Award, and the UW School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Milo Gilbaldi Excellence in Teaching Award.