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Kenneth H. Schell, PharmD.

President, California State Board of Pharmacy and Vice President, Quality Assurance and Compliance with Prescription Solutions

B.A., University of California, San Diego

PharmD., University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Schell became a registered pharmacist in California in 1984 and began his career with the Children's Hospital in San Diego in 1985, as a staff pharmacist. In 1990, Dr. Schell was promoted to staff clinical pharmacist and took the role of critical care pharmacist. In 1997, Dr. Schell took a position as clinical manager with Owen Healthcare, Inc. in their Scripps Health Hospitals account. In 1999, he accepted the position of clinical operations manager at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. In September of 2004, Dr. Schell moved to the Kaiser Permanente National Program Offices to serve as Senior Manager in the National Compliance, Ethics and Integrity Office. In June of 2007, Dr. Schell accepted a position with the Sharp Community Medical Group in San Diego as Director of Pharmacy Benefits Administration. Currently, Dr. Schell is the Vice President of Quality Assurance and Compliance with Prescription Solutions/A United Health Group Company in Irvine.

Dr. Schell is active in professional pharmacy societies, serving on the Board of Directors and presidential officer in San Diego of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, who recognized him as Pharmacist of the Year in 2002. Nationally, Dr. Schell has been elected as a California delegate to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists House of Delegates and served on several ASHP committees. Dr. Schell has served as a member of the California Drug Utilization Review Board since 2001.

Locally, Dr. Schell is involved in training pharmacists at several schools of pharmacy. He has lectured at the UCSD and Loma Linda Schools of Pharmacy and serves as a mentor for student pharmacists at the Thomas Long School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific and at his Undergraduate alma mater, UC San Diego. He is an assistant clinical professor at the UCSF School of Pharmacy, UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Western University of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Schell was appointed to the board by Governor Gray Davis in July 2003, and reappointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in June 2006. His term will expire on June 1, 2010.

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