Educator-clinician-leader Charles Daniels loves life


smiling man at the helm of a sailboat

For Charles Daniels, the period of time between ending his stint as a pharmacy student at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 1975 and working at University of California-San Diego has been filled with good memories.

After receiving his BS Pharm from UA, Daniels went on to earn his MS and PhD at the University of Minnesota He has served in numerous volunteer leadership positions with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the Washington, D.C., California and Minnesota Societies of Health-System Pharmacists. He has also served with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Currently, Daniels wears many hats at the University of California-San Diego: he is pharmacist-in-chief, professor of clinical pharmacy and associate dean of UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Before going to work for UCSD, he served as chief of the pharmacy department for National Institutes of Health Clinical Center from 1995 to 2004, and spent 15 years working with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

“It’s hard to believe that a SoCal/Arizona kid could enjoy so many years in Minnesota. The people are special and the state is beautiful. I also now understand the northern end of the snowbird phenomenon,” says Daniels.

Excellent proof of Daniels’ eventful career is the 2014 John W. Webb Lecture Award,with which he was recently presented by AHSP. This award recognizes a hospital or health-system pharmacy practitioner or educator who has distinguished him/herself through extraordinary dedication to fostering excellence in pharmacy management.

Daniels married his wife, Linda, while he was attending the UA College of Pharmacy and they have two children, Jason and Eric. They now have three grandchildren as well. When Daniels gets time off from his busy schedule, he and Linda head straight to Virginia and Maryland to visit their kids and grandkids.

man in front of ocean golfing

As far as hobbies go, Daniels enjoys golf and sailing, but says he doesn’t do very much of either.

“I am having too much fun in pharmacy to carve out the time,” says Daniels.

There have been significant changes in pharmacy since Daniels graduated in 1975, but he feels that the foundation he got from the faculty at UA has served him well. He also has had the chance to meet and work with pharmacists in international settings, and appreciates the exchange of information that comes from these meetings.

Daniels is truly enjoying his experience working at UCSD.

“I really appreciate working in pharmacy at University of California-San Diego. Great colleagues make every day fun and challenging. I love my job and enjoy almost every day. Everyone should be lucky enough to be this deep into their career and feel this good about it.”


Story by Rebecca Wingate


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