Pinnacle Awards

2013 Individual Award for Career Achievement

Steven W. Chen, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP

Chen is an Associate Professor and the Hygeia Centennial Chair in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. He supervises clinical pharmacy services integrated into over a dozen safety net community clinics in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. These services have reduced the clinics’ medication costs by up to 75%, while significantly improving control of chronic diseases for the most challenging patients. Chen is part of a faculty team that has acquired over $15 million in grant funding to advance the spread of ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services, including a $12 million grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to evaluate the impact of clinical pharmacy teams integrated into safety net clinics on quality, safety and total health care costs. Chen also serves as residency director for 15 PGY1 residents.

Chen has been involved with the HRSA’s Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) since its inception, serving as Co-Chair from 2009 to 2010 and developing a medication intervention and safety measurement tool that has been adopted by PSPC teams and Quality Improvement Organizations across the nation. Chen served as chair of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (CSHP) MTM Task Force, leading the development of a resource guide to assist California pharmacists in initiating or advancing MTM programs.