School of Pharmacy

Shabir Somani

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

Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Faculty

Telephone: (206) 598-6060


Office Location: EA146 UWMC Box 356015 Seattle, WA 98195


  • 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


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,” “Drug Intelligence and Clinical Pharmacy” 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 Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.