School of Pharmacy

Shabir Somani

Chief Pharmacy Officer, UW Medicine Health System Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy Clinical Professor, Department of Pharmacy

Department of Pharmacy, Office of the Dean, Pharmacy Faculty, School Faculty

Telephone: 206-598-6052


Office Location: UW Medical Center, EA-146, Box 356015


  • Master of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy Administration, University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

  • Pharmacy administration
  • Health technology assessment

Courses Taught

  • Pharm 539: Principles of Professional Practice Management
  • Pharm 593: Pharmacy Practice V: Institutional Pharmacy Practice


Professor Somani, the chief pharmacy officer at UW Medicine Health System, has served in a leadership role with the health system (previously known separately as UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and UW Primary Care Clinics) since 1994. In these roles, he has provided leadership and direction for pharmaceutical care, creating an environment that promotes education and fosters practice-orientated research. Previously, he was the associate director of pharmaceutical services at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic in Minneapolis.

He is highly published and has served as a reviewer for the “American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy,” “Annals of Pharmacotherapy” and “Hospital Pharmacy.” Currently, Somani serves on the Specialty Pharmacy Council of the University Hospital Consortium and as an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Accreditation surveyor. He has also been involved in organizations including the Novation Pharmacy Executive Council, Washington State Pharmacy Association, Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Selected Publications

  • Durvasula, R, Kelly, J, Schleyer, A, Anawalt, B, Somani, S, Dellit, T. “Standardized Review and Approval Process for High-Cost Medication Use Promotes Value-based Care in a Large Academic Medical System.” Am Health Drug Benefits. 2018; 11:2:65-73.
  • Brennan, C, Donnelly K, Somani, S. “Needs and Opportunities for Achieving Optimal Outcomes from the Use of Medicines in Hospitals and Health Systems.” Am. J. Health-System Pharm. 2011; 1086-1096.
  • Horn, JR, Hansten, PD, Osborn, JD, Wareham, P, Somani, S. “Customizing Clinical Decision Support to Prevent Excessive Drug – Drug Interaction Alerts.” Am. J. Health-System Pharm. 2011; 68:662-664.