The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is proud to announce that Loriann DeMartini ’84, PharmD has been named the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association (PPAA) Alumna of the Year. Dr. DeMartini earned her doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific in 1984. Dr. DeMartini will be honored at the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Breakfast at the Western Pharmacy Exchange, presented by the California Pharmacists Association. Pacific Pharmacy alumni and friends are invited to attend the breakfast to be held on Saturday, February 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs.

“We are proud to count Loriann DeMartini among our distinguished alumni,” said Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer, PharmD. “Without question she has improved health care in California. Her leadership and dedication to promoting the pharmacy profession are an inspiration to her peers and to the next generation of pharmacists.”

In 2016 Dr. DeMartini was named chief executive officer of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), a non-profit professional association which serves the needs of hospital and health-system pharmacists. CSHP, the largest state association for pharmacists, represents over 3,500 members who practice specialized medicine and clinical pharmacy.

“The Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association has so many qualified candidates; for her work in medication safety and her leadership at the state level Loriann DeMartini rose to the top,” PPAA President Tom Maez ’85, PharmD said. “We are excited that she was recently named CEO of CSHP. On behalf of the PPAA, we wish to thank her for her years of dedication to the profession and for her leadership as together we shape what lies next for the future of pharmacy.”

Dr. DeMartini’s areas of expertise are medication error reduction and regulatory enforcement. From 1992 through 2016 she served the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in a variety of roles, most recently as deputy director of the Office of Quality Performance and Accreditation. During her tenure at CDPH she was recognized nationally and statewide for her contributions to improving patient care. Under her leadership the Medication Error Reduction Program (MERP) was launched and implemented in over 400 hospitals in California. In 2010, the Institute for Safe Medication Practice recognized MERP, recommending that it be adopted nationwide.

Dr. DeMartini completed a fellowship in leadership in health care at the California Health Care Foundation in 2006. She is a Fellow of the California Health Care Foundation and member of the Accreditation Improvement Advisory Committee for the Public Health Accreditation Board. She has also been involved in the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. She currently holds faculty appointments at Touro University California, University of California, San Francisco and University of California, San Diego.

The PPAA awards the Alumnus/Alumna of the Year to a current member who has distinguished themselves by either their service to the University or School, their leadership and distinction within the pharmacy profession, or their body of service. The recipient is also asked to serve as the keynote speaker for Pacific’s doctor of pharmacy White Coat Ceremony.

Pacific Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Breakfast at CPhA
Saturday, Feb. 25 | 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel – Sierra/Ventura Rooms
888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tickets for this breakfast will not be available at the door and are not included in the conference registration. To purchase, please visit by Friday, February 17.


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