Jack Chen, PharmD, and Natalie Semaan, PharmD, have been hired as

assistant professors of pharmacy practice for the College of Pharmacy at

Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU). Both will split their

time between teaching courses on campus and working with third- and fourth-

year students in hands-on clinical settings.

Dr. Chen works as a clinical pharmacy specialist at Huntington Memorial

Hospital in Pasadena. He holds elected positions within the American

Pharmaceutical Association, the California Pharmacists Association and the

San Gabriel chapter of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacy.

He is also chairman of the Educational Advisory Committee for the

California Pharmacists Association and medical consultant for the

Taiwanese American Parkinson Association. He authored the book Treatment

of Parkinson’s Disease: Pharmacologic Aspects and Practical Issues in

1997.

Dr. Semaan works as a clinical pharmacy specialist at Naval Medical Center

in San Diego. She has done extensive studies on cancer pain management and

chemotherapy, and was an invited lecturer at last summer’s “”Breast Cancer

Survivors Day”” in San Diego. She is a member of the American

Pharmaceutical Association, the California Society of Hospital Pharmacists

and the American Pain Society.

WesternU’s College of Pharmacy was established in 1996 with a charter

class of 63 students, and enrollment is now nearing 400. The charter class

is scheduled to graduate in June.