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Pacific welcomes new Dean Rae Matsumoto

Jun 26, 2020

University of the Pacific will welcome Rae R. Matsumoto as dean of University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy on July 1. Matsumoto has more than 20 years of administrative experience building collaborative, multidisciplinary educational programs. She brings a deep and broad perspective of changes in pharmacy practice to ensure the school’s programs meet the educational and research needs of students and faculty.

“The School has welcomed me with great excitement and optimism,” said Matsumoto. “I am confident together we can build on University of the Pacific’s legacy of excellence to create a vibrant future for ourselves.”

Prior to Pacific, she served as dean of the College of Pharmacy at Touro University California. Matsumoto’s experience includes faculty and administrative roles at West Virginia University, University of Mississippi, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and University of California, Irvine.

Matsumoto earned her bachelor of science in biology and psychology from Creighton University. She earned her master of science and doctor of philosophy in psychology from Brown University. She completed postdoctoral training in psychology and biochemistry at Brown University and in physiology at Northwestern University.

About the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy

Since 1955, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy has been training pharmacists who are problem-solvers, innovators and leaders. Through Pacific’s innovative program, doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students gain the skill set and clinical experience necessary for careers in the many settings where pharmacists play a key role, from hospitals to pharmaceutical research and development. Pacific graduates own independent pharmacies, serve in leadership positions at the national level and hold academic positions at universities across the country.

Through student-led outreach programs, PharmD students interact directly with patients and provide vital health care services to members of the community. The school has earned national recognition for the Medicare Part D Outreach Clinics, which, to date, has assisted 8,686 beneficiaries with their Medicare Part D drug plan, helping beneficiaries save an estimated total of $8.77 million.

During the pharmacy practice experience components of the program, students work alongside seasoned professionals, gaining the hands-on experience needed to hone their clinical and patient-care skills. The interprofessional education curriculum connects PharmD students with health sciences students from across Pacific’s three campuses. Learn more.

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Anne Marie H. Bergthold  

Anne Marie H. Bergthold is the Marketing Coordinator for Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy.

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