By Daniel Robinson, PharmD, FASHP
Dean, College of Pharmacy

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Sam Shimomura has been recognized by the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) with their CSHP Lifetime Honorary Membership Award.  This is only the eleventh time in their 46-year history that they have given this award.

Dr. Sam (as he is referred to by students, alumni and colleagues) received his PharmD in 1970 from UCSF and immediately joined their faculty.  He spent the next 26 years at UCSF, initially in San Francisco, but later as an experiential education coordinator for UCSF in the Los Angeles and Orange County regions (1980-96). He holds an emeritus title from UCSF for his years of outstanding service to that institution.  Dr. Sam joined WesternU in 1996 as one of our first faculty. Once again, he held a key position in the development of our experiential education programs and has served as Associate Dean for College Advancement.

From 1989 to 1992, Dr. Sam served on the CSHP Board of Directors as president elect, president, and past president. He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) from 1999 to 2002.  In 1995 he received the CSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award and in 2006, the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Sam is a Fellow of both CSHP and ASHP. In his 48 years as an educator, mentor, and colleague, Dr. Sam has touched the lives of so many and has had a truly remarkable impact on CSHP, the profession and pharmacy education. 

I want to thank Professor Don Kishi, UCSF, for presenting this award to Dr. Sam at CSHP Seminar 2017 in Las Vegas on October 28 and for sharing his remarks with me.