Sam Shimomura, PharmD, associate dean for the College of Pharmacy, has

been named the 2006 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the

California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP).

“”I am honored to be recognized by my peers at CSHP and look forward to

working with pharmacy students and pharmacists to help our patients make

the best use of their medications.””

The Distinguished Service Award is presented at CSHP’s annual conference,

and recognizes a pharmacist who has made exceptional and sustained

contributions to CSHP at the regional and state levels. The winner is

selected by past recipients, regional chapter presidents and CSHP board


“”Sam Shimomura has been a part of the glue that has held CSHP together

for nearly three decades and part of the fuel for the engine that has

kept CSHP moving forward,”” said Carey C. Cotterell, RPh, FCSHP, FAMCP, of

Kaiser Permanente.

“”Sam Shimomura is one of the best known pharmacists in California,”” said

Max Ray, PharmD, former dean of the College of Pharmacy at Western

University of Health Sciences. “”He has been a practitioner and an

educator for over 35 year, and he has influenced an entire generation of

younger pharmacist. Among Sam’s noteworthy contributions are his

longstanding devotion to residency training programs and his

encouragement to pharmacy students to consider taking post graduate

residency programs; and his commitment to the teaching of ethics to

pharmacy students and his dedication to the establishment of an ethical

foundation for pharmacy practice.””

Given Sam Shimomura’s service to Pharmacy and the community, it should

come as no surprise that he has been selected for this year’s CSHP

Distinguished Service Award. He began his career in 1970 and quickly

distinguished himself as an active and committed member of the field by

serving as Editor of CSHP’s publication, “”Voice,”” in the mid-1970s. He

continues to volunteer his time today as the Faculty Advisor to the CSHP

Student Chapter at WesternU. Dr. Shimomura has served as CSHP President,

treasurer and board member and ASHP board member. He has also helped over

300 refugee Vietnamese pharmacists gain licensure in California and

demonstrated a commitment to teaching ethics, professionalism and

geriatrics. He has authored 67 articles and served as an adviser or

editor on eight professional publications. Shimomura continues to

influence the future of the pharmacy as an educator who touches the lives

of pharmacy students every day.

Sam Shimomura received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of

California at San Francisco and served on its faculty for 26 years.

Currently, he is Associate Dean for Professional and Student Affairs at

the WesternU College of Pharmacy.

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented on October 13, 2006 at

the CSHP Seminar ’06. The award will be presented at the morning opening

session and a reception in Dr. Shimomura’s honor will be given that